Saturday, January 19, 2019

Marler Clark Accepting Resumes: Food Safety Litigation Lawyers and Paralegals

From Food Safety News, Publisher’s Platform: “It’s a bad sign for food safety if Bill Marler is hiring lawyer and paralegals.”

By Bill Marler on January 19, 2019

2018 was a bad year for food – Salmonella-tainted Tahini, Chicken, Hamburger, Eggs, Turkey, Pasta Salad, Cereal, Melon, Coconut, Chicken Salad, Kratom and Sprouts; E. coli-tainted Romaine Lettuce (2 of them) and Hamburger; Listeria-tainted Pork Products and Deli Ham; and Cyclospora-tainted Salads and Vegetable Trays have sickened thousands.  And, those are only the ones the CDC reported.  There are a dozens and dozens of localized foodborne illness outbreak tied to a variety of products and/or restaurants that do not make the news.

So, as I have said:

“It’s a bad sign for food safety if Bill Marler is hiring lawyers and paralegals.”

Please send your resumes to

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Clinical Instructor - Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic

Reporting to the Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), the Clinical Instructor will work independently and with Clinic staff and students on a broad range of international, federal, state, and local food policy projects. The Clinical Instructor will be an integral part of the Food Law and Policy Clinic team, providing leadership on projects, vision for future initiatives, and hands-on teaching with clinical students. The Clinical Instructor’s work will entail:
  • Developing and overseeing the work on one or several FLPC initiatives, which includes developing specific projects within the initiative and directing the project work within that initiative, managing relationships with clients and partners, staying abreast of relevant developments in the field, and developing long-term strategic goals for the initiative;
  • Supervising clinical students and training these students on lawyering skills including problem-solving, law and policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, and leadership;
  • Assisting with development and teaching of classroom courses offered in conjunction with the Clinic;
  • Delivering talks and trainings to clients, partners, and policymakers, and representing FLPC at localand national conferences and events;
  • Leading and supporting the administrative tasks of the Clinic, including conference and event planning, student outreach, communications, development, and other tasks that arise;
  • Working with the Director, helping to develop and implement the vision for the future success of the innovative food law and policy work conducted by FLPC.
JD Degree required, earned at least three years ago and a minimum of three years relevant experience.

A full job description may be found here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fed of Southern Coops Seeks Outreach Specialists; Alabama and Georgia

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) seeks a full-time Outreach Specialist/ Land Tenure for the Georgia Field Office in Albany, Georgia and the Alabama Rural Training and Research Center.  

The Outreach Specialist/ Land Tenure positions will focus on outreach to limited resource farmers and landowners as well as supporting the strategic goals of FSC/LAF’s Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center by assisting in the delivery of services to landowners impacted by heirs property.

These positions are ideal for resourceful individuals who are able to build relationships and confidence with members of FSC/LAF, partners and community leaders to advance the Federation’s overall mission of being a catalyst for the development of self-supporting communities through cooperative development, land retention and other initiatives that increase income and build wealth.

For more information on the Georgia position, please contact Cornelius Key, Georgia State Coordinator, via email at

For More information on the Alabama Position, Contact: Dr. Marcus Bernard via email at

Position Posting for Alabama

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Seeks New Executive Director


FACT is a national non-profit organization based in Chicago and is seeking to hire a full-time Executive Director to assume this position in April 2019.

For more information about FACT and this position, visit the announcement at

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coalition Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT, December 5, 2018

Coalition Director

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking an energetic, passionate, experienced and collaborative Coalition Director to provide executive level leadership to NSAC, its staff, governing body, and membership. The Coalition Director must be deeply committed to serving the sustainable agriculture movement’s policy and grassroots work and to becoming an integral part of our high-performing, passionate, and diverse team. The Coalition Director is a full-time, salaried position and is based in Washington, DC.

NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. For 30 years, NSAC’s stellar track record of policy accomplishments has been guided by a vision of agriculture where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities. Racial equity – an understanding and acknowledgment of historical and ongoing racial inequities and a commitment to actions challenging those inequities – is a core NSAC tenet, and we seek to embed it in our structure, analysis, policy development, and advocacy.

The Coalition Director works with NSAC’s governing body, the Organizational Council (OC), membership, and staff to set and implement strategies to achieve the vision of its membership and to shepherd it into the future, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent progress in meeting its mission-driven goals and fiscal objectives.


The position requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Business Management, Public Policy, or related field, plus a minimum of 10 years of professional organizational or program management experience. Applicants must have successful experience in the nonprofit sector and working with foundation and government funders at the senior level. The position also requires a proven track record of successful strategic planning and delivering superior results implementing such plans. Preference will be given to applicants with background and experience in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

For more information and to apply, visit the full posting at


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Clinic

Harvard Law School invites applications for the full-time position of Visiting Clinical
Professor or Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, depending on level of experience, in the new
Animal Law & Policy Clinic.

For more information, visit the official job posting at:

National Center for Agricultural Law

There are two staff attorney positions now posted at the National Center for Agricultural Law

For more information and to apply, visit the official job sites at: 

  • (environmental law) and 
  • (food safety and labeling). 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

CRS Ag Policy Position Application Period Extended to Jan. 3

From the Library of Congress: 

Analyst in Agricultural Policy

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has extended the application deadline for the Analyst in Agricultural Policy (Social Science Analyst), GS-13 until January 3, 2019.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Multiple Openings - Congressional Research Service

Analyst in Energy Policy 

The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service is seeking an Analyst in Energy Policy. The analyst will cover energy and minerals policy, focusing on leasing and development on federal lands, mining and extractive industries, and critical minerals. The candidate should understand all facets of these areas including economics and employment, technology, and federal revenues. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.

A full job description may be found here.

Research Manager - Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section 

The Research Manager leads the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division in the development of policy research and analysis relevant to congressional needs.Issues include natural resources policy and implications in key areas including institutional, economic, regulatory, and scientific issues related to public lands; fish and wildlife; water resources; forestry, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems; earth sciences; and natural hazards.

A full job description may be found here.

Analyst in Agricultural Policy - Congressional Research Service

The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service is seeking an Analyst in Agricultural Policy. The analyst will possess knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and/or practices of agricultural research, extension, and education; agricultural production; programs and policies mitigating losses to agriculture from natural disasters; and U.S. Department of Agriculture programs addressing economic issues affecting rural America. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of agricultural policy and interrelationships of federal programs and policies with the positions of key state, industry, academic, and nongovernmental stakeholders. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.

This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with policy related to agricultural research, extension, and education; agricultural production; programs and policies mitigating losses to agriculture from natural disasters; and/or U.S. Department of Agriculture programs addressing economic issues affecting rural America. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

A full job description may be found here.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Legislative Attorney (Constitutional Law) - Congressional Research Service

The Legislative Attorney prepares objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background memoranda and reports on legal issues of national significance; provides personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on legal issues throughout the legislative process; and participates in or leads team research projects and seminars.  The incumbent is expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legal analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.
Candidates with research experience in and broad general knowledge of legal issues regarding constitutional law in particular and American public law in general; who demonstrate strong research, writing, and oral communication skills; and who possess a portfolio of high quality legal analytical writing are encouraged to apply. Experience as a judicial clerk will be beneficial.

The position’s primary focus is the broad area of constitutional law. However, given ALD’s relatively small staff and the breadth of issues ALD covers for Congress, candidates must also be capable of working in a number of different areas of the law and have the intellectual curiosity to seek out and maintain a broad portfolio of legal issues. Thus, applicants should also have knowledge of administrative law and statutory interpretation.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

A full job description may be found here.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Executive Director - SAWG (Remote)

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. Southern SAWG’s mission is to increase the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community among farmers and their key partners.
Southern SAWG has been a lead organization in the Southern region, working for the past 27 years to foster a more sustainable food and agriculture system throughout its member states – one that yields dignity and economic viability for farmers and farm workers, and provides safe and secure food for all, produced in harmony with nature. We are engaged in extensive outreach and education over a broad and diverse region, both geographically and demographically. Southern SAWG links more than 150 organizations and many individuals throughout the 13 Southern states of AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, & VA.
*Whereas the position is seen as remote, residence in one of our member states is required.  Due to our large geographical coverage, the staff and contractors of Southern SAWG operate out of their home offices.

A full job description may be found here.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Executive Director - NOFA VT

Founded in 1971, NOFA-VT has served as the Vermont voice for organic agriculture for commercial producers, homesteaders and gardeners. NOFA-VT works to support local, organic farmers and gardeners to increase certified organic land in Vermont, and make healthy food more accessible to all Vermonters, while building strong, agriculture-based communities. By developing public awareness, we grow markets for organic food. Through organic certification, technical assistance, research, policy and advocacy, we work to grow organic agriculture in Vermont.
About the Position
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as its Executive Director to lead the organization and continue to build an inclusive and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community.
The Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of NOFA-VT’s mission and goals; administering the operations and programs of NOFA-VT; executing the policies established by the Board of Directors; overseeing the preparation of meaningful reports reflecting the financial health of the organization; providing human resources leadership and supervising staff; and representing the goals and work of the organization to the wider community.
A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit management experience is required. A Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges within the organic food and farming industry as well as knowledge of organic farming in Vermont is a plus. More information about the position can be found at:
To apply, submit a cover letter outlining qualifications for this position, resume and three references to by January 15, 2019.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Director of Food Equity - Ecotrust

Ecotrust seeks a new core member of our Food & Farms team to develop and drive forward food equity initiatives, manage our farm to institution body of work, develop staff, and oversee team operations. Joining the team at a time of transition and opportunity, the Director of Food Equity will report to and work hand in hand with the Vice President of Food & Farms to shape the strategic vision for the future of our food work, bringing fresh eyes to our farm to institution initiatives, and leading the program team in visioning and executing a stronger racial equity impact. The Director of Food Equity will be responsible for the operational success of the Food & Farms program, setting the vision and tone for team culture, management, and development, providing leadership around issues of food justice and access, stewarding programmatic resources, and ensuring strong program delivery and evaluation.

This is a full-time position covering the Pacific Northwest, based out of Portland or Seattle, and requires moderate travel.

Learn more about this position: Info session Thursday November 15th @ 10AM
Ecotrust’s Food & Farms team is hosting an informational session about this position at Ecotrust on Thursday November 15th at 10am. You can join us live in the Alder Room or call in via conference line to ask questions:
·       Click this link to join by computer audio/video:
·       Dial this number to join by phone: (669) 900-6833
·       Meeting ID: 821 875 399
RSVPs encouraged. Please email to let us know if you’ll be joining in person or remotely. If you will be unable to join, you may also submit questions to ahead of time. We will record the session and post the recording to the Ecotrust website shortly afterwards.

A full job description may be found here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Executive Director - National Farm to School Network

NFSN is seeking a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. In partnership with the NFSN Advisory Board, Core and Supporting Partners and national staff, the Executive Director is responsible for implementation of the NFSN strategic plan through organizational programming and operations, ensuring long term financial sustainability and advancement of the farm to school movement. Responsible for shaping the vision and future direction of the organization, the Executive Director will seek opportunities for expanding partnerships and funders and for scaling up impact so that farm to school and ECE are a norm in all communities across the U.S. The ideal candidate will possess a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, access and belonging, as demonstrated through career, educational and life experience. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). Estimated start date is April 2019. The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019.

A full job description may be found here.

In addition, applications for the Policy Specialist position are still being accepted.

D.C. Federal Policy Associate - National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a full-time Federal Policy Associate to grow our federal policy team and be an advocate for our policy work on behalf of young farmers and ranchers. The Federal Policy Associate will be based in Washington, DC and report to our Federal Policy Director.
NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, military veterans, and people of color to apply.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Monitor, research, and analyze federal policy and legislation related to young farmers, and work with the Federal Policy Director to advance NYFC’s policy platform and legislative priorities;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key Congressional offices, federal agencies, allied organizations, and private stakeholders to advance NYFC’s work;
  • Draft and present materials for NYFC’s new and existing policy priorities for lawmakers, stakeholders, and the media, including fact sheets, one-pagers, bill summaries, testimony, and presentations;
  • Work with NYFC’s grassroots and communications teams to help inform and mobilize NYFC’s network of young farmers;
  • Support NYFC’s policy program by assisting in program strategy, grant reporting, and other tasks.
  • At least two years of experience in public policy, including a working knowledge of the Congressional policy-making process, the farm bill, and/or USDA programs and administration
  • Strongly identify with NYFC’s core mission, platform, and guiding principles
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and experience working with diverse communities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication
  • Works well independently, with a team, and in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think creatively about policy and program reforms that address structural barriers for young farmers and ranchers

A full job description may be found here.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

PhD and MS Research Assistantships in areas of Economics of Food Systems available at Colorado State University

Areas of Study:         
  • Economic impacts of policies supporting U.S. farm to school programs
  • Food security and dietary quality effects of urban food policies
  • Economic analysis of alcoholic beverage industry and related marketing

Deadlines: application deadline is February 15, 2018, start date is May - August 2018.

Contact: Chris Goemans, Chair of the Graduate Program, (970) 491-7261,

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (DARE) at Colorado State University has openings for at least 3 PhD/MS students in different specialty areas within the broad umbrella of the economics of food systems. Specifically, we are recruiting for students interested in supporting the three following new/ongoing research areas:
·       Economic impacts of policies supporting U.S. farm to school program. An ongoing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded research project in the Department is evaluating: 1) farm and ranch profitability impacts of sales through these markets (preliminary results using state-level policy data shows that these policies matter); 2) spillover impacts to household purchases at retail grocery stores resulting from farm to school programs; and 3) changes in levels of students’ consumptions of fruits and vegetables based on local procurement. The selected student would augment this work by building a database of Federal, State, and Philanthropic grants supporting K-12 farm to school programming in the U.S. (including the possibility of a Washington DC based internship). Once built, the database will enable to research team to investigate how policies, and specifically grant dollars, impact the success of these programs.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Jablonski, Dr. Thilmany.  
·       Food security and dietary quality effects of urban food policies
As consumers become more interested in their food and its origin, urban communities are increasingly integrating food into mainstream planning and policymaking. We are looking for a graduate student to work closely with a team of inter-disciplinary researchers to understand how households’ food security and dietary quality may be affected by urban policies and programs. Part of this work, funded from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), will involve collecting data, and modeling household purchasing decisions, and their response to key proposed interventions.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Jablonski, Dr. Thilmany,  
·       Economic analysis of alcoholic beverage industry and related marketing
Alcoholic beverage industries have been experiencing tremendous growth and transformation to their marketing channels. This is especially prevalent within the craft beer industry, which has grown at an exponential rate over the past decade. Graduate students in this field have the opportunity to examine a variety of issues such as: the impact of state and federal policies on alcohol sales and distribution; changing market structure and marketing tactics; and the growth of related industries (e.g. input materials and retail distribution). Colorado State is well-positioned to support such research with its new established Liquid Arts Research Forum (LARF), a multi-disciplinary collaboration working with industry leaders.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Berning, Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Costanigro

Within each of these topic areas, the selected students will work closely with an inter-disciplinary team of faculty involved in applied research. The student will develop a skillset in the areas of applied policy analysis and micro econometric modeling. Additionally, the selected students may have the opportunity to perform both primary data collection as well as empirical analyses of secondary, restricted-access data. Direct interaction with diverse stakeholders will provide an opportunity to understand and evaluate the importance of applied research for effective policy recommendations. To learn more about these initiatives, please visit:  
Requirements: strong candidates will possess an innate curiosity and a passion for studying the economics of food systems. Students should have the desire and ability to develop their quantitative skills (including econometric), microeconomic foundations, and relevant policy analysis. Previous research experience, excellent written and oral communication, organizational skills, ability to work independently, and experience in any segment of the food system are desirable.
Graduate assistantship includes:
·       2-4 years of a competitive stipend, commensurate with the student’s experience and engagement in research
·       2-3 years of full tuition support
·       Full medical insurance
·       Potential for summer salary and travel funds to cover costs for academic conferences.
The student will be responsible for required graduate fees. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
The graduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU We offer rigorous coursework, coupled with training in applied research and an emphasis on close collaborations between faculty and students. Most of our students are directly involved in grants and projects in cooperation with government agencies and industry stakeholders.
Specific information about the program can be found at

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer

Job Description

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today's food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population.

FFAR seeks a Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer to join the Foundation during an exciting time in the organization’s history. The Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer works across departments to elevate the FFAR brand by envisioning and executing new ways of sharing the Foundation’s goals and accomplishments with a variety of audiences.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, the Officer plays a key role in building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders including reporters, Members of Congress, their staff, and representatives of organizations in the food and agriculture community, including commodity groups, research organizations, universities, scientific societies, government officials, associations and others.

The Communications and Legislative Affairs department updates the community through press releases, webinars, email communications, social media, in-person events and meetings, and an annual report. The Officer serves as the main point of contact for FFAR interviews and gathers multimedia to convey impact of FFAR grants.

The Officer will lead projects independently in some cases and support the Director in others.

Location: Washington, DC


Communications and Public Relations
·         Collaborate with Director on press strategy and outreach
·         Pitch stories to the media and staff executive interviews with some internal and external support
·         Collaborate with Director on press release writing and distribution
·         Create and execute a digital media strategy including social media, email communications and website content
·         Participate in development of speeches, presentations, talking points, blog posts, and guest articles for executives and board members as needed
·         Manage relationships with design, media tracking and web design firms including management of marketing materials development

Legislative Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
·         Participate in monthly Governance and Federal Relations Committee calls
·         Proactively educate Members of Congress and their staff on FFAR-funded projects and impact in their districts
·         Liaise with Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff as needed
·         Work with Director to plan and execute events including Congressional staff briefings, research presentations and receptions
·         Work with Director, other colleagues and Executive Director to plan and execute quarterly stakeholder engagement events (virtual and in-person briefings)

Minimum Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public policy or related degree.
·         Three-six years of professional experience in a communications or legislative affairs role.
·         Exceptional writing and presentation skills.
·         Superior Excel and PowerPoint skills.
·         Professional social media experience and/or graphic design
·         Self-motivated, creative problem solver with ability to prioritize under multiple deadlines.
·         Enthusiasm for/interest in improving the food system through scientific innovation.

Application Instructions

The position is open for immediate hire. Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications, interest in the position, and salary requirements to by November 19, 2018. Please specify Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer in the subject line of your message. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. No phone calls please.

FFAR is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Monday, November 5, 2018

FASPE Law Fellowship

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Law program

FASPE Law is a fully-funded, two-week fellowship program in professional ethics and ethical leadership that begins by examining the actions and choices of German lawyers in enabling Nazi policies. It then draws on this historical example to help Law Fellows both grasp their role as influencers in their field and in their communities as well as identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing lawyers and the legal profession. The program takes place in Germany and Poland at the sites of Nazi actions, allowing Fellows to benefit from the power of the place and immersive, contextual learning.

Program Dates: Saturday, May 25 - Friday, June 7, 2019.
Fully-funded: All program costs are covered, including travel, lodging, and food. 
Interdisciplinary: FASPE Law Fellows travel with Fellows in the FASPE Business and Journalism programs.
Itinerary: Fellows will travel to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz).
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a JD or LLM (or equivalent) program OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 
FASPE programs are non-denominational. Candidates of all nationalities, religions, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit:
For a list of previous Fellows, please visit
Completed applications are due by Friday, December 28, 2018. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Analyst in Environmental Policy - Library of Congress

The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service seeks an Analyst in Environmental Policy. The analyst will possess knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of environmental policy issues related to groundwater contamination prevention and response, interrelationships of groundwater contamination with federal programs, and aspects of surface water quality. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.

This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with issues related to groundwater contamination prevention and response, interrelationships of groundwater contamination with federal programs, and aspects of surface water quality. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

A full job description may be found here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

International Policy Analyst - FDA

This position is in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of the Center Director (OCD), International Affairs Staff (IAS). The incumbent will serve as the Center's focal point for international issues for foods, cosmetics, nutrition and labeling providing leadership and coordination in decision-making on international matters, and enhancing FDA representation in international policy and technical support.

Serve as an agency specialist on international public health and its trade impact, areas of importance with respect to international policy direction and the agency?s long-term goals and objectives.
Represent FDA in negotiations with high level foreign government representatives.
Articulate FDA positions on matters related to public health and trade in a persuasive manner.
Work with the IAS Director and other senior policy staff to develop or oversee the development of agency policies, programs, procedures or guidance.

A link to the full description may be found here.

Program Specialist - USDA Food and Nutrition Service

The Regional Office is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs administered by State agencies. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you at FNS!

As a Program Specialist in either the SNAP or SNP Divisions, the incumbent will:
  • Plan, direct, and participate in formal management evaluation reviews of State and local program operations.
  • Analyze and provide technical assistance and consultation on all aspects of assigned program operations.
  • Meet with State agency representatives to discuss areas of policy and operational non-compliance.
  • Prepare special reports and briefings to alert management to positive trends as well as deficiencies and inconsistencies.
  • Work closely with the Team Lead and Branch Chief to implement and accomplish goals and objectives of the FNS Strategic Plan and unit work plan.
  • Develop written reports of findings and recommendations; negotiate corrective action; and conduct post-review evaluation of corrective action.
  • Coordinate regional training efforts including schedules, agendas, and development of materials.
  • Train state and local staff on program requirements through formal and informal presentations.

A full job description may be found here.

Associate Attorney - Earthjustice

The Northeast Office of Earthjustice, based in New York City, is hiring an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. Ideally, the successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

The Northeast office presses for a swift transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, promotes environmental justice in communities overburdened by pollution, champions more protective regulation of toxic chemicals and pesticides, and fights for sustainable food and farming. The attorney selected for the position will conduct legal advocacy and litigation on the full array of the office’s environmental and health matters. Although the community-based initiatives and regional work of the Northeast office currently focus on New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we often take on cases with national scope or address programmatic priorities that take us outside of our region.

The Associate Attorney program is designed to help early-career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The term for the associate position is three years, with potential for extension. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Compensation is based on experience. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

A full job description may be found here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

FTCLDF - Executive Director

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a growing, nationally
recognized 501(c)(4) nonprofit, seeks an experienced executive to expand its
legal defense, advocacy and other programs in support of America’s independent
farmers and their customers. The Executive Director is responsible for
overseeing FTCLDF’s day-to-day work, including administration, programs, legal
services, and strategic planning, and primary near-term goals of maintaining
and growing a broad base of financial support and a legal network supporting
member services nationwide. Candidates should have solid nonprofit management
and fundraising experience, a strong legal background, and a passion for
facilitating and defending the rights of farmers and consumers to produce,
buy, and sell farm-fresh foods.

Position Responsibilities:

- Work closely with members of the board of directors to set and meet
organizational goals; and
- Lead in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s ongoing

- Works closely with the board and staff to ensure programs, services,
strategic planning, and public outreach align at all times with FTCLDF’s
- Maintains consistent and productive communication with the organization’s
members and other financial supporters;
- Monitors federal and state policy developments, and coordinates federal,
state, and local policy and legal activities; and
-Hires and retains competent, qualified staff and contractors, and oversees
their work.

Legal Services
- Provides direct legal services to and conducts legal research for FTCLDF
members and clients;
-Uses her/his broad understanding of the regulatory environment affecting
independent farmers to provide input to litigator(s) pursuing member cases;
-Secures and supervises local counsel retained to assist FTCLDF contract
attorneys; and
- Maintains and reviews time records, work summaries, invoices, and expense
reimbursement requests for all contract attorneys and outside counsel.

- Works closely with development staff, members, and others to raise funds to
support organizational goals and mission; and
- Engages in sound fiscal management practices.

Marketing and Communications
- Develops and implements communications and brand recognition strategies with
a focus on increasing public awareness of FTCLDF’s work, mission, programs,
and services;
- Serves as national advocate and spokesperson for FTCLDF, assuring the
highest level of external communications/marketing to increase support for
FTCLDF and its mission;
- Maintains regular and consistent communications with staff, membership, and
donors on important legal and policy developments; and
- Leverages in-person appearances, mass outreach, social media, and
conventional and new media coverage to drive FTCLDF’s mission and message.

This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of position
responsibilities. The board may assign other tasks and duties where, when, and
as it deems appropriate.

Required Qualifications
- Juris Doctor (J.D.) from accredited law school and current U.S. state bar
- Three to five years nonprofit management experience;
- Strong understanding of key federal, state, and local food issues, laws, and
- Solid, hands-on fundraising and budget-management skills;
- Strong written and oral communications skills;
 -Willingness and capacity to interface and engage with diverse members and
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff;
- Strong public speaking abilities; and
- Demonstrated ability to work in a distributed, virtual organization, and
ability to work from home or other personally provided work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in litigation and in transactional legal work;
-Experience managing and supervising attorneys; and
- Willingness to travel (as needed) and to speak at conferences, fundraisers,
and other events.

More Information

Pay is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Our benefits
package includes health coverage allowance and paid time off. Position may be
based anywhere in the United States.

Send resume and cover letter to

National Farm to School Network - Policy Specialist

Policy Specialist
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. The Policy Specialist will cultivate relationships with policymakers and their staff, partner organizations and advocacy coalitions, manage and facilitate NFSN's Policy Group, and educate and mobilize NFSN stakeholder around key issues. Read full position description here

Additional Information 
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Salary range is $55,000-60,000 and is commensurate with experience. This position is based in Washington, DC. 

Learn More & Apply
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to
The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. 

About the National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education (including school gardens) into schools and early care and education (ECE) settings. Farm to school empowers children and families to make informed food choices, while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. NFSN provides vision, leadership and support at the state, regional and national levels to connect and expand the farm to school movement. Our network includes Core Partner and Supporting Partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories, thousands of farm to school supporters, an Advisory Board and national staff. For more information, visit

Please direct questions about this open position to

Monday, October 22, 2018

DC Policy Associate

Policy Associate:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, Menu Labeling, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. The Policy Associate will join our team’s work to restrict the use of harmful food additives; reduce risk from foodborne pathogens; help stop deceptive ads and labels; ensure biotech crops and animals are safe for humans and the environment; and reduce the amounts of sodium and added sugars in food.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Assist with policy initiatives such as food labeling, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, additives, sodium reduction, and dietary supplements.

· Provide policy, analytical and project support to CSPI’s Biotechnology Director.

· Work with the Executive Director on emerging issues for CSPI work.

· Research, organize, and execute policy strategies to achieve public health goals.

· Draft and edit reports, fact sheets, regulatory and public-facing petitions, comments, speeches, freedom of information act requests, and administrative appeals to attain program goals.

· Work with health and consumer organization partners and mobilize support for policy priorities.

· Work with congressional offices, state attorneys general, and agencies, such as FDA, FTC, CDC, and USDA, to achieve public policy goals.

· Represent CSPI at meetings, conferences, public hearings, and coalition meetings.

· Assist with other program-related projects as needed.


· Demonstrated commitment to public-interest and/or public health advocacy.

· Advanced degree required (e.g., MPH, MPP, JD).
At least 3 years of legislative, public policy, and/or regulatory experience in food/nutrition/health/science.
Ability to read, analyze, interpret and translate legal, financial, policy, regulatory and scientific documents.

· Superlative writing, research, and verbal communications skills.

· 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.

· Ability to engage internal and external stakeholders in a credible, professional manner.

· Strong oral and presentation skills, and comfortable with public speaking.

· Proficiency with MSOffice applications, social media, advocacy tools and other web-based applications.

· Ability to work additional hours as needed.

CSPI is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens' interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation's largest‑circulation nutrition newsletter. CSPI is supported by the subscribers to NAH, donors, and foundation grants.

To Apply Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to Include “PA-comfood” in the subject line.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Food Sovereignty and Racial Equity Post-Doc RA

*Note: in many situations, an LL.M. degree or even a J.D. is assumed to be on the same academic level as a PhD.
Food Sovereignty and Racial Equity Post-Doctorate Research Associate
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) are seeking a post-doctorate research associate (Fixed-Term) position. This position is an initial one-year appointment, with a one-year reappointment contingent upon funding and performance. The position will be housed at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems at 480 Wilson Road – Natural Resources Building – East Lansing Michigan

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, resourceful, experienced, and committed candidate to bring creative vision to an existing foundation of relationships and learnings in the areas of food sovereignty and racial equity. The ideal candidate holds a PhD in fields related to food and racial justice issues in a social science or humanities discipline, exhibits openness to engaging in a range of interdisciplinary team-oriented applied research approaches, and has lived experience with equity issues, cultural competency, and community engagement.

This postdoctoral position is the first of two positions that are planned to be part of a unique exchange program and partnership between Michigan State University and Ohio State University. The second position is planned to be filled at Ohio State University at a later date. The candidates chosen to fill them will work closely and collaboratively with leaders and researchers from both institutions, and particularly the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State, and the Food@MSU initiative, to establish a regional community of practice committed to furthering food justice and racial equity.

A full job description may be found here.