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Director, Federal Government Relations

Position Title: Director, Federal Government Relations                                          
Department: Federal Government Relations
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations      

Primary Purpose of the Position: 

To oversee BIO’s lobbying on Food & Agriculture Section (F&A Section) issues; to manage/oversee BIO’s work on such issues with industry coalition partners; to manage any future internal resources for such issues.

Responsibilities:

  1. Actively engage within a cross-functional BIO Food & Agriculture team, including policy, communications, public acceptance, legal, and state government relations professionals, to execute a seamless and cohesive multi-dimensional strategy for the members of the F&A Section.
  2. Manage BIO’s agricultural FGR strategy as it relates to accomplishing BIO’s objectives before the Congress and the Agencies/Departments/White House.
  3. Engage with coalition partners and develop coalition strategies that advance BIO’s policy priorities.  Represent BIO within coalitions and advocate within the U.S. government with coalition partners.
  4. Integrate BIO’s agricultural FGR priorities into the overall BIO FGR strategy, particularly in areas of overarching biotechnology and life sciences policy interest.
  5. Working with F&A Section policy team, BIO’s Alliance Department, and others, actively engage in third party outreach on key policy priority issues.
  6. Working with our Alliance Department and Advocacy, generally, engage state BIO’s (as necessary), and manage grassroots engagement on BIO’s F&A policy priorities.
  7. Manage any future FGR Manager (or other position) hired to assist on these issues.
  8. Ensure contacts within the U.S. government, particularly the Hill, are maintained to provide BIO access to decision-makers. Collaborate on Hill relationships, as appropriate, with colleagues on the FGR team.
  9. Work closely with member companies to better understand their legislative priorities including, but not limited to, managing/lending support to the FGR Committees of the F&A.
  10. Work closely with policy sections to better understand the issues that will be lobbied.

Requirements:

  • An understanding of plant and animal agriculture biotechnology policy and the role of biotechnology in the larger modern agricultural production system.
  • Previous experience working with relevant Congressional committees.
  • A demonstrated track record of leadership, communication, organization and advocacy.
  • A demonstrated track record of collaborative approaches to problem solving and advancing outside the box, forward thinking ideas.
  • At least 7-10 years of total experience working on the Hill and/or working in government relations or policy-related areas, preferably with the background as a legislative director or manager.  Bachelor’s degree essential; law or other graduate degree preferred.