Chemical Products and Technology: Director, Small/Medium Technical Product Groups

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for serving as the designated staff executive and managing all aspects of assigned groups within the Chemical Products and Technology (CPT) department, including directing administrative, technical, advocacy, and planning services. The position works closely with key internal and external stakeholders and reports directly to the Senior Director, Small/Medium Product Groups & CPT Operations. 

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads groups/committees/task groups of member company representatives in building consensus relative to the development and implementation of strategic goals and objectives.
  • Directs development, implementation and accomplishment of annual priorities for assigned CPT groups, including identifying new programs and initiatives to meet group needs.
  • Implements appropriate governance structures and requirements (e.g., group organizational structure, voting and operational procedures) consistent with ACC policy and association management best practices.
  • Directs development and management of annual budget and long-term financial plans for assigned groups, including development of appropriate dues/cost allocations that are consistent with ACC anti-trust and competitiveness policies, tracking of revenue and expenses, providing financial reports to members, recommending appropriate consultants, preparing requests for proposals, managing of contract bids/negotiation, and serving as project/contract manager.
  • Monitors and maintains a full understanding of regulations, legislation and market activities affecting or potentially affecting assigned groups and advises and administers regulatory compliance.
  • Provides issue expertise and strategic direction on priority issues, including advising and assisting groups in the development of advocacy positions, strategies and tactics as well as providing antitrust counseling, in consultation with ACC’s legal counsel.  
  • Prepares technical and policy materials to support assigned group’s goals and objectives and manages the development of education and communication vehicles, such as press releases, white papers, brochures and product stewardship and scientific publications. 
  • Serves as spokesperson and issue expert for assigned groups and select chemical product/sector issues, including serving as the high-level relationship manager for purposes of managing issues, as needed, with external organizations and consultants for assigned CPT groups. 
  • Represents assigned groups, CPT and ACC before a broad range of outside stakeholders, including serving as lead sector representative with relevant organizations. 
  • Organizes coalitions and educational forums for key audiences including industry, government, value-chain and academia to support assigned groups. 
  • Advises and assists CPT groups in funding and implementation of research programs, including providing technical assistance in protocol development, monitoring, auditing, and communication of results, in accordance with relevant ACC policies and procedures. 
  • Works in conjunction with internal ACC support functions (e.g., Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Communications, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, State and Federal Affairs, and Political Mobilization) to ensure optimal customer service and satisfaction for assigned CPT groups.
  • If applicable, develops and implements annual business development plan for increasing the membership of assigned groups, and develops/maintains key external relationships for purposes of growing membership of assigned groups.
  • Supervises the daily work activities of assigned staff (if applicable), in partnership with Senior Director, Director and Manager colleague(s), including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, and facilitating employee development.
  • Attends relevant industry conferences, forums, roundtables, etc, as deemed appropriate by Senior Director, Small/Medium Product Groups & CPT Operations and Vice President of CPT, for networking purposes.
  • Cultivates, builds and maintains ally relationships with external organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Qualifications/Requirements:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., public policy, business management).
  • Eight years project/issue management experience.
  • Three years advocacy or related experience with a business, trade, political or policy advocacy organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemical or related industry.  
  • Demonstrated technical experience and knowledge of applicable issues or specialty area(s).
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to give both internal and external presentations.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of complex matters simultaneously, including ability to prioritize and manage multiple issues, projects, tasks, and information/requests.
  • Ability to design and implement strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and coordinate across groups within a large organization.
  • Demonstrated organizational as well as budget planning and management skills.

Preferred:

  • Master or doctoral level degree in relevant scientific and/or technical area.
  • Certification in applicable specialty area(s). 
  • Membership in relevant professional societies.
  • Association, consulting firm, law firm or government experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a difficult/controversial industry, product or sector.
  • Active affiliation with relevant chemical industry sector groups, including relationships with relevant venues or organizations.
  • Familiarity with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act and the antimicrobial industry. 

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