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Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Job Title:  Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Location:   Washington, DC
Department:  Industrial and Environmental
Reports to:   Vice President

Primary Purpose of the Position:          

The Director will report to the Vice President and will be responsible for assisting in developing science-based policy and regulatory options for the Industrial and Environmental Section (IES) Governing Board, project teams, and committees. The position primarily focuses on federal, state, and international policy and regulations impacting renewable chemicals, bio-based products, fermentation food-tech, biofuels, and bio-processes. The Director will lead IES project team(s), committee(s) and IES Board-level committees as needed.


  • Provide policy and regulatory guidance to IES members on industrial biotechnology regulations such as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Monitor agency activities, federal register notices, and submissions of technical comments
  • Research, analyze and develop memoranda on federal regulations impacting BIO member companies, and draft regulatory comments as needed
  • Conduct outreach and advocacy with regulatory agencies
  • Serve as lead staff for the IES Regulatory Affairs Committee, and coordinate with Food and Agriculture Section (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 agencies
  • Work with the section Vice President to develop policy and advocacy strategies
  • Assist in developing press and advocacy materials as needed
  • 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 for IES-supported events
  • Work cooperatively within all departments of BIO to achieve BIO and IES goals
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Masters degree, law degree, or PhD preferred.
  • Educational background in chemistry, biology, or biotechnology preferred.
  • Knowledge of agriculture, biobased products, renewable chemicals, environment and energy policy a must
  • Scientific or technical knowledge about industrial and environmental biotechnology preferred
  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years in the workforce.
  • Experience in federal government or Capitol Hill preferred.
  • Experience working with U.S. agencies like EPA, USDA, or DOE on scientific and/or regulatory matters highly preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Regulatory process knowledge and experience 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