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Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Use Your Legal Training to Transform the Meat Industry Globally

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. GFI’s Staff Attorney will usher in an future free of factory farms by developing clear regulatory pathways for clean meat in the United States and abroad, building partnerships with other NGOs, and ensuring that clean meat and plant-based alternatives to factory-farmed products do not face undue regulatory burdens.

How You Will Make a Difference

GFI’s Staff Attorney will minimize legal and regulatory barriers to the success of plant-based and clean meat, eggs, and dairy by:

  • Working with the Policy Director to ensure a clear and viable regulatory path for clean meat in the United States and globally.
  • Advising the Director of International Engagement on policy reforms needed to ensure clean and plant-based meat can compete against meat from conventional animal agriculture.
  • Recruiting and managing pro bono attorneys and legal interns as necessary.
  • Conducting legal research and writing journal articles, white papers, and policy briefs.
  • Speaking clearly and persuasively on clean and plant-based meat to legal and nonlegal audiences, building alliances and cultivating support for shared goals with other nonprofit organizations, including those focused on environmentalism, global hunger, consumer protection, and food safety issues.

Who We’re Looking For

We are seeking smart, thoughtful, and creative self-starters who want to push back against climate change, transform industrial animal agriculture, and develop healthy and humane foods that are accessible to everyone. GFI staff enjoy high levels of autonomy and must be self-motivated, work well both independently and in concert with a larger group, and be comfortable working with a rapidly evolving and growing team.

The Staff Attorney must also have:

  • Experience communicating with federal or state policymakers.
  • Experience building coalitions and working in a team environment.
  • An international outlook, as demonstrated by, e.g., the ability to speak a second language or experience living outside of the United States.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work independently under pressure and use sound judgment in decision making, including setting and managing priorities and meeting competing deadlines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Support for GFI’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate GFI’s positions.

We are considering candidates who possess a law degree from a top law school in the United States or another country, a minimum three years of professional experience, preferably at a federal agency or NGO working on policy or regulatory matters, and experience or relevant coursework in administrative law. Bar admission and residence in the Washington D.C. metro area are strongly preferred but not required.

Enjoy working from home, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!


Application Deadline: February 28, 2018


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the Good Food Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. GFI complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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