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  • Job
    Junior & Mid Level
  • Government & Politics
  • $58K - $65K
  • Washington, DC


  • A graduate degree in public policy, law, public health, environmental health, toxicology, food safety, food science, risk assessment, or a related field; or a bachelor's degree with extensive coursework and/or 1-4 years professional experience in these areas.
  • Strong written communication skills, and ability to produce high-quality written materials that are ready for public consumption with minimal editing.
  • Ability to understand scientific studies, key findings, and limitations, and translate for various audiences (including colleagues, policymakers, journalists, and the public) with guidance from CSPI’s Science Department.
  • Proactive, highly organized, and detail-oriented: keeps track of details and follows up.
  • Commitment to transparency, accuracy, and scientific rigor.
  • Good at multitasking and adapting in a fast-paced environment, with a track record of successfully managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Interest in food and supplement safety, regulatory policy, and public health.
  • Ability to work across teams and with partners in a positive, inclusive, collaborative, and strategic organizational culture.
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s work and mission and embracing of CSPI’s core values (described below).
  • Willingness to participate in CSPI’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and use diplomacy and discretion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 applications (SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and research databases, such as PubMed.
  • Experience working for a non-profit organization or academic institution preferred.


  • Draft letters, fact sheets, regulatory comments, and other written materials in support of food safety initiatives.
  • Conduct policy research including tracking federal and state bills, reviewing regulatory comments to dockets, monitoring trade press, and applying emerging science to policy campaigns.
  • Coordinate work with external partners and stakeholders, including FDA, state agencies, legislators, and allied organizations.
  • Develop and implement systems and processes to increase productivity and enhance communication and coordination across the Regulatory Affairs Department, the Science Department, and other teams across the organization.
  • Support the food safety team by scheduling, planning for, and following up on internal and external meetings; and coordinating events.
  • Update and maintain a hub of shared documents, databases, and resources for the food safety team.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action, one of the nation’s largest circulation health newsletter, and has led efforts that resulted in healthier diets, more-nutritious school foods, safer foods, and more honest food labeling. CSPI provides objective information to the public and represents citizens’ interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies. CSPI is supported largely by subscribers to Nutrition Action, individual donors, and foundation grants.