Associate, Food Safety
Campaign – Washington, DC
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The Pew Health Group
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
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, 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
- Coordinate and maintain web
site development and updates, in consultation with PHG’s
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
overnight travel for occasional meetings and conferences.