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Policy Associate, Sugary Drinks

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We are searching for a Policy Associate to spark and support initiatives by state and local organizations, policymakers, and the public to build synergy and national momentum for food and nutrition policies. 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. The Policy Associate will focus on state and local initiatives to reduce sugary drink consumption, including warning labels and sugary drink taxes. This position reports to the Campaign Manager 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 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 more than 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 Policy Associate to spark and support initiatives by state and local organizations, policymakers, and the public to build synergy and national momentum for food and nutrition policies. 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. The Policy Associate will focus on state and local initiatives to reduce sugary drink consumption, including warning labels and sugary drink taxes. This position reports to the Campaign Manager and is located in our Washington, DC office.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with the Campaign Manager, cross-cutting teams, and partners, support the development and implementation of campaign goals and strategies.
  • Provide technical assistance, materials, and strategic advice to organizations and coalitions, mobilize grassroots, utilize digital advocacy platforms, coordinate state and local lobbying efforts, and use social media and press outreach in support of campaign goals.
  • Develop well-written, persuasive materials, such as reports, fact sheets, letters, testimony, talking points, and social media. Refine and develop messaging for state and local policy initiatives to support campaign strategies.
  • Cultivate partnerships with national, state, and local groups to grow support for campaign goals, including groups advocating for communities of color, public health, social justice, and anti-hunger.
  • Represent CSPI at meetings, conferences, in coalitions and on partner committees, and in testimony before state and local legislatures and executive agencies.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Significant relevant experience in policy/advocacy campaigns or community organizing.  
  • Demonstrated interest in equity, advocacy, and public health.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency or strong willingness to develop public speaking skills.  Ability to produce high quality written materials.
  • A strong commitment to fostering a positive, collaborative, and strategic organizational culture.
  • Ability to manage innovative, fast-paced, effective campaigns.
  • 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, including stakeholders representing communities of color, social justice, and public health.
  • 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 rigorous and fast-paced team.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word and PowerPoint.  Familiarity with social media and other web-based advocacy tools.
  • 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 “PolAssoc-ssb” 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.