DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest seeks Project Coordinator, Food Day

17 Feb

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 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’s good.  CSPI is supported largely by the 850,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

Food Day is a major national event that CSPI is sponsoring in October 2011.  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 Managers with programmatic and administrative activities in support of the Food Day campaign.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide organizing, research and administrative support for Food Day-related activities.
• Assist in coordinating outreach and communication with Food Day local, state, and regional field coordinators.
• Help Campaign Managers establish and maintain systems to track activities of field coordinators, coalition partners, and activists.
• Assist in educating and mobilizing CSPI’s members, activists, and concerned citizens on Food Day activities and events.
• Respond to voicemail and e-mail inquiries about Food Day in a timely manner.
• Gather information and answer questions from advocates and organizations about Food Day materials, events and policies.
• Draft fact sheets, talking points, activist tools and other advocacy materials.
• Coordinate meetings and travel for Food Day Campaign Managers.
• Assist with organizing Food Day press conferences, advisory briefings and general meetings.
• Prepare briefing documents and presentation materials for Campaign Managers.
• Track relevant national, state, and local press.
• Coordinate in-house mailings including draft letters, assist with determining mailing content and enclosures, perform mail merges, and print labels.
• Assist with other Food Day-related activities as needed.

• Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from a four-year college or university political science, public policy, communications or a related field; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Some experience with political/advocacy organizing or campaigns 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities.  However, the Project Coordinator may work with work study students, temps or interns.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To Apply
Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé, to:
Colleen O’Day
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L Street, NW #300
Washington, DC 20005
Email to hr@cspinet.org (preferred)
Posted: February 2011

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.
To learn more about CSPI, please visit www.cspinet.org.

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