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Regulatory Counsel

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This position focuses on supporting CSPI’s long-term vision to strengthen the oversight of food additives and dietary supplements, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including scientists and our policy and litigation staff. The Regulatory Counsel reports to the Policy Director and the position is 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 restaurant 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.

This position focuses on supporting CSPI’s long-term vision to strengthen the oversight of food additives and dietary supplements, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including scientists and our policy and litigation staff.  The Regulatory Counsel reports to the Policy Director and the position is located in CSPI’s Washington, DC office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee initiatives on food labeling, food additives, dietary supplements, and related issues.
  • Plan, organize, and execute legislative, regulatory, and other strategies to achieve policy goals.  Identify new opportunities to achieve CSPI’s goals.
  • Draft major reports, petitions, complaints, comments, speeches.
  • Develop and coordinate coalitions of health and consumer organizations.
  • Cultivate relationships with officials of the FDA, FTC, and USDA to advocate public-policy goals.
  • Work with congressional offices, state attorneys general, and company representatives.
  • Represent CSPI at national conferences and public hearings.
  • Coordinate with CSPI’s litigation team and other staff members in crafting strategies, and, as warranted, court filings.
  • Handle press inquiries and interviews.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy and consumer protections.
  • Law degree (J.D.), and at least 6 years of legislative or regulatory advocacy experience.  Health/science knowledge a valuable plus.
  • Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills, including public presentations.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret legal, financial, and scientific documents and to distill science, health information, and policy initiatives into understandable and compelling content for media, community organizations, policymakers, and the public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, and consumer and regulatory law, especially pertaining to food.
  • Strong commitment to fostering a positive, collaborative, and strategic organizational culture.
  • Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team in a collegial manner.
  • Commitment and track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work and in the workplace.
  • Proven track record of building strong and collaborative relationships with partner organizations, reporters, and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • 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 “Reg-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.