Associate Editor



The Associate Editor, a reporting position, reports to and works under the direction of the Assistant Managing Editor for Government and Policy.

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Outdoor Market: jobChemical & Engineering News is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single disciple. It goes to all ACS members and is described as the #1 or #2 benefit of membership.  Its audited circulation is approximately 130,000, delivered in print. It has an expanding digital presence. Its staff of 50 full-time editors, reporters, designers, and web content providers are located at ACS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in field offices in New York City; Berlin, Germany; Berkeley, Calif.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; and Hong Kong.

 Position Summary

The Associate Editor, a reporting position, reports to and works under the direction of the Assistant Managing Editor for Government and Policy. The incumbent is required to report and write breaking news stories and longer feature articles. These stories cover complex issues and the incumbent is expected to quickly turn out copy that is factually accurate and editorially balanced

Required Skills

  1. Identify potential story topics about energy and climate change policy in Congress and federal agencies (e.g. Department of Energy) in a timely way and share these ideas in weekly editorial meetings.
  2. Gather and analyze information quickly, effectively, and accurately.
  3. Conduct interviews that lead to accurate and balanced articles.
  4. Write articles for a technically sophisticated audience that conform to C&EN style and meet deadlines.
  5. Develop contacts within the federal agencies and Congress, as well as with relevant stakeholders.
  6. Participate in developing graphics and identifying photographs to illustrate stories.

Required Experience

A minimum of five years of reporting is required, with experience covering energy-related policy or science. Demonstrated writing skills, oral communication skills, and the ability to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources, including interviews and scientific papers, are also required. Knowledge of the U.S. Department of Energy, federal energy policy, and climate change science and policy is strongly desired, as is familiarity with how Congress works. A bachelor’s degree is required and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related science is desirable.  An advanced degree or education in journalism, especially science writing, is a plus. Social media and multimedia skills are assets.

The American Chemical Society offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

Job LocationWashington, District of Columbia, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular
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