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Job Req ID:  106036

Program Officer

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to support its work to protect the public’s health and the environment by advancing healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. The PO will contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of a selection of projects and activities that support CLF’s mission and strategic goals, advance policies for food systems change, and promote the engagement and mobilization of public health professionals and allies in agriculture and food systems policy. Priority topics of focus include industrial food animal production, regenerative agriculture, and food systems policy initiatives at the local, state, federal, and international levels. The PO will support activities involving multiple CLF focus area teams. The successful candidate will possess strengths in project management and backstopping; organizational skills; problem solving; interpersonal skills; and oral and written communications.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • This position requires active engagement in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities outlined below, although determining the degree of urgency and prioritization will be dynamic and involve ongoing communication and coordination with the supervisor and reflect work plan objectives.
  • Essential roles, duties, and responsibilities are described below, and others may be assigned as needed.

Project Management

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and work effectively as member of a team.
  • Provide detailed project management support for programmatic initiatives involving multiple CLF focus areas, actively participating in meetings, technical discussions workplan development.
  • Support focus area team leads in implementing work plans, tracking timelines, and monitoring progress. As assigned, the PO may also provide support to CLF cross-cutting initiatives and work groups.
  • Develop and execute project management processes to ensure projects are completed on time and result in high-quality work products.
  • Manage competing project and activity demands and prioritize and adapt when changes are necessary to meet both programmatic and organizational needs.
  • Coordinate with finance and administrative staff and contribute information regarding budgets, spending, procurement, and contracts as necessary.
  • Generate and coordinate processing of internal CLF approval and communication documents to ensure adherence to policies and procedures of CLF, EHE, BSPH, and JHU.

Technical Work

  • Conduct active surveillance of food policy and agriculture issues with implications for public health and in alignment with CLF strategic goals, in particular issues related to industrial food animal production and sustainable agriculture.
  • Track and disseminate pertinent legislative and regulatory actions related to CLF focus areas with CLF staff and key partners.
  • Generate content and contribute as needed to CLF reporting and proposal development.
  • Develop, write and /or co-author policy papers, comment letters, op-eds, fact sheets, communication materials and other work products as needed in support of CLF workplan objectives.
  • Participate in selected relevant coalitions and assist with outreach, organizing and relationship-building activities among CLF’s network of organizations focused on the nexus of public health, food, and agriculture.
  • Support CLF outreach to policymakers and government agency staff when appropriate.
  • Support focus area team lead in coordinating efforts of a working group of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) engaged in advocacy for federal food policies.
  • Participate in CLF research and evaluation projects as appropriate, which may include preparing grant submissions, designing and implementing relevant policy research, and public opinion polling.
  • Assist the focus area team lead in developing Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and ensuring compliance with research protocols.
  • Work closely with CLF’s communications and public affairs teams to produce science translation materials and social media products that aim to advance workplan objectives, etc.
  • Maintain ongoing communication program coordination with CLF staff to achieve synergies of effort, increase efficiencies and strengthen capacity for center-wide policy engagement.
  • Assist with organizing and convening policy-oriented meetings and events for CLF.

Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Able to adjust and perform within a flexible, dynamic work environment and foster collaboration among team members.
  • Serve as a reliable source of sound judgment, critical thinking, problem solving, initiative and constructive contributions.
  • Represent CLF as assigned in select arenas and key events, including with advocacy groups, government agencies and policymakers.
  • Serve as a liaison and collaborator with multiple organizations and coalitions that complement CLF’s resources and expertise.
  • Contribute to center-wide initiatives and collaborate with colleagues across the Center (and at times JHU more broadly).
  • Seek opportunities to expand leadership and management capabilities and other personal development skills, including through JHU courses and seminars, conferences, etc.

People Management

  • May independently manage work of student employees.
  • Assist in orienting and training new staff members.
  • May manage team’s work with support, including task coordination and management.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in a related field.
  • Three years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience and additional experience may substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Background in food system policy work at multiple levels, including global.
  • Master’s degree in a related field (e.g.. public health, environmental sciences, environmental policy, agriculture, law, economics, public policy, sociology).
  • Advocacy, campaign, political office or agency experience.
  • Experience with project planning and management.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Skilled in communicating information for different purposes, including research, policy analysis, and advocacy.
  • Understanding of the public health implications of the food system and ability to assess scientific evidence.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of reports and to synthesize information in the preparation of oral and/or written presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and work constructively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and attention to detail.
  • Skills or abilities related to the following would be a plus but not required.
  • Familiarity with U.S. agricultural landscape and production practices.
  • Knowledge of formal project management methodologies.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Experience in data visualization.
  • Background in economic analyses.
  • Ability to conduct data analysis, using STATA, SAS, or other research software.
  • Experiencing publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.

Classified Title: Program Officer   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: $54,080-$74,390 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:00 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Hybrid/JH at 111 Market Place 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Center for a Livable Future  
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:

*JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

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