Monday, November 24, 2014

Center for Food Safety: Regional Program Coordinator (Pac. NW Office)- Portland, OR

Regional Program Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Office
September 25, 2014
Portland, OR
Status: full-time or part-time position
Start date:  tbd, rolling application process
About Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety (CFS) is the nation’s leading nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization addressing the impacts of the industrial food production system on human health, animal welfare, and the environment; promoting more sustainable alternatives; and protecting transparency in the food system, through labeling and other means. CFS has more than 500,000 members nationwide. CFS combines multiple tools and strategies in pursuing its goals, including legal, policy, program, grassroots, media, and campaign efforts. CFS’s program areas include, but are not limited to, food safety; food labeling; pesticides; pollinators; genetically engineered food and organisms; factory farming; organic and beyond; seed saving; industrial aquaculture; and Cool foods (climate change and agriculture). CFS has offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; and Honolulu, Hawaii. For two decades CFS has worked for and alongside grassroots community groups, farmers, and environmental and consumer organizations to create a vibrant food movement. For more information about CFS’s work, please visit
The CFS Pacific Northwest Office (Portland, OR) Program Coordinator will be responsible for implementing CFS’s core mission and program goals specifically in the Pacific Northwest region.  The Program Coordinator will be responsible for mapping and building a regional program for CFS; facilitating CFS’s scientific, legal, and policy expertise; and leveraging CFS’s national programs and expertise to address the unique needs and opportunities within the Pacific Northwest. The Program Coordinator will work directly with CFS’s senior attorney, who is also based in Portland, as well as CFS’s west coast director, who is based in San Francisco.
  • Assisting in the development of expanded CFS policy strategy for the Pacific NW region
  • Assisting in development of local campaign strategies for CFS’s core issue areas
  • Drafting and publishing CFS regional policy papers and issue reports
  • Assisting in fundraising and development, including regional events, grant-writing, and grant-reporting requirements
  • Implementing strategies for regional CFS membership
  • Working with state legislatures on CFS issues, including developing relationships with federal and state elected officials
  • Cultivating existing relationships and building new partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Organizing regular educational and strategic-planning events
  • Assisting in development of region-based media strategies
  • Representing CFS at key regional food and agriculture hearings, meetings, and events
  • Providing office administrative support
Desired experience / qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field of study
  • Familiarity with food and agriculture policy at the federal, state, and county level
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience with local and/or statewide policy initiatives including direct lobbying
  • Experience in high-level stakeholder outreach, including outreach to elected officials and other organizational leaders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail
  • Experience in strategic planning and annual budget development and management
  • Abilities to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to and passion for CFS’s mission
  • Willingness to travel
  • Fluency in Excel and Microsoft Office
CFS salaries are competitive and based on experience, and include a strong benefits package.
To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and writing sample to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
CFS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.