Communications, Sustainability and Market Outreach: Managing Director, Responsible Care

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for leading and managing the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care® program, the chemical industry’s world class environment, health and safety initiative. Working closely with the Executive Vice President and other members of ACC’s senior leadership team, this position will develop strategies to enhance the value of Responsible Care to ACC members and Responsible Care Partner companies and oversee the direction and execution of the key elements of the Responsible Care program (i.e., management systems certification, security, performance measures, and oversight functions). This position will support the ACC board of directors committee on Responsible Care, lead member company committees and workgroups and manage Responsible Care staff and consultants. The position reports directly to the Executive Vice President, Communications, Sustainability and Market Outreach.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops strategy and oversees the implementation of initiatives and programs as part of the Responsible Care program that will provide member company value and illustrate the chemical industry’s commitment to safety and responsibility in all aspects of operations.  
  • Leads groups/teams of ACC staff and member company representatives with diverse interests to build consensus for the development and implementation of appropriate strategies, initiatives and performance measures. 
  • Collaborates with Sustainability, Market Outreach, Advocacy and Communications staffs to identify ways to leverage Responsible Care to support organization and member company sustainability and advocacy goals. 
  • Develops strategies and manages processes for articulating Responsible Care mission, goals, performance, and relevance to external and internal stakeholders (e.g., ACC staff, members and Partners, government agencies, customers, environmental and other non-profit groups, professional organizations).  
  • Develops and implements strategies for enhancing understanding of and familiarity with Responsible Care throughout the value chain.    
  • Supports the global growth of Responsible Care, including the expanded adoption of ACC’s Responsible Care ideals and working to establish ACC leadership in the Responsible Care space both domestically and by working with other national Responsible Care implementing organizations.
  • Develops strategies to support ACC membership and Responsible Care Partnership growth and retention through member/partner outreach in the field and through ACC-led forums.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate high-level contacts with member company representatives, government agencies external groups/coalitions and organizations, as well as internal ACC staff (i.e., Federal Affairs, State Affairs, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Communications).
  • Provides expertise on ways to leverage the Responsible Care program with focus on identifying creative alternatives to address member and Responsible Care® Partner needs. 
  • Supports the ACC Board Responsible Care Committee. 
  • Supports the International Council of Chemical Associations Responsible Care Committee and its activities including the implementation of international capacity building activities and identifying ways to leverage capacity building successes to advance industry goals. 
  • Manages the overall work activities of employees in the Responsible Care work unit, including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance review, and facilitating employee development. 

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  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific, engineering, business or public policy related field.
  • 15 years relevant professional level experience.
  • Experience or significant familiarity with industry environment, health and safety performance programs.
  • Ability to design and implement strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Strong leadership, written and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to give internal and public presentations.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes on both federal and state levels.
  • Experience managing a team and working across organizations to support progress and success. 
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of complex matters simultaneously, including ability to prioritize and manage multiple issues, projects, tasks, and information/requests.
  • Ability to build consensus, work in a team environment, and coordinate across groups within a large organization.


  • Corporate or trade association experience in a government-related industry.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the chemical industry.

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