Communications: Director, Product Communications

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for providing strategic direction and communications services to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) self-funded groups. The director will provide high-level project management expertise, outreach to news media and other stakeholders, create strategic communications plans, as well as oversee issue management and communication materials development for multiple product groups inside ACC’s organization. The position reports directly to the Senior Director, Product Communications and coordinates with other product communications team members and ACC subject matter experts.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages communications programs for self-funded groups, including ensuring integration throughout select divisions (e.g. Regulatory/Technical Affairs, Chemical Products and Technology, Plastics Division, etc.) for purposes of reaching agreed upon goals, objectives and metrics.
  • Ensures cross-collaboration with applicable departments/divisions, including seeking feedback/input, developing work plans and executing approved programs.
  • Coordinates with member company representatives (as directed) to seek input, provide status/progress updates, as well as plan and execute agreed upon activities.
  • Facilitates development of beneficial external partnerships (e.g., industry, scientific and academic partners) in coordination with applicable ACC departments/divisions.
  • Creates, edits and manages content in support of ACC self-funded advocacy initiatives, including issuing papers, press releases, newsletters, backgrounders, fact sheets, Web copy and other relevant outreach materials.

Product/Panel Duties

  • Assists select chemical-specific groups, as noted above and including others, with communications and media relations.
  • Ensures all external messages to the media, membership, value chain and other key audiences are factually correct, compelling, delivered in a timely manner, and focus on achieving both ACC and the product groups’ strategic objectives.
  • Develops messages and positioning on key issues, in collaboration with designated stakeholders.
  • Monitors media (traditional and social media) and coordinates rapid response to inaccurate and/or negative information, as well as supports proactive media outreach.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field.
  • Eight years of experience in public policy, issue advocacy, media relations or relevant field.
  • High-level account management.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write creatively and communicate technical information.
  • Ability to process technical, abstract verbal and written information to establish beneficial messaging framework and implement action plans.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of projects with competing tasks/priorities.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and internet research skills.
  • Knowledge of press/media/newswire services.


  • Exposure to regulatory/technical or advocacy communications in a trade association.
  • Federal agency public affairs experience.
  • Public affairs agency experience.

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