Chief Regulatory Affairs Counsel


This is a unique opportunity for an experienced advocate to lead the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) efforts to use regulation, legislation, and other strategies to promote smarter government policies and better corporate practices to improve the public’s health. The position, which is based in Washington, DC, allows for creativity and initiative in crafting strategies and identifying new issues.

CSPI’s food-regulatory team, working with staff scientists, led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act; restrict the use of harmful food additives; stop numerous deceptive ads and labels; and reduce amounts of sodium and trans fat in processed foods.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Identify new opportunities to achieve CSPI’s goals through regulation and legislation.
• Oversee regulatory initiatives on food labeling, food additives, and related issues.
• Plan, organize, and execute legislative, regulatory, and other strategies to achieve public policy goals.
• Draft major reports, petitions, complaints, comments, speeches, and court briefs to attain program goals.
• Develop and coordinate coalitions of health and consumer organizations.
• Cultivate relationships with top officials of the FDA, FTC, and USDA to advocate public-policy goals.
• Work with congressional offices, state attorneys general, and trade association executives.
• Represent CSPI at national conferences and public hearings.
• Coordinate with CSPI’s litigation team and other staff members in crafting strategies.
• Handle press inquiries and interviews.

• Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy and consumer protections.
• Law degree (J.D.), and at least 10 years of legislative or regulatory advocacy experience.  Health/science knowledge a valuable plus.
• Demonstrated knowledge of consumer and regulatory law, especially pertaining to food.
• Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills, including public presentations.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret legal, financial, and scientific documents.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes.

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

To Apply

Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, résumé, and writing sample to:  Please include “Reg-Web” in the subject line.

 CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.