Senior Officer, Science,
Food Additives Campaign – Washington, DC
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The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of
knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a
rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the
public and stimulating civic life. Based in Philadelphia and Washington,
D.C., Pew produces fact-based research and develops practical solutions
to challenging issues.
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 consumer
Food Additives Initiative
The PHG food additives initiative reviews the
available scientific evidence on whether or not chemical additives to our
food supply have substantial health risks, and seeks to evaluate whether
current regulatory oversight is scientifically based and adequate to
protect the public. The project assesses policy solutions to address
these concerns, and uses public education, nonpartisan research and other
activities to further the objective of improving the scientific
foundation for food additive regulatory policies.
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C.
office, will report to the director of the Food Additives Project. The
director, Science, will be responsible for researching and drafting key
scientific papers, and overseeing the drafting of scientific papers by
contractors. The director also will be responsible in part for selecting,
vetting, and working closely with the Task Force on Food Additives
members, and for overseeing peer reviews of all papers. The director will
also present science (along with authors) to the Task Force, agencies,
Congressional staff, media, potential allies, and others, and oversee all
scientific aspects of the project. Once the project is up and running,
starting in late 2010 the director may spend up to 50% of his/her time
working on other Pew Health Group projects. The position is funded
through December, 2012, with the possibility of renewal depending on the
initiative’s progress, board approval and continued funding.
The director will help design and implement
research and analysis for the project, coordinate convenings, manage
special projects, maintain internal and external communications and
support other programmatic investments and budget activities. The
director may also undertake special projects aimed at improving the
overall operation of the project and other projects in the PHG
- Under the direction of the
project director, develop, research and draft scientific reports,
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
- Oversee the drafting of
scientific papers by contractors.
- Under the direction of the
project director, assist in selecting, vetting, and working closely
with Task Force on Food Additives members.
- Oversee peer reviews of all
- Present science (along with
authors) to the Task Force, agencies, Congressional staff, media,
potential allies, and others, and oversee all scientific aspects of
- Assist program staff in
processing contracts and subgrants for the food additive project and
other projects in PHG’s portfolio. Help ensure that contracts
and subgrants to be submitted to the managing director and president
are complete, accurate and timely.
- Collect and analyze data on
food additive issues to support an interactive website targeted to
policy makers and interested segments of the public.
- Work with the project
director to facilitate and coordinate administrative aspects of food
additive and other projects in the PHG portfolio, such as budgets,
shared files, annual program plans, staff meetings and project
public forums and convenings.
- Ensure that internal and
external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through
informal newsletters, mailings and other vehicles.
- 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 and participate in special research projects.
- Contribute to and
participate in tasks of project and PHG as assigned, as well as
broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.
- Advanced degree in medicine
or science (an MD or Ph.D.).
- Four to eight years of
relevant professional experience, including demonstrated research,
analytical and writing skills. Experience in public policy
- Experience writing clear
and cogent materials that synthesize scientific and policy issues
for internal audiences, policy makers, the media and public.
- Experience synthesizing and
summarizing large amounts of information focusing quickly on the
essence of an issue, as well as identifying, understanding and
synthesizing different policy perspectives.
- Experience working with
academics, nonprofits and other entities conducting research and
policy analysis, helping ensure the results are rigorous, policy
relevant and timely and are communicated clearly and persuasively to
- 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
Pew is an equal opportunity employer.