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The Policy Assistant works with members of the policy team, coalition partners, and the public to support national, state and local policies and corporate campaigns to improve the American food system. This work will especially include initiatives to support historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. We have two positions open: one reports to the Policy Director and the other to the State and Local Operations Director. Both positions are located in CSPI’s 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 state and local policies to improve school food, remove sugary drinks from children’s menus, and require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus.  National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, 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.

The Policy Assistant works with members of the policy team, coalition partners, and the public to support national, state and local policies and corporate campaigns to improve the American food system.  This work will especially include initiatives to support historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing.  We have two positions open: one reports to the Policy Director and the other to the State and Local Operations Director.  Both positions are located in CSPI’s Washington, DC office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate scheduling, meetings, and travel for policy director (or state and local director) and assist with organizing events, including briefings, tweet chats, conferences, webinars, and meetings.
  • Research, write, and design letters, fact sheets, and other advocacy and web‐based materials to urge companies and policymakers to strengthen food and nutrition policies and assist with other special projects.
  • Maintain coalition databases, lists, and email addresses and assist with administrative and team support activities, as requested.
  • Stay up to date on developments relevant to nutrition policy (key nutrition issues, policies, and industry practices), communicate developments to members of the policy department and coalition partners, and propose responses as needed.
  • Create social media content, email action alerts, help keep web content updated, and assist in cultivating CSPI’s online community.
  • Work with policy team and coalition partners to coordinate joint efforts to support implementation of campaign goals and strategies.
  • Monitor department email inboxes and incoming calls and manage department financial transactions.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • At least one year of experience working in an office environment and demonstrated interest in equity, nutrition, public health, or public policy. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team in a collegial manner.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work.
  • Excellent research, communications, and writing skills, with the ability to write and format correspondence, fact sheets, and other materials.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word and PowerPoint.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to work effectively with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.

To Apply

Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to:  hr@cspinet.org.  Please include “PolAsst-Web” 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.