Director, Regulatory Affairs

Job Title: Director, Regulatory Affairs
Department: Industrial and Environmental
Reports to: Managing Director, IES

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The Director will report to the Managing Director and will be responsible for assisting in developing policy and regulatory options for the IES Governing Board, working groups, and committees that primarily focus on federal, state, and international policy and regulations impacting industrial biotechnology. The Director will staff IES working group(s), committee(s) and IES board level committees as needed.


  • Provide policy and regulatory guidance to the IES members on industrial biotechnology
  • Monitor Agency activities, track federal register notices, and monitor BIO’s submissions of comments
  • Research, analyze and develop memoranda on federal regulations impacting BIO member companies
  • Draft regulatory comments as needed
  • Conduct outreach and advocacy on behalf of member companies to regulatory agencies
  • Serve as lead staff for the IES Regulatory Affairs Committee, and coordinate with FAS regulatory lead on matters of overlapping or joint interest.  
  • Develop policy papers and other supporting documents for lobbying/advocacy visits on Capitol Hill and to the Agencies
  • Work with the section Managing Director to develop policy and advocacy strategies
  • Assist in developing press and advocacy materials as needed
  • Follow up on BIO IES section member requests, emails, telephone calls, etc.
  • Organize technical content for BIO conferences including overseeing breakout programming for the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
  • Make public presentations at technical conferences and meetings organized by other associations or entities
  • Travel to domestic and international conferences as needed
  • Assist in seeking out and recruiting new BIO IES members and sponsors to IES supported events
  • Work cooperatively within all departments of BIO to achieve BIO and IES goals.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Regulatory process knowledge and experience a must
  • Knowledge of agriculture, biobased products, renewable chemicals, environment and energy policy a must
  • Technical knowledge about industrial and environmental biotechnology helpful
  • Some knowledge of biology, chemistry or biotechnology a must
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills, both in person and over the phone
  • Exceptionally detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • 8 to 10 years in workforce. Experience in federal government or Capitol Hill useful. Legal and/or science background preferred.
  • Master’s degree or law degree preferred.