Position Title:    Deputy General Counsel for Agriculture & Environment

Department:        Legal   

Reports to:        1) President, Advocacy, Law and Public Policy Division, and
                          2) General Counsel & SVP Legal

Primary Purpose of the Position: 

Serve as in-house counsel providing legal advice and managing services with respect to
legal, policy, and regulatory matters affecting the agricultural and environmental
biotechnology industries.  This primarily involves any litigation and regulatory activities
related to USDA, EPA and FDA, as well as any related legislative and advocacy activities.


1.    To serve as legal counsel to the Food & Agriculture (F&A) and Industrial & Environmental (I&E) Sections of BIO, including providing regulatory counsel and support, litigation management and support, antitrust counsel, corporate legal support and advice and support on governance and compliance issues.

2.    Serve as counsel to BIO’s F&A Section Governing Board (FASGB), I&E Section Governing Board (IESGB), and all related staff-level committees and working groups.

3.    To provide legal assistance, as needed, on state, federal, and international legislative, regulatory, and trade-related matters for BIO’s F&A and I&E Sections, including evaluating and developing comments on regulatory proposals, proposed legislation, and other documents.

4.    To provide legal assistance on voluntary industry self-regulatory initiatives (e.g. product stewardship), as well as communication campaigns, related to the F&A and I&E Sections.

5.    Manage the efficient use of outside counsel within all of the above subject matters.

6.    Assist with other legal activities of the Organization, as requested by the General Counsel (GC) and/or the President, Advocacy, Law and Public Policy Division.  The Deputy GC for Agriculture & Environment will report to the Division President for all policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and to the GC for administrative, legal compliance, and any litigation matters posing a risk to the organization.


•    Knowledge of the regulatory and legal framework for agricultural biotechnology, and/or industrial biotechnology (including renewable fuels, bio-based products, and/or bio-based chemicals) under the Plant Protection Act, the relevant Food  and Drug laws, the Clean Air Act, TSCA, FIFRA, and any other relevant environmental laws.
•    Knowledge of state and federal regulatory/legislative processes, including administrative law principles and procedures, and experience with environmental or other litigation involving government entities.
•    Knowledge of trade association-specific law (including antitrust and consumer protection) and general legislative and regulatory advocacy laws preferred.
•    Knowledge of the biotechnology industry strongly preferred.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and accurately with other BIO staff, member companies, Board members, regulatory agency personnel, and internal and external counsel for other entities and organizations.
•    Strong inter-personal skills, and the ability to build consensus and foster compromise among sometimes competing interests.
•    The ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines.
•    Excellent academic credentials, including J.D. degree.
•    Admission in good standing to the District of Columbia (DC) bar or, alternatively, admission to the bar of another U.S. jurisdiction and ability to gain admission to the DC bar as needed.
•    At least five (5) years of relevant legal experience required, preferably including, or in addition to, experience in a trade association, member company, government regulatory agency, or similar organization.
•    Experience interacting with Boards of Directors and senior executives strongly preferred.

To Apply: 

We offer a competitive benefits package. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Human Resources Department

1201 Maryland Avenue, SW

Suite 900

Washington, DC 20024

Phone: 202.962.9200

Fax: 202.488.6308

Email: hr@bio.org