Administrative, Clerical, Support Services, Community, Social Services, Nonprofit, Other
4 Year Degree
Division and Unit Overview
The mission of the American Chemical Society is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The ACS provides information, education, career services, and professional development and engagement programs to chemists worldwide who are addressing some of the most challenging scientific issues of our time. The ACS also supports teaching and learning for students of all ages through grants and scholarships, and encourages investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, research and innovation. The goal of the Development Office at the ACS is to advance the mission of the Society through the development of philanthropic partnerships. In its efforts to seek and secure private support for Society programs, the Development Office collaborates with a wide variety of groups within the Society and works to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward numerous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Members of the Development Office must be committed to the Society’s overarching mission and its core values; and, as representatives of the Society to its philanthropic partners, are expected to demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and discretion at all times.
As a team member of the Development Office, this position contributes to the fundraising success of the ACS by ensuring that donors have a positive and rewarding philanthropic experience. Reporting to the Manager of Development Communications, this position possesses the desire and ability to work cooperatively with various program leaders throughout the Society to effectively communicate the nature, value, and impact of Society programs to a wide range of audiences including current donors, prospective donors, and the general public. This role is responsible for creating informative, engaging, and persuasive content that speaks to the Society’s global mission, its core values and programs, and the key role played by philanthropists in achieving the Society’s goals
Contributes to the development of high quality written reports, proposals, prospectuses, articles, presentations and letters on the Society’s programs and its mission.
Strictly adheres to reporting and proposal deadlines, maintaining a calendar of deadlines and proactively coordinating with development staff, program leaders, and finance staff to ensure that deadlines are met without fail.
Provides editorial assistance on a wide range of communications and outreach efforts, including social media posts and content on acs.org, working collaboratively and cooperatively with multiple parties often under tight time constraints.
Updates and edits acs.org websites that pertain to the Development Office and related programs.
Drafts appeal letters, the general acknowledgement letter, customized acknowledgement letters, and custom cover letters that accompany proposals and reports.
Liaises with Society program leaders and staff to stay abreast of program activities in order to facilitate effective and accurate communications.
Provides research on prospective donors, helping the team assess their suitability as prospects and developing initial cultivation strategies.
Contributes to the planning and execution of special events, which may occur in the evenings and/or during the weekend.
Contributes to the Development Office in other ways, assisting with general tasks as needed.
Bachelor’s Degree and 3+ years professional writing experience, preferably in grant writing.
Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Office suite – including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Excellent communication skills are a must with proven ability to communicate professionally, persuasively and accurately at all levels.
Demonstrated ability to comprehend scientifically-oriented subject matter, synthesize it, and convey it to various audiences.
A self-starter, with demonstrated ability to organize time and set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, fostering a spirit of cooperation between groups.
Demonstrated interest in science and/or science education desired. Experience in fundraising or working with scientists and/or in a scientific institution would be an asset.
Please submit resume and cover letter to be considered.
About American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society serves more than 150,000 members globally, providing
educational and career development programs, products, and services. As the largest scientific
society in the world, we are a leading and authoritative source of scientific information. The ACS vision is
to improve lives through the transforming power of chemistry, and our mission is to advance the broader
chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of the Earth and its people.
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