Feed the Truth
Director of Program and Research
ABOUT FEED THE TRUTH:
Feed the Truth is a new organization with an ambitious goal: to create a healthier, more just society by changing food industry practices that deepen inequalities and undermine the well-being of people and planet. It was founded by Daniel Lubetzky—a philanthropist and entrepreneur best known for creating the snack company KIND—with the mission that Feed the Truth would “hold all of us in the food community accountable for what we say and claim” and counteract the food industry’s undue influence in shaping policy and science. With the aim of getting “Big Food” to make big change, Feed the Truth is building a world-class team that will work to shine a light on industry practices that harm health, encourage companies to chart a better way forward, and mobilize communities as agents of change for a food system that works for people and not just profits
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The Director of Program and Research will build, launch, and lead Feed the Truth’s work and programming to drive greater transparency and accountability around food industry practices that create unhealthy, inequitable food environments. Specifically, this individual will investigate and build an evidence-base upon which to challenge the food industry’s political power and change their market practices. Reporting to the Executive Director, this is a key leadership role at an important moment in Feed the Truth’s evolution.
Key responsibilities for the Director of Program and Research include:
- Develop and implement a plan to create a resource hub for information and analysis on the food industry’s political practices, including lobbying, campaign contributions, PR/CSR efforts, and sponsored research.
- Investigate and create corporate, investor, and market analyses, identifying key industry trends and opportunities to drive change in corporate practices.
- Identify and build strategic partnerships with researchers, academic institutions, think tanks, and other organizations working on transparency and accountability efforts.
- Partner with the Executive Director to drive an organizational culture of fearless innovation, willingness to challenge the status-quo, and spirited collaboration.
- Build systems to monitor and track industry activities using a range of sources including SEC filings, investor presentations, public and court records, financial and political disclosures, FOIA requests, media interviews and social media feeds.
- Lead and contribute to assessments of food company policies and practices and the development of accountability tools, scorecards and frameworks.
- Cultivate collaborations with investigative reporters, journalism schools and media outlets.
- Explore data visualization, influence mapping and other approaches to showcase data and analyses.
- Build Feed the Truth’s profile in the area of corporate accountability and transparency.
- Represent Feed the Truth as a thought-leader and subject-matter expert at convenings, events, conferences, and panels, as well as to the media and general public.
- Collaborate with the Communications Director to translate data and complex research findings into publicly digestible and actionable analyses and campaigns.
- Co-develop and lead a team of versatile, high-performing researchers and analysts who are motivated to utilize their skillsets to benefit the greater good.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Feed the Truth seeks a strategist and a builder with an investigative reporting backgound and a relentless need to pursue the truth and an enthusiasm for data, technology, and analysis. The Director of Program and Research will have a track record of success in producing high quality research, investigations and/or accountability tools that have helped drive change. A passion for challenging the status quo and holding the powerful to account for their actions is also a must.
What You Bring:
- 10+ years of experience creating and leading successful research and/or investigation efforts for policy, advocacy, and/or corporate accountability organizations.
- Expertise in collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing large, qualitative and quantitative data sets as well as using a variety of research methods, data analytics tools, applications, and software.
- Background in investigative journalism and reporting, and experience using these mediums to drive real change.
- Credibility and poise to serve as a thought-leader and represent an organization at convenings of industry professionals, media, and/or the general public.
Who You Are:
- A passionate change-agent—you are compelled by issues at the intersection of corporate power, equity, public health, climate, and democracy.
- A relentless truth-seeker—you have an insatiable curiosity and are fiercely committed to moving the needle through the power of research with exceptional judgement and impeccable integrity.
- A natural coalition builder—you seamlessly and humbly engage existing and potential partners around shared ideals and methodologies.
- A clear and dynamic communicator—you can effectively position a mission and engage various audiences in complex and potentially controversial subject matter.
- A self-starter, team player, and leader —you thrive working entrepreneurially and independently and understand how to build and mentor a collaborative team.
- A pragmatic optimist—from campaigning to research, you are always focused on what is possible and bring critical thinking, creativity, and a can-do spirit to all facets of your work.
EDUCATION: A master’s degree in political science, business, journalism, public policy, public health, or other relevant field desired.
TO APPLY: We welcome your applications, recommendations and/or nominations for this important role. Please send correspondence and applications to FeedTheTruth@sandlersearch.org
Feed the Truth is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k retirement plan, life insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance. Feed the Truth encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, parental status, or veteran status. Salary is based on market factors and individual experience and abilities.