The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a singularly successful and highly regarded science-based consumer advocacy nonprofit organization, seeks an entrepreneurial, strategic and mission-driven leader to serve as its next president. Co-founder Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. has served as its leader for over four decades and will be stepping down from his leadership role in 2017 upon the appointment of his successor. CSPI is an organization of great capability: an experienced and highly motivated staff, a dedicated and distinguished 12-member Board of Directors, and a half million passionate subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH). CSPI presents a platform of promise and enormous opportunity for a visionary and fearless leader who believes in placing the health of people and populations ahead of profit and politics.
CSPI has had such impact that most Americans take its landmark accomplishments for granted today. CSPI has spearheaded national campaigns to reduce sugar and sodium in the food supply, to eliminate artificial trans fat and stop companies from using olestra, and to require the Nutrition Facts label on almost every container of packaged food. CSPI has educated the public and ensured that science and data are not ignored in public policy debates, that the food industry does not have license to mislead consumers or put their health at risk, and that the government fulfill its duty to protect the health of all Americans, including the most vulnerable. At no time in its 46-year history has the mission of CSPI resonated more robustly with public opinion and public priorities. CSPI has the record and reputation to credibly galvanize and lead a national consumer movement to insist on rational regulations and public health policies that are based on science.
The next president of CSPI will face extraordinary opportunities and responsibilities to: (a) provide leadership in marshalling scientific evidence to address public health and other challenges; (b) empower and mobilize consumers to pressure government and industry to act in the public interest; (c) collaborate with scientists, universities and organizations, including the leading foundations and grant-makers in the health sector; (d) raise revenues to strengthen CSPI financially and ensure its future; (e) develop state-of-the-art communication channels; and (f) provide an energetic and passionate voice for scientific integrity and applying scientific evidence in the public interest.
The successful candidate will have the capacity to communicate a coherent and compelling vision along with the experience and aptitude for building teams and engaging with partners and collaborators who share the values and goals of CSPI across many sectors and ideologies. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate strategic acumen in charting a path toward success and the wisdom and flexibility to adapt to environmental changes and opportunities as these arise. Above all, the next CSPI president will wholeheartedly embrace the public health mission that lies at the core of CSPI.
CSPI has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations and applications for this exceptional leadership position should be directed in confidence to:
Tim McFeeley, Vice President
Philip Jaeger, Vice President
1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Apply via the website: www.imsearch.com/6082
CSPI is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.