The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.


The Director, Environmental Affairs & Workplace Safety leads the development and execution of policy regarding environmental affairs and workplace safety at the federal, state, and local levels.  Coordinates CRA’s Environmental Affairs and Workplace Safety Committees at the direction of the President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO).


  • Oversees and executes CRA policy strategies regarding environmental affairs and workplace safety issues.
  • Uses best management practices to lead association committees. Manages committee budgets.  Plans in- person meetings and calls.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with government officials, non-profits, academia, and industry allies. Coordinates dialogue between colleagues and potential partners.
  • Regularly monitors, evaluates, analyzes, and reports on government policies, regulations, environmental, workplace safety and transportation trends, impacts, threats, and opportunities, providing strategic insights/recommendations to CEO/ COO, Board of Directors, relevant association committees, and industry allies.
  • Produces policy papers, one pagers, talking points, and relevant industry updates to CRA members, as well as other documents as needed for the President & CEO, COO and Board of Directors.
  • Draft written advocacy materials including advocacy alerts, formal comments on rulemakings, talking points, and legislative language.
  • Coordinates with CRA’s Vice President, External Affairs, regarding advocacy of environmental affairs and workplace safety policies.
  • Presents and provides strategic recommendations at CRA Board Meetings and other industry events, as invited.
  • Manages CRA’s Workplace Safety Award Program.
  • Co-manages the CRA Environmental Policy Intern Program along with the Manager, Sustainability.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required; Advanced degree is preferred
  • Experience in policy advocacy
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including synthesizing and articulating complex ideas and concepts
  • Proven ability to organize and effectively manage multiple tasks and projects on time

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change without notice


Interested applicants should email their cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) references to [email protected] using the subject line “Director, Environmental Policy, Workplace Safety”.


Corn Refiners Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer