Director of Food Policy

The Director of Food Policy is responsible for the development and implementation of food safety programs related to potential parasitic, microbial or chemical hazards, understanding and responding to relevant pre- and post-harvest food safety and human nutrition issues, and addressing issues of animal handling in market channels. This is a technical position and not a registered lobbyist position. The Director of Food Policy reports to the NPPC Science & Technology Legal Counsel.


  • Monitor, research, and analyze issues related to pre- and post-harvest food safety, animal handling, and human nutrition issues. Reviews all proposed legislative and regulatory actions affecting these issues and prepares comments to be submitted on behalf of NPPC.
  • Prepare and keep current concise and well written background papers on all issues related to food safety, animal care and nutrition.
  • Coordinate with other DC office issue managers on matters that may overlap to ensure consistency in objectives, positions, and strategies.
  • Coordinate with Congressional Relations and Communications staff.
  • Liaison with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA’s Center for Food Safety on all regulatory actions relative to food safety including, residues, pathogens, and animal welfare issues at the plant level.
  • Liaison with the North American Meat Institute and other trade associations on food safety and animal handling issues affecting all food animal species.
  • Coordinate with the National Pork Board on food safety and animal care issues and research needs.
  • As needed, assist NPPC trade staff in dealing with food safety and animal welfare issues that are raised as barriers to trade.
  • Prepare recommendations on policy positions.
  • Provide technical input on new technology and the regulation of such technologies.
  • The Director of Food Policy will have secondary responsibilities to the Director of Animal Health in the areas of foreign and emerging animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance issues.
  • Participate as a staff resource in NPPC’s Animal Health and Food Safety Committee, New Technology Task Force, and other NPPC committees as needed.
  • Development of educational material for producers and veterinarians in subject areas.
  • Participate in long range planning with regard to pork safety research, education, and programs.
  • Participate and lead in coalitions that further NPPC objectives.

Other Responsibilities:

Take on other assignments and projects which may be outside of primary issue area as needed. Other duties as assigned by supervisor and VP Global Gov’t Affairs.  


  • Must be self-motivated and able to work effectively without direct supervision.
  • Must possess good research and written communication skills.
  • Must work well with other people, be flexible and be open to change.
  • Must possess good organizational skills and able to handle several projects at one time with the ability to make sound decisions, as job responsibilities require.
  • Must possess the ability to coordinate and plan multiple meetings and projects simultaneously.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and database operations.


Requires travel (Approximately 10-15%).  Must have a valid driver’s license and passport.  

Education and/or Experience:

Applicants for this position ideally will possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a U.S. accredited university. Non-DVM candidates possessing graduate or post-graduate degrees in relevant scientific fields (Animal Science, Food Safety, Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health, etc.) may also be considered. Applicants must also have at least one-year experience in food safety or equivalent training.


National Pork Producers Council Washington, DC Office

Director of Food Policy

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