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We are searching for a Legal Fellow to join the policy team to conduct policy and legal research and develop policies and materials to support healthy food banking and healthy retail. This position is a paid 12-month fellowship, reports to the Senior Policy Associate, and is located in CSPI’s Washington, D.C. 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 state and local policies to improve school food, remove sugary drinks from restaurant children’s menus, and require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus.  National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, as well as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. 

Unhealthy food and beverages are the leading contributors to death in the United States, contributing to over 600,000 premature deaths each year, primarily through heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.  The typical American diet is low in fruit, vegetables and whole grains and too high in sugar-sweetened beverages, red and processed meat, full-fat dairy, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.  The ubiquity, amounts, and aggressive promotion of sugary drinks and unhealthy food in the food supply are hazardous to the public’s health. 

We are searching for a Legal Fellow to join the policy team to conduct policy and legal research and develop policies and materials to support healthy food banking and healthy retail.  This position is a paid 12-month fellowship, reports to the Senior Policy Associate, and is located in CSPI’s Washington, D.C. office.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a comprehensive scan of policy, business, and legal factors that support or hamper donations of healthy food and beverages to food banks.
  • Conduct and analyze interviews with stakeholders involved in food banking, such as food bank operators, researchers, advocates, and retailers.
  • Complete a policy analysis report synthesizing findings from research and interviews.
  • Develop a model food donation policy for retailers.
  • Coordinate and maintain regular communication with project team and academic researchers.
  • Support other legal research and writing projects related to healthy food retail.
  • Professionally and effectively represent CSPI to external audiences at meetings, events, and conferences.

Qualifications

  • Law degree (J.D.) and at least 1-2 years of professional experience, ideally related and demonstrated interest in health and/or nutrition policy, or in policy more generally. Knowledge of food banks, food assistance programs, or food insecurity a plus.
  • A sense of mission and passion for public interest and public health advocacy.
  • Outstanding legal research skills with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical documents.
  • Experience conducting a policy scan and using legal search tools is preferred.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including for materials such as reports and fact sheets.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to speak in public effectively and to interview stakeholders about their work.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to promote it throughout the work and in the workplace.
  • Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team in a collegial manner.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Familiarity with social media and other web-based advocacy tools.

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 “LegFellow” 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.