Job Opportunities

Job postings will be active for 30 days upon approval. Please follow the instructions in each posting to apply.

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Science Policy Associate – CSPI

Business/Organization:

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Policy
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300, Washington, DC

Job description:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the nation’s leading scientific advocacy organizations, seeks a policy-savvy scientist to help establish and push for coherent, health-driven standards, policies, and incentives to improve the safety of additives used in food and reduce unwanted contaminants in food.  The Science Policy Associate will assist the Senior Scientist and Policy Director in evaluating the safety of additives and contaminants in foods (including beverages) and securing reforms to bolster the safety of children and families by the Food and Drug Administration and the marketplace.  

This is a 12-month, grant-funded full-time position and reports to the Policy Director. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and evaluate the use and safety of intentional food additives, as well as other chemicals added to or present in food, and summarize the findings for different stakeholders.
  • Conduct policy and issues analyses and draft regulatory petitions, reports, fact sheets, webpages, and other materials to support CSPI’s positions before executive branch agencies, food and beverage companies, restaurants, and other stakeholders regarding the safety of food additives and other chemicals in food.
  • Coordinate an industry outreach effort to channel companies’ clean labels efforts into gains for public health and safety. 
  • Represent CSPI with elected officials, industry, coalition partners, and the academic community.  
  • Effectively communicate CSPI’s policy priorities and mission to drive our advocacy goals.
  • Assist in building strong partnerships with allied organizations.  Mobilize support for campaigns from organizations, academics, health professionals, CSPI members, and other concerned citizens.
  • Hold industry to account, engaging companies cooperatively when possible and through public pressure campaigns when needed. 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to CSPI’s advocacy and educational mission.
  • Advanced degree in toxicology, epidemiology, food safety, nutrition, health or environmental science required.
  • At least 1-2 year/s of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated research, objective analytical ability, and writing skills.  Experience in public policy strongly preferred.  Strong interest in public policy and developing policy skills are essential.
  • Experience writing clear articles, reports, and memos that synthesize scientific and policy issues for policy makers, journalists, and the public.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders including academics, nonprofits, and industry officials.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively to colleagues and outside audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and multiple deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency, including with PubMed and other Internet-based resources. 

To Apply

Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to hr@cspinet.org.  Include “SPA-Web” in the subject line.

SNAP Policy Associate – CSPI

Business/Organization:

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Policy
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300, Washington, DC

Job description:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) works to improve the food environment for all Americans. CSPI led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, Menu Labeling, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. The Policy Associate will join our team to help identify and implement strategies to support healthy eating for low-income families, including through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This position is located in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build strong partnerships with organizations, work with coalitions, mobilize grassroots advocates, and use social media in support of food and nutrition policies and programs.
  • Lead statewide convenings and cultivate support for policies and programs from organizations, health professionals, researchers, and community stakeholders.
  • Conduct qualitative data collection and analysis, including key informant interviews.
  • Draft and edit project and grant reports, fact sheets, public comments, speeches, and other policy resources.
  • Represent CSPI at meetings, conferences, and public hearings.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (e.g., MPH, MPP, JD) and at least 3 years of programmatic or public policy experience in food/nutrition/health; or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of public policy experience in food/nutrition/health.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public health advocacy and community engagement.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders in an effective and professional manner.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively and persuasively.  Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and translate complex research, policy, and scientific documents.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications. Proficiency with qualitative data analysis software a plus.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.

CSPI is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation’s largest‑circulation nutrition newsletter.  CSPI is supported by the subscribers to NAH, donors, and foundation grants.

To Apply

Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to hr@cspinet.org.  Include “PA-SNAP” in the subject line. 

Senior Policy Associate – CSPI

Business/Organization:

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Policy
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300, Washington,, DC

Job description:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, Menu Labeling, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. The Senior Policy Associate advocates for improved food and nutrition policies with local, state, and federal policy makers, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages organizations, health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting food and nutrition policies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead efforts to pass policies through bill drafting, policy tracking, and providing technical assistance to advocates.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with national, state, and local organizations, coalitions, advocates, and policymakers. Cultivate support for policies from organizations, health professionals, university faculty, and concerned citizens.
  • Conduct policy research and write reports, fact sheets, social media, and other advocacy materials.
  • Encourage companies to improve their practices and products.
  • Manage policy projects, supervise staff, and supervise interns.
  • Represent CSPI at conferences, meetings, in coalitions, with policymakers, and in the press.
  • Help secure funding for policy projects by working with the development department on grant applications and reports. Manage and report on grants.

Qualifications

  • MS, MPH, JD, or the equivalent, plus at least 7 years of professional policy/advocacy experience.
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.
  • Experience developing and implementing successful policy/advocacy campaigns and maintaining the partnerships necessary for advancing those campaigns.
  • Strong research and analytical skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to engage internal and external stakeholders in a persuasive, credible, and professional manner.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including public speaking experience. Ability to produce high quality written materials.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff performance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with social media and other web-based advocacy tools.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.

CSPI is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on protecting the public from diet-related health problems. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation’s largest‑circulation nutrition newsletter, and is supported by the subscribers to NAH, individual donors, and foundation grants.

To Apply

Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest and résumé to hr@cspinet.org. Include “SPA-Retail” in the subject line.