Director of Nutrition, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Institute of Food Technologists
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Food Health & Nutrition
The Director of Nutrition, Government & Regulatory Affairs will serve as IFT’s principal scientific and technical resource on issues related to food, health, and nutrition, and provide leadership and direction on programs and tasks within the key focus areas. The job responsibilities are in the context of IFT’s science and policy initiatives and related activities, including internal and external entities, and the international food standards-setting activities of Codex.
Define and set the strategic plan for focus areas in food and nutrition
Identify key focus areas for IFT in food and nutrition by studying emerging science, consumer and market trends (including public health nationally and globally), and trends in professional societies in order develop a plan to address the key focus areas. Employs an epidemiological approach and segmentation perspectives, as appropriate, to enhance the depth and breadth of insights and foresights.
Leads content development on food, health and nutrition focus areas
Leads scientific content development pertinent to food, health, and nutrition focus areas and works with the IFT staff, divisions, members, Council of Food Science Administrators, working groups, task force, and other key stakeholders, as appropriate, to identify, plan, organize, and develop evidence-based timely peer-reviewed content for: publication in IFT journals, scientific reviews and reports, web-content, toolkits, and other communication and media materials of value to IFT members.
Government and Regulatory Affairs
Leads development, and implementation of appropriate government relations and public policy activities (e.g., development of IFT scientific viewpoints and resources in response to public comment and other opportunities; preparation of member nominations to federal advisory committees) and engages activities as suitable.
Manages IFT’s Codex engagement, leading volunteer expert teams and overseeing participation and input into Codex committees, working groups, and the Commission. Uses appropriate channels to inform IFT leaders, members and stakeholders on Codex developments and IFT involvement.
Generates recommendations on food and nutrition policies worthy of attention and offers guidance on the appropriate role of IFT in science & policy leadership, support, liaison, and networking. Provides recommendations for nominating IFT members for various government Committees and Advisory Boards related to food and nutrition. Develops public comments on policies related to food and nutrition.
Collaboration/Relationship Building and Representation
Develops and maintains effective relationships, collaborations, and partnerships, nationally and internationally with scientific organizations and coalitions, government agencies, academia, representatives of the food and agricultural community from industry, trade associations, consumer, and advocacy groups, to raise the visibility of IFT as a scientific/professional member-based organization and in the development of initiatives/programs of value to members.
Serves as IFT’s liaison to our subject matter experts, and to other coalitions and alliances.
Represents and/or participates in select scientific conferences, public meetings, for example, Congressional hearings and Government advisory committee meetings of interest and importance to IFT and members.
Collaboration with internal Knowledge & Learning Experiences and Marketing & Communication Teams
Provides recommendations and assists with the development, coordination, and promotion of food, health, and nutrition content for related conferences, webcasts, short courses & workshops, and IFT’s Annual Meeting Scientific Program.
This is not meant to be a complete or comprehensive list as responsibilities may change; other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned at any time.
Preferred locations for this role are Chicago or D.C./Virginia area
Advanced degree in nutrition, or related field
10 plus years of professional experience
Application of nutrition across a wide range of product categories
Experience of food science & technology and the the linkage with nutrition science.
Established connections within the global scientific and regulatory community, government and industry
Experience in government & regulatory
Experience in strategic planning, project management, staff management, and fiscal management
Experience building results-oriented partnerships and alliances
Experience in association or not-for-profit environment a plus
Superior verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate with non-scientific as well as scientific and technical audiences
Ability to translate scientific in nutrition across other disciplines
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with individuals and organizations
Ability to review, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and report on scientific and technical information and policies and regulations relevant to food, health and nutrition
Ability to plan, develop, organize, and facilitate effective deliberative bodies (e.g., workgroups, workshops, roundtables, expert panels) by drawing upon scientific and technical expertise
Ability to apply an understanding of research funding sources, mechanisms, and processes to effectively develop grant and contract proposals
Ability to apply an understanding of the peer-reviewed publication process to develop and prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals/publications
Ability to effectively apply an understanding of relevant national and international standards-setting and policy-making bodies and activities
Analyze, synthesize, and propose priorities for research funding in the science of food and technology
Enthusiastic continuous learner staying abreast with scientific and industry developments
Travel 10% domestically, including the ability to occasionally attend evening, weekend and overnight meetings
Sitting for extended periods of time and may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
Use of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and handling of other office equipment
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
IFT strives to create a world where Diversity & Inclusion are universally valued as essential to advancing the science of food and providing a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone. Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion are key to IFT’s Mission by attracting and serving a diverse population of members, food science professionals, and staff by embracing a culture of inclusion.
Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international scientific society with 17,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues.