Monday, March 5, 2012

Senior Nutrition Policy Associate for CSPI in D.C.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Attn: Human Resources Department
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

Senior Nutrition Policy Associate – Full Time

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest-circulation nutrition newsletter. CSPI’s three main goals are to: provide valuable, objective information to the public and policymakers; represent citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies; and ensure that advances in science are used for the public's good. CSPI is supported largely by the 850,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter, individual donors, and foundation grants.

The Senior Nutrition Policy Associate advocates for improved nutrition and health policy with local, state and federal policy makers, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting nutrition policy. This position reports to the Director of Nutrition Policy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lobby policy makers, build coalitions and organize grassroots in support of nutrition policies, programs, and funding.
  • Manage nutrition policy projects and help develop policy strategy.
  • Conduct policy research and writing projects, including drafting reports, correspondence, fact sheets and other advocacy materials.
  • Develop advocacy materials for policy makers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with national, state and local advocates and policy makers. Cultivate support for nutrition policies from health professionals, university faculty, organizations and concerned citizens.
  • Represent CSPI at conferences, meetings and in coalitions.


  • Master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPP) in health, policy or nutrition or a BS degree in one of these areas plus 5 years of professional policy experience.
  • Excellent research and writing skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking experience.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process; lobbying or other legislative experience desirable.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, and government regulations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and with supervision; and ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Computer proficiency with MSOffice and experience with Internet-based research tools.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.

Salary is commensurate with experience. CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment. Please send a cover letter and résumé to:

Attn: SNP

Center for Science in the Public Interest

1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20005


CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For updated information on this or other openings, visit: Jobs at CSPI