Senior Policy Advisor

08 Jan, 2022


Senior Policy Advisor

American Petroleum Institute
Washington, DC

Job Summary

Manages API’s human health and chemical risk assessment policy development and supports product stewardship advocacy efforts on key member issues. Manages ongoing work through Health & Product Stewardship member committees and coordinates with API Communications, Legal, and Government Affairs departments.

Develops and implements industry priorities and programs with the objective of supporting and advancing public policy to benefit API and its members. Develops and executes national, regional, and state-based strategies.


  • Manages the development and implementation of policy positions on chemical risk assessment and management in coordination with API members and API staff.
  • Works with assigned committees to ensure member company engagement on potential approaches to regulations, legislation and policies in toxicological research, chemical-specific risk assessments, and product stewardship based upon API policy positions.
  • Supports strategy development and execution to effectuate positive outcomes with API staff, allied trades, coalitions, and other stakeholders.
  • Works with member companies to identify chemical and toxicological research opportunities and lead the review and management of ongoing scientific research efforts.
  • Recognized as subject matter lead to coordinate policy positions for advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels as well as technical expertise on issues and ensures consistency and alignment between API policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Provides direct input on yearly budget needs and expectations.  Oversees spending and project management of third-party contractors in area of responsibility.
  • Acts as an advocate and spokesperson for API and the industry with national, state, and local policy makers as well as private sector companies, the media, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


  • 7+ years of experience in a similar role and subject matter expertise.
  • Advanced degree in in mammalian toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, or public health, or other related field equivalent work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of the oil & natural gas and/or chemical industry is required.
  • Strong knowledge of federal health and environmental regulations (i.e., TSCA) and an experience in public policy development and execution.  Experience with chemical (oil, gas, petrochemicals) risk assessments and management.
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and collegially with others in the department, across the organization, with member company representatives, and allies are essential.
  • Excellent communications (written, verbal and graphical), planning, organizational skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to remain in a stationary position working on a computer
  • Move about the office to access office machinery, meeting rooms, etc. on occasion
  • Operate a computer and other office machinery such as printers and copy machines
  • Transport items and equipment up to 10 lbs. on occasion

Travel Requirements

  • Approximately 10% but may vary based on individual job needs and function.

Percentage of travel time expected for the position, where the travel occurs, such as locally or in specific countries or states, and whether the travel is overnight.


This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.


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Job posted: 2022-01-08