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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 

 

Energy Modeler
Temporary One Year
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position
Reporting to the Director of Energy Research and Analysis, will conduct analysis and modeling of clean energy and climate policies at the state, regional and national level.  The candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team in our Climate and Energy Program to advance strong clean energy policies.

This is a full time, one-year temporary position.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct modeling and spreadsheet analyses of proposed renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate policies at the state, regional, and national level. Conceptualize and design modeling scenarios with input from the energy team.
  • Assist UCS staff in reviewing, developing, and testing model assumptions
  • Identify and make model modifications, where appropriate
  • Maintain and update energy and electricity sector models on a regular basis
  • Maintain regular contact with modelers and energy analysts from other organizations and government agencies to keep up to date on the latest analyses, research and model developments
  • Review analyses and reports from other organizations and government agencies
  • Assist UCS staff in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of various analyses
  • Prepare and deliver public presentations of  modeling results and reports at conferences and meetings

     

Qualifications and experience
Extensive knowledge of energy and electricity sector models, and their application for analyzing renewable energy, efficiency, and electricity technologies, markets, and policies.  A Master’s Degree or higher in engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics, or related field, or equivalent experience required. Strong quantitative, analytical, and research skills are required. Demonstrated ability to manage and deliver work within a budget and timeline. Proficiency with computer models, spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation software is necessary.  Familiarity with energy efficiency technologies, policies, costs, and benefits is helpful. Computer programming experience is required, with knowledge of Fortran, GAMS, or R preferred. Experience with ArcGIS is also desirable.

Position requires at least 3-5 years of comparable and relevant experience using energy and electricity sector models, with more experience preferred. Familiarity with and experience using the Energy Information Administration’s National Energy Modeling System, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Regional Energy Deployment System and other electricity capacity expansion models is highly desirable.

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

UCS 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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one year temporary position, eligible for benefits. Location in UCS‘s Cambridge, MA office is strongly preferred, but our Washington, DC office is also possible. For candidates who meet position requirements, the salary range is high $50,000s to high $60,0000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Energy Modeler” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 28, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

Copywriter/Producer
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

Have a knack for crafting persuasive advertisements and fundraising materials? The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a sharp, persuasive marketing writer to channel Don Draper – without the drama.

The Position
Under the supervision of the deputy director of communications/creative director, and in close collaboration with the editorial director and development department, writes and produces development-related marketing materials, including ads, fundraising appeals, brochures, and other collateral. Writes for member publications and reports. Manages outside designers on specific projects.

Responsibilities

  • Writes & produces advertising materials and promotional copy to support a variety of marketing, branding, and development efforts. Meets regularly with development staff to assess their needs for support material, develops & executes plans  to meet those needs.
    • Develops concepts for development collateral material for major gifts, planned giving, monthly sustainers and membership
    • Writes copy
    • Hires and directs graphic designers
    • Collaborates closely with development staff to ensure material adheres to fundraising best practices and particular audience needs
  • Writes all “marketing” copy for member publications (“thank you ads,” giving society promotions, member profiles, etc.)—directs “ad” layout for member pubs.
  • As needed, writes and/or edits fundraising appeal copy for online/offline fundraising efforts.
  • Provides input into online testing strategies for online marketing.
  • Writes copy for special web-based fundraising appeals (e.g. end of year lightbox) and collaborates with web team on design.
  • Under supervision of managing editor, writes annual report copy and provides input into layout.
  • Writes copy for member publications as assigned.
  • May serve as project manager for infographics and other multimedia products.
  • May be assigned writing tasks for various creative projects (especially those to support organizational messages).
  • Works closely on projects with one (or more) of the following to ensure that materials reflect UCS brand and strategy (Dir of Development, Dir. Of Communications, Editorial Director, Deputy Director/Creative Director, Director of Engagement).
  • Proofs marketing materials.
  • Maintains awareness of role as representative of UCS; considers impact of activities on organization reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; directs energies whenever possible to promote UCS, advances organizational objectives, and enhances organizational credibility.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

 

Qualifications and experience
Position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications or marketing, and three to five years of professional experience in either advertising or marketing design. Must have excellent communication skills, including exceptional command of written language that reflects understanding of a variety of target audiences. Demonstrated ability to quickly generate high quality messaging and copy; strong editing skills; ability to revise and improve text under deadline pressure; works well in teams; and takes direction from multiple sources. Must have excellent attention to detail, strong follow through, ability to work independently, and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Some knowledge of online marketing strongly preferred, specifically experience in testing and optimizing copy.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Background in nonprofit fundraising helpful, but not required.

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

UCS 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.

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 around $50,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, three writing samples (including ads or other marketing materials you created), resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position to jobs@ucsusa.org and include Copywriter in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 5, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

Data Analyst
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

Do you love crunching numbers and figuring out what they all mean? Want to put that love to work to help stop global warming, support sustainable agriculture, and protect the planet? Then this position is perfect for you!

The Position
Under direction of the director of engagement, oversee the communications department’s data analysis efforts including tracking results of email outreach, social media, traditional media, website, online list growth, and online and offline marketing. Recommend strategies and tactics to department strategic team based on results of regular analysis. Works closely with the manager of data operations to ensure the integrity of our online database.

Responsibilities

  • Analyze results of outreach efforts across communications channels, evaluate performance, and recommend new and changed approaches to maximize return on investment, organizational visibility, supporter engagement, and campaign impact.
  • Run daily, monthly, and annual performance reports tracking email outreach, social media, website, and online list growth and make strategic recommendations based on results.
  • Assist the media team in tracking traditional media coverage, media contacts, and reporting on overall media visibility performance.
  • Run regular performance reports for online and offline marketing efforts and work with the marketing team to recommend new and changed approaches based on results.
  • Track organizational email and website testing results in real time and recommend new and changed approaches based on results.
  • Work with online consultants, director of engagement, and membership director to run fundraising reports when needed.
  • Create reports and analyze results of supporter surveys.
  • Research and set up new tools for tracking and monitoring performance metrics.
  • Conceptualize and create new systems for organizational reporting of performance metrics.
  • Maintain relationships with online database and tracking tool vendors. Keep abreast of vendor updates. Update user manuals. Troubleshoot technical issues as necessary. Research and set up new tools as necessary.
  • Train new staff in online query and reporting functions, maintain written instructions for staff reference, and respond to data and query requests from communications, development, and outreach staff as needed.
  • Overall responsible for the cleanliness of data in the online database. Work with the manager of data operations to coordinate online and offline databases syncing to ensure data is clean, accurate, and up to date. Responsible for importing new supporters into the online database. Monitor email deliverability.
  • Maintain understanding of UCS issues and positions.
  • Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; consider impact of activities on organization’s reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; direct energies whenever possible to promote UCS; advance organization’s objectives; and enhance credibility.


Qualifications and experience
Position requires excellent tracking and analytic skills and ability to translate numbers and statistics into lessons learned and recommended approaches. Must manage multiple projects and deadlines with ease. Must have a track record of developing effective online and offline communications and/or fundraising strategies based on analytics. Outstanding attention to detail and ability to work well in a team environment and independently is essential. Knowledge of Access and Excel essential and experience working in a content management and constituent relationship management system is required. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

Position requires a minimum five years of comparable and relevant data analysis experience in a communications, outreach, or development setting. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of research methods including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and statistical process control. Proven ability to manage, manipulate, and analyze large data sets and translate analysis into recommended approaches. Strong organization and prioritization skills required. Experience working with Access, Excel, Google analytics, content management, and constituent relationship management systems required.

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

UCS 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

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 $50,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Data Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 14, 2014 or until filled.


 

Research Support Coordinator
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position
The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking a dynamic solo librarian/information sciences professional to provide research information support and management for a science-based nonprofit organization; to facilitate research and organizational collaboration; to establish and maintain organizational clearinghouse for research information resources; to improve research efficiency and maximize research impact; and to promote and ensure good stewardship of research support resources.

Responsibilities

  • Assess staff research needs and create a set of services in support of research information management at UCS.
  • Enhance research collaboration among scientists and analysts across programs and offices and facilitate staff collaboration.
  • Responsible for purchasing, maintaining and managing centralized electronic research and reference management tools and subscriptions. Assist in annual budget and planning for these tools and subscriptions.
  • Serve as point person for staff for electronic research tools and subscriptions and related policies and procedures, training and problem-solving.
  • Develop policies and procedures for research resources; evaluate and oversee organizational subscription and other research information resource needs;
  • Orient new staff and provide scheduled and on-demand refresher courses and trainings for existing staff on research support services at UCS. Update and maintain written introductory guide.
  • Monitor usage, needs and cost-effectiveness of electronic research tools; identify, and as appropriate, implement improvements.
  • Provide ongoing outreach to promote research and information management support services.
  • Serve as point person to enhance organizational and research collaboration tools and advise organization on information management best practices for archiving/documenting electronic files.
  • Track and bring attention to peer-reviewed publications by UCS staff; create and maintain electronic and hardcopy library of staff peer-reviewed publications.
  • Maintain and strengthen electronic and physical library.
  • Understand, improve and advocate for both general information management needs and scientists’ and analysts’ research support within the organization.
  • Help to develop workflows and mechanisms for repository of research data and papers to ensure the traceable accounting and sharing of research data for major UCS analyses.
  • Serve as UCS point person for the International Environmental Library Consortium.
  • Maintain professional competency in electronic research and information management tools.
  • Help to provide research information support for Executive Department leadership.


Qualifications and experience
Requires understanding of and experience with online and offline literature research, tools and sources; familiarity with scientific literature; ability to learn and train others on software, specialized search engines, databases and other electronic tools; and understanding of information management best practices. Understanding of potential of technologies to enhance services and familiarity with tools available for electronic delivery and management of information. Experience with at least two of the following is strongly preferred: LexisNexis, SharePoint, ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, Invenio, ESBCO Discovery Service. Cataloging experience preferred and familiarity with MARC 21/MARCXML formats helpful.

Strong customer service orientation, focus on helping and understanding how people learn, and ability to prioritize competing demands a must. Self-starter with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently and in collaboration. Interest in UCS mission and issue areas. Limited travel required.

Requires 3-5 years comparable and relevant library and/or tech support experience. Customer service and/or experience promoting library services highly desirable. Requires Masters in library & information science or equivalent.

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

UCS 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

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 around $47,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Research Support” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 25, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

Social Media Coordinator
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

Do you love science? Are you a self-professed geek spreading all your latest discoveries across the internet through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Want to put that love to work to help stop global warming, support sustainable agriculture, and protect the planet? Then this position is perfect for you!

The Position
Under direction of the online engagement manager, conceptualize and implement social media strategies and tactics to maximize visibility for UCS, our issues, and products, engage current and potential supporters in our campaigns, cultivate social media influencers, grow our social media followers, and contribute to campaign impact. The social media coordinator will manage the organization’s social media accounts.

Responsibilities

  • Implement the organization’s social media strategies and tactics.
  • Manage organizational social media accounts by engaging UCS supporters across various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, G+, Linked in, and new platforms as identified. Write, edit, design, and publish content on social media platforms. Monitor and moderate comments and conversations.
  • Working with online engagement manager, develop and maintain the organizational social media calendar.
  • Respond to member questions and concerns through social media, coordinating with communications, development and program teams. Regularly report back relevant issues, member concerns, and trends in the community.
  • Train new staff in social media platforms and monitoring tools, maintain written instructions for staff reference, and monitor staff usage of social media, making recommendations for improvements when necessary.
  • Coordinating with web, engagement, and development teams, create and implement opportunities for people to share their activities on social media through share links on UCS webpages, action alerts, and fundraising campaigns.
  • Cultivate top social media users and influencers through one-on-one outreach and engagement.
  • Working with the data analyst, ensure all shares and links are set up for maximum trackability, monitor social media results, and recommend changes in strategy based on results of analysis.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in social media and recommend changes or additions to strategy when needed.
  • Assist in running the organization’s email outreach and online advocacy program, editing messages and alerts, setting up outgoing email communications and online action alerts and surveys,  reviewing messages and web content, editing and publishing pages, and launching messages when needed.
  • Maintain understanding of UCS issues and positions.
  • Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; consider impact of activities on organization’s reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; direct energies whenever possible to promote UCS; advance organization’s objectives; and enhance credibility.


Qualifications and experience
Position requires excellent writing and editing skills and capacity to manage multiple projects and deadlines with ease. Must have a track record of developing effective social media campaigns and strong knowledge of social media best practices. Outstanding attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work well in a team environment and independently is essential. Knowledge of HTML and experience working in a content management and constituent relationship management systems a plus. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. We are looking for a self-starter who is excited to come up with new ideas and figure out how to run with them.

Position requires minimum of two years of comparable and relevant online organizing / social media experience in a political or advocacy campaign setting. Strong copywriting and editing experience required. Proven ability to engage online constituents and grow online supporter lists.

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

UCS 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

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 around $42,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Social Media Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 14, 2014 or until filled.

 

Senior Foundations Officer
Development Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position
Under the direction of the Director of Foundation Relations, the Foundations Officer is responsible for managing his/her assigned program portfolio(s) of foundation supporters and prospects in order to meet the Development Department’s annual foundation revenue target. This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Director of Foundation Relations, assume leadership of assigned portfolio of two or more UCS program and/or cross-program areas. Develop substantive mastery of assigned programs and current and prospective foundation funders in the portfolio(s).
  • Coordinate strategies with program directors and staff and schedule the drafting, editing, and producing for submission of high quality inquiry letters, proposals, and reports and related correspondence. Initiate internal discussions with program directors, members of the finance department, and Executive staff, as appropriate, to identify new opportunities and resolve outstanding questions and/or other issues to ensure smooth proposal process
  • In consultation with Director of Foundation Relations, provide direction and oversight to program directors, Executive Director, and/or Finance and Administration staff in the creation and review of UCS and program/project budgets as required for proposals.
  • Initiate and/or maintain strong relationships with foundation trustees and/or program officers in assigned areas to anticipate changes in foundation priorities/interests, answer inquiries, and strengthen relationships through telephone contact or meetings.  Execute a range of stewardship activities including site visits, meetings with UCS President, and special mailings of reports and/or policy developments to further develop and maintain close ties with portfolio foundations.
  • In consultation with Director of Foundation Relations, assume responsibility for formulation of portfolio fund-raising strategies to both maintain and diversify portfolio foundations. Identify prospects and opportunities for further research by Foundations Officer and/or Foundations Associate, recommend follow-up strategies, and coordinate assigned activities with UCS board, program, and other UCS staff.
  • Develop/maintain familiarity with all UCS program areas and organization priorities per annual strategic guidance and five-year strategic plan; assist other Foundations staff in producing proposals and reports across all program areas as needed to maximize cultivation opportunities and meet multiple deadlines.


Qualifications and experience
Position requires the ability to write well, under deadline, and in a variety of lengths and complexities. Must be attentive to detail and able to plan, organize, and manage multiple tasks.  Ability to work well with UCS staff and foundation program officers and staff and familiarity with UCS issues are also required. Strong word processing and research skills required. Bachelor’s degree required. Some travel required.

Position requires a high level of writing and interpersonal skills. Technical expertise in each UCS program area is not required, but the ability to organize and write clearly about complex strategic and program activities in several program areas is highly desirable. Minimum of five years’ comparable and relevant experience in a closely related profession, such as a grant writer, non-profit organization program officer, marketing, or communications specialist is required.

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

UCS 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 via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Foundations Officer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 14, 2014 or until filled.

 

  
 

 

Washington, DC Positions

 

Washington Representative
Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position
Under direction of the Government Affairs Manager – plan, coordinate, and participate in advocacy and outreach efforts in support of UCS’s national climate and energy policy agenda. Provide support for campaigns aimed at achieving UCS policy goals. Advocate UCS climate and energy policy agenda with Congress, the Executive Branch, non-governmental organizations and business groups; represent UCS before media and public; participate in the development of UCS policy positions. Work with other organizations on coordinated lobbying and organizing strategies, including representing UCS at coalition meetings; help identify and cultivate a network of grasstops individuals.  Collaborate with members of clean vehicles team and other UCS programs and departments as needed; supervise interns and occasional consultants.

Responsibilities

  • Working under the supervision of the Government Affairs Manager, support advocacy efforts on related to UCS’s national climate and energy policy agenda. Help develop and implement campaign strategy for cross-program climate and energy policy, focusing on education and outreach to policymakers and Washington-based stakeholders.  Participate in planning and strategy sessions for UCS's cross-programmatic climate and energy agenda.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional representatives, committees, and their staff, administration and agency officials, and advocates from allied organizations.
  • 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 analysts to provide technical information on transportation, energy, climate and nuclear policy as necessary.
  • Contribute to ongoing efforts to recruit individuals to influence key decisionmakers and help achieve UCS policy goals. In coordination with other program staff, develop and implement strategy to attract new voices to UCS campaigns. In accord with our annual programmatic goals and campaign efforts, undertake outreach to representatives of key constituencies such as agriculture, labor, religious groups, public health and consumer groups, and the business community as appropriate to advance UCS goals.
  • Working with experts and UCS Climate and Energy program staff to respond to Hill requests for scientific information and policy design proposals on climate and energy issues, and requests for guidance from UCS members, other activists, other advocates, and the general public. Working with outreach staff, provide regular updates on the status of key legislation and policy issues through updates to UCS’ lobby caucus and for UCS publications.  
  • Coordinating with the relevant Washington Representatives and outreach staff, help plan and participate in lobby days and other education and outreach activities.  Represent UCS at public events and conferences. Present information on UCS policy agenda to various groups, including regulators, legislative committees, civic and community organizations, etc. Write testimony, fact sheets, briefing papers, speeches, presentations, and other advocacy materials, in collaboration with other UCS staff.  Participate in conference panels and briefings and represent UCS in coalition meetings.
  • Help respond to press inquiries on selected climate and energy issues. Maintain effective working relationships with press representatives who cover Congress on relevant issues. Write and contribute to materials for distribution to the media. In consultation with UCS media staff, conduct interviews with media representatives; draft press releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor; blog writing. 
  • Maintain working knowledge of general climate policy issues and legislation, and clean energy work.
  • As needed, provide input to the Outreach Committee to help coordinate grasstops activities and utilization of UCS resources and infrastructure. Serve on  the internal legislative group, the Lobby Caucus. Help coordinate advocacy activities and issue campaign needs with UCS development, communications, and administrative staff.
  • Contribute to foundation proposals and reports.

         

Qualifications and experience
Position requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, an 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 energy and climate policy is strongly preferred, as are skills in public speaking and written communication. A bachelor’s degree is required, with advanced degree in related field desirable. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

Work requires a minimum of 5 years of full-time comparable legislative or advocacy experience with additional experience in campaign planning, and an understanding of political organizing and strategy development at the federal or state level desired. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress or for NGOs working to influence governmental decision-making. Success and experience in utilizing Social Media. 

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

UCS 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.

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 high $60,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position 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: October 13, 2014 or until filled.

Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Positions

 

 

Energy Analyst
Temporary - One Year
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC Office

The Position

In support of UCS’s Energy Campaign, the Energy Analyst would be responsible for conducting research and analysis to advance understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies, and markets, and to evaluate and advocate for clean energy solutions and climate change mitigation options in the electricity sector.

This is a full-time, one year temporary position.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning, designing, and implementing of research activities and projects in support of the organization’s efforts to advance policy and market support for clean energy development in the electricity sector at the state and federal levels.
  • Gather and analyze data using spreadsheets and basic models, and write reports and other materials highlighting the results of various analyses. Tailor style and content of materials for technical and /or general audiences, as appropriate. Disseminate materials to policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Maintain current knowledge of analytical tools and energy technologies, policies and markets, and of evolving environmental and climate change policies, and utilize expertise in implementing research and advocacy activities.
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of legislative and regulatory initiatives federally and in key states, promoting or supporting UCS clean energy policies and positions. Assist in developing testimony, letters, and technical comments for legislative and regulatory proceedings on energy policy issues.
  • Provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and coalition partners. Promote UCS position and objectives in responding to inquiries and comments from stakeholders, media, members, sponsors, and general public about energy related issues.
  • Represent UCS, its philosophy and positions at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other public forums.
  • Work with UCS Communications staff to identify key media opportunities and serve as direct contact to the media. Prepare materials for UCS web site, including the addition of new pages, links, reports and features.

 

Qualifications and experience

Work requires three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in energy analysis and advocacy. Master’s degree level knowledge of energy and/or environmental science field, with emphasis on a broad array of both clean and conventional energy technologies, policies and markets is preferred. Up to six months 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.

UCS 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.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one-year temporary position eligible for benefits and is based in either UCS’s Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $50,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Energy Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 6, 2014 or until filled.

 

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 18, 2014 or until filled.

Oakland, CA Positions

 

Senior Climate Analyst
Climate & Energy Program
Oakland, CA 

 

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

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 450,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. UCS members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

UCS experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war.

UCS achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

 

Position Description
Under the direction of the California and Western States Director, the Western States Senior Climate Analyst will lead UCS’s work in California and the Western states to bring sound science, policy and economics to bear on building support for, developing, and implementing strong climate policies. This professional will evaluate and analyze various climate policy approaches at the state and regional level, including assessing their economic feasibility.  This includes providing top-quality research, reports and analysis on climate and energy policies in California and the western United States.

A detailed Position Profile is available and will be provided from Johnston and Company.

 

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have five to seven years of related experience, including a background in environmental and energy economic policy development and analysis and project management and a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of economic and technical information in the policymaking process. Familiarity with the economic costs and benefits of economy-wide and sectorial climate and energy policies, especially in California and west coast states, strongly preferred.  A PhD in environmental science/policy, global change, economics or a closely related field is required.

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

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the mid to high 80’s. 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, salary requirements.  Also include how you learned about the position and send to Johnston and Company via email: jandc@johnstonco.org  with “Sr. Climate Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

 

  

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