RISE – Director of Regulatory Affairs

06 Oct, 2020


RISE – Director of Regulatory Affairs

CropLife America
Arlington, VA

The RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) Director of Regulatory Affairs is responsible for proactive and productive engagement with regulatory agencies at the federal and state level, close engagement with member volunteers, open and active engagement with teammates, and effective communication internally and externally about regulatory priorities.  The Director is also responsible for the development, implementation, and management of effective regulatory policy strategies and tactics.  The Director reports to the President.


  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with the appropriate individuals and divisions within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Association of Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO), and others who have regulatory authority over the manufacture and use of pesticide products.
  • Monitor, review, and analyze priority regulatory initiatives, including the identification of emerging policy issues, to determine potential impacts on the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry and communicate opportunities and threats to the team and members.
  • Serve as the staff lead for the Regulatory Affairs Committee and other member volunteer workgroups, as assigned.  Responsibility includes scheduling, anti-trust compliance, serving as secretary, meeting facilitation, and leadership in close coordination with the committee chair and vice-chair.
  • Develop and execute regulatory advocacy strategies and projects in coordination with Regulatory Affairs Committee.
  • Coordinate with volunteer leaders from the Regulatory Affairs Committee, colleagues from CropLife America, and teammates to facilitate the development of an annual Regulatory Conference and relevant workshops and trainings focused on educating regulators about the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry.
  • Work proactively and positively within the team, collaborating effectively to achieve association priorities, authoring regular issue updates for association newsletter and other member updates, providing regular updates to Governing Board and association leadership, and communicating regularly with the team about ongoing projects and priority status.
  • Actively lead and participate on multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans addressing current and emerging issues.
  • Ensure effective communication with members and teammates about the status of regulatory priorities.
  • Initiate, provide leadership for, and effectively work with members, key stakeholders, and allied organizations to address priorities.
  • Employ proactive and innovative approaches to opportunities and challenges.
  • Prepare effective advocacy materials, including technical comments, background papers, issue briefs, talking points, policy proposals, correspondence, and testimony.
  • Actively pursue leadership on priority regulatory issues at the federal, state, and local levels.

Additional Qualifications

  • Fluency with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and ability to advocate for its proper implementation and primacy for pesticide regulation.
  • Expert knowledge of regulatory issues impacting specialty pesticides.
  • Working understanding of and experience in dealing with legislative and regulatory processes, including rules and procedures of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies.
  • Ability to write technical comments in response to regulatory and other policy initiatives.
  • Strong analytical, interpretive, evaluative and constructive thinking skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Possess and demonstrate sound judgment and diplomacy in dealing with members, non-members, coworkers and teammates.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Expertise building trust, credibility, and consensus.
  • Limited travel may be required throughout the year (less than 20%).

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or public policy preferred. Masters or doctoral degree a plus.
  • 5+ years of experience and working knowledge directly related to the duties and responsibilities.

Language Skills 

Must have fluency and strong command of the English language.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job.  Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time, stand, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics listed here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The position requires considerable concentration and creativity.  It is subject to stress caused by a changing environment, tight deadlines and workload.
  • Travel required for this position is light to moderate.  At times travel may be expected on short notice.  No international travel is anticipated.  Travel and other work-related assignments may include weekends.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

About RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) 

RISE is the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticides and fertilizers. We promote the safe and responsible use of pesticides to control pests and invasive species that are detrimental to our health and our environment. Browse our website to learn more about our association and our advocacy. Visit https://www.pestfacts.org/


CropLife America and RISE provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Job posted: 2020-10-06