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Senior Climate Analyst


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

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Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Positions

 

Development Officer, Major Gifts

Cambridge, MA

Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Development Officer (for Major Gifts) has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift and planned gift prospects. As a key member of a team of 25 development professionals, the Development Officer will manage a portfolio of $10k+ donors; developing and implementing customized major gift strategies for each assigned prospect/donor. Works closely and strategically with Planned Giving staff, the President, senior UCS staff, board members and volunteers. Monitors the progress of individual prospect plans for his/her portfolio of donors, and serves as a member of the leadership gifts team.

In 2013, UCS’s operating revenues totaled about twenty-four million, with close to three-quarters of that coming from individual donors and about a quarter 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 9 years.

Responsibilities

  • Charged with broadening and deepening support from major donors for UCS.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of 125-175 major gift prospects and donors in an assigned region. Moves prospects through the stages of identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation in a strategic and efficient manner.
  • Develops and executes customized prospect plans for new individuals in your region capable of making a $10k+major outright gift to UCS.
  • Responsible for meeting and monitoring progress on revenue goals as well as goals for donor contact and solicitor activity levels. 
  • Schedules, scripts, and leads donor visits and other individualized contact with prospects; guides and directs staff and board in cultivation and solicitation activity. 
  • Ensures timely, accurate input and management of pertinent prospect and donor information into the database.  
  • Develops persuasive proposals and reports to individual donors and family foundations, meeting all deadlines. 
  • Upholds professional ethical standards of fundraising, as per Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience

Requires five to seven years of comparable and relative development experience with at least 3-5 years in major/leadership giving.  Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors. Demonstrated success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with major gifts work including writing successful and compelling proposals, making in-person major gift solicitations; and experience using donor tracking systems. Proven ability to develop and implement a major gift prospecting plan to identify and qualify new major donors. Must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships and multiple tasks with ease and be energetic, intellectually curious, a good strategic thinker and a good listener. Strong computer skills, including facility with Microsoft Office suite and constituent databases necessary (experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus). Ability to work independently and as a team player. Experience with Moves Management process preferred. Familiarity with and interest in UCS issues strongly preferred. Position requires bachelor’s degree.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Must have current driver’s license and be able to travel nationally, including on overnight trips.  Travel equals roughly 30% of time.

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 particularlyto 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. Competitive salary for candidates who meet all position requirements. 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 “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: March 1, 2015 or until filled.

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Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

Center for Science and Democracy and Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

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. Our 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. The Kendall Science Fellows Program was established to honor Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Kendall who was with UCS from our beginnings and was the long-time chair of our board.  Dr. Kendall was known for his unique ability to shake up the status quo and catalyze new thinking, and UCS looks to Kendall Fellows to do the same. Priority will be given to innovative and forward-looking proposals that are primarily scientific, technical, or analytic in nature but also show interest in the application of science to policy. Fellows will benefit from the opportunity to learn from the UCS approach to science and policy, and UCS will benefit from the new approaches and expertise of the Kendall Fellows.

Responsibilities

With the goal of strengthening UCS work on environmental justice and relationships with EJ communities, the Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original research to better understand the commonalities and differences between environmental justice and mainstream environmental positions on climate policy by doing the following:

  • Investigate impacts of climate change and climate change policies on EJ communities, which include Indigenous, of color, and low-income communities;
  • Investigate how climate change policy could be used to intentionally reduce the emissions of both greenhouse gases and co-pollutants in EJ communities;
  • Explore the effects of carbon-pricing mechanisms on EJ  communities;
  • Explore the impacts of complimentary renewable and efficiency policies to examine equity considerations in their development and implementation

In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • Investigate, assess, and monitor current and ongoing research and trends;
  • Generate written reports and scholarly articles on the fellowship topics;
  • Communicate findings within UCS and to experts in the field, media, policymakers, and the public;
  • Assist in forming recommendations around climate change policy;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Kendall Fellows program

Qualifications and Experience

The Kendall Fellow should have knowledge and experience with EJ polices and analyses or climate change reduction strategies and climate policy. Strong demonstrated experience in environmental justice with direct experience working in and with EJ communities. This position requires ease with and the ability to perform well in both social sciences and technical analyses, with cultural sensitivity and understanding of environmental justice communities.  

A Ph.D. in the social and/or physical sciences is required.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly 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, up to two-year position preferably based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA headquarters; Washington, DC office will also be considered. Fellowship will begin between May and July of 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Learn more about the Center for Science and Democracy and the Clean Energy Program.

To Apply: The deadline for this fellowship has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee is expected to make final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship by the end of January, 2015.

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Washington, DC Positions

None currently available.

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Chicago, IL Positions

None currently available.

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Oakland, CA

 

Senior Climate Analyst

Climate & Energy Program
Oakland, CA

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 andto 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: Until filled.

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