Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Senior Manager for International Affairs reports to the Vice President of International Affairs and serves as the primary liaison to both the Food and Agriculture Section and the Industrial and Environmental Section to ensure integration within the “one BIO” approach on international advocacy priorities. The Senior Manager will collaborate internally and externally with key stakeholders to drive coordination on international priorities as it relates to biotechnology applications for plants, animal health, microbes and environmental sustainability and to represent BIO with relevant U.S. government agencies and international organizations on such issues.
Key responsibilities would include:
- Under the direction of the VP for International Affairs, implement international priorities as outlined by the Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board and the Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board and manage International Affairs working groups and task forces as necessary.
- Maintain focused engagement on existing trade policy priorities related to plant biotechnology, including China, Mexico and Korea and manage U.S. stakeholder engagement.
- Under direction of VP for International Affairs and in close coordination with the Food and Agriculture and Industrial and Environmental Sections, develop a multifaceted and dynamic international outreach campaign built on climate and environmental sustainability and the bioeconomy.
- Play a key role in BIO’s engagement with multilateral organizations and in key international economic fora, including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations system, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, Framework Convention on Climate Change and others as needed.
- Support outreach in key regions such as Asia, Europe and Latin America.
- Support programing and operations for BIO events, as necessary, including the BIO International Convention and regional events such as BIO Latin America.
- Help market the BIO International Convention and BIO IMPACT to international audiences as appropriate.
- Engage U.S. and Foreign Government officials as appropriate.
- Knowledge of international agriculture economic and trade issues affecting BIO members and the broader industry.
- Experience managing advocacy campaigns and diverse stakeholder relationships.
- Understanding the inter-organizational and supply chain dynamics affecting the biotech industry globally.
- Knowledge of industrial biosciences, biofuels and climate change issues.
- Knowledge of animal biotechnology and broader animal health issues.
- Understanding of U.S. trade agreements and policy.
- Experience advocating to US and/or other governments on such issues.
- Excellent writing and oral communication skill.
- College degree or equivalent years of experience related to international economics, trade, or agriculture.
- Graduate degree preferable.
- 8+ years experience working in a related policy area to that described above.