Director, Educational Programs

The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) is a nonprofit membership organization that offers education, training, publications, and professional engagement opportunities in the field of food and drug law. As a neutral convener, FDLI provides a venue for stakeholders to inform innovative public policy, law, and regulation. FDLI’s scope covers all industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and related agencies and authorities in the U.S. and globally, including drugs, medical devices, biologics, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, cannabis, veterinary, and tobacco products.

FDLI is seeking a Director, Educational Programs to serve as a key member of FDLI’s senior leadership team. This position is responsible for the strategic planning as well as the day-to-day oversight of the majority of FDLI’s programs via a team of six people. As an important face of the organization, this role requires a high level of networking with the key stakeholders in the food and drug law community, as well as an understanding of a variety of issues in the FDA-regulated space. The Director, Educational Programs speaks publicly, leads committees, and works closely with FDLI members and staff.

Attendance in-person at events in DC throughout the year is required and the Director must reside in the Washington, DC-Metro region. The position reports to the President & CEO.

FDLI is a hybrid work environment composed of a strong and supportive team of twenty-one professionals. FDLI has a primarily remote office environment. While employees generally work from an approved home office or similar remote location, all FDLI employees will have certain workdays in the FDLI office or Washington, DC region, as necessary to meet the needs of the organization and position. It is expected this position will attend all major in-person conferences in addition to regular staff meetings/events scheduled throughout the year.


  • Leads the Educational Programs team and oversees the development of most FDLI programs, including conferences, webinars, and introductory courses
  • Provides strategic leadership to achieve FDLI’s organizational objectives in collaboration with peer department leaders and the CEO
  • Develops departmental materials for Board meetings and presents these to the Board, and also participates in recommending members to fill Board vacancies
  • Leads and oversees planning and execution of the FDLI Annual Conference, our flagship meeting of approximately 900 attendees, to include agenda development, keynote and breakout session speaker selection and invitations, lecturers, and awards. Works closely with Senior Director, Meetings and Partnerships on events
  • Monitors and tracks regulatory developments in all FDA-regulated industries
  • Works with members, staff, committee members, and subject matter experts to identify, select, and develop educational program topics and offerings
  • Cultivates relationships with FDA officials in furtherance of planning FDLI programs and achieving organizational objectives
  • Writes and reviews conference and panel descriptions, as well as promotional copy and other marketing-related materials, as needed
  • Works closely with the marketing department to ensure successful promotion of educational programs
  • Works closely with the membership department to identify and secure new members and aid in member engagement through educational program involvement
  • With the Chief Operating Officer, develops and implements the budget for the Educational Programs department
  • Serves as staff lead on committees to administer and coordinate the committee and any related programs; provides leadership for the committee selection process
  • Ensures that educational experiences, services, and programs meet the highest standard of excellence


  • Bachelor’s degree required and JD or graduate degree strongly preferred
  • Working knowledge of S. food and drug law regulation and policy strongly preferred
  • Experience with FDA regulation, program development, and/or stakeholder management
  • Experience leading teams
  • Strategic thinking skills
  • Attention to detail, balanced with big-picture perspective; ability to prioritize and deliver multiple objectives simultaneously; demonstrated accountability and agility
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to build relationships with staff, members, and volunteers, and outside organizations
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Sense of humor


Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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FDLI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability (physical or mental), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender and transitioning status), genetic information, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. We are committed to diversity in the workplace.