Job Opening

Executive Director 
Washington D.C. 

ABOUT THE NUTRITION COALITION

The Nutrition Coalition (TNC) is a small, influential, 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization founded in 2015. Our mission is to ensure that U.S. nutrition policy, specifically the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), is based on rigorous scientific evidence. 

TNC promotes the importance of adopting a state-of-the-art scientific process for ensuring evidence-based nutrition policy. TNC is comprised of health-care practitioners, academics, and members of the public who are devoted to good science, solely in the interest of improving public health. We are funded by individual donors. We do not accept support from any industry. 

The Nutrition Coalition has been led by investigative science journalist, author, and NYU Adjunct Professor Nina Teicholz, since its founding in 2015, following the publication of her book, The Big Fat Surprise, an exposé of nearly 40 years of misguided U.S. nutrition policy. 

Background

America is the sickest nation in the developed world. More than 60% of Americans have a chronic, diet-related condition. Multiple investigations by academics and science journalists since 2007, including a decade long investigation by TNC’s current Executive Director, Nina Teicholz, revealed the startling failures of scientific rigor and evidence-based policy-making in U.S. nutrition policy, dating back to its origin in 1980. 

These revelations, together with a critique of the 2015 DGAs in The BMJ and growing public and professional concern from the medical and academic communities, triggered the U.S. Congress to mandate the first-ever outside peer review of the DGA process, by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to address growing concerns that America’s nutrition policy has self-evidently been ineffective in combating nutrition-related diseases. 

In two reports published in February & September 2017, NASEM found that the DGA process falls short of meeting the “best practices for conducting systematic reviews” and that the “methodological approaches and scientific rigor for evaluating the scientific evidence” need to “be strengthened.” The report states: “To develop a trustworthy DGAs, the process needs to be redesigned” according to “state of the art systematic reviews,” to remove bias and personal agendas from the process. NASEM also recommended that the DGA mission return to its original scope and apply to “the general public,” not just the minority of Americans who are healthy, as the DGA does now. NASEM provided detailed recommendations to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), which jointly oversee the DGA, including the appointment of members to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. 

The USDA is the “lead agency” for the 2020 update of the DGA. Together with HHS, the agencies have chosen to adopt only a few of the NASEM recommendations and have, thus far, rejected the majority. 

The Nutrition Coalition is entering an important period in our work as we aim to institutionalize long-overdue reforms to the policy-making process for the DGA. 

POSITION SUMMARY  

In order to move to the next level of impact, TNC’s Board and Ms. Teicholz are building out a team of staff, advisors and contractors to ensure successful implementation of TNC’s ambitious two-year strategy. The recruitment of a dynamic, highly strategic Executive Director is a critical step in building the organizational capabilities to execute this strategy. 

The ideal candidate will bring a passion and demonstrated commitment to TNC’s mission, a successful record of relevant senior leadership experience, and a proven ability to build effective partnerships with a diverse set of public and private stakeholders. 

Responsibilities 

  • Lead the strategic direction of all aspects of TNC’s work, ensuring that activities are aligned with and advancing the organization’s mission and strategy. 

  • Provide day to day leadership and management of staff and several external agencies and contractors. 

  • Proactively engage in Washington D.C. policy circles and leading academic and public health organizations to advance TNC’s mission and strategy. 

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with a diverse stakeholder base, including academics, physicians, researchers, celebrities, major donors, policy-makers, media, other non-profit executives, and influential concerned citizens. 

  • Provide effective financial oversight including financial management, reporting, compliance and additional fundraising as needed. 

  • Provide progress reports to key funders and the Board of Directors on agreed timelines. 

  • Stay abreast of best practices, laws, trends, major scientific studies, and other major developments in nutrition policy. 

  • Cultivate, prioritize and leverage the contributions of TNC’s Board, scientific advisors and other influential volunteers. 

  • Maintain and strengthen TNC’s profile and brand among key stakeholder groups. 

  • Ensure the scientific and ethical integrity of all of TNC’s activities. 

Qualifications

  • Experience successfully leading at least one major public health, public policy/interest, and/or political campaign strongly preferred

  • 10+ years relevant campaign, organizational management and leadership experience. 

  • Well versed on the most effective strategies & tools for moving public opinion and policy on issues in the public interest. 

  • Proven ability to lead, manage and retain a high performing team of staff and agencies/contractors. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills. 

  • Highly strategic, critical thinker with an entrepreneurial approach to achieving organizational mission. 

  • Strong scientific orientation with an ability to synthesize large quantities of information and prioritize for relevance and action. 

  • Strongly motivated by TNC’s mission. 

  • Ability to maintain and strengthen a broad coalition of support for TNC’s mission. 

  • Scientific, medical, nutrition, or public health background helpful.  

  • BA/BS minimum. Advanced degree preferred. 


TO APPLY: The Nutrition Coalition has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit to lead the search. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 4, 2019


TNC is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for all. TNC is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.