EDCs Food Program Coordinator

Mission 

CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment. 

Vision 

All people live, work, learn, and play in healthy environments. 

Overview 

The Center for Environmental Health (“CEH”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that protects people from toxic chemicals and promotes business practices that are safe for public health and the environment. We stop corporations from exposing people to toxic chemicals, we collaborate with leaders of responsible businesses and industry leaders, and we are committed to inclusive, community-led solutions that address environmental injustices in low-income communities and communities of color. 

Workplace 

CEH is an organization of committed, science-driven advocates who work together to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of short-term profits. We are proud of our work and are protective of our workplace community. We support each other, we work hard, we strike big wins for people’s health, and we have a pretty decent time doing it all! The people who join our team understand the effects of race, gender, class, poverty, wealth, labor, homophobia, and corporate hegemony on people’s health. We have offices in Oakland (headquarters) and in North Carolina’s Triangle Area. This position is located in the Oakland office. 

Commitment to JEDI 

At CEH, striving for justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (“JEDI”) for all is critical to our mission and values. We know that having a team that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, age, background and opinions — and fostering inclusion among our team — is core to achieving our organizational goals. CEH strives to recruit talent from a diverse pool of candidates and ensure that those we hire are sufficiently supported so that they flourish. The organization wants everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but to know that their presence and input makes the organization stronger. 

The Position 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The EDCs Food Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for supporting the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in Food Program and assist with the launch of CEH’s Healthy Schools Campaign to get toxic chemicals out of school cafeterias. The ideal candidate presents a professional image of the Center for Environmental Health in all internal and external contexts, is passionate about protecting people from toxic chemicals, is detail-oriented, has science or research experience, has excellent communication skills, and is able to work independently. There is a possibility that this position could focus on a topic other than EDCs in food if CEH’s organizational program priorities shift in the future. CEH staff are currently working remotely during the local shelter-in-place orders. The Program Coordinator will be required to work in our Oakland, CA office once CEH reopens.  

Position Type:  1.0 FTE.  Non-exempt. 

Start date: Position will be open until filled. 

Reports to:  CEH’s Pollution Prevention Director – EDCs Food Program 

Position Timeframe: This position will be a 2-year commitment with the potential to be extended. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Partners with the EDCs Food Program Director to help prioritize, track and implement program activities and deliverables.
  • Helps manage partner engagement including managing contact data in Salesforce and through other mechanisms
  • In partnership with CEH’s scientist, conducts research, including literature reviews and product testing, to support the food program
  • Coordinates, manages and participates in engagement and partnerships with institutional purchasers
  • Assists with the development of reports and other public materials, including factsheets, blogs, website content as well as public comments and communication with external parties.
  • Supports the coordination, preparation and execution of webinars and other educational events to advance the EDC Food Program’s goals and deliverables 
  • Prepares materials and conducts presentations that educate schools and other institutional purchasers through webinars, conferences and meetings focused on toxicity and sustainability concerns related to food (such as single-use foodware products) and provides expertise on healthy, zero-waste alternatives  
  • Manages CEH’s internal and public foodware databases of products including coordinating logistics for testing of samples, adding new test data, maintaining the accuracy of information, and improving the effectiveness of information for purchasers 
  • Attends public hearings and coalition meetings, and holds calls with purchasing partners and other stakeholders 
  • Assists with grant writing for foundation proposals and reports
  • Monitors and manages responses to general inquiries about the food program’s work 
  • Works closely with our Development and Communications teams on fundraising and communications efforts 
  • Supports outreach and promotion plans for a new Certification for Food Contact Materials 

Candidate Qualifications/Experience

CEH is looking for an experienced project coordinator who sets high standards for themselves and for those around them.  The ideal candidate takes initiative, is organized and detail oriented, knows how to help a team succeed, and communicates clearly and constructively. Qualifications include:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Experience managing multi-faceted projects
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines concurrently
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and strength in goal setting, and workload prioritization
  • Some database experience preferred (experience with Salesforce or similar donor database a plus)
  • Research skills, including a natural curiosity and tenacity for thorough research
  • Positive and creative—willingness to take risks and try innovative new ideas
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and work collaboratively
  • Professional approach to engaging with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate with diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences is required.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of social and environmental justice principles   
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and Outlook 

What to expect from CEH 

  • Salary range: $55,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience.
  • Full benefits, including 401k match (up to 5% of salary), health insurance, vacation, sick time and paid holidays
  • A team with a sense of justice and a sense of humor
  • A low-ego, high-performance culture and flexible work environment 

Working Conditions and Job Setting 

  • Physical ability to type and use computer is essential
  • Infrequent periodic lifting of up to 20 pounds is required 

Applying for this Job   

Write/gather the following materials and send in a single PDF:  

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample (two pages maximum)
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references 

Please merge these materials into a single PDF whose file name includes “EDC Food Program Coordinator” and your surname.   

Then email that PDF to: jobs@ceh.org (subject line: EDC Food Program Coordinator Application).

We acknowledge receipt of all employment applications, and when we decide a candidate is no longer in the running, we notify them. (Note: this sometimes can take a while.) 
 
This position will remain open until we find the right person to fill it. If this posting is still up, go ahead and apply. 

Equal Opportunity

CEH is an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities or national origin.