Policy Fellow, Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship
WFH Flexible Washington, DC Advocacy
Job Type
Full-time
Description

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), America’s food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record of fighting for science in the public interest. We’ve led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school foods and remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. 


The Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship provides a two-year, full-time position to an early career public health professional to help them develop valuable advocacy and research skills while promoting nutrition, public health and citizen advocacy. 


The Policy Fellow advocates for improved nutrition and health policy with local, state and federal policy makers and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting nutrition policies. This position reports to the Senior Policy Associate and is available either in CSPI’s Washington, DC office or remotely.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Senior Policy Associate to develop and implement advocacy goals and strategies for nutrition policy campaigns. Collaborate with outreach and capacity building, communications, scientific, legal, and other policy staff. 
  • Strengthen existing relationships and broaden support for food and nutrition policies with partners and elected and appointed officials at the national, state, and local levels, including groups and individuals advocating for public health, racial and health equity and social justice.
  • Provide technical assistance, materials, and strategic advice to organizations, coalitions, and policy makers, mobilize grassroots, support federal, state and local advocacy (including lobbying) efforts in support of food and nutrition policies.
  • Write and develop advocacy materials, including: fact sheets, reports, letters, social media posts, testimony, petitions, infographics, talking points, and action alerts.
  • Review scientific literature to inform policy positions and advocacy strategies.
  • Organize and represent CSPI at meetings, events, briefings, webinars, calls, and with the press.
  • Supervise interns.
  • Carry out other departmental activities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPP) in health, policy or nutrition; or Bachelor's degree plus two years of public health or policy experience.
  • Commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.
  • Commitment to advancing equity at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the work and in the workplace.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively and persuasively and produce high-quality written products.
  • Ability to interpret and critique scientific research in nutrition and public health.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and with supervision; and ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed. 

CSPI on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values:

  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives.
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization.
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions.
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way.
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success.

Compensation

The salary range is $50,000 to $55,000, based on experience. This is a two-year grant funded position with the potential to extend, contingent upon funding availability. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a three percent employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.


To Apply

Please use CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Policy Fellow position. You are required to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest. The application deadline is January 24, 2022.


CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.