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Associate, Food Safety Campaign – Washington, DC

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Pew Health Group

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The Pew Health Group

The Pew Health Group (PHG) seeks to improve the health and well being of all Americans. Based on research and critical analysis, the program advocates policies that reduce unacceptable health risk, focusing on areas that include consumer, medical and food safety.


Safe Food Project

With the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) bill signed into law in January 2011, the next phase of The Pew Health Group’s food safety project is to ensure that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues strong measures to implement the legislation and that it has adequate and stable funding for its food safety activities.  Additionally, we will begin a research effort to assess whether the remaining 20 percent of the food supply—primarily meat and poultry products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—poses a public health risk, and, if so, then develop recommendations for eliminating or minimizing these risks.


Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, will report to the project director of the Safe Food Project. The associate will help draft and develop written materials, maintain and update content for the project web site, keep abreast of relevant news and events, and help the project director coordinate activities with external partners. The position is funded through April 2014, with the possibility of renewal depending on the initiative’s progress, board approval and continued funding.


  • Under the direction of the project director, help research, draft, and develop fact sheets, reports, policy briefs, press releases and other products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media and policymakers.  Edit and proof draft documents for accuracy. 
  • Coordinate and maintain web site development and updates, in consultation with PHG’s Communications team.  
  • Work with the project director to build and maintain relationships with nutrition and food policy related organizations, public health coalitions, advocates and a wide range of other influential constituencies.
  • Work collaboratively with project director and other project staff to ensure that the initiative's research activities are responsive to the questions and concerns of policy makers.
  • Help organize Pew’s activities to coordinate key partners’ strategies for ensuring the effective implementation of and adequate funding for the new FDA food safety law.
  • Attend and summarize relevant meetings, briefings, hearings and other events to keep abreast of current food safety issues, both related to FDA and to USDA regulation of meat and poultry products.  
    • Develop and maintain an informed awareness of topics of interest in the PHG portfolio in order to most effectively carry out all of the activities listed above.
    • Contribute to and participate in PHG tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.
  • In consultation with the project director, polling firm and external partners, help draft polling and focus group questions for surveys.
  • Assist in development of written public comments in response to FDA’s proposed rulemakings, draft guidances, and other related proposals.   


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • One to three years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills.  Experience in food safety, nutrition, or agriculture policy preferred.
  • Ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media and public. 
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand and communicate different policy perspectives.
  • Experience working with academics, nonprofits and other researchers and/or policy analysts to ensure effective delivery of results to target audiences.
  • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required; database and online research applications preferred. 
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.  Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.  Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.


Minimal overnight travel for occasional meetings and conferences.


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