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Consumer Associate


Job posted by: Work for Progress

Posted on: July 25, 2014

Job description

Consumer Associate: 2014-2016 Job Description

Every day, powerful people are making decisions that affect our health, our safety and our future. In Civics 101, we're taught these decisions should be based on the public interest: that's how a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is supposed to work. Yet in the real world, on issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends, all too often at the public's expense.

That's where U.S. PIRG comes in. Powerful corporations have their lobbyists. We advocate on behalf of the public. We recruit and train activists, organizers and advocates to document the problems, find practical solutions, inform the public, and make the case to decision-makers. And when powerful special interests stand in the way, we mobilize ordinary citizens to make their voices heard in city halls, state capitols, regulatory agencies, Congress, the White House or wherever it will make a difference.

From ensuring that banks play fair with their customers, to keeping an eye on new airline fees, and watchdogging the safety of toys and children's products, the Consumer Associate will shine a light on bad actors in the marketplace, and advocate for common-sense consumer protections.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing issue expertise through research and report writing
  • Planning campaigns and developing strategies to win
  • Building and demonstrating public support through media events and by working with activists and like-minded organizations
  • Making the case to decision-makers in one-on-one meetings and through legislative testimony
  • Building your program through fundraising
  • Building the organization by canvassing for portions of the year, in addition to running a citizen outreach office in the summer months


  • Strong work ethic
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong commitment to getting results
  • Passion for social change
  • We value experience with campus groups or student government, and academic achievement

Training & Experience

The Consumer Associate participates in regional and national trainings throughout the year. Training includes fieldwork with experienced U.S. PIRG staff and a classroom training of lectures, briefings, discussions and role-plays. Throughout the year you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience.

Find out more

Find out more information at If you have any questions you can contact Micaela Preskill, U.S.PIRG Recruitment Director, at (312) 544-4436 ext. 304 or

U.S. PIRG and all PIRG-affiliated organizations are equal opportunity employers and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

How to apply

How To Apply

Apply online at


Washington, DC, US


Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
None specified
Salary details
In an entry-level position, you will earn $24,500 over the course of your first year with U.S. PIRG and $26,000 in your second. Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant professional experience.
In addition, full-time staff can opt in to our state health care coverage after 60 days and are eligible for paid sick days and holidays. After one year of work, CALPIRG staff are also eligible to join our 401(k) plan. Benefits vary in other states.
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