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The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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  • Cover letters may be addressed to "Search Committee." Please include your salary range expectations. You will only be contacted if we desire an interview. Postings will be taken down once position is filled. Please, no phone calls. 
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be able to provide an employment authorization document from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. UCS aims for diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is a strength to be valued and developed in our organization. UCS understands that a diverse workforce strengthens our ability to carry out the important charge of our mission.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a rewarding work environment. Benefits at UCS

Cambridge, MA Positions

 

Development Associate - Planned Giving
Cambridge, MA Office

UCS seeks a detail-oriented Planned Giving/Development Associate to manage the daily operations of our planned giving program and provide administrative support to the Director of Planned Giving. The ideal candidate has previous work experience in non-profit fundraising, or other relevant nonprofit experience, enjoys working with donors, and is interested in a position with the opportunity to learn and grow as a fundraising professional.

In the short term, there will be additional duties supporting the membership team responding to member inquires over phone and email. This will include producing appropriate correspondence in a timely manner and updating donor records in the databases.

 

Responsibilities

  • In concert with the Director of Planned Giving, serve as a point of contact for donors and prospects on all matters related to planned gifts. Responding to donors in a timely, professional and friendly manner.
  • Working closely with the Director of Planned Giving, implement UCS’s planned giving strategy.
  • Assist the Director of Planned Giving with creating materials for and conducting planned giving training for development staff.
  • Supporting the Director of Planned Gifts with coordination of travel arrangements for donor meetings, trips and events, and providing other travel support materials.
  • Responsible for coordinating the development, production and mailing of PG prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship pieces working with membership, stewardship and communications team, designers and external vendors.
  • Work with PGCalc and other external consultants/contractors to ensure accurate processing and record keeping of planned gifts and related tax documentation.
  • In the short term, additional responsibilities supporting the membership team may include:
  • Monitoring public email boxes and membership phone line. Responding in a professional, friendly, timely and accurate manner to email and phone inquiries from members. 
  • Write, produce and mail assorted individual correspondence to members.

        

Qualifications and experience

  • Two to four years of development experience or equivalent;
  • The ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, with scrupulous attention to detail;
  • Comfort and familiarity in working with donors, prospective donors and other constituents; with a friendly and professional “donor” services orientation;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of team, in a fast-paced, collegial environment;
  • Strong interest in the mission of UCS, and/or a background in science or public policy;
  • Creativity and a strong work ethic to support our growing planned giving program;
  • Facility with MS Office suite, and experience with Raiser’s Edge or other database software.

       

The strongest candidates may also demonstrate:

  • Prior experience in fundraising, especially in a planned giving or major gift setting;
  • Knowledge of basic planned giving concepts and vehicles such as bequests and gift annuities;
  • B.A. or B.S. (preferred); background in finance or law

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary would be in the high $30s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Planned Giving Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: April 20, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

 

Director of Major Gifts
Cambridge, MA Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a preeminent partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical solutions. UCS employs over 140 full time staff and has their headquarters in Cambridge, MA, with offices in Washington, DC; Berkeley, CA, and Chicago, IL. UCS works at the federal, regional and state levels in the areas of climate, energy, global security, food/agriculture and Science and Democracy. In order to sustain and expand upon their recent philanthropic success, the Director of Major Gifts will cultivate and solicit a portfolio of select major donors, collaboratively lead a major gift team and participate in management and leadership of the development department.    

About Union of Concerned Scientists:

The Union of Concerned Scientists was founded in 1969 by a group of MIT faculty and students on the belief that science plays an essential role in informing and driving public policy. Today, UCS strategic priorities include:

  • Ensuring  robust science informs and motivates public policy;
  • Limiting the magnitude of global warming and its impacts on people and the environment;
  • Accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean-energy economy;
  • Advancing sustainable agriculture and land use;
  • Reducing the nuclear threat worldwide.

In 2013, UCS’s operating revenues totaled $23.9 million, with 71% of that coming from individual donors and 27% from foundations.  The organization does not accept government funding and accepts limited funding from corporations. Notably, UCS has received the highest “exceptional” 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 8 years.

About the Position:

In the past twelve years, major gift support for UCS has increased exponentially, from approximately $1 million to $9.3 million.  As  the organization continues to increase philanthropic revenue, UCS is currently focusing upon  implementing strategies to further engage existing donors and develop a new pipeline of prospects, drawing from, but not limited to, its 94,000+ membership base. To this end, they are seeking a collaborative leader with a proven track record in major gift fundraising to meet the twin objectives of sustainability and growth.

The Director of Major Gifts will develop and implement annual major gift plans as well as a 5 year major gift plan in support of UCS’s next strategic plan and overall programmatic objectives. While UCS already has a cohort of dedicated donors at the $1m+ level, new emphasis will be paid to accelerating the 5- and 6-figure pipeline.  One clear priority for this hire will be to also drive the process for the creation and testing of a case for unrestricted and restricted giving. 

In this context, the Director of Major Gifts will set priorities, mentor staff and serve as a collaborative leader for a 5-member major gifts team as well as manage budgets and monitor progress towards goals. In addition, he/she will partner with planned giving, foundation and stewardship colleagues. Most importantly, he/she will manage a portfolio of 6- figure prospects, and partner with the Chief Development Officer on 7- figure strategies.

The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Chief Development Officer, Laurie Marden, and serves as a senior member of the development staff, works directly with the President, senior UCS staff, board and national advisory board members in developing and implementing major gift strategies. The successful candidate will be at home in a fast-paced, collaborative, and intellectually stimulating advocacy environment.

Qualified candidates should demonstrate:

  • Evidence of  ability to collaborate, motivate and lead as well as partner successfully with staff, board and volunteers;
  • 5-7 years of “best practice” development/fundraising experience with 3-5 years of direct major gift experience;
  • Track record of successful 5- and 6-figure personally solicited individual gifts; experience working on 7-figure gift strategies;
  • Supervisory experience of at least three front line fundraisers with at least two being in individual giving;
  • Strong and versatile written and verbal communication skills including the ability to translate  complex issues to lay audiences;
  • Analytic skills  linking day-to-day activities to overarching goals and plans;
  • Familiarity with moves management systems and related systems;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Evidence of interest in science, environment, technology and/or public policy;
  • Ability to travel.

The strongest candidates may also possess:

  • Experience in 7-figure individual gift solicitations;
  • Familiarity with planned giving and prospect research;
  • An appreciation and understanding of the challenges and opportunities in raising major gifts from a geographically dispersed donor base;
  • Relevant experience collaborating with foundation giving colleagues;
  • Knowledge of the scientific, political, economic, and social issues that impact the UCS mission;
  • Relevant graduate degree;
  • Experience in science, technology or environmental field.

Please email letters of interest and resume in confidence to:

UCSdirector@developmentguild.com
William M. Weber, Ed.D
President, Principal

Development Guild/DDI

Washington, DC Positions

   

Food Systems and Health Analyst (Temporary – 2 Years)
Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

 

Under direction of the Deputy Director/Senior Analyst, work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to advance policy advocacy efforts leading to a healthy, sustainable food and farming system. As the team’s health sciences expert, develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of the food system’s impacts on nutrition, public health, and health disparities; conduct science-based research and analysis to advance understanding of these impacts and the policy choices that drive them; produce publicly-resonant scientific and policy analyses; craft written communications for a variety of audiences; cultivate relationships with experts and allies; represent UCS to policy makers, the media, and other stakeholders; and help develop program direction and plans. 

This is a full-time, two-year position with a possibility of renewal.

 

Responsibilities

  • Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, provide lead health sciences to the planning, design, and implementation of research activities and projects that advance healthy, sustainable food and agriculture systems.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of public health analytical tools and food system issues, and utilize expertise in implementing research and advocacy activities; help develop and implement research methodologies; conduct literature reviews and searches to monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends; gather and analyze data using databases, models and other appropriate analytical tools; write reports and other materials based on these analyses.
  • Collaborate with analytic, policy, outreach, and media staff to apply research results and conclusions to the formulation and development of public policies, political strategies, media outreach, and other communication efforts; track and evaluate proposed legislation and regulations and develop alternatives.
  • Represent UCS, its mission, goals, and positions at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other forums; present and promote UCS ideas, objectives, and activities; educate participants about political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of food and farming issues, with emphasis on the health benefits of sustainable agriculture and local and regional food systems.
  • Provide technical and strategic assistance to policy makers, opinion leaders and coalition partners, and respond to inquiries and comments; establish and maintain alliances with advocates, healthy food businesses, modelers, and researchers at other organizations.
  • Work with program and UCS communications staff to identify key media opportunities; serve as direct contact to the media; draft and edit press materials and content for UCS web site; write for the UCS blog.
  • Help develop program objectives, strategies, and work plans, and contribute to foundation proposals, reports, workgroups and planning processes. Perform other related functions as directed.

 

Qualifications and experience

Masters’ degree in public health, nutrition/dietetics, epidemiology, or related field and three to five years of relevant experience in food systems; familiarity with public policy process regarding agriculture and food systems; demonstrated ability to produce analyses on science policy issues and write about complex policy and scientific matters for a lay audience; understanding of the role of science  and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a team. Project management skills and experience are also preferred. NGO experience is preferred but not essential.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

 

Compensation, Hours and Location:  This is a full-time, two-year position (with a possibility of renewal) based in UCS’s Washington, DC, office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low $60,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Food Systems and Health Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: March 23, 2014 or until filled.

 

  

Scientist-Agroecologist
Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

 

I.    THE POSITION    

Within UCS’s Food and Environment Program, the scientist-agroecologist (scientist) will work under the direction of the Program Director and Senior Scientist. In addition, the scientist will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to advance policy advocacy efforts leading to a healthy, sustainable food and farming system.

The role of the scientist is also designed to:  

  • Produce publicly-resonant scientific analyses.
  • Craft written communications for a variety of audiences.
  • Develop comprehensive scientific and policy expertise.
  • Cultivate relationships with experts and allies.
  • Represent UCS to policy makers, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Help develop program direction and plans.

 

Duties and responsibilities of the position include the following:

Scientific Analyses and Communications

  1. Produce publicly-resonant scientific analyses and other written communications.
  2. Conduct research on relevant scientific and policy issues, particularly around the environmental and other societal benefits of agroecological farming practices and systems.
  3. Design and implement research projects culminating in reports, white papers, and other analytic products that advance the program’s food and farm system advocacy goals.
  4. Prepare other written materials, such as briefing papers, legislative testimony, comments to government agencies, fact sheets, op-eds, letters to the editor, and content for UCS online and print publications.
  5. Work with UCS media staff to draft and review press materials.
  6. Ensure that the F&E program’s policy positions and materials are technically accurate and credible, up to date with respect to relevant science, and communicated in a style suitable for the target audience.

Science and Policy Issues

  1. Establish and maintain comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the policy and scientific/economic developments relevant to sustainable agriculture/food systems, animal antibiotic use and agricultural biotechnology.
  2. Provide scientific support for program projects and products.
  3. Serve as an advisor or resource on relevant research and other projects led by other UCS programs.  
  4. Participate in regular cross-programmatic discussions with UCS scientists and analysts to share research findings, analytic best practices and challenges.


External and Stakeholder Relations

  1. Establish and maintain strong working relationships with relevant experts and influential stakeholders at other institutions to exchange information, share resources, and generally strengthen UCS’s leadership role on agricultural policy.
  2. Serve as compelling spokesperson on program activities to media and other stakeholders, participate in press conferences, cultivate and maintain relationships with key reporters and bloggers, responding to interview and information requests, and writing for the UCS blog.
  3. Represent UCS at public fora, government hearings and meetings, coalition meetings, and scientific conferences.

  
Program and Strategic Planning

  1. Participate in F&E’s annual planning process to shape overall program and campaign goals, strategies, and tactics.
  2. Apply technical knowledge to the formulation of research projects, public policy proposals and advocacy strategies that advance the program’s goals.
  3. Review and critique current agricultural policies, propose new policies to address new problems, develop and recommend action plans.
  4. Contribute to development of fundraising strategies, foundation proposals and reports, and interact with members, foundation staff and major donors, as necessary.

 

III.   THE CANDIDATE

A.  Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in agroecology or related agricultural or biological science is required.
  • At least three to five years of relevant experience in scientific and/or public policy work in sustainable agriculture/food systems or environmental issues.
  • Familiarity with public policy process regarding agriculture, food systems, or environmental issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce analyses on science policy issues and write about complex policy and scientific matters for a lay audience.
  • NGO experience is preferred but not essential.

       
B.  Knowledge and Skills

   Candidates must have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the scientific, economic, and public policy issues associated with sustainable agriculture/food systems.
  • Understanding of the role of science and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Evidence of strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills.

       At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

 

IV.  COMPENSATION, HOURS, LOCATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is $80,000.00. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

 

V.  TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and résumé  via email to jandc@johnstonco.org with “Scientist-Agroecologist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: April, 20th, 2014 or until filled.

 

VI. FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact Maxene Johnston, Johnston and Company. E-mail: JandC@johnstonco.org. Telephone: (310) 410-3905. Facsimile: (310) 410-3906.


 

Berkeley, CA Positions

There are no open Berkeley positions at this time.

 

  

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