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Science Communications Manager – Washington, DC

POSTED: Jul 19




Washington DC


Institute of Food Technologists


Full Time - Experienced


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About Institute of Food Technologists

Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international scientific society with over 15,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues. We are diligent in being an employer of choice and we are proud to offer the following benefits which in....more info

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To serve as the lead staff resource on scientific and technical information and issues related to food health & nutrition programs and project tasks, by managing and providing direction of IFT’s initiatives within this key focus area.   

Overarching Responsibilities

*       Leads and manages the development of nutrition/dietetic-related communications and activities.

*       Serves as a principal scientific and technical resource for internal staff and external participants.

*       Drives content to and actively encourages participation in IFT’s KEY Focus Areas, particularly Food Health & Nutrition

*       Leads or actively participates as staff in IFT volunteer panels, task forces, work groups, etc. and as such, partners with chair(s) to effectively manage group initiatives

*       Effectively writes, reviews and delivers scientific articles, reports, etc. ensuring accuracy, consistency and professional appearance. 

*       Provides scientific input into the development and review of proposals, scientific plans, and final reports to contracting agencies and organizations.

*       Coordinates and may implement scientific and educational programming such as workshops, symposia, conferences, Annual Meeting scientific sessions and short courses, webinars, etc.

*       Monitors scientific literature and information sources to stay abreast of advances and current issues in food science, food technology, human health, and related fields of particular interest to IFT.

*       Efficiently updates staff on timely issues in food science, food technology, human health, and related fields. 


Local Residents Preferred (No Relo)





Public Policy Responsibilities

*       Provides IFT staff and members continuous and timely information on the status and impact of science policy developments relative to nutrition health & wellness

*       Develops public comments on various topics related to food science, food technology, human health, and related fields. 

*       Attends select public meetings, e.g., Congressional hearings and Government advisory committee meetings that are of importance to the office. 


Grants and Contracts Responsibilities

*       Serves as the principal scientific and technical resource for internal project staff and external project participants.  May also serve as Project Director on select tasks.

*       Leads or assists in developing responses to requests for proposals from government agencies and other organizations, ensuring that scientific and technical issues are thoroughly addressed;  


Experience Requirements

*       Registered Dietician preferred

*       Advanced degree in the field of Food Science or Nutrition

*       Established connections within the global scientific and regulatory community, government and industry preferred

*       Experience in strategic planning, project management, staff management, and fiscal management.

*       Experience building results oriented partnerships and alliances.

*       5 plus years of professional experience

*       Experience in association or not-for-profit environment a plus

*        Experience (or interest in) serving as media spokesperson preferred

The Institute of Food Technologists is proud to offer the following benefits which include but, are not limited to: Medical and Dental Insurance, Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement and Educational Assistance.  To learn more about IFT, visit


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