Food Safety Campaign - Washington-DC
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Pew Health Group
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.
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
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
- 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.
Pew is an
equal opportunity employer.