Deadline: August 23, 2016

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Global Food Ethics and Policy Program

The Senior Research Program Coordinator will perform research and administrative tasks related to the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program.  The Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, of Johns Hopkins University addresses critical global issues of under- and over-nutrition and diet-related diseases, poverty, inequity and injustice across the food system, and environmental degradation caused by agriculture. The Program serves as a focal point for deepening Johns Hopkins collaborations and partnerships, convening experts and leaders to shape policy, and connecting scholars and scientists to the societal players that are shaping the global food system.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Engage in on-going and new research projects both in research, policy and programmatic content and in administration. This will involve supporting academic and policy-oriented inquiries, participating in research design and planning, data collection and analysis, writing of research manuscripts, assisting with grant proposals and contracts, performing literature and methodology searches, and participating in scientific conferences.
  • Manage projects, determine priorities, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality, comfortably taking initiative and exercising independent judgment to resolve issues.
  • Draft and edit research manuscripts for scientific peer review publication, policy documents and reports of the Program with the opportunity for authorship.
  • Assist in preparation of grant applications/renewals, contracts, and IRB ethical applications both at Hopkins and abroad.
  • Monitor grant budgets, monitor monthly expenditures, reconcile accounts and compile reports.  Process all reimbursements and other expenses. 
  • Develop electronic database of literature relevant to the Program for sharing within the Berman Institute.
  • Oversee on-going blog on food ethics and policy, and related web-site activities and content of the Program.
  • Provide interface with department, school, and university offices on behalf of faculty and independently anticipate issues to ensure efficient service and operations.  Effectively communicate with academic and administrative leaders, faculty, students, applicants, guests, and other staff.
  • Manage work portfolio of the Program’s Administrative Coordinator.
  • Coordinate meetings and special events; handle contracts, travel arrangements, catering, room reservations, advertising/publicity, A/V support and other aspects as needed. Tailor travel itineraries (transportation, lodging, etc.) to faculty member's preferences and to provide the most efficient use of faculty members' time. 
  • Provide overarching administrative support to Program, including correspondence and scheduling seminars, as well as general support to trainees, students, and postdocs.
  • Manage conflict-free calendars of meetings and appointments.  Exercise a high level of independent judgment in prioritizing requests for time on faculty members' calendars and in resolving scheduling conflicts.
  • Draft and prepare for signature office communications as well as proofread and edit confidential and sensitive information.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline required.  Master’s degree or PhD in relevant field (food policy/systems, international development/affairs, economics, agriculture, environment/climate, ethics, or nutrition) preferred.
  • Three years related experience required.  Additional education may substitute for required experiences, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.  1-2 years of international experience in the developing world or at an international organization working in low- and middle-income countries preferred.
  • 3-4 years work experience in a research, policy or program/project setting preferred.
  • Ability to work with many different stakeholders coming from multiple sectors, disciplines, cultures and countries.
  • Excellent writing, editorial and verbal communication skills.
  • Library and online research skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and exercise independent judgment to resolve problems.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Strong computer literacy skills and ability to learn new software.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment and respond quickly to changing priorities.
  • Interact in a helpful, friendly, and professional manner with students, staff, faculty, deans, scholars, and all others encountered during the course of business.
  • Fluency in additional languages is preferred, ideally French.

How to Apply:

Please complete an online application at and attach a resume and cover letter detailing why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.

Requisition #: 309064

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