Program Officer

Maryland, United States
$51,975 - $71,497
24 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Req ID:  15138

Program Officer

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to provide program management and content expertise in support of its ongoing technical assistance and science advisory roles with the Meatless Monday (MM) Campaign (  The position primarily involves leading or coordinating a range of program activities aiming to advance MM in various settings nationally and globally.  The PO also contributes to work involving other CLF areas of focus such as: food system & climate change, food equity, food animal production, food system resilience, food policy & governance, etc.

The PO is a core member of CLF’s Food Communities & Public Health (FCPH) Program team and contributes to selected CLF-wide initiatives involving public health research, education and practice activities.  The PO works closely with, and is supervised by, the Senior Program Officer overseeing CLF’s work regarding public health and the food system topics that are tied (primarily) to supporting MM. 

Specific duties & responsibilities:

Specific roles and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establish and maintain strong, positive working relationships with colleagues throughout CLF, JHU, to the MM Campaign and other and partner organizations;
  • Provide technical expertise re: nutritional science, food system, and public health research in order to inform MM Campaign (and other partner organizations') work-planning, communication materials development, outreach activities, etc.;
  • Work closely with and mobilize expertise among CLF and other JHU colleagues to contribute a full range of technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance to the MM Campaign, including: research and evaluation activities, communication of science, public health advocacy, and educational outreach;
  • Initiate and/or manage activities that strengthen the scope of involvement and commitment to the MM Campaign at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and JHU in general (e.g. MM in cafeterias, symposia, events, etc.);
  • Initiate and/or manage multiple aspects of MM-related research, education and policy activities; including research projects evaluating the implementation of MM in various settings;
  • Coordinate the implementation of project work plans supporting clear objectives that are in line with the goals of the MM campaign;
  • Conduct literature reviews, generate research summaries on topics relevant to MM and sustainable diets, gather and contribute to the analysis and synthesis of data re: meat consumption/production to inform MM promotion activities;
  • Generate and proactively coordinate the processing of internal approval documents (e.g., Activity Brief Approvals, Research Brief Approvals, Travel requests, etc.) as well as IRB applications to ensure adherence to the CLF’s and JHU policy and procedures
  • Represent CLF and the MM Campaign in professional and community settings; speak publicly at key events, including conferences or guest lecturing in classes at JHU and other academic institutions; may on occasion include speaking with media representatives about the MM Campaign and the public health implications of meat production and consumption;
  • Provide scientific evidence, monitor campaign activities and coordinate evaluations with US based non-profits who work internationally and NGOs working in countries where MM is being implemented;
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to develop toolkits and materials needed to implement MM within various cultures and settings globally;
  • Work closely with CLF finance, administrative and program staff in all areas to ensure timely and compliant use of funds per work plans and approved budgets;
  • Play a key role in the development of grant proposals;
  • Draft manuscripts and present findings at meetings;
  • Manage the recruitment and selection process and oversight for graduate research assistants;
  • Contribute to center-wide initiatives as needed,  working closely with other CLF projects, research, and program areas as appropriate;
  • Perform other roles and responsibilities at CLF as needed and agreed upon with the supervisor;
  • Ability to travel domestically or internationally on occasion


Master’s degree in related field required, preferably in public health, nutrition, environmental sciences, or other related field and three years related experience. Demonstrated project management and research or evaluation experience required. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education in accordance with JHU equivalency formula.


RDN is a plus, international experience, foreign language abilities and six (6) years of related experience desired. Relevant work experience on food systems issues; with networks; and/or within an academic environment, university system or with non-profit organizations is a plus.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated critical thinker, problem solver, and skills in project management. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint –and experience in analysis and presentation of information.
  • Exceptional organizational, writing, and research skills in public health and food system topic areas.
  • Ability to conduct data analysis, using STATA, SAS or other research software.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of reports and to input, manage, and extract reports and other information from databases in preparing oral and/or written presentations to CLF research, education, communication, and leadership teams.
  • Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.
  • Experience publishing reports and/or papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with partners and colleagues as an effective team member.

Classified Title:  Program Officer
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD
Salary:  $51,975 - $71,497
Status:  Full-Time
Department name: 10001093-Center for a Livable Future 
Work Schedule/Hours: M - F, 8:30 - 5:00 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

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