Project Manager, Food Safety Campaign - Washington-DC
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Food Safety Campaign is a national advocacy effort seeking to achieve six
key reforms, including expanding the inspection process; increasing
resources to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); strengthening FDA
enforcement powers; improving coordination among the relevant agencies;
implementing better monitoring systems; and crafting strong and clear
standards for food safety in the law. By deploying rigorous
research, sophisticated outreach, and by working in concert with a broad
coalition of consumer advocates, scientific experts and industry leaders,
we are working to achieve policies that will protect Americans' health by
better securing our food supply.
manager, Food Safety Campaign will direct a strategic advocacy
campaign and initiate, coordinate and supervise outreach and public
communication efforts regarding the Pew recommendations on food safety with
key stakeholders, including health and consumer organizations and other
advocacy groups, Administrative agency officials, and
Congress. This position is based in Washington, DC and will
work closely with Pew Health Group staff and report the Director of
Food and Consumer Product Safety. The Food Safety Campaign currently
funded as a two-year campaign. This campaign and
position is approved through March 2011 with the possibility of
renewal depending on the initiative's progress, board approval and continued
is responsible for directing and managing the implementation of the Food
Safety advocacy campaign. This includes setting measurable goals and
targets; developing timelines; assessing progress and, when needed,
taking appropriate steps to redirect the campaign's focus in order to
maximize possibility for achieving success.
of the campaign include:
- Develop and implement a
national advocacy campaign strategy focused on advancing reform based
on the PHG Food Safety Campaign plan.
- Raise the national profile
of the urgent need to reform food safety programs.
- Generate significant print
and electronic media coverage nationally and selected state markets.
- Engage a network of food
safety leaders and other champions to generate public support for
- Plan and release of
periodic and timely reports that convey to the press and policy
makers the need for acting on the PHG food safety campaign's recommendations.
- Engage policy makers and
advocates in discussions about the need for PHG food safety campaign
recommendations through educational meetings, presentations and
- Work closely with PCT staff
on all aspects of the campaign.
- Experience in managing a
successful advocacy campaign(s). Experience need not be directly
related to food safety issues, though familiarity with these issues
- At least 8 years of
relevant professional experience, including a solid understanding of
the federal policy-making process, especially in domestic policy
issues. Significant experience working with the federal government
(including Congress and federal agencies) or at issue-based national
advocacy groups is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge and experience
with key tools in advocacy and policy change, including policy
analysis, issue campaigns, communications strategies, and grassroots
or grasstops organizing.
- Able to set short- and
long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. A
task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious
goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by
maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move
projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
- Excellent written and oral
communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the
essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral,
presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such
that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated
for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
- Strong interpersonal
skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with
consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development
of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening
skills. Highly articulate.
- Media-savvy and politically
astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media
exposure to communicate the impact of current polices on food
- Exhibit skills of
diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different
people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in
competition with one another.
- Strong understanding of how
to manage by influencing others and the ability to read nuances of
- Seasoned judgment, able to
make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear
and firm with colleagues and partners.
offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a
generous 401(k) plan, four weeks vacation and flexible benefit options.
anticipated that the individual in this position will travel
periodically, including to PCT's Philadelphia office as needed.