Vice President, Communications

25 Apr, 2022


Vice President, Communications

American Chemistry Council
Washington, D.C.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) seeks a Vice President, Communications to lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy to support ACC’s policy priorities; industry reputation; crisis communications; executive communications and thought leadership; and member engagement. She/He serve as a key member of ACC’s senior leadership team to advance the organization’s mission and priorities.

The position requires a leader with significant staff management experience to oversee a professional team of 23 staff comprised of diverse communications roles including media and public relations; digital and social content development and marketing; and member communications.  The position oversees the overall work activities of the Communications Department, inspiring, empowering, and developing team members while driving organizational alignment in messaging. The position reports directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer

Major Duties and Responsibilities

■    Oversees the development, management, and implementation of ACC’s strategic communications plan, including developing innovative materials and techniques to support advocacy communications campaigns and member-focused communications.

■    Serves, with the CEO, as the senior “on-the-record” representative for the organization with emphasis on communicating with national and targeted regional media organizations.

■    Oversees development and management of a comprehensive ACC marketing strategy.

■    Advises ACC staff officers on all matters concerning the media, public relations, and crisis communications.

■    Maintains effective working relationships with media, other association, and industry leaders, as well as senior leaders within ACC member companies.

■    Identifies relevant critical issues and trends that are likely to affect public opinion of or attract media attention to the ACC.  Addresses and responds to those issues as well as keeps senior management and the membership fully appraised of new and relevant trends.

■    Frames and executes an operational communications strategy for the overall effective use of the Internet and relevant websites.  Develops and implements a mechanism for coordinating the day-to-day communication of messages and strategies across ACC and among its various publications and websites.

■    Serves as a member of the ACC senior management team and maintains responsibility for ensuring the coordination and alignment of the Communications Department with other ACC departments/divisions.

■    Oversees the work activities of employees within the Communications Department, including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, and facilitating employee development for direct reports.

■    Manages graphic and editorial standards across the entire organization.

■    Directs the development and management of the annual Communications Department operational budget.

■    Performs other related duties as assigned.



■    A minimum of 15 years’ experience in senior-level communications leadership roles, ideally with at least 7 years in advocacy communications.

■    A track record for developing and implementing an organizational strategic communications plan designed to advance their mission and priorities and amplify their voice to key stakeholders.

■    Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Executive presence and gravitas, with a dynamic professional style that inspires confidence and credibility both internally and externally.

■    Ability to effectively handle challenging “on-the-record” conversations with local, state, national and international media.

■    Demonstrated campaign communications leadership experience.

■    A critical thinker, with an ability to process complex, technical, abstract verbal and written information for purposes of establishing a beneficial messaging framework, strategy, direction, and action plans.

■    Effective at providing strategic communications counseling to key internal and external audiences.

■    Strong results-oriented staff leader with demonstrated experience attracting, development, coaching, and engaging a diverse staff team.  Effective at clearly setting direction and expectations and delegating to and empowering staff leaders to achieve objectives and goals.

■    Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills; the ability to work effectively with ACC members, senior executives and subordinates, and key external stakeholders.


■    Master’s degree in communications or business-related field.

■    Seven years experience in advocacy communications.

■    Federal government or related experience.

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Job posted: 2022-04-25