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Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel


Washington, District of Columbia 20005
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Job Details

Position responsibilities are split between regulatory and legal activities. Position advocates for the dairy industry on a variety of regulatory and legal issues including environmental, worker safety, sustainability, organic, food defense, food safety, and GE labeling issues. Position requires understanding, explaining and resolving complex issues involving diverse state/federal regulations and policies that directly impact the food and dairy industries. The most critical aspect of the position is to help members understand what is required of them so that they can be in compliance with the numerous rules and regulations that impact their businesses on a daily basis. Position reports to the Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.


Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and advocate dairy industry positions on regulatory matters such as environmental (EPA), worker safety (OSHA), sustainability, organic (USDA), food safety, food defense (FDA, DHS), and GE labeling (USDA) issues at the federal level, including networking with members and food trade associations
  • Educate and assist members with regulatory compliance issues and individual company issues (e.g. inspections, recalls, Proposition 65) and other areas of subject matter expertise
  • Serve as staff lead or facilitator of IDFA working groups and committees including Environmental and Worker Safety Committee, GE Labeling Task Force, and Food Waste and Date Labeling Task Force
  • Represent IDFA on governmental, non-governmental organizations, other trade associations, and dairy industry committees and working groups to develop common positions
  • Monitor and analyze developments to provide advice to IDFA members on regulatory compliance for dairy plant processing on areas of subject matter expertise
  • Provide technical and legal advice to legislative and communications teams on areas of subject matter expertise
  • Analyze legislation, statutes, and proposed and final rules and draft comments during the regulatory promulgation process on areas of subject matter expertise
  • Organize, present at, and conduct meetings including IDFA hosted workshops and webinars, and outside conferences
  • Manage program at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP conference
  • Conduct issue spotting on legal and regulatory issues and anticipate emerging issues dairy industry may face
  • Serve as legal counsel to association by monitoring association activities for antitrust issues, managing association trademarks and intellectual property, and acting as legal counsel at board meetings
  • Review and draft association contracts, non-disclosure agreements and other legal documents as needed
  • Manage certain departmental budgets



  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
  • BS degree in life sciences such as dairy science, food technology, food processing, or environmental sciences a plus
  • Experience working on environmental, worker safety, sustainability a plus
  • Law degree (JD) and admission to the District of Columbia bar, or eligible for immediate waiver, required for legal work and analysis
  • Legal skills are needed for attorney related activities
  • Understanding complex scientific and regulatory issues involving environmental, worker safety, sustainability, organic, food defense, food safety, and GE labeling issues
  • Confident public speaker to address policy and technical issues in an easy to understand manner at board meetings, conferences, and as an invited speaker at outside meetings
  • Leadership and organization skills to effectively run committees and meetings via conference calls and face-to-face meetings
  • Problem solving to assist members with complex issues and the ability to interpret and explain the relevant government regulations and policies but also to assist members with understanding the legal enforcement and risk for non-compliance
  • Ability to build and use an extensive network for outside assistance (legal counsel, consultants, colleagues, academics, trade associations, regulators) and resources to call upon when needed
  • Customer service skills for assisting members in many different capacities from complex technical questions to simple friendly greetings at meetings and events
  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communication
  • Basic computer skills for email, word processing, excel, power point for presentations
  • Self-starter who excels in fast-paced environment
  • Delegation of work to appropriate staff


Physical Requirements

  • Normal office environment requiring use of typical business equipment (e.g., computer, telephone, fax and copier machines)
  • Ability to travel to industry events
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