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Director, Federal Government Relations- Agriculture & Environment

Primary Purpose of the Position:

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

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

1) Actively engage within a cross-functional BIO Agriculture & Environment 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 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 strategies that advance BIO’s policy priorities. Represent BIO within coalitions and advocate within the U.S. government with coalition partners.

4) 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.

5) Effectively manage, in partnership with the VP of FGR, the Director of Appropriations and Tax.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

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.

Education and Experience Required:

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.


Candidates should be aware that BIO currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date BIO is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

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Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is an equal opportunity employer. BIO does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by law.
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