Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Advocate

About the Job

U.S. PIRG seeks an Advocate for our Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign to run effective strategies to reduce antibiotic use in the meat industry. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate to be responsible for campaign development, media outreach, coalition-building, advocacy, and coordinating among our state affiliates; fundraising; as well as staff recruitment.

The overuse of antibiotics is breeding “superbugs”—drug-resistant bacteria that can be difficult, or impossible, to cure. In fact, every year in the United States, at least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections. A systematic and deliberate overuse of antibiotics happens on factory farms, where meat producers often give these medicines to animals that aren’t even sick. Nearly 70% of the medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use on livestock and poultry. We need to decide what’s more important: Protecting our health and life-saving medicines or making meat a little bit cheaper.

The choice is clear: It’s time to get routine antibiotic use out of our food supply. So to get factory farms to change their practices, we’re asking big restaurant chains to stop serving meat raised with the routine use of antibiotics, and pushing for policy solutions at the state and federal levels. We’ve already helped convince major restaurants like McDonald’s, Subway, and KFC to cut routine antibiotic use in their meat supply chains. The Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign Advocate would build on that momentum and push for more progress.

Representative Reponsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Media Outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases and opinion writing. Keep abreast of antibiotic resistance issues and be ready to comment in the media.
  • Coalition Building: Build relationships, coordinate and mobilize support with key constituencies, including medical professionals, food company executives, and farmers.
  • Advocacy: Advocate for policies (both corporate and legislative) that will reduce antibiotic use to produce meat. Build relationships with players in key regulatory agencies, statehouses, in Congress, and other forums where relevant decisions are being made.
  • Campaign Strategy: Develop plans to win our campaigns using research, advocacy, coalition-building, media attention, and grassroots mobilization; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundations, and meet with major donors, to bring more resources to our campaigns. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and deepen our membership base.
  • Staff Recruitment and Development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Coordinate with our state staff and provide training and leadership development.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 2 years of relevant experience or masters degree. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest or consumer issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and driven to make positive policy change.

 
Direct your application—cover letter and resume—to Matthew Wellington, U.S. PIRG Campaign Director, Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics.

Pay & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Boston preferred, but would consider Washington, D.C

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