USCIB Director, International Agriculture Policy

Position: Director, International Agriculture Policy
Organization: United States Council for International Business
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Trade, Investment and Digital Policy
Location: Washington, DC Office

THE OPPORTUNITY – About USCIB

The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) powers the success of US business across the globe. Our members include US-based companies and professional services firms from every sector of the economy, with operations in every region of the world. As the US affiliate of leading international business organizations including Business at OECD (BIAC), The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and The International Organization of Employers (IOE), USCIB advances the US business perspective to policymakers and regulatory authorities worldwide and works to facilitate commerce, support sustainable development, and build trust in multilateral systems. USCIB is also the national guaranteeing and issuing association for ATA Carnets, a unified international customs documents that allows for the temporary importation of various types of goods into a foreign country without paying duties or taxes. Learn more at www.uscib.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

Description: The Director will be part of USCIB’s trade, investment and digital policy practice, and will be responsible for coordinating and managing USCIB work related to international agriculture policy, including associated trade and sustainability dimensions in key multilateral institutions (FAO, WFP, WTO, etc.). The Director will also be responsible for coordinating and managing USCIB work related to competition and international investment. Primary responsibilities include consensus policy development and articulation, issues management, secretariat support to the USCIB agriculture and competition committees, and the investment workstream under the trade and investment committee.

Qualifications: Ten years of experience working on issues related to international policy matters impacting agriculture. Engagement with relevant multilateral organizations (such as the Committee on World Food Security [CFS], Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO], United Nations [UN], OECD, and World Trade Organization [WTO]), with a solid, demonstrable understanding of their functions and impact on policy and regulations is desirable. Similarly, experience working with the Executive Branch on these issues, such as Department of Agriculture, Department of State, U.S. Trade Representative and others is crucial.  Experience with international investment policy and competition policy is a plus but not required. Computer fluency is mandatory and an advanced degree in a field related to international economics or international affairs is preferred. Candidates should be permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy/Issues Management

  • Identify and track relevant issues of concern in global and regional IGOs for U.S. business through media and other information sources and bring these to the attention of USCIB management and membership.
  • Produce in consultation with committee members USCIB policy positions and statements. Facilitate dialogue and build economy-wide consensus among USCIB members on complex and divisive issues.
  • Represent USCIB member consensus views to appropriate audiences (e.g. U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations, media), and coordinate engagement and ongoing activity where necessary.
  • Develop and assist in implementing conferences, seminars and other events to promote policy positions.
  • Participate in meetings relevant to committee work with U.S. government; multilateral, international, and affiliate organizations; issues experts; etc., to advance USCIB member views and achieve strategic goals.
  • Prepare committee action plans for annual policy priorities and provide periodic progress reports to members and USCIB staff of committee accomplishments.

Working with International Organizations

  • Shape and ensure strong U.S. representation, direction, and leadership in the policy work of the USCIB’s affiliates – ICC, IOE, BIAC and UN – and of other international organization partners such as the FAO, Private Sector Mechanism of the CFS, and the International Agrifood Network.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and channels of communication with affiliates and relevant international, intergovernmental, and multilateral organizations’ secretariats and staffs.
  • Attend FAO, BIAC, CFS, and other relevant meetings as needed and prepare and provide staff support for USCIB member delegates in attendance.

Committee Administration

  • Work with USCIB committee officers to schedule and plan committee meetings, including development of agendas and securing timely, relevant outside speakers.
  • Procure and distribute informational materials to members as appropriate; disseminate meeting materials, including meeting minutes, in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate and advance member interest in affiliate organization committees, task forces and working groups.
  • Establish contacts and maintain ongoing liaison with:
    • Staff counterparts in affiliate organizations;
    • Staff contacts in intergovernmental organizations;
    • Executive branch; and
    • Other U.S. general and sectoral business associations.

Marketing/Communications/Membership Development

  • Retention: Work with VP Membership to actively engage USCIB members in relevant policy advocacy and related activities, and minimize corporate resignations, demonstrating the value of USCIB to member companies.
  • Recruitment: Work with USCIB Membership to identify prospective members and generate interest in USCIB through communication and demonstration of the value proposition of USCIB policy work.
  • Help prepare marketing/communications materials, including e-news articles, press releases, as appropriate.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The salary range for this role is between $85,000 and $110,000. USCIB offers a highly competitive compensation package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k)-retirement company matching program, generous paid time off, and the ability to participate in pre-tax transportation, and flexible spending account programs. USCIB currently requires in-office work Tuesday – Thursday, with WFH option on Mondays and Fridays.

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The position is open immediately. Candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume by June 17, 2024.

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Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

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