Job Posting for U.S. PIRG: GMO Labeling Program Director

Title: GMO Labeling Program Director

Organization: U.S. PIRG

Brief Summary of Position:

U.S. PIRG is hiring a Program Director to lead our national GMO Labeling Program. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be directing campaign strategy to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws, influencing stakeholders, political organizing, coalition-building, fundraising, and developing staff.

While the U.S. is one of only two industrialized countries without mandatory GMO labeling, some major grocery stores, like Whole Foods, have committed to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. But labeling GMO foods shouldn’t be the exception—it should be the law. While we have a federal law requiring manufacturers to list ingredients on food packaging, we do not have this same basic information about genetically-modified foods. Crops that are genetically modified are designed for increased pesticides and herbicides, which have been linked to serious health impacts. More than 96 percent of the public polled supports labeling GMOs. Consumers should have the opportunity to make food choices through good labeling laws.  The Program Director would develop and drive the campaign—making a real change to the status quo.

Responsibilities

  • Program development: Evaluate the research on the issue, create viable policy solutions, and propose the right political strategy and messaging.
  • Advocacy: Take our policies directly to key decision-makers in regulatory agencies, the statehouse, in Congress or wherever important decisions are being made.
  • Campaign Strategy: Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development.
  • Media Outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through tactics like media events, press releases and editorial board meetings.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
  • Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee program staff to develop and implement work plans; provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 8 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees like a JD or a master’s degree are preferred, but not required. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership, and a passion for food issues. We’re looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work.

Salary & Benefits

Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage; parental leave; educational loan assistance; retirement plan; as well as paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

Location:

Chicago, Boston, or Washington, DC.

Application:

Please apply using our online application @ http://jobs.uspirg.org/director.html  Direct your application to Andre Delattre, Executive Director of U.S. PIRG.

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