Senior Nutrition Policy Manager

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 nutrition 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

900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.


The Senior Nutrition Policy Manager advocates for improved nutrition and obesity policies 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.

•             Conduct policy research and write reports, fact sheets, and other

advocacy materials.

•             Develop and maintain relationships with national, state, and local

policy makers and advocates.  Cultivate support for nutrition policies from health professionals, university faculty, organizations, and concerned citizens.

•             Represent CSPI at conferences, meetings, and in coalitions.



•             Doctoral (PhD, MD, JD) or Master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPP) in health,

policy, or nutrition plus at least 7 years of professional policy experience or a BS degree in one of these areas and at least 10 years of experience.

•             Strong research and analytical skills with the ability to define

problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

•             Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including public

speaking experience.

•             Ability to produce high quality written material and meet tight


•             Experience developing and implementing successful policy/advocacy

campaigns, and maintaining the partnerships necessary for advancing those campaigns.

•             Knowledge of the legislative process; lobbying or other legislative

experience desirable.

•             Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

•             Proficiency with MS Office applications, including Word, Excel and


•             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.


To Apply

Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, writing sample, and résumé, to:  Include “Attn: NPM” in the subject line.


CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment.  CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Washington, D.C.
Publicaton Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
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