Director, Technical Affairs

IFRA North America

As a scientific advocate on behalf of the fragrance industry, the Director will serve as the chief technical contact for the International Fragrance Association, North America.  Reporting to the Executive Director, primary responsibilities will be to critically evaluate legislative proposals and media stories from a scientific point of view, participate in industry coalitions and on regulatory stakeholder groups, speak at external engagements, lead internal committees, and provide compliance support to the membership.

Through collaboration with scientists at both the International Fragrance Association and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, the Director will advance IFRA North America’s message of assurance of the safety of fragrance materials used by its members.


  1. Analyze legislative, regulatory, publications and media developments for technical relevancy and impact on the fragrance industry
  2. Function as the chief technical spokesperson and analyst for IFRA North America in all public forums, including meetings with legislators, industry coalitions, and media, in conjunction with the Communications Director
  3. Serve as staff liaison to various technical committees of the association, such as the Scientific Affairs Committee and the Joint Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental Committee
  4. Provide direct technical support and regulatory compliance assistance to association members via telephone, written communications, and, when necessary, through visits to member locations
  5. Liaise with the Scientific Director of IFRA, with scientific staff of RIFM, and scientific and technical staff at allied associations and industry groups
  6. Follow all technical developments and literature that impact fragrance materials and fragrance mixtures

 Essential Functions

  1. Establish the role for a chief scientific spokesperson for the association, recognizing that this role is to communicate—rather than conduct—the scientific activities of our industry
  2. Maintain a strong information flow to the Government Relations and Communications Directors, as well as regular contacts with industry scientific colleagues
  3. Construct functional budget, as appropriate, and monitor expenses in order to stay within budget

Education And Experience

  1. Advanced degree in appropriate scientific area, PhD preferred
  2. Minimum 5-8 years experience in safety evaluation of consumer products and/or product ingredients
  3. Knowledge of US regulatory system and chemical management policy
  4. General knowledge of the consumer products industry and the role of fragrance in consumer products
  5. Sound administrative skills, well-developed interpersonal and communication skills

 Personal Characteristics

  1. Ability to establish credibility and to be decisive
  2. Inclusive style that seeks collaborative decision making
  3. Ability to interact with diverse audiences
  4. Strong analytical approach to problem solving
  5. Comfort with public speaking

For Immediate Consideration

Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Shira Harrington at