Position: Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Salary: Full time position, Compensation commensurate with experience

Position Overview:
The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) is currently looking for a Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs who will report to, and work closely with, DPAC’s President and CEO. They will collaborate with DPAC’s staff and members on dairy policy matters, dairy regulatory/technical issues, animal welfare related files and industry development matters. The Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs will frequently interact with representatives of the Canadian Dairy CommissionDairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada (HC), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), etc.

Accountabilities:

  • Organize and chair DPAC’s Dairy Regulatory/Technical Committee (DRTC) and Animal Welfare Committee meetings, including preparing agendas and supporting documents, and provide updates to committee members between meetings.
  • Develope draft submissions and position statements in regard to regulatory consultations (e.g. HC, CFIA) and other dairy related initiatives (e.g., Codex, National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), DFC’s ProAction).
  • Analyze emerging international and national trends impacting the Canadian dairy sector.
  • Represent DPAC on national dairy policy committees, as well as participate in domestic and international dairy industry committees (e.g. International Dairy Federation, NFACC).
  • Participate and present at meetings with applicable government departments and agencies (e.g. HC, CFIA, GAC, AAFC), as well as at DPAC Board of Director meetings, including preparatory and follow up activities, as required.
  • Engage representatives from other sectors of the food industry (e.g. Food and Consumer Products of Canada, Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition).
  • Provide information and advise members on upcoming government consultation, meetings, webinars, calls (e.g. HC, CFIA, GAC, AAFC), as well as on general regulatory issues, as requested.

Requirements:

  • A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in economy, agricultural science, microbiology, chemistry, food science, dairy science OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/ or regulatory/technical experience in the dairy processing sector, other food processing sector(s) or government.
  • A minimum of seven years of work experience. Preference may be given to candidates who are regulatory/technical professionals in the food processing industry.
  • Ability to be a strong advocate of dairy processor interests with all political and official levels of government.
  • Committed to serving DPAC members with a results based attitude and willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of members (e.g. members operating across all Canadian time zones).
  • Ability to work with large, medium and small dairy processors who may have varying levels of regulatory/technical expertise and competing interests.
  • Ability to function as an integral contributor and participant in a dynamic team environment.
  • Strong sense of responsibility and accountability for driving progress.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated with proven ability to take initiative in an executive environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple high-profile topics simultaneously.
  • Experience supervising employees is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills, including listening and presentation skills.
  • Ability to write and communicate in both of Canada’s official languages is an asset.

Please send your resume along with a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to Ciana Van Dusen at cvandusen@dpac-atlc.ca. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

DPAC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.

About DPAC
DPAC is the national voice of the dairy processing sector, representing the public policy and regulatory interest of Canada’s dairy processors.