A high-profile food and agricultural trade association is looking for an exceptional Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs.
The successful candidate will interact with the association’s member companies, federal agencies, primarily the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and other related associations regarding regulatory and scientific policies and requirements.
Duties include assisting management with policy and leadership initiatives, promptly analyzing initiatives affecting member companies, and representing the association on food safety and animal health and welfare issues at government and industry events. Duties also include assisting the association’s Foundation and education staff with planning and administering education and training programs.
Member Support: Provide timely assistance, analysis, and guidance to member companies regarding policy issues and regulatory compliance.
Committee and Task Force Management: Serve as staff liaison to appropriate association committees, task forces, and work groups assembled to achieve association initiatives and ensure members are provided a forum for discussing issues and sharing best practices to establish industry-wide positions where possible.
Association Representation: Represent association at external meetings, which include regulatory briefings, biosecurity workshops, trade association meetings, and national meetings. As necessary, create and lead coalitions involving other trade associations and agencies (including FSIS, APHIS, Food and Drug Administration, and the Agricultural Marketing Service) to address regulatory issues of concern.
Crisis Management Team: Provide coverage for immediate response to potential or actual crisis events related to regulatory actions, animal welfare issues, foodborne illness outbreaks, or biosecurity issues.
Staff Support: Assist other staff e.g., developing educational and training materials, publishing briefing materials for members and media, and communicating association and Foundation activities. Ensure communications regarding regulatory policy to Board of Directors, Executive Board, and members are accurate and timely.
D.V.M. or advanced degree in a relevant field, with food industry or regulatory policy experience preferred.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About North American Meat Institute
Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC, NAMI keeps its fingers on the pulse of legislation, regulation and media activity that impacts the meat and poultry industry and provides rapid updates and analyses to its members to help them stay informed. In addition, NAMI conducts scientific research through its Foundation designed to help meat and poultry companies improve their plants and their products. The Institute's many meetings and educational seminars also provide excellent networking and information-sharing opportunities for members of the industry.