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Humane Society International (HSI) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Job title Regulatory Science Advisor – Toxicology
Location North America; preference for U.S. headquarters (Washington, DC) or Canadian office (Montréal)
Sector Regulatory affairs, corporate outreach
Date posted 28-Jul-17
Apply by 27-Aug-17
Contact Denisse Marshall
Tel: +1 301-258-1517
Summary Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States are seeking a Regulatory Science Advisor – Toxicology to work in North America on regulatory affairs and corporate outreach. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and professional team, with a high degree of independence and responsibility.

Position objective

To accelerate regulatory acceptance and corporate use of scientifically valid alternative, non-animal test methods and strategies in the North American chemicals and pesticides sectors, and the transition to a non-animal, pathway-based paradigm in toxicology, through active engagement with federal regulators, corporate, academic, and other stakeholders.


  • Developing/fostering relationships and ongoing technical dialogue with Canadian and U.S. pesticide, chemical and environmental protection regulators, industry trade associations and companies, and other key stakeholders, to advocate for revisions to data requirements, guidelines and other instruments according to HSI-HSUS priorities 
  • Organizing an annual regulatory science workshop to build stakeholder consensus around a priority topic, and coordinate the writing of a scientific article following each workshop
  • Contributing to the development and revision of OECD test guidelines, guidance documents, and work product of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) development program
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of relevant developments at OECD, validation bodies, peer-reviewed toxicology literature, etc.
  • Monitoring government websites to identify opportunities for public comments and take the lead in drafting HSI-HSUS contributions
  • Helping to generate media coverage of the department’s regulatory affairs efforts
  • Supporting HSI-HSUS legislative, campaign, communications or other non-technical personnel as needed
  • Travel for meetings or events as needed


  • Master of Science or PhD degree in toxicology or a related discipline 
  • Minimum five or more years experience in a government regulatory position or industry regulatory affairs role where direct relationships with authorities were built/maintained
  • Expert-level knowledge of Canadian and U.S. chemical, pesticide and related environmental protection regulations, data requirements and test guidelines, including available alternatives to animal testing
  • Familiarity with international criteria/processes for test method validation, test guideline development and classification and labelling strongly preferred
  • Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills, including the ability to quickly absorb, analyze and communicate complex subject matter to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to handle complex situations and exercise sound judgment and problem-solving
  • Proven ability to build/foster relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion
  • Commitment to the replacement of animal use in science and the ability to professionally advocate HSI-HSUS positions
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative, and work effectively as part of a team or independently
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% or as needed
  • Eligibility to be work in Canada or the United States

We offer

  • Exciting challenge with a professional team
  • Dynamic international working environment
  • High degree of independence and responsibility
  • Possibility to work from home 

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Aviva Vetter at by August 28, 2017

HSI-HSUS are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a professional working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.