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Engagement Associate (Position is closed - no longer accepting applications)

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This position works alongside three other engagement associates on the Organizing Team, serving as a convener and connector to a variety of groups by supporting the development of existing and emerging relationships with public health organizations and community-based organizations, and covers the Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). The Engagement Associate reports to the Associate Director, Organizing and Capacity Building, and is based remotely, preferably in the Northeast region.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is searching for an Engagement Associate to work on cross-functional teams to build and maintain trusting relationships with leaders, organizations, coalitions, and networks, working within and alongside diverse communities including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ communities, those with disabilities, and those living in rural and other under-resourced communities. This work includes community engagement and capacity building initiatives to strengthen the ability of under resourced organizations to engage in policy advocacy and corporate campaigns, and strive to center the leadership of those most impacted by health inequities including those disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing.

This position works alongside three other engagement associates on the Organizing Team, serving as a convener and connector to a variety of groups by supporting the development of existing and emerging relationships with public health organizations and community-based organizations, and covers the Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). The Engagement Associate reports to the Associate Director, Organizing and Capacity Building, and is based remotely, preferably in the Northeast region.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with CSPI’s current and potential grantees through initiating meetings and calls, managing list serves, tracking action items from meetings, and coordinating CSPI staff and technical assistance resources to serve the needs of each campaign.
  • Work with policy teams and coalition partners to identify and implement campaign goals and strategies. Keep CSPI staff informed of campaign developments through regular updates in internal meetings and highlighting areas for potential CSPI support or campaign strategy shifts when applicable.
  • Strengthen CSPI’s external presence and reach by participating on local and state coalitions encompassing various public health and food system-oriented groups and initiating contact with new partners in impacted communities to influence decision-makers and advance food and nutrition policies.
  • Develop, implement, and measure the success of a variety of engagement and organizing strategies, including but not limited to event planning, meetings between community members and policymakers, conferences, webinars, email campaigns, and tweet chats.
  • Leverage CSPI’s Resource Hub to amplify our networks through the training and speaker series, support our grantee partners, and develop additional resources as grantee needs arise
  • Coordinate efforts to build the capacity of under-resourced organizations to engage in policy advocacy and/or support community-building and engagement efforts of these groups in marginalized communities
  • Create internal understanding around best practices in authentic community engagement and engaging diverse communities
  • Organize and participate in field activities as needed including press events, rallies, and hearings.
  • Other organizational and programmatic support tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of experience working in partnership with community-based organization or grassroots organizing experience. Ideal candidates will have worked in and alongside BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and other diverse communities, as well as experience working in the Northeast region.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Experience in an office environment and demonstrated interest in equity, nutrition, public health, or public policy. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work.
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s mission and work.
  • Comfortable multitasking, taking initiative, and working remotely. Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team in a collegial manner. 
  • Strong research, communications, and writing skills. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, including Word and PowerPoint.

About CSPI

CSPI works to improve the food environment for all Americans and envisions a healthy population with reduced impact and burden of preventable diseases and an equitable food system that makes healthy, sustainable food accessible to all. CSPI values independence, scientific rigor, and transparency.

CSPI on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values:

  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives.
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization.
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions.
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way.
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success.

Compensation

The salary range is $50,000 to $55,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3% employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.

To Apply

Applicants will use CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Engagement Associate position. Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest in the position. Application deadline is November 14, 2021.

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CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and encourages people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.