Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2 Vacancies at BIO

Julia McGrath

Human Resources Manager
Biotechnology Industry Organization
1201 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20024
Tel: 202-962-9229
Fax: 202-488-6308

1)  Position Title: Coordinator, Membership
Department: Corporate Development & Marketing
Reports to: Director, Membership & Marketing

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of the position is to provide membership group support. Specifically, the individual will perform customer service outreach – through phone calls & e-mails – to BIO members, update information in the BIO database, draft marketing communications, and assist with the administration of the BIO community.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:

• Conduct monthly customer service calls to BIO members
• Update member & non-member information in the BIO database
• Assist with the evaluation and categorization of member profiles & demographic data
• Draft marketing content for use in brochures, letters & e-mails, online content, etc.
• Assist as needed with the administration and update of myBIO, the online BIO membership community
• Organize outreach and scheduling of meetings for BIO staff with prospective and current BIO members; follow up via email and/or phone with prospective member.
• Coordinate with the Manager of Membership to track in the BIO database all recruitment activities, including meetings, phone calls, correspondence and any follow-up actions.
• Assist with the invoicing of current BIO members and communication via email and/or phone regarding past dues payments.
• Work with the Coordinator of Customer Service to track in the BIO database all retention activities information, including meetings, phone calls, correspondence and any follow-up actions.
• Prepare membership shipments to all BIO meetings (approximately 12 meetings per year).
• Cover reception desk as needed, according to BIO-wide policy.

Knowledge & Skills Required:

Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
Organizational and follow-up skills
Consumer services skills
Writing skills & experience a plus
Database experience a plus (Access, Timss or other database programs)
Microsoft environment – Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint

Education & Experience Required:
• Bachelor’s Degree in English, marketing, or business with one to two years of experience
• Knowledge of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and companies is helpful, but not required

2)  Position Title: Director for International Affairs
Department: Food and Agriculture
Reports to: Sharon Bomer, Executive Vice President
Position Summary:
Individual will serve as Director for International Affairs responsible for developing BIO policy on complex international agricultural biotechnology issues, implementing strategies and building support for industry positions with U.S. government and stakeholders.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Responsible for managing BIO policies and activities on all international ag biotech issues, including the Biosafety Protocol, Codex Alimentarius Commission, World Trade Organization, low level presence, trade and regulatory issues, including development of positions and strategies, implementing strategies and ensuring coordination among BIO’s members and other BIO departments.
2. Responsible for managing organization’s member company policy committee, task forces and work groups involved in international issues and supporting other BIO committees as assigned to develop and implement Association policies, action plans and programs.
3. Interacts with federal agencies, Congress, stakeholders, international trade associations and others on agricultural biotechnology issues in coordination with other appropriate BIO departments and sections to effectuate organization’s policy and regulatory agenda.
4. Responsible for effectively representing BIO in the Global Industry Coalition and Global AP Coalition, and other coalitions as the need arises.
5. Develops and implements organization’s international educational and business venues on international ag biotechnology matters, with focus on BIO’s annual convention, in coordination with other appropriate BIO departments and sections.
Knowledge and Skills Required:
• In-depth knowledge of international and U.S. trade issues as they relate to agricultural biotechnology, including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the World Trade Organization.
• Good working knowledge of the plant biotechnology and agriculture industries.
• General knowledge of regulatory frameworks for agricultural biotechnology in key U.S. agricultural export markets.
• Effective communication (verbal and written), management and organizational skills to effectively implement the organization’s agenda.
Education and Experience Required:
• Advanced degree preferably in international affairs, life sciences or public policy/political science.
• Minimum of 10 years experience preferably in governments affairs, with 5 years in international matters.
• Trade association management experience desirable.

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