As part of the AOCS Membership team, you will help us achieve the AOCS mission by writing original copy that makes our member and non-members lives better and improves their experience with our Society.
About the Position
In this role you will be responsible for a variety of communication activities with a focus on producing and disseminating content to inform and build engagement with members and promote AOCS to prospective members. You will work with stakeholders such as staff and member leaders to craft messages that show value and then utilize best practices in disseminating this information on social media, web and within email communications. Strong on-page SEO copywriting experience and expertise in SEO editorial best practices is a must as well as a proven ability to write simple, elevated and inspired copy.
Remote position. Association headquarters are in Urbana, Illinois.
What you will do here
Write and edit content related to membership and disseminate that content through email, web, blog, and print.
Lead social media activities, including developing social media calendars and content; monitoring and responding to social media queries; and posting social media messages.
Oversee and deploy all emails for the Society through extensive use of Real Magnet.
Create and manage landing pages by writing copy that generates leads.
Layout, edit and disseminate the Society’s membership magazine’s table of content alerts.
Work with volunteers to oversee execution of member-written newsletters, two times per year
Write original copy for the Society’s weekly e-newsletter
Ensure communication and marketing materials are accurate, adhere to brand standards, and evoke the appropriate tone and style for the audience and type of communication vehicle.
Manage the staff’s survey development tool, Formsite, and help with survey development, deployment and organization
Assist in drafting and executing marketing and communication project plans, including coordinating the email calendar.
Share your ideas on overall themes and content of materials.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media communications or related field
Strong SEO copywriting experience and expertise in SEO editorial best practices
Knowledge of the AP Stylebook and/or the Chicago Manual of Style
Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Ability to use and understand basic computer programs, current technology, and office equipment.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally and effectively with all levels of staff and members.
Ability to work effectively in multicultural situations.
Additional Desired Qualifications
Minimum of 3–5 years of experience in a communications or science writing role
Experience using email marketing platforms, such as Real Magnet or Informz
Promotional experience using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Experience managing and/or moderating an online community.
Science background preferred
Ability to lift 25 pounds
Fit to travel and work under physically stressful conditions
Ability to travel on occasions
Applicants who meet the requirements and are interested in being considered for this position should submit the following information as a single PDF file:
Multiple writing samples;
At least 2 supervisory references and 1 professional reference (name, title, company name, phone number and email).
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Telecommuting is allowed.
The American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) is an international professional organization based in Urbana, Illinois, USA dedicated to providing the support network for those involved with the science and technology related to oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, and related materials. Founded in 1909, AOCS has approximately 2500 members in 90 countries who are active in a total of ten divisions, representing the major technical interests of the members. There are seven sections, representing members by geographic location and interests within Europe, Canada, India, Latin America, Australia/Pacific Rim, China and Asia.
Our history is one of success built on the contributions of hundreds of volunteers over the past eleven decades. At the start, there were nine dedicated individuals who created the Society of Cotton Products Analysts, as AOCS was first known. These nine charter members sought to offer proven methods for analysis of cottonseed products, the need for which still forms the basic foundation of AOCS.
The technical activities that inspired the founders of the Society still exist and have expanded. The book of Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS contains... more than 400 analytical methods with proven global reliability. The AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is the world's most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing program for oil- and fat-related commodities, oilseeds, oilseed meals and edible fats and proteins. AOCS organizes meetings, symposia, conferences, courses and webinars that cover many topics and fields, ranging from the effect of various fats used in infant formula on brain development, to the constitution of laundry detergents that will require less water to meet environmental standards in the future. AOCS Press publishes three peer-reviewed technical journals, technical books related to the members areas of study and practice, and the member magazine INFORM (International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials). Journals are the JAOCS (Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society), Lipids, and JSD (Journal of Surfactants and Detergents).