American Chemical Society
Washington, DC

Job Description

The Government Affairs team of the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is committed to fulfilling the ACS national charter to increase public understanding of chemical science issues and bring its expertise to bear on public policy issues. The office’s activities are non-partisan and issues-based. Specifically, activities within ACS’s government affairs unit are aimed at I) promoting a positive agenda by translating governance adopted policy statements into advocacy outcomes for the chemistry enterprise at the state and federal level II) preventing onerous legislation detrimental to ACS and its mission from becoming law and III) empowering interested ACS members through the Member Advocacy Engagement Program to take action at all levels of government.

Work design:  Works under general managerial direction on goals and objectives that have a significant impact on the organization. Works with unit objectives and expert knowledge as guidance. Develops systemic solutions for highly complex problems. Uses analytical, interpretive, evaluative and/or constructive thinking to reach solutions.


Required Skills

Position Accountabilities

  • Manage ACS member engagement for the Office of Public Affairs. Create dynamic policy messaging for ACS members. Manage the Act4Chemistry system, including Legislative Action Network (LAN) alerts to members. Enhance the external presence of Office of Public Affairs’ advocacy efforts. Track and manage ACS member activities and prepare governance reporting documents and other oversight requirements.
  • Work with Advocacy team to plan and execute member involvement advocacy events such as federal and state level fly-ins, meeting logistics, LAN alerts to ACS members guided by advocacy work of legislative associates. Work with Federal Relations team to prepare ACS members for agency and administration meetings, as needed.
  • Field member inquires with the help of appropriate legislative staff lead. Manage web content for ACS member website, social media accounts.
  • Design and implement strategies to identify, inform, train and activate ACS members through grassroots programs. Develop strategies to utilize grassroots advocacy to advance priority issues. Work closely with other office staff to coordinate strategies and activities, leverage resources, and share information.
  • Contribute to the overall advocacy strategy. Coordinate messaging efforts between a variety of audiences. Coordinate advocacy efforts across multiple channels. Plan overarching events as necessary.
  • Engage and work closely with ACS governance to develop, advocate, and report on ACS policy, including position statement approval, testimony, and governance visits with Congress and the agencies. Work closely with ACS Board and other leaders to advance and report on progress, and develop quality briefing materials and presentations.
  • Prepare and manage the implementation of program work plans and time schedules, and track progress and deliverables. Demonstrate strategic approach to advocacy and self-manage delegated issues and projects toward stated goals. Lead OPA Government Affairs policy and advocacy teams as needed.
  • Evaluate and challenge traditional methods, recommend changes, and help implement metrics and new concepts.
  • May be legally required to register with governmental authorities as a lobbyist and to submit reports or regulated expenditures incurred during lobbying activities.

Required Experience

College degree in relevant field or equivalent experience; may have an advanced degree in related field. 5+ years of related experience in grassroots political organizing and government relations. Knowledge of, and preferably experience with deep grassroots and political organizing, Congress and federal research agencies, science and technology policy and membership organizations. Experience in designing plans and strategies to effectively advance policy and advocacy goals preferred. Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


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Job Posted: March 12, 2017