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School Nutrition Policy Fellow

National PTA seeks a School Nutrition Policy Fellow for a part-time (20 hours/week), 24-week minimum fellowship. The School Nutrition Policy Fellow will support PTA membership in the implementation and advocacy around the U.S. Department of Agriculture Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines, as directed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

This contract position reports to the Senior Education Policy Strategist within the Department of Government Affairs and is based in Alexandria, Va. approximately one mile from Braddock Road Metro stop in North Old Town. Free parking is available. Graduate Students with interest/experience in nutrition policy, programmatic implementation and coalition building are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Learning Objectives

  • Bolster public policy experience in the area of school and child nutrition by supporting association leaders in advocacy and effective policy implementation. 

  • Build a portfolio of work deliverables that demonstrate the ability to support grassroots and grasstops advocacy and policy implementation, as well as promotion of healthy lifestyles programming nationwide.

  • Understand the value of partnerships and the ways to build partnerships that strengthen development and implementation of federal state and local program advocacy strategies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The School Nutrition Policy Fellow will work on Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines implementation and advocacy deliverables including, but not limited to leading and assisting with:

  • Recruiting, establishing and supporting a network of state and local PTA advocates to serve as PTA advocates for healthy school snacks.
  • Developing and executing webinars, op-eds, newsletter articles and other communication measures around Smart Snacks in School.
  • Attending National PTA Convention to be able to discuss Smart Snacks guidelines implementation.
  • Development of a Smart Snacks guide specifically for PTAs and parents. 
  • Plan and execute Back to School Night around Smart Snacks guidelines.

Stipend and Academic Credit

  • A monthly stipend of $850 will be provided. In addition, National PTA agrees to complete any paperwork necessary for academic credit.

Required Education

  • Public Health, Public Policy and/or Health Promotion graduate student.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external teams to communicate and execute mission and goals.
  • Extends personable and clear communication to diverse audiences, including, volunteers, internal staff and partners. 
  • Thinks and acts innovatively to problem solve and increase productivity.
  • Knowledge of child nutrition policies at a federal and/or state level. 

Desired Experience

  • Experience with advocacy, community outreach and coalition building strongly desired.
  • General understanding of the regulatory process. 
  • Previous experience working with volunteers.


Email resume and cover letter to Mollie Van Lieu and use “Health and Safety Fellowship” as the subject title. Position open until filled.

NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.