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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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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

 

Infographic Designer/Multimedia Producer
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA

Under direction of the deputy director of communications/creative director, serve as an in-house infographic designer, multimedia producer, and project manager. Work collaboratively to design and create data visualizations, slide shows, videos, PowerPoint presentations, graphics, and other visual storytelling products. Serve as project manager for multimedia projects, work closely with program and communications colleagues, and outside vendors, to ensure products are created collaboratively, as well as on message, on brand, and on time.

Responsibilities

Infographic design and multimedia creation (50% of time)

  • As assigned, conceptualize and produce a range of graphic products and assets, including but not limited to infographics and data visualizations, slide shows, videos, visual PowerPoint presentations, collateral for development, and social media memes.
  • Apply visual storytelling skills to multimedia products.
  • Generate scripts, storyboards, and schematics based on campaign initiatives.
  • Employ organizational style guide to ensure products are on brand in design and tone.
  • Work closely with editorial team members on script writing to ensure products are on message.
  • Collaborate with web & engagement team members to ensure multimedia projects engage UCS supporters and/or key issue publics.
  • Track changes in multimedia field, emerging technologies, and test new approaches to ensure organization is on leading edge.

Project management (50% of time)

  • As assigned, project manage all phases of ongoing multimedia products.
  • Follow best practices from UCS project management guide, from start to finish.
  • Hire and supervise external consultants, including graphic designers, slide show producers, and video firms.
  • Identify and pitch opportunities for multimedia products to deputy director/creative director.
  • Serve as active and creative partner in annual program planning.

Qualifications and experience
Position requires at least five years of experience in multimedia content development, especially infographics, and project management. Strong graphic design, writing, and oral communication skills necessary.

Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated ability to translate complex information into engaging, dynamic content for lay audiences.  We’re seeking a creative, collegial team player with exceptional project management skills. Must have the ability to manage multiple projects/deadlines and thrive in a fast paced, quickly evolving environment.

Must have experience in design and video software formats (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Fireworks, or other creative development software). Experience in visual PowerPoint slide design and knowledge of Tableau a plus. Should have understanding of web platforms and multimedia usability on the web. Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript helpful, but not required.

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or equivalent preferred.

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, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the upper $50Ks. 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: Showcase your creativity and organizational skills by submitting an application in a visual format (this could be in the style of an infographic, or a graphic-rich PowerPoint, video, animation, or other visual format). Include a description of why you are interested in this position, your past work experience, three examples of graphics or multimedia projects you designed (or a link to your portfolio), a resume and salary requirements to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Multimedia Producer” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 18 or until filled.

 

 

Production Coordinator
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

Under the supervision of the Managing Editor, oversees layout and production of UCS technical reports and print material, and proofreads layouts of UCS products. Works with authors and designers to meet deadlines, supply needed materials, and implement changes. Requests print bids and coordinates print jobs. Manages the organization’s visual asset management system. May provide production assistance on multimedia projects as time allows.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary project manager for UCS reports during the design and layout phase. Ensure freelance designers have all necessary text and related materials on schedule, and that designers meet their deadlines. Coordinate review of layouts and ensure requested changes are made.
  • Assess artwork needs (figures, tables, and photos) for reports, and either supply those materials or provide written guidance to designers. Compile front matter and write and/or edit captions, pull quotes, and cover blurbs, ensuring consistency with relevant messaging. Ensure funders are properly acknowledged.
  • Proofread layouts, galleys and other print material for grammar, spelling, house style, and brand consistency.
  • Help determine print quantity needs and request bids from printers. Stay abreast of developments in printing.
  • Ensure art files are appropriately tagged and saved in the UCS visual asset management system, and that figures and tables are converted for presentation and online purposes. Respond to requests for specific pieces of art. Provide day-to-day management and training in use of the visual asset management system. Ensure artwork is appropriately credited, and maintain familiarity with stock photo sources’ usage policies.
  • As necessary, coordinate changes to InDesign templates with the designer responsible for them. Assist staff as needed when formatting text in Microsoft Word templates.
  • Respond to staff requests for reprints, and external requests for permission to reproduce UCS materials.
  • As skills permit, assist with small design jobs in accordance with UCS brand standards.
  • Schedule and oversee photo shoots for staff portraits or other projects as needed.
  • Perform other related functions as directed.

         

Qualifications and experience

Position requires a bachelor’s degree, fluency in English and use of Microsoft Word, exceptional proofreading skills, knowledge of grammar and usage (including Chicago Manual of Style rules), and attention to detail. Must be highly organized, with the ability to multitask, work both independently and as part of a team, and the interpersonal skills to solve problems in a collegial manner.

Writing and editing skills and experience using the Adobe suite of products (Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) are strongly preferred. Familiarity with an electronic asset management system is a plus.

Position requires two to three years of comparable and relevant experience coordinating print production and publication design. A background in science and/or technology issues is a plus.

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, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $40,000s. 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, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Production Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 10, 2014 or until filled.

 

Gift & Data Processing Manager
Development Department
Cambridge Office

 

The Gift & Data Processing Manager (GDP Manager) manages the day-to-day operations of the gift data processing function for UCS including the supervision of a GDP Associate. This includes responsibility for the accurate and timely entry of all gifts, producing revenue reports, generation of lists and analytical reports as needed, and coordinating ongoing and timely reconciliation of donor database and financial records. The GDP Manager is responsible for ongoing refinement of current systems and establishment of new processes to ensure the efficient and accurate processing of all UCS donations and assuring the timely acknowledgement of donors.

The GDP Manager manages important relationships with vendors and is responsible for generating select individual gift acknowledgments for high value donors. The GDP Manager coordinates with the planned giving department, reviewing the accurate entry of planned gifts into the database, as well as regularly communicating with Development directors and support staff to troubleshoot gift issues related to pledges, restrictions and such.

The GDP Manager works closely with the Database Administrator and is responsible for overall data integrity related to all aspects that touch on their job function. They will partner on the development and oversight of database functions and activity that will ensure that donor data is accurate and accessible to all development staff.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise all in-house gift processing and updating of the Raiser’s Edge database used to house, track, and manage data required for fiscal tracking of fundraising initiatives.
  • Perform high dollar gift and pledge entry for major gifts and foundations.
  • Process, track and maintain records on all stock gift transactions, interfacing with finance & administration and other staff as needed.
  • Ensure that all gifts are accurately entered into Raiser’s Edge, and properly coded for appropriate acknowledgement, receipting, fund tracking, and compliance with internal and external audit requirements.
  • Ensure that all gifts entered online through Convio are recorded in Raiser’s Edge on a timely basis; ensure that Raiser’s Edge/Convio communication protocols are functioning;
  • Produce queries and reports related to GDP functions and development financial reports; generate revenue reports as needed.
  • Work with Finance staff to reconcile gift batches with deposited funds; solving discrepancies as they arise.
  • Work closely with other staff on defining and refining gift processing procedures.
  • Evaluate gift entry procedures and database practices on an ongoing basis to ensure continued effective work flow. Become familiar with industry best-practices. Seek out and attend appropriate trainings.
  • Act as back-up to Gift & Data Processing Associate for entering daily gifts.
  • Manage contractual and day to day relationships with lockbox and monthly giving gift processing vendor. Resolve issues/problems, and maintain contract compliance.
  • Help ensure integrity of data received from external vendors/gift processors.
  • Help develop and follow database coding procedures for specific groups of donors/members.
  • Help ensure that updates to donor records, merging and deceasing of records are completed accurately.
  • Develop and maintain updated versions of documentation detailing procedures.
  • Notify senior staff about gifts requiring special attention.
  • Responsible for management and vendor oversight for low-dollar acknowledgment process, ensuring all donors are sent acknowledgements in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Help ensure timely generation of all in-house acknowledgements (honor/memorial gifts, gift memberships, workplace gifts, sustainers/monthly donors, planned giving, major gift and foundations.)
  • Ensure that acknowledgement queries and exports run correctly and that donors receive the appropriate letter.
  • Handle, respect and maintain and safeguard confidential data.


 

Qualifications and experience

 Must demonstrate a strong attention to detail with unparalleled accuracy and overall commitment to data integrity. Requires experience working on a daily basis with complex donor and/or customer management database systems and/or relational databases, data entry processing, basic bookkeeping, word processing, as well as an ability to learn and maintain complex record-keeping systems.  Ability to synthesize current processes and database systems, and develop refinements that effect positive change to business practices. Willingness and ability to seek out and attend trainings in order to broaden skill set and bring industry best practices to bear on UCS operations. Ability to successfully supervise staff including occasional temporary staff. Position requires strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to plan, organize, and communicate effectively in a team environment.  Familiarity with development and donor relations techniques and princi­ples is strongly preferred. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and MS-Access preferred.

Work requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience, preferably including supervisory experience. 

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 is in the $50,000s. 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 “Gift and Data Processing Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline Extended: August 10, 2014 or until filled.

 


  

Energy Research Associate (Temporary)
Cambridge, MA Office 

Assist with research and analysis to advance understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies, and markets. The Energy Research Associate would be responsible for supporting a team of energy analysts on a variety of projects related to our Energy Campaign and Program Development work, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, coal, and energy resilience. This is a temporary position, running through September 30, 2014.
 

Responsibilities

  • Participate in a variety of national, regional, and state level analyses and reports. Gather and analyze data using spreadsheets, and assist in writing reports and other materials. Maintain accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of all written material. 
  • Work with other UCS energy analysts to collect, analyze and evaluate cost and performance data on existing energy projects (all technologies) and future projections for use in the development of assumptions for in-house modeling of energy and climate policies. 
  • Conduct literature reviews and searches to monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in advanced clean energy technology, market, and policy issues, and related fields.  Evaluate and synthesize articles, books, abstracts and other publications.
  • Assist senior-level staff in scoping and evaluating new areas of research for the Climate & Energy Program, primarily with respect to the resilience of our electricity sector to the impacts of climate change.
  • Research and respond to inquiries from members, sponsors, other organizations and general public about energy related issues; promote UCS position and objectives; support public outreach of Energy Campaign; attend various public forums, meetings, or events. 
  • Help maintain clean energy section of UCS website by working with research, outreach, and communication staff to strengthen web presence and content, including drafting, reviewing, and editing web pages as appropriate. 


 

Qualifications and experience
Position requires general knowledge of energy field, with emphasis on clean energy technologies, policies and markets, and their political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A solid understanding of renewable energy technologies, global warming, energy efficiency, and electricity systems is preferred. Also needed is a familiarity with general economic and environmental concepts and issues, and strong quantitative and analytical skills. Proficiency in personal computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing, and basic programming is necessary. Advanced skills in using Microsoft Excel to process and analyze large datasets are preferred. Basic GIS skills and familiarity with mapping is also a plus.  Bachelor’s degree is required. Masters preferred. Position requires at two years of energy or other related research. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

 

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a temporary, benefits-eligible position lasting from time of hire (June start date anticipated) through September 30, 2014 and is based in UCS’s Cambridge office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the annualized salary would be around $40,000 (roughly $19-21/hour). 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 “Energy Research Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline Extended: June 20, 2014 or until filled.


 

Washington, DC Positions

 

 

Senior Washington Representative
Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

 

UCS is seeking an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement campaign plans for UCS’s national work to reduce oil use and global warming pollution in the transportation sector. Under direction of the Director of the Clean Vehicles Program, the Senior Washington Representative will plan, coordinate, and participate in advocacy and outreach efforts in support of UCS’s national transportation policy agenda. Lead select advocacy campaigns and provide support and strategic guidance for other campaigns aimed at achieving UCS policy goals. Advocate UCS clean vehicles policy agenda with Congress, the Executive Branch, and relevant agencies; participate in the development of UCS policy positions; represent UCS before media and public. Work with other organizations on coordinated lobbying and organizing strategies.  Collaborate with members of the clean vehicles team and other UCS programs and departments as needed; supervise occasional interns and consultants.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Lead advocacy efforts on select federal transportation campaigns.  Develop and coordinate implementation of campaign strategy facilitating integration of analytic, advocacy, media, and outreach components. Serve as a project manager where appropriate.  Participate in planning and strategy sessions for UCS's transportation legislative agenda.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional representatives and their staff, administration and agency officials, advocates from allied organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Engage in advocacy activities such as meeting with administration officials and congressional staff. Provide UCS input into legislation and regulation; monitor bill progress and assist in producing desired legislative and regulatory outcomes. Write and edit materials for use on the Hill. Involve UCS researchers to provide technical information on transportation policy as necessary.
  • Respond to requests for legislative and policy information and guidance. Provide regular updates on the status of key legislation and policy issues for UCS web page and print and other  publications.  
  • Help plan and participate in lobby days and other outreach activities.  Represent UCS at public events and conferences. Present information to various groups, including regulators, legislative committees, civic and community organizations, etc. Write testimony, fact sheets, briefing papers, speeches, presentations, and other advocacy materials, sometimes in collaboration.  Participate in conference panels and briefings.
  • Respond to press inquiries on selected transportation and related climate issues. Maintain effective working relationships and frequent contact with press representatives who cover Congress on relevant issues. Write and contribute to materials for distribution to the media. Maintain working knowledge of general vehicles policy issues and legislation, and clean vehicles technologies and their applications.
  • Represent the Clean Vehicles Program on internal groups and coordinate advocacy activities and issue campaign needs with UCS development, communications, and administrative staff. 

      

Qualifications and experience
Position requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, a thorough understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy techniques, legislative strategy, as well as familiarity with the relevant Congressional committees and the decision-making process of the executive branch of the federal government. Working knowledge of transportation and climate policy is preferred, as are skills in public speaking and written communication. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

Work requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience to include campaign planning, legislative process, advocacy skills, project management, and an understanding of political organizing and planning/strategy development at the federal or state level. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress, in government implementing programs and policies, or for NGOs working to influence governmental decision-making. Up to one year of on-the-job training is needed to become familiar with UCS organization, philosophy, programs and constituencies.

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 Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the $70,000s. 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. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position, resume and writing sample via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Washington Rep” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 22 or until filled.

 Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Positions

 

Communications Officer
Communications Department
Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Office

Under direction of the media manager, develop and implement strategies to maximize visibility for UCS, our issues, experts, and products, engage supporters in our campaigns, and contribute to campaign impact. Position requires rapid adaptation to changing external and internal conditions, and daily flexibility reprioritizing assignments while meeting deadlines and responsibilities. This position will focus primarily on garnering visibility for two campaigns but must maintain flexibility to jump on media opportunities that may arise for other issue areas.

 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as media point person for two UCS programs, focusing outreach work on priority campaign projects. Write and distribute press releases, pitch letters, staff bios, backgrounders, LTEs, tweets, blogs, op-eds, and other materials to obtain media coverage in print, radio, online, and television outlets. In consultation with the media manager, take the lead planning and implementing national and state media efforts, road shows, and radio talk show bookings. Organize press conferences and telepressers. Coordinate travel arrangements, media contacts, and facility logistics; staff events as required.
  • Work closely with program and communications staff to develop proactive and reactive media strategies that maximize visibility and engagement opportunities across distribution channels.
  • Assist with message development and talking points. Monitor press coverage. Research online and offline media outlets to devise effective pitches.
  • Cultivate journalists and thought leaders and build relationships with key reporters and editors in program areas through email, social media, phone, and traditional methods to promote opportunities for positive reporting on UCS's activities, positions, and experts. Arrange meetings and attend functions and conferences to educate reporters on UCS issues. Pitch reporters with suggestions for stories or articles; provide necessary information to ensure accurate coverage. Respond promptly to requests for information; refer media representatives to colleagues as necessary.
  • Train UCS scientists and activists on successful media techniques and strategies. Work with programs to utilize our experts and activists to develop letter to the editor campaigns, to deploy expert network voices in the media, and to publicize meetings with decision makers of UCS supporters and experts. Enhance media skills of UCS staff.
  • Utilize social media dashboard to develop strategies to cultivate and communicate with reporters, thought leaders, bloggers, and other key audiences.
  • Work with high-level technical experts to help develop them as thought leaders on key issues.
  • Represent UCS in coalition media efforts.
  • Write articles for UCS magazine and newsletter. Update news section of Web site.
  • Become thoroughly knowledgeable about UCS issues, positions, experts, and products and keep abreast of new developments.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in media outreach including how to maximize the latest online tools and trends for visibility, engagement, and impact.

          

Qualifications and experience

 Position requires three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in media relations, public relations, or journalism. Experience using online and offline methods to generate earned media coverage required. Strong writing and communication skills necessary. Also required are related technical skills, including ability to write press releases, media advisories, and other press materials; identify and exploit media opportunities; message development.  Bachelor’s degree required.

Some travel required (no more than 10% of time).

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 either UCS’s Washington, DC (preferred) or Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $50,000. 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 resume, cover letter, three writing samples, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Communications Officer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 10, 2014 or until filled.

 

Berkeley, CA Positions

There are no open Berkeley positions at this time.

 

  

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