Community Organizer

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Washington, DC or Remote
  • Oct 27, 2020
Full time Communications Public Health Nonprofit-Social Services Other

Job Description

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) works to improve the food environment for all Americans. CSPI led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school food, remove sugary drinks from children’s menus, and require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus.  National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act.

The Community Organizer works on cross-functional teams to mobilize organizations, health professionals, and the public to support national, state and local policies and corporate campaigns to improve the U.S. food system.  This work will especially include initiatives to support historically under-resourced communities that experience health inequities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, engage, and cultivate meaningful relationships with partners in impacted communities to influence decision-makers and advance food and nutrition policies.
  • Work alongside a team of four organizers, policy staff, and coalition partners to implement campaign tactics.
  • Develop, implement, and measure the success of a variety of engagement strategies, including events, meetings between community members and policymakers, briefings, conferences, webinars, email campaigns, and tweet chats.
  • Schedule meetings and calls, manage list serves, take notes and track action items from meetings.
  • Build and strengthen coalitions, grasstops support, digital members, and social media followers.
  • Organize and participate in field activities as needed including press events, rallies, and hearings.
  • Research, write, and design letters, fact sheets, social media content, email action alerts, and other advocacy and web‐based materials to urge companies and policymakers to strengthen food and nutrition policies. Help keep web content updated.
  • Other organizational and programmatic support tasks as assigned. 


The ideal candidate would possess:

  • At least two years of grassroots or political organizing experience.
  • Experience in an office environment and demonstrated interest in equity, nutrition, public health, or public policy. 
  • Interest and commitment to CSPI’s mission and work.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team in a collegial manner.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of public health and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work.
  • Strong research, communications, and writing skills, with the ability to write and format correspondence, fact sheets, and other materials. Ability to understand and teach others about issues.
  • Experience training, motivating, or working with community members or organizations.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team, and to multi-task and prioritize work.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word and PowerPoint. 


The salary range is $50,000-$55,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 4 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3% employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service. 

To Apply

Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to:  Please include “Org-ULJB” in the subject line.


CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment.  CSPI is an equal opportunity employer. 


50,000 to 55,000, depending on experience

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