Communications, Sustainability and Market Outreach: Senior Director, Sustainability Policies and Standards

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for developing policies and practices that incorporate science and risk and life-cycle-based approaches for adoption by ACC members and acceptance by priority sectors, standards setting bodies and relevant international, federal, state policy-making bodies. The position is also responsible for oversight of sector-specific work streams and works closely with Responsible Care staff and other key stakeholders. The position reports directly to the Executive Vice President, Communications, Sustainability & Market Outreach.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads the development of sustainability performance measures for adoption by ACC members.
  • Identifies opportunities and implements strategies to influence sustainability policies, standards and practices, particularly with regard to chemicals management, among downstream markets.
  • Manages ACC’s engagement with sector-specific and cross-sector standards as well as policy-setting and procurement-focused groups to promote science and risk and life-cycle-based approaches to chemical selection and product utilization.
  • Engages with environment, social and governance focused stakeholders to promote holistic approaches to the evaluation of the chemical industry’s performance and of downstream markets that utilize the products of chemistry.
  • Works with other senior members of the Sustainability and Market Outreach team to develop strategies, tactics and solutions to promote adoption of science, risk and life-cycle based approaches to sustainability and to promote awareness of the critical sustainability benefits enabled by products of chemistry.
  • Remains abreast of marketplace sustainability trends and incorporates intelligence into ACC strategy and policy developments.
  • Manages committee of senior-level sustainability representatives from ACC member companies to develop consensus policy and practice recommendations to executive level committees and the ACC board of directors.
  • Collaborates with ACC’s Chemical Products and Technology division to develop strategies and tactics to address product-specific sustainability needs.
  • Represents ACC sustainability initiatives in various public forums.
  • Manages the daily work activities of the three to five junior and mid-level staff, including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, and facilitating employee development. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or related field.
  • 10+ years relevant professional level experience.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to give both internal and external presentations.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to implement sustainability practices within a corporate or ESG standard-setting environment.
  • Ability to build consensus, work in a team environment, and coordinate across groups, (i.e., executive level leaders) within a large organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and support a positive and collegial management environment.
  • Ability to design strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Working, practical knowledge of the discipline of sustainability and the relationship between chemicals management and sustainability practices.
  • Expertise as a leader with demonstrated skills in leading, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.  


  • Experience with and knowledge of sustainability trends and policies as well as implementation of sustainability practices in a corporate or ESG-focused environment.

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