Regulatory/Technical Affairs: Director, Global Affairs

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for serving as an advocate and technical resource for the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) global regulatory advocacy efforts. The position is responsible for supporting ACC’s international trade and chemical management advocacy, including managing the substance of ACC’s advocacy related to trade policy and negotiations, global chemical regulatory issues, and the implementation of international chemical agreements. The position reports directly to the Senior Director, Global Affairs. 

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops a working knowledge of ACC’s advocacy priorities, policy and technical processes related to advocacy directed at the federal government and intergovernmental bodies.
  • Develops, manages and sustains appropriate relationships with the appropriate offices in the U.S. government, including the Departments of State and Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Supports ACC’s global advocacy by:  
    • Establishing working relationships with appropriate member company representatives.
    • Developing and implementing appropriate advocacy strategies and projects on chemical regulatory issues, international trade issues, and other critical science and health issues.
    • Managing priority issues and activities, including advocacy planning and execution.
    • Managing the outside purchased services budget on related issues.

  • Prepares technical and policy materials to support ACC’s advocacy goals and objectives.
  • Supports the Senior Director in managing ACC’s engagement in the International Council of Chemical Associations, and in particular ICCA’s advocacy on global chemicals policy and regulatory issues.
  • Represents ACC before a broad range of outside stakeholders, as well as builds and maintains strong working relationships with technical experts, credible third parties, key staff in academic and research entities, regulatory and intergovernmental agencies, and other domestic and foreign trade associations.
  • Coordinates related technical and regulatory support to other ACC divisions and departments, including product- and sector-specific groups.
  • Anticipates the emergence of new global developments and steps ACC can take to eliminate, mitigate, or promote those developments, as appropriate.
  • Identifies and engages other Regulatory & Technical Affairs staff, and those of other ACC departments, as appropriate to understand and respond to the needs of ACC member companies and ACC’s advocacy partners relevant to key advocacy issues being addressed at the global level. 
  • Supports the Senior Director and the Regulatory & Technical Affairs Department in identifying new issues, advocacy priorities, tactics and strategies that could be advanced through ACC’s global affairs capacity.  
  • Monitors, analyzes and tracks emerging issues, developments and trends on related chemical regulatory and trade policy issues.  
  • Provides timely assessment and summaries of global regulatory and trade proposals, drafts and coordinates the development of ACC comments and advocacy on those proposals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Qualifications/Requirements:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in international advocacy or policy development.
  • Relevant experience in a technical, scientific, legal or policy field.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal, state and international chemical regulation and trade policy issues.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including an ability to give both internal and external presentations.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships, including the development and maintenance of high-quality relationships with federal and state agency personnel.
  • Sound understanding of cross-cultural diplomacy and an ability to tailor ACC’s advocacy to the needs of different audiences and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of complex matters simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand regulatory/legislative issues and their possible impact on the business of chemistry and industries that use the products of chemistry.

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree(s) in international relations, law, or environmental policy.
  • Previous experience in chemistry, the chemical industry, or related industries. 

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