Food Day coordinator

Location: 
Washington D.C.
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

CSPI is looking for a campaign organizer with experience and interest in food issues to fill in one of the two full-time Food Day coordinator positions in the DC office. If you know of someone who might be a good fit, please encourage them to apply. The complete job description is here: http://www.cspinet.org/about/jobs/201102091.html

 

Project Coordinator - Food Day – 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.

Food Day is a major national event that CSPI sponsors annually. The goal is to educate the public and support policy measures on such issues as diet and health, sustainable agriculture, farm-animal welfare, and food insecurity. The Project Coordinator will assist the Campaign Manager with programmatic and administrative activities in support of the Food Day campaign.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with existing partners and bring on new local, state, and national partners and advisors specializing in particular types of cross-sector partnerships, including but not limited to sustainable-agriculture, nutrition/health, business and other organizations.
  • Conduct outreach, including periodic field trips that include planning, facilitating and leading community meetings, and communicate with Food Day local, state, and regional field coordinators and organizers.
  • Communicate Food Day’s goals and progress through regular updates, action alerts, webinars, and planning calls.
  • Provide organizing, research and administrative support for Food Day-related activities.
  • Outreach for, plan, lead and facilitate community, meetings in target geographic areas.
  • Help Campaign Manager track activities of field coordinators, coalition partners, and activists.
  • Develop and maintain a schedule for producing materials in a timely way. Write and edit campaign materials including fact sheets, talking points, activist tools, reports, brochures, guides, and text for the website.
  • Conduct research on Food Day-related topics as required.
  • Work with CSPI’s communications department to coordinate Food Day communications needs.
  • Make presentations about Food Day at conferences and meetings to encourage greater participation.
  • Coordinate in-house mailings including draft letters, assist with determining mailing content and enclosures, perform mail merges, and print labels; and respond to Food Day inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Manage Food Day contacts database and adopt new technologies to benefit the campaign.
  • Supervise interns.
  • Help determine if conducting a Food Day campaign evaluation would be feasible and worthwhile.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from a four-year college or university in political science, public policy, public health, food studies, communications or a related field; plus one to two years related experience and/or training.
  • Experience of working with and understanding of food-related issues.
  • Some experience with advocacy campaigns or grassroots organizing helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively to individuals about on-going projects.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and writing skills with the ability to write routine correspondence, talking points and fact sheets.
  • Computer proficiency with MSOffice applications and database programs, with an emphasis on Word, Excel and Powerpoint; experience with online organizing and research tools; and familiarity with Lotus Notes.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work additional hours when needed.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision and as part of a team.
  • Interest in CSPI’s mission and public interest commitment. Experience of working with and understanding of food-related issues.
  • Some experience with advocacy campaigns or grassroots organizing helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively to individuals about on-going projects.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and writing skills with the ability to write routine correspondence, talking points and fact sheets.
  • Computer proficiency with MSOffice applications and database programs, with an emphasis on Word, Excel and Powerpoint; experience with online organizing and research tools; and familiarity with Lotus Notes.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work additional hours when needed.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision and as part of a team.
  • Interest in CSPI’s mission and public interest commitment.

CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment. Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé, to: hr@cspinet.org. Include PCFood in email subject line.

Attn: PCFOOD

Center for Science in the Public Interest

1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20005

Email:
hr@cspinet.org