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Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager

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The Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager will build support for food and nutrition policies, especially with historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. The ideal candidate has exceptional communications and engagement skills and a desire to work in a collaborative, creative, outcome-driven team.

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 Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager will build support for food and nutrition policies, especially with historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing.  The ideal candidate has exceptional communications and engagement skills and a desire to work in a collaborative, creative, outcome-driven team. 

This position reports to the Policy Communications Director, and is located in CSPI’s Washington, DC office. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help to develop and execute integrated, comprehensive communications and partnership strategies for national, state, and local policies and corporate campaigns, in collaboration with policy and communications team members.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships and mobilize organizations, health professionals, and the public, including with communities of color, public health, social justice, anti-hunger, and other national, state, and local groups.
  • Create, implement, and evaluate communications initiatives.  Craft fresh narratives that support policy goals and reach diverse audiences and authentically engage community of color and social justice organizations.
  • Develop effective messaging for policy campaigns, working with communications firms on polling, focus groups, and other message development approaches.
  • Develop persuasive and compelling communications tools, including media pitches, social media content, commentaries, letters to the editor, and op-eds.  Work with communications and policy team and consultants to create compelling visual and video content that supports policy successes and strengthens brand identity. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with traditional, digital, and community-based media, bloggers, and influencers to generate high impact earned media coverage.
  • Represent CSPI at meetings, conferences, in coalitions, on partner/advisory committees, and in the press.
  • Help secure funding for policy projects by working with the development department on grant applications and reports.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field and at least 5 years of demonstrated success in developing and implementing communications strategies on public policy or public health campaigns.
  • Exceptional listening, speaking, writing, and editing skills.
  • Proven track record of building strong relationships with multiple stakeholders in a persuasive, credible, and professional manner.  Ability to develop and sustain excellent relationships with press, bloggers, and influencers.
  • 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.
  • A savvy, smart, efficient, fast-working, results-oriented creative leader with good intuition for media opportunities and issues.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism.  Self-starter who thinks strategically and capable of owning multiple projects simultaneously with efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including public speaking experience.  Ability to produce high quality written materials.  Ability to distill science, health information, and policy initiatives into understandable and compelling content for media, community organizations, policymakers, and the public.
  • Experience developing strategic communications plans that target multiple stakeholder audiences and leverage traditional, digital, and diversity media platforms. 
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel and work additional hours as needed.

To Apply

Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, résumé, and writing samples to hr@cspinet.org.  Include “StratComMgr-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.