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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization working toward compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. For the last 28 years, PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, and our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious medical conditions. We have fought for an emphasis on prevention, higher ethical standards in research, and scientific advances in basic research and effective drug development. Over the years, we have taken on battles to end ethically questionable experiments involving children and inhumane animal experiments and have worked to improve science education. We have worked with physicians, federal regulators, politicians, researchers, educators, students, and concerned citizens. And we have so much more work to do.
PCRM’s nutrition department executes numerous on-site, off-site, and online programs to educate physicians, health care professionals and the public about nutrition as preventive medicine and the health benefits of plant-based diets. The staff dietitian will play an integral role in promoting preventive medicine and healthful plant-based diets to people interested in disease prevention and general health and wellness. The staff dietitian will also conduct nutrition research and literature reviews to better understand the role of plant-based diets as they relate to disease. This is an excellent opportunity for a registered dietitian with nutrition expertise who is seeking to put his or her skills to work advancing a lifesaving cause.
- Nutrition Education, Policy, and Outreach Activities
- Advocate preventive plant-based nutrition to the federal government, other nonprofit health organizations, physicians, schools, and others through writing, speaking, and other means
- Exhibit and give presentations at medical, health, and nutrition conferences
- Stay current on federal regulations as they relate to federal food policy, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Farm Bill, and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
- Provide nutrition lectures and assist with our Food for Life program
- Respond to nutrition education questions from the public
- Develop, revise, and keep current nutrition education materials on the website and in printed materials
- Clinical Research Activities
- Conduct literature reviews
- Write and edit scientific manuscripts and present findings at scientific conferences
- Assist with developing research protocols and writing grant and institutional review board proposals
- Assist with implementation of clinical research trials, including interacting with study participants, data collection, nutrient analyses, and data coding and checking
- Media Activities
- Serve as a media spokesperson
- Compose, review, and edit letters, press releases, and other forms of media outreach
- Continuing Education
- Stay current on relevant issues by taking continuing education courses, being involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reading peer-reviewed journals, and attending relevant conferences
- Maintain standard operating procedures for primary areas of responsibility
- Other duties as needed or assigned
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
- A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in nutrition
- Registered dietitian credential is preferred
- Knowledge of general and vegan nutrition issues
- Media experience desired
- Clinical research experience desired
- Teaching experience desired
- Experience in a nonprofit setting a plus
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to professionally advocate PCRM’s mission and summarize key issues and activities
- Proven research and writing skills for nutrition and scientific audiences (a writing sample will be required as a part of the application process)
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and follow projects through to completion in a very fast-paced environment
- Ability to inspire confidence in the public and other health care professionals
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to develop solutions to any identified problems
- Professional skills, demeanor, and work ethic
- Ability to maintain a sense of urgency, efficiency, and flexibility
- Other Requirements
- Enthusiasm for PCRM’s mission to promote plant-based diets and alternatives to the use of animals in research, education, training, and testing
- Ability and willingness to travel to related seminars, conferences, training, meetings, etc.
- Interest in developing new competencies as needed for the responsibilities of the position
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
Terms of employment: Full-time in PCRM’s Metro-accessible office in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Compensation: PCRM offers a competitive nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience, as well as a comprehensive benefits package that includes opportunities for continuing education and professional development.
How to apply: Please e-mail a cover letter (see note below) and your résumé to: careers at pcrm dot org. Please note Staff Dietitian in the subject line of your e-mail. (If you previously applied for either Associate Director for Nutrition Education, or Nutrition Specialist, you will not have to reapply.)
Note: Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in joining PCRM, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement.