U.S. PIRG seeks a Consumer Watchdog Communications Manager to help bring attention to our work to uncover unsafe products, unfair practices, or exploitative policies that leave consumers vulnerable in the marketplace. We’re looking for an experienced communications professional to help drive media outreach and digital communications and coordinate media strategy among our state affiliates. In addition, the position involves fundraising, recruitment and staff development.
Too often in the pursuit of economic growth, companies develop products, use technologies, and implement practices that put consumers’ health, safety, or security at risk.
In just the last few years:
Equifax exposed the private personal and financial information of 147 million people.
Volkswagen defrauded consumers by cheating on diesel air quality standards.
The nuclear industry received multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailouts.
Wells Fargo created millions of fake customer accounts.
Loopholes have let unsafe drugs hit the market, killing some patients.
Even well-informed consumers struggle to navigate problems such as these. That’s where the PIRG Consumer Watchdog Communications Manager Advocate comes in.
For more than 40 years, U.S. PIRG has been a national leader in alerting consumers to threats in the marketplace. We’ve advocated for policy solutions, developed consumer guides to help Americans protect themselves, and shifted the marketplace to better protect consumers. Our annual “Trouble in Toyland” report has led to the recall of more than 150 unsafe toys. We have helped establish identity theft protections in 49 states. And, we helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reforming Wall Street and reining in abusive practices in the financial marketplace.