Senior 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.


Food Safety Campaign

The 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.  


Position Overview

This position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C. office, will report to the project director of Food and Consumer Product Safety. The senior associate 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 associate may also undertake special projects aimed at improving the overall operation of the project and other projects in the HHS portfolio.  The position is funded through March 2011, with the possibility of renewal depending on the initiative's progress, board approval and continued funding.



  • Under the direction of the project director, help develop, research and draft 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 accuracy. 
  • Assist program staff in processing contracts and subgrants for the food safety project and other projects in HHS's portfolio. Help ensure that contracts and subgrants to be submitted to the managing director and president are complete, accurate and timely.
  • Conduct background research including data analysis, literature reviews, media scanning and interviews. Help prepare summary briefs that aid the project in scanning, tracking and assessing emerging issues.
  • Help collect and analyze data on food and food safety 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 and food safety and other projects in the HHS 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 HHS 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 HHS as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.


  • Advanced degree (at least a Master's Degree) preferred.
  • Four to eight years of relevant professional experience, and/or a Ph.D., including demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills. Experience in public policy preferred.
  • 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 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.


Pew is an equal opportunity employer.




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