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Campaign Manager, Food Safety

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We are searching for a Campaign Manager to build synergy and national momentum for key food safety enhancements by working with policymakers in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local public health agencies, representatives of the food industry, coalition partners, and consumer stakeholders. This work will include efforts to strengthen response to outbreaks through improved detection, traceability, and recall effectiveness, as well as policies to prevent contamination of produce, meat and poultry, and manufactured foods and ultimately reduce rates of foodborne illness. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs and is located in our Washington, DC office.

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 many national, state and local policies to protect and enhance food safety, including the Food Safety Modernization Act, Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, as well as laws and policies to improve the nutrition for school lunches, require nutrition labeling on packaged foods, add calorie counts to restaurant menus, and prevent deceptive marketing. 

Every year, approximately one in every six Americans get sick from contaminated foods and beverages, and 3,000 die, costing the U.S. economy more than $15.6 billion dollars. CSPI represents the voice of consumers in fighting for targeted policy solutions to address and prevent foodborne illness.  

We are searching for a Campaign Manager to build synergy and national momentum for key food safety enhancements by working with policymakers in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local public health agencies, representatives of the food industry, coalition partners, and consumer stakeholders. This work will include efforts to strengthen response to outbreaks through improved detection, traceability, and recall effectiveness, as well as policies to prevent contamination of produce, meat and poultry, and manufactured foods and ultimately reduce rates of foodborne illness. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs and is located in our Washington, DC office.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with the Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs and Policy Director, develop and implement campaign goals and strategies.
  • Cultivate partnerships with national, state, and local groups to grow support for food safety policies.
  • Coordinate and support federal and state lobbying efforts, mobilize grassroots, utilize digital advocacy platforms, and use social media and press outreach in support of campaign goals.
  • Conduct market scans, literature reviews, and other analyses to develop policy positions and support CSPI legislative and regulatory advocacy and corporate campaigns.  Research topics related to food safety by evaluating studies and interviewing researchers.
  • Represent CSPI at meetings, in coalitions, at conferences, on advisory committees, in testimony before state and local legislatures and executive agencies, and in the press.
  • Develop well-written, pursuasive materials, such as reports, fact sheets, letters, testimony, talking points, and social media. Refine and develop messaging for state and local policy initiatives.
  • Work in cross-cutting teams with CSPI policy and communications staff to ensure that messages and materials are persuasive and science based.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Graduate-level education in a field related to food safety science (e.g., MS/PhD in microbiology, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, or nutrition), policy (MPH/MPP), or law (JD/LLM) and significant public policy experience (non-profit advocacy, lobbying, or regulatory).
  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in public health and safety.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency for public speaking.  Ability to produce high quality written materials.
  • A strong commitment to fostering a positive, collaborative, and strategic organizational culture.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to operate on deadlines and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.

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 “CampMgrFS” in the subject line.

 

CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment.  CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.