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OMRI is Hiring an Review Program and Quality Director

About OMRI 

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a leading nonprofit organization working to strengthen the organic industry.  OMRI operates an internationally recognized evaluation program that reviews and lists inputs products for use in producing, processing, and handling organic foods and fiber.  OMRI Listed® products are deemed appropriate to be used in operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.

Location:  Eugene, Oregon (Learn more about the City of Eugene)

Overview of Position: Review Program and Quality Director

We are looking to fill a newly created key position on our team.  The Review Program and Quality Director will support and manage the OMRI Review Program, maintain the Quality System and oversee the Document Control process. The Review Program and Quality Director reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Review Program Technical Manager, Review Program Administrative Manager, Inspections Coordinator and Document Control Officer. Qualified candidates will have background in bio-chemistry, organic regulations and employee supervision. 

Major Responsibilities 

Support and Manage the OMRI Review Program

  • Supervise, coach, and mentor the Review Program Technical Manager, Review Program Administrative Manager, and Inspections Coordinator.
  • Manage the daily work of the OMRI Review Program and staff to achieve established goals, including ensuring proper management of all sampling and inspections, and ensuring proper surveillance and investigation of OMRI seal use. 
  • Oversee ORP tracking and reporting system including developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); oversee goals, monitoring of KPIs and report to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors about the OMRI review program.
  • Manage and oversee cross-departmental projects, ensuring adequate consideration of the Review Program in the development and implementation of organization-wide initiatives.  
  • With the Technical Director, develop and manage special projects to advance OMRI’s influence and position in the organic community.
  • Oversee the process of rebuttals, appeals, and arbitration.  Oversee the handling of complaints and manage complaints and compliance issues that affect whole groups of products.
  • Analyze and propose fee increases and changes to the Executive Director, as needed. 
  • Together with the Technical Director, identify policy or standards issues for consideration by the OMRI Advisory Council and/or Board of Directors
  • Oversee and assist in training of ORP staff.
  • Prepare for and attend Review Panel (RP) meetings, when necessary 
  • Participate in Review Program meetings. 
  • Conduct product reviews, as needed.
  • Interface with EPA, FDA, and other U.S. and foreign government officials regarding product review issues, as needed.
  • Assist with writing and presenting comments at NOSB meetings and with NOP personnel, as needed.

Provide Support and Information to the Public

  • Write newsletter articles, NOSB reports, and website copy, as needed.
  • Facilitate revisions of the OMRI Policy Manual.
  • Work with the Technical Director to help facilitate revisions of the OMRI Standards Manual, Generic Materials List (GML) and any other technical publications, as needed.
  • Represent OMRI at trade shows, conferences, and speaking engagements, and assign Review Program staff to attend trade shows, conferences, and speaking engagements.

Manage OMRI’s Quality System

  • Ensure adherence to OMRI’s Quality System.
  • Coordinate and participate in the annual internal audit and ISO 17065 audit.
  • Facilitate OMT review of the results of the annual audits, note all areas of non-compliance, and prioritize areas needing improvement.
  • Coordinate identification of appropriate corrective and preventative actions.
  • Maintain the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) Log, outlining the actions to be taken to implement corrective and preventative actions.
  • Facilitate annual staff training and review of the Quality System.
  • Present the Internal Audit Summary and the Continuous Improvement Plan to the Board of Directors for evaluation, feedback, and approval. 
  • Facilitate implementation of appropriate corrections or improvements; monitor and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of the implementation.
  • Maintain all documentation regarding annual management reviews of the Quality System, including Internal Audit Summary reports, Continuous Improvement Plans and their approval, and progress reports.
  • Receive and assess Corrective and Preventative Action Requests (CPAR) and make recommendations for action to the management team.
  • Draft CPAR implementation plans, including targeted timelines for completion, as directed by the Management Team, and facilitate implementation of the identified changes.
  • Track, evaluate and document implementation of changes approved by the management team.
  • Review various publications and documents for compliance to OMRI policies as specified in the OMRI Quality System.
  • Review and ensure maintenance of personnel logs and oversee annual personnel update process as specified in the Quality System.
  • Periodically review the work of the Document Control Officer; review document control data reports and follow up on areas needing improvement.
  • Prepare reports to the OMT, Executive Director and/or Board of Directors pertaining to key issues of the OMRI quality program. 

Participate in Organizational Management and Decision-Making

  • Participate in OMRI Management Team (OMT) meetings
  • In collaboration with the OMT, identify and establish appropriate organization objectives to carry out the strategic plan.
  • Serve as leader for workplan objectives pertinent to the OMRI review program. 
  • Prepare reports to the OMT, Executive Director and/or Board of Directors pertaining to key issues of the OMRIP. 
  • Manage/Support/Complete other projects and tasks, as needed, in any OMRI department


Education and formal training

  • Graduate degree in natural sciences.
  • Documented training in organic regulations, such as IOIA certification, NOP training, etc.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience working with organic regulations.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience supervising employees.
  • Strong technical background in bio-chemistry, food science, or related field.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Some proficiency with computer use (Word, Excel, Access, Internet, and e-mail) required.
  • Public speaking skills required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, organize information, work collaboratively, and appropriately handle confidential business information.
  • Familiarity with standardized procedures such as ISO 17065 preferred.
  • Attention to detail.

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends, if required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally several times a year.
  • An annual motor vehicle report and proof of insurance may be required. 


  • Full time position with competitive salary.
  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plan
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Opportunities for flexible scheduling
  • Opportunities for training and course work
  • Small nonprofit organization with established team and demonstrated commercial success
  • Casual, fun work environment


August 9th, 2013

How to apply

Submit your resume (or CV) and cover letter in English to: referencing RPQD in the subject line. 
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

No Phone Calls, Please.


This job description is intended as a guide only, and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee. Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied.