Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nutrition Policy Analyst at CSPI in D.C.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on improving nutrition, food safety, and public health. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest-circulation health newsletter. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public; represents citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies; and ensures that advances in science are used for the public good. CSPI is supported largely by the 850,000 subscribers to Nutrition Action Healthletterand by foundation grants.

The 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
  • Assist Director of Nutrition Policy with lobbying activities, coalition building and grassroots organizing for nutrition policies, programs, and funding.
  • Help advocate for nutrition policies at the national, state and local level.
  • Assist with policy research and writing projects including drafting reports, correspondence, fact sheets and other advocacy materials.
  • Help develop advocacy materials for policy makers.
  • Cultivate support for nutrition policies from health professionals, university faculty, organizations and concerned citizens.
  • Represent CSPI at conferences, meetings and in coalitions.

Qualifications
  • Master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPP) in health, policy or nutrition and 3 years of professional policy experience, or a BS degree in one of these areas plus 7 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 with mathematical concepts, including applying concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.
  • Commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.