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.
- 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.
- Manage BIO’s agricultural FGR strategy as it relates to accomplishing BIO’s objectives before the Congress and the Agencies/Departments/White House.
- 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.
- Integrate BIO’s agricultural FGR priorities into the overall BIO FGR strategy, particularly in areas of overarching biotechnology and life sciences policy interest.
- Working with F&A Section policy team, BIO’s Alliance Department, and others, actively engage in third party outreach on key policy priority issues.
- 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.
- Manage any future FGR Manager (or other position) hired to assist on these issues.
- 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.
- 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.
- Work closely with policy sections to better understand the issues that will be lobbied.
- 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.