Lead, Outreach & Alliances
The Office of External Affairs & Communications (EAC) is the Society’s major unit responsible for the Society’s external outreach and communications functions globally. There are four major functions within EAC:
Government Affairs is responsible for working with governments at all levels (federal, state, local and, in some cases, international) in a non-partisan, balanced and credible manner to ensure that public policy development benefits from current scientific knowledge and that it advances the chemical enterprise’s ability to contribute to the general welfare of society.
Communications is responsible for communicating a clear, consistent message about the Society-–and about chemistry–to the public, news media, and ACS members. The function manages media contacts and relationships; provides communications advice regarding all Society activities, divisions, and offices; coordinates message development and speechwriting; carries out communications research and public opinion research; conducts media training and training/technical assistance to members and local sections involved in communications; and oversees the preparation of the Society’s annual report.
International Activities is responsible for building international recognition of, and collaboration with, ACS through alliance partners, international conferences, professional exchange/research programs and global networks to foster international research and scientific exchange.
Domestic Outreach & Alliances is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations with related interests and goals of the ACS, including, other scientific societies, industry and trade associations, academic organizations, coalitions and alliances for purposes of finding areas of collaboration that will mutually be of benefit to ACS and its partners.
The Lead, Outreach & Alliances will lead, develop and manage coordinated efforts across ACS to pursue, and achieve, a cohesive global outreach strategy and relationship building program. Serve as the lead ACS staff representative, both internal and external, pertaining to the global strategic interests of the Society (non-sales related), ensuring that all of its goals and priorities are uniformly and consistently advanced and communicated. Formulate, coordinate and facilitate ACS global strategic alliances with external partners to advance the Society’s interests and enhance the Society’s reputation and ability to function as a highly effective global organization. Seamlessly integrate the Society’s global outreach and alliance activities with all relevant Society programs, services and offerings to achieve annually identified objectives, goals and metrics.
- Lead and coordinate efforts across ACS, with a primary focus on Society programmatic divisions, to pursue, and achieve, a cohesive global outreach strategy and alliance building program that advances the Society’s vision, mission, goals and priorities to achieve productive global outcomes.
- Serve as the lead ACS staff representative, both internal and external, pertaining to the global interests of the Society (non-sales related), ensuring that all of its goals and priorities are uniformly and consistently advanced and communicated.
- Formulate, coordinate and facilitate ACS global strategic alliances with external partners to advance the Society’s interests and enhance the Society’s reputation and ability to function as a highly effective global organization.
- Work collaboratively with ACS units having responsibility for Society programs, services and offerings to ensure that the Society’s strategic global activities are in alignment to achieve annually identified objectives, goals and metrics.
- Actively collaborate with other Society offices, departments, divisions and governance units to provide an external global perspective to existing programs and those under design/ development to leverage established external relationships in the furtherance of the Society’s goals and priorities
- Seek out opportunities for external funding of projects (governmental, philanthropic and other) that leverage the expertise of ACS and its convening power to further its global vision, mission and core values.
- Explore potential opportunities for revenue generating activities among external partners through uptake of existing ACS products, programs and services such as publications, training, video services, etc. As appropriate, work with ACS units to develop new products, programs and services to meet external needs.
- Direct, lead, and motivate staff; manage annual budgets and resources ethically and effectively, demonstrate exemplary ACS enterprise-wide collaboration.
- Act, when appropriate and as designated by EAC director, as a spokesperson and contact point on identified global issues with the media or other public bodies.
Advanced degree in relevant field College degree or higher in chemistry, communications, government affairs, international affairs or related areas. 10+ years of related experience operating in a global environment with a medium to large size organization in the scientific enterprise or related field. Demonstrated capabilities in global affairs, collaboration and relationship and development and maintenance, and understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, customs and languages. Able to forge common ground between parties through negotiation and facilitation resulting in partnerships and alliances built around common priorities. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Sound interpersonal and relationship development skills; Strong collaborator and innovator focused on customer service, Demonstrated people management and development skills; Ability to work independently or in a team atmosphere across organizational lines; Focused on delivering measurable and meaningful return on investment.
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Job posted: 2019-04-01