Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities

It is an exciting time to have a career in food law and policy. As we learn about new opportunities, we will post them on this page as a resource for those seeking to start or continue a career in food law and policy. Good luck in your job searches!

Legal Fellow, Center for Agricultural and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

The Legal Fellow at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) will work with faculty, staff, and students on legal projects and initiatives, helping to oversee and implement grant-funded legal and policy projects to support sustainable food and agriculture. CAFS initiatives include the Healthy Food Policy Project and the Farm to School State Legislative Survey, among others. The Legal Fellow develops novel legal tools to improve food and agriculture; translates those tools for broad use (e.g., through social media, web resources, and in-person trainings); supervises students; conducts outreach to local, regional, and national organizations to create strategic partnerships that amplify our progressive work; and helps to develop funding sources.  This is a two-year position, with the second year contingent on funding availability and on performance.

Qualifications

  • Bar Licensure (VT Bar a plus, but not required)
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work – a background in food and agriculture is desirable but not required
  • Excellent legal analysis, research, and writing
  • High degree of professionalism in all aspects of lawyering
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and flexibility in approaching and solving problems

For more information on this and other positions, please visit our website at http://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/about-vls/employment-opportunities.

Apply via the link above or send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Human Resources, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068 or to cbrackett@vermontlaw.edu.

Vermont Law School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce. 

Farm & Food Legal Fellow, Yale Law School

The Yale Environmental Protection Clinic (EPC) and Yale Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED), in collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), seek to hire a Farm and Food Legal Fellow to begin in September 2017. The Legal Fellow will work under the supervision of the EPC director, CED director, CLF’s Director of Farm and Food, and other program staff. The Legal Fellow will spend approximately half of their time establishing and coordinating CLF’s Legal Food Hub program in Connecticut, and the remaining time on clinical projects and independent research within the EPC and CED.

The Legal Fellow’s primary responsibilities will include developing and overseeing a direct legal assistance pro bono network (the new Connecticut branch of CLF’s Legal Food Hub program), conducting outreach and trainings on farm and food legal issues, communicating with the press and the public, supervising or supporting student projects related to farm, food, sustainability, and developing community-based connections and relationships. The position requires a creative and outgoing self-starter with the confidence to forge new paths.

The Legal Fellow will be based at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. The position will be full-time for one year with a second year preferred depending on funding.

Expected responsibilities include the following:

  • Conduct outreach to a diverse set of Connecticut food-system stakeholders to identify common legal issues;
  • Build alliances and coalitions among community groups, public officials, business interests, and advocacy organizations;
  • Develop and oversee a direct legal assistance pro bono network serving farmers, aquaculturists, food businesses, and food organizations (the Legal Food Hub);
  • Develop trainings to advise food-system stakeholders, pro bono attorneys, community groups, and other advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces;
  • Educate and advocate before local, state, and federal legislatures and administrations;
  • Engage in public outreach and speaking on advocacy initiatives;
  • Work effectively with administrative support staff;
  • Work with other EPC, CED, and CLF attorneys and communications and policy specialists;
  • Work with the media to amplify and disseminate work;
  • Work with and supervise clinical students; and
  • Assist in preparing funder reports and related materials as needed.

To Apply 

Send a cover letter and resume to EPC director Josh Galperin at Joshua.Galperin@yale.edu.

View the full job listing here. 

President, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

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.

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 Isaacson, Miller 1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036 Apply via the website: www.imsearch.com/6082 Telephone: 202-682-1504