Standards Associate - Downstream

Washington D.C.
Sep 22, 2018
Oct 27, 2018
Analyst, Engineer
Full Time

Do you want to help ensure safety in the Oil and Natural Gas industry?

Come join the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a member of our Global Industry Services (GIS) team. GIS is dedicated to providing valuable products and services to the international oil and gas industry through certification, training, publications, statistics, and events. 

As our Downstream Standards Associate, you will be responsible to provide policy and procedural guidance and technical and administrative support for assigned API standards committees. 

You will be responsible to:

Manage the overall standards program for one or more assigned industry sectors.  Provide leadership, technical and managerial support to API standards developing committees and oversight groups.  Coordinate joint initiatives with other industry and U.S. or international standards developing organizations.

  • Advocate the role of technical standards in support of policy goals and identifying those technical areas where standards development initiatives can support the Institute’s highest priority objectives. 
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the API and ANSI procedures for standards development and manage the process to ensure compliance.  Establish meeting schedules, conduct ballots, develop consensus, process documents in accordance with appropriate procedures while maintaining scheduling obligations.  Organize and administer committee activities including agenda planning, preparation of minutes, and the development of draft documents. 
  • Identify, propose and manage the implementation of new initiatives in broad programmatic areas such as derivative publications, training seminars and certification programs. Serve as project manager for the development of the programs and products working in conjunction with other API staff, contractors and company representatives.
  • Serve as contract manager when retaining outside experts for standards development or research initiatives in support of standards.  Review proposals for technical merit and completeness, work with API staff to develop contractual language.  Actively manage the project including review of work products, and ensure invoices accurately reflect services rendered.
  • Serve as a liaison with other API departments, industry representatives, standards developing organizations and other groups to advance API’s Mission through its standards and technology objectives. 


 You will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three to five years of experience in engineering or other scientific discipline, standards management or a related technical environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, facilitative and program management skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.  A demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize complex issues and their broader implications for less technical audiences is essential.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work in an entrepreneurial environment, operate with latitude for unreviewed actions or decisions, and resolve problems without assistance when appropriate.
  • A broad understanding of downstream petroleum industry operations including knowledge of the oil refining industry, marketing, retail, terminal and other related downstream operations.
  • Ability to manage complex issues and the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical manner.  Understand key aspects of standards development process and possess a familiarity with the work and organization of other industry-related standards developing groups (such as ANSI, ASME and ASTM). 

About API

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.

Although our focus is primarily domestic, in recent years our work has expanded to include a growing international dimension, and today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs.  Learn more about API at

As an API team member, you will enjoy competitive wages, excellent benefits, a generous PTO plan with paid holidays and a great working atmosphere.

API is an EOE M/F/D/V.

This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

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