Kellen, one of the world’s leading partners to trade associations and professional societies, is adding a role to its Washington, D.C., public affairs team – manager of scientific and regulatory affairs. This role will provide strategic guidance and execution support for advocacy efforts on behalf of Kellen clients in the food and nutrition industry, with a focus on interpreting and contributing to regulatory guidance from relevant U.S. and international agencies.
The company’s food and nutrition portfolio includes some of the world’s foremost trade associations shaping the manufacturing, processing and consumption of food products in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to this role’s colleagues in the advocacy and public affairs department, the successful candidate will work with food scientists, food technologists, nutritionists and researchers on staff to fuel knowledge-based, mutual understanding of how regulatory developments impact industry stakeholders and publics.
What would you do?
Work directly with association boards of directors, committees and members to develop proactive and responsive advocacy efforts
Monitor, analyze and interpret regulatory and legislative developments at the state, federal and international levels
Serve as subject matter expert to clients, specialists and the media with regard to food policy and regulations
Develop and implement associations’ public policy agendas
Conduct outreach to regulatory agencies and congressional offices
Maintain working relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies and independent bodies
Attend and report on – and, in some cases, participate in – meetings and proceedings of regulatory agencies
Represent clients through participation in relevant allied organizations and coalitions
Attend public policy hearings, briefings, seminars, coalition meetings and other events to represent clients and provide reports
Draft and deliver written and oral testimony, letters and regulatory comments on behalf of clients
Coordinate research into regulatory policy developments and distribute memos to relevant clients
Contribute to Kellen corporate communications including advertising, media interviews, internal and external newsletters, social media, and website content, as needed
Participate in development of new business proposals, as needed
Am I qualified?
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
5-10 years’ experience working in the regulatory environment, or 2-3 years’ experience with a master’s degree
Ability to travel as needed, both domestic and international
Superlative communication skills, both oral and written
Sound understanding of the U.S. and international regulatory environments, preferably with regard to foodservice, food additives and nutrition standards
The following qualifications are not required to apply for this role, but will further set candidates apart.
Education and/or background in science
Experience navigating and interpreting international standards and regulations
Experience working for/with trade associations in the food and nutrition industry
Experience working for and/or with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
This role is based in Kellen’s Washington, D.C., office located in the historic National Press Building. Kellen employees enjoy competitive compensation and full benefits packages including 12 U.S. holidays plus accrued PTO, retirement plans with company match, medical/dental/vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, and much more. The successful candidate will join a collegial, diverse and friendly atmosphere of communications, management and public affairs professionals working hard to turn our client missions into reality. For more information, visit kellencompany.com.
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An equal opportunity, professional services firm with a primary concentration in association management and communications. Additional services include meetings and conference management, digital marketing and strategic advice. Kellen Company is an employee owned company (ESOP) with 300 employees from a wide variety of professional disciplines. It has seven offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Beijing, Chicago, Kansas City, New York City and Washington DC. Kellen Company celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.