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Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs with CropLife America in Arlington, VA and Hybrid

Type of position Full time Director position
Employer CropLife America
Description of Employer CropLife America (CLA) is the national trade association that represents the manufacturers,
formulators and distributors of pesticides. CLA’s member companies produce, sell and distribute
virtually all the vital and necessary crop protection and biotechnology products used by farmers,
ranchers and landowners. CLA encourages all types of farming and farming practices and supports environmental policies that are based on sound science, best practices, and maintain farmers and companies’ competitive advantage. On behalf of our members, we provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, legal support, and communications outreach so that our member companies can provide the agricultural products and technology that are behind our safe food supply, and that reduce risks from destructive pests and diseases.
Location Arlington, VA and Hybrid
Description of Location Located one block from the Ballston Metro station in Arlington.
Salary Competitive salary and bonus eligibility
Benefits Very competitive health, welfare, 401(k) and ancillary employee benefits.
Closing date of competition 3/15/23
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

Responsible for the implementation and management of effective science and regulatory policy advocacy to support CropLife America’s strategic priorities, including matters that impact pesticide risk assessments and registration with the objective of formulating science-based positions to minimize unnecessary or unjustified impacts on the registration (and registration review), manufacture, formulation, and distribution of registered uses of crop protection products. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor, review and analyze relevant regulatory initiatives, including the identification of emerging policy issues, to determine potential impacts on the crop protection industry, and communicate threat to CropLife America Leadership and members.
    • Actively monitor existing and emerging federal regulations impacting pesticides, including under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and others, as appropriate.
    • Develop CropLife America comments, in close collaboration with CropLife America’s legal team, in response to Federal Register Notices and other calls for CropLife America input on science and policy issues.
  • Assist Vice President in the management of multiple committees, meeting groups and projects. 
  • Initiate and maintain relationships and effectively work with key Agencies in the U.S and internationally.
  • Establish and maintain contact with key career regulatory officials important to achievement of CropLife America’s objectives under the direction of the Vice President. 
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with, provide leadership for and effectively work with key stakeholders and allied organizations to address specific issues of importance to CropLife America, including the ability to solicit commitments from such organizations. 
  • Prepare effective advocacy materials including background papers, issue briefs, talking points, amendments, correspondence, and testimony for use by CropLife America representatives and allied organizations.
  • Ensure effective communication with CropLife America members and association staff on status of relevant science and regulatory policy initiatives.
Qualifications sought

Education, Work Experience and/or Licensure

  • PhD in Agriculture (like Agronomy, Pathology, Entomology), Toxicology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, or similar fields relevant to pesticides research
  • Experience with managing FIFRA registrations is preferred  
  • Five to ten (5-10) years of regulatory affairs or risk assessment experience in a pesticides/chemicals industry or trade association setting
  • Five plus (5+) years of project/issue management experience. 


Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to distill complex and/or technical information into concise, effective and influential communications.
  • Strong management skills to work with volunteer leadership from member companies.
  • Strong analytical, interpretive, evaluative and constructive thinking skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong understanding of the science and regulatory issues related to pesticides.   
  • Skilled at discussing scientific issues with government officials and other      stakeholders.
  • Competency to draft comprehensive technically relevant comments in response to regulatory initiatives on behalf of the crop technology industry.  
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and application
Submit to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1399758/Croplife-America/Director-Science-and-Regulatory-Affairs
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