The Natural Products Association is seeking a full time Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator to report to the Senior VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Under the direct supervision of the Senior VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, the Science and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator provides operational support and strives to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. They will provide assistance in organizing and maintaining key functions for regulatory affairs taking into account and coordinating with NPA initiatives and planning. The incumbent will also provide guidance on clinical issues, public health, ingredients, and regulatory compliance when necessary. They are involved in maintenance, stewardship, and development of self-regulatory programs/initiatives. NPA has 3 major programs: dietary supplement cGMP certification, TruLabel, and Natural Standard Certification for personal and home care products.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Science and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator will be responsible for at least the following duties and responsibilities:
Ability to understand identity/contaminant specifications for production, understand Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements (there will be an expected growth and learning curve with sufficient time to learn the nuances of dietary supplement cGMPs)
Ability to interact with members of AOAC, USP, and other standard setting organizations
Develop educational announcements;
Coordinate trade show seminars, in-house webinars and registration;
Serve as the liaison for our scientific working groups and committee meetings with our member representatives;
Organize and help facilitate Working Group and Committee meetings;
Perform administrative functions for science and regulatory programs;
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects at varying stages of development under time and resource pressure.
Field questions and act as intermediary between members, membership development, internal leadership, and retention;
Sell membership through interactions with potential members at vendor trade shows;
Staff the trade show booth;
Compose agenda for Committee and Work Group meetings for the Senior VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs;
Take minutes at Committee and Work Group meetings for the Senior VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs;
Ability to respond to comments in the media, guidance and public rulemaking by government agencies, scientific articles, etc.
Handle meeting/seminar/webinar invitations;
Handle day-to-day activities.
Regulatory knowledge and experience a plus.
Other Desired Skills and Experience
A successful applicant should possess most of the following skills and experience:
An independent self-starter able to manage multiple tasks, willing to actively seek information necessary to complete assignments and further knowledge base;
Strong organizational and project management capabilities;
Detail oriented and strong on following up on tasks and assignments;
Effective oral and written communications skills; capable of communicating clearly to a variety of audiences internally and externally.
Experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals;
Solid command of Microsoft Office computer applications, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and strong skills for searching the internet and distilling the information;
Familiarity with a variety of pharmaceutical/FDA/manufacturing concepts, practices and procedures a plus;
Familiarity with the functioning of a regulatory affairs department and a good working knowledge of dietary supplement issues (Good Manufacturing Practices, Adverse Event Reporting, New Dietary Ingredient notification) preferred but not required;
Must possess interpersonal skills to work with other staff employees across the association and demonstrate confidence, tact, integrity, and diplomacy with colleagues and membership;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Ability to synthesize information from scientific, medical, and regulatory fields and communicate responses to complex questions.
Education and/or Work Experience
Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree, with a minimum of 1-3 years experience in regulatory affairs or equivalent.
Preferred: Master’s degree (M.S. ideally in a scientific discipline) or PhD in chemistry or toxicology, or equivalent.
About Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association is a non-profit (c)(3), membership-driven organization comprised of over 1,500 businesses, enterprises and individuals in a dynamic and growing Industry. Its mission is to advocate for the rights of consumer access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products.