The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Washington, DC

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

In order to be considered for this position, the online application must be submitted, along with an updated resume. All applicable fields on the application are required, including full employment and salary history. 

Come be a part of our excellent work environment. AH is seeking a Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for it’s founding client partner, The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

Who Is JPMA?The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a non-profit association representing approximately 250 manufacturers who make 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products in the U.S. market. Member companies are located around the world and manufacturer products in the following categories:

  • Mobility
  • Feeding
  • Vehicle Transportation Health & Safety
  • Sleep & Furniture
  • Soft Goods

How Does JPMA Help Baby Product Manufacturers, Retailers and Related Businesses?
JPMA takes pride in our role of serving as the voice of the industry and is committed to ensuring child safety. This includes:

  • Monitoring the juvenile product industry’s regulatory landscape
  • Working to promote the industry and those involved
  • Serving as a top resource for product safety standards
  • Educating consumers on the safe use and selection of baby products
  • Gathering and distributing industry statistics
  • Hosting an annual competition recognizing the most innovative baby products on the market

Strategic Anchors

  • Advocacy, Product Safety & Certification
  • Broad & Diverse Membership
  • Comprehensive Source for Baby Product Information

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs (JPMA) is responsible for all JPMA legislative and regulatory activities within Washington, DC, as well as all state and international activity. This position is responsible for the analysis, direction and management of all legislative and regulatory initiatives and for the execution of agreed upon deliverables in support of the association’s strategic plan.

The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs reports to the AE of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and is a member of the Association’s Leadership Team. The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs may also be called upon to work with AH’s business development team in support of advancing AH’s strategic plan.  The person holding this position will be required to perform a variety of tasks including leading and directing the work of others.

The Director of Regulatory & Legislative Affairs will work out of AH’s Washington, DC office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with JPMA Executive Staff, General Counsel, and key industry committee and volunteer leaders to develop, execute and advance the industry’s annual federal, state and global legislative and regulatory agenda.
    • Assist in the development of the agenda and action plan, with milestones for the execution of the annual agenda
    • Identify and assess compatibility of potential coalition partners (TIA, AAFA, ACC, AAP, etc.) and maintain relationships as appropriate
    • Provide quarterly reports on issues impacting annual agenda and recommend any necessary refinements to strategy
    • Identify, monitor, analyze, interpret and summarize federal and state regulations that relate to the juvenile products industry
    • Provide timely analysis of relevant legislation and regulations to facilitate strategic discussion and actions
    • Work with JPMA Executive Staff, lobbyists, committee or task group leaders and volunteer leadership to craft industry’s government affairs
    • Draft and file comments and testimony, as appropriate and with the assistance of JPMA General Counsel and Executive Staff, related to pending legislative or regulatory actions and federal rule-making
    • Recommend lobbyists and lobbying firms to compliment the government affairs work of JPMA, negotiate contracts and oversee the relationships.
  • Regulatory Communication
    • Write a regular Washington Update to be distributed to members with insight about legislation and regulations that have a direct impact on JPMA members
    • Attend approximately four JPMA Board meetings annually and brief volunteer leaders on regulatory issues
    • Attend Annual JPMA Baby Show (annual trade show) and brief members and other constituents on relevant legislative and regulatory issues
    • Organize and execute an annual Washington, DC fly-in for members including taking the lead on program planning and obtaining speakers
    • Provide ongoing strategic advice to JPMA Staff, JPMA Board and industry leaders on regulatory issues at the state, federal and international level
    • Work with JPMA’s Assistant Executive Director to provide appropriate educational content for members
    • Contribute to external content related to regulatory and legislative developments including, but not limited to, website content, press releases and editorials
    • Travel to individual states as necessary to provide JPMA’s perspective and interact with local governments and key stakeholders
    • File comments and letters with appropriate parties on behalf of JPMA
  • Regulatory Agency Monitoring
    • Attend meetings as appropriate, which are held at regulatory agencies for any JP related issues (CPSC, NHTSA, FDA, EPA, etc.)
    • Report back to Executive Staff and key volunteer leaders on substantive outcomes of those meetings
      • Provide detailed reports on Regulatory Agency visits
      • Provide written reports of regulatory agency interactions to Executive Staff
    • Attend meetings on behalf of JPMA and JPMA members and provide brief reports
  • Capitol Hill Monitoring
    • Attend hearings and meetings as appropriate with Congressional staff
    • Educate Members and their staffs about JPMA
    • Provide ongoing communication between JPMA Washington DC Staff and Congressional offices
  • JPMA Leadership
    • Act as a member of the JPMA Senior Leadership Team and support the activities and strategic initiatives of the association
    • Work closely with JPMA’s Director of Product Safety & Certification to ensure seamless integration of JPMA’s policy agenda and the ASTM process, and efficient collection of member data and information supporting JPMA’s positions and related comments and testimony. Attend relevant ASTM meetings and JPMA Certification Committee meetings.
    • Work in conjunction with JPMA’s Managing Director of Public & Government Affairs to refine her scope of work and support execution thereof
    • As requested, personal visits to members at their places of business to educate about regulatory, legislative and compliance issues

* This is not meant to be all-inclusive as other duties may be assigned.

MEASUREMENT OF SUCCESS

  • Strategic plan deliverables
    • Comments submitted on Federal Rulemakings
    • Letter sign on additions tracked and quantified
    • Met expectations for amount of time spent on Capitol Hill, and in Regulatory Agency Offices (e.g., CPSC, NHTSA, etc.)
  • New contacts generated and relationships maintained
  • Washington Fly-In Feedback (if applicable) strongly positive
  • Development of a Regulatory Affairs Committee if appropriate – strong positive feedback from internal and external stakeholders
  • Execution of Hill Luncheon or other similar annual event
  • Timely updates for Executive Staff on Regulatory and Legislative issues, status updates, action items
  • Strong communications plan and execution related to informing and educating members about Washington office activities and topics of interest

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE/REQUIRED PROFICIENCIES

Bachelor’s degree required.

BENEFITS 

Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance – Employee Paid
  • AFLAC available
  • Paid holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual
  • 401K
  • Basic life insurance, short term and long term disability

Other Benefits of Working at AH:

  • Named Best Place to Work by Philadelphia Business Journal 6 Times – based on a survey conducted of our employees
  • Industry Leader – Most credentialed AMC, and the first AMC to be Customer Service Certified by the Customer Service Institute of America
  • Flex Schedules
  • Gym reimbursement program
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Training and Development opportunities

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Job Posted: August 30, 2017
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