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Job Title: Sr. Director, Food Policy
Reports to: President & CEO, Corn Refiners Association

ORGANIZATION

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is a medium-sized national food trade association based in Washington, DC that is focused on public policy at the state, federal, and international level. CRA staff also support the Plant Based Products Council, a trade association advocating for bio products that facilitate a circular economy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Sr. Director, Food Policy leads development and execution of science-based policy regarding food, nutrition, agriculture, and product safety and quality at the international, federal, state, and local levels, as well as CRA’s strong collaborative industry relationships. Coordinates food policy and food safety committees at the direction of the President & CEO.

DUTIES

  • Oversees and executes organization policy strategies regarding food, nutrition, agriculture, and product safety and quality.
  • Uses best management practices to lead association committees. Plans committee in-person meetings and calls.
  • As necessary, registered lobbyist, advocating for science-based policies.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with government officials, non-profits, academia, and industry allies. Coordinates dialogue between colleagues and potential partners.
  • Regularly monitors, evaluates, analyzes, and reports on government policies, regulations, food industry trends, impacts, threats, and opportunities, providing strategic insights/recommendations to CEO, Board of Directors, relevant association committees, and industry allies.
  • Produces in-depth issue papers, one-pagers, talking points, newsletter articles, committee reports, and other documents, as needed. Maintains a workplan for each issue engaged.
  • Manages multiple legislative and regulatory consultants on a project-by-project basis from start to execution, including annual renewal of contracts.
  • Drafts committee annual budgets with input from members, working with President & CEO to finalize budget ahead of Board approval.
  • Manages an intern and coordinates specific organization projects.
  • Participates and plays a leading role in DC-based legislative and regulatory coalitions, developing working relationships based on common interests.
  • Represents organization at various events, including those with government officials, non-profits, academia, and industry partners.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five (5) years working in the food, agriculture, and/or nutrition field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the U.S. regulatory system, including developing comments on regulatory proposals.
  • Adaptable to change and proven experience managing multiple project deadlines.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented, displaying sound judgment and personal integrity.
  • Proven communicator with different stakeholders, including possessing effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition, public policy, agriculture, or related fields. Master’s degree in related areas or registered dietitian preferred.

BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with experience. Best in class benefits offered, including health insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); sick, vacation, and holiday leave; public transit assistance; parking; and more. We embrace continuous learning and support our team in efforts to grow and develop professionally and personally.

TO APPLY

Please provide your resume, cover letter, and at least three (3) references to careers@corn.org, subject line: Sr. Director Food Policy. You will be contacted by a CRA team member to schedule an interview if there is interest in moving forward with your application.

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