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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package geared towards a productive work/life balance. Our benefits include:

  • excellent health care and dental coverage
  • ample vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • competitive retirement plans with generous employer contribution
  • and a lot more

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Our Culture

People are at the heart of the Union of Concerned Scientists. We value our staff and our mission of science-based action for the public good. We hire people who are smart and determined to make a difference.  We are rewarded by knowing that our analysis and advocacy contributes to a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

With our shared goals and vision of a safer and better world, we hail from all walks of life and speak many languages, reflecting the diverse audiences that we serve. We strive to maintain an open culture where everyone contributes and feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions.  We support our staff with equitable and transparent salaries, training, sit/stand desks, world class benefits, and a culture that emphasizes work/life balance. UCS is a place where you can bring your whole self to work—a place where diversity is valued, supported and welcomed. 

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Cambridge, MA


Director of Planned Giving

Development Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists grew out of a desire to direct the power of scientific research away from military applications and towards improving environmental and social problems. In 1969, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched their effort to use rigorous science to implement innovative practical solutions to the world’s problems.

Scientists and engineers at the Union are currently engaged in projects in the areas of clean energy, clean vehicles, food and agriculture, global warming, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. They aim to improve scientific integrity in government, strengthen science-based public protections and to combine their voices with advocates, educators, business leaders and citizens for a healthier planet and safer world.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an experienced development professional who is prepared to shape, implement and grow UCS’s planned giving efforts into a model program. As a senior member of the development team, the Director of Planned Giving will collaborate with the President, senior staff and the board to develop the planned giving program as an integral part of the organization’s broader fundraising strategy. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, intellectual environment and will have a minimum of seven years of development experience.

Responsibilities

The Director of Planned Giving serves as a senior member of the development team, working directly with the President, senior UCS staff, board and national advisory board members in implementing a planned giving program as part of our overall fundraising strategy. This position will be responsible for shaping, implementing and growing a model program that is truly reflective of the size of UCS and the capacity of our constituency.

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below:

  • Assists with making planned giving an integral part of development program by possessing a deep understanding of the role of planned giving and how it impacts and builds loyalty among current donors.
  • Close planned gifts including, but not limited to, bequests, living trusts, beneficiary designations and IRA’s as well as life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Maintain the infrastructure and external relationships needed to enable UCS to accept these types of deferred gifts.
  • Prepare UCS development proposals and present development projects to prospects for deferred and outright gifts. Learn about the UCS programs and remain knowledgeable about our issue areas and evolving work.
  • Develop and maintain personal contact with prospects for deferred gifts including routine travel to key regions or donors and regular communications through other channels. Face to Face donor activity is essential to the role and the Director is expected to visit with more than 100 donors in each fiscal year.
  • Coordinate activities with prospects attorney and/or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate method of deferred giving and ensure necessary arrangements for collection of gifts.
  • Provide donors with information concerning gift utilization and or investment returns and payments.
  • Develop programs to promote and explain fund raising activities and the various methods of estate planning and deferred giving internally for the development department, and key staff fundraising partners, and externally for existing and prospective planned gift donors.
  • Develop marketing and stewardship strategies and related materials for planned gifts, including the planned giving newsletter. Coordinate with Membership and Major Gift staff on the distribution of targeted prospecting materials for new planned giving donors and with Stewardship staff on the development of all collateral materials.
  • Steward, cultivate and grow the Kurt Gottfried Society. Set growth goals for each year, developing a robust annual workplan, expense and revenue budgets which are tracked and maintained in an ongoing manner.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have at least seven years of development experience, and a minimum of 3 years in a donor facing planned giving role. A preference for candidates possessing a legal or financial degree aligned with planned giving expertise.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: To read more and apply or nominate qualified candidates, contact Maureen Huminik, Vice President of Lois L. Lindauer Searches.

 

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Bilingual Social Media Coordinator

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

¿Te gusta la ciencia? Are you actively following conversations around #marginsci and #scicomm? Are you a self-professed geek spreading all your latest discoveries across the internet through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in English and Spanish? Here’s your chance to put that love of science and social media to work to help stop global warming, support sustainable agriculture, and protect the planet.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Responsibilities

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 posting primarily in English with a small (though increasing) portion in Spanish.

  • 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+, LinkedIn, 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.
  • Member of the team responsible for implementing Spanish language communications strategy, translates key pieces of content, create original Spanish content.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates with communications and program colleagues to develop Spanish language content for multiple social media channels.
  • 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

Candidate must be bilingual and have excellent writing and editing skills in both English and Spanish 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, as well as design software 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 three to five 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.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal, with limited travel (only a couple times a year).

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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

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 “Social Media Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 12, 2017 or until filled.

 

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Outreach Intern (Science Network)

6 Month Paid Internship
Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

How do we do that? We work with the Science Network, an inclusive community of more than 20,000 scientists, engineers, and other experts across the country working to educate the public. A key piece of building the UCS Science Network is engaging a diverse group of early career scientists (graduate students and post-docs) and building new leaders in science advocacy. We want to support early career scientists so they can speak up and learn to be effective scientist-advocates.

Help us help young scientists to be better prepared to contribute to policy, work with community, and to speak and act on their knowledge for the public good.

Responsibilities

  • Help sign up energized new early career Science Network members
  • Help design and provide support for a scientist mentorship program within the Science Network
  • Help develop promotional and other educational materials for meaningful engagement within the campus based pilot projects
  • Help scientists on campuses get connected to UCS campaigns
  • Maintain tracking and evaluation impact of the campus-based pilot projects and recruitment efforts
  • Research opportunities for connecting with historically black colleges and universities, women’s universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building
  • Experience in advocacy organizing, especially on campuses, is helpful
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A scientific background is helpful, though not required
  • Interest in science advocacy, and desire to learn about public interest/non-profit work
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with and engage environmental and social justice communities is crucial
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in social or physical sciences is helpful but not required

Little or no exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings (approximately 3-5 overnights).

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. We’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours, and Location: This is a full-time, 6 month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour, $31,200 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 5, 2017 or until filled.

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Senior Campaign Organizer

Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Senior Campaign Organizer advances the goals of UCS’s Power Ahead Campaign. The Power Ahead Campaign seeks to harness the power of the clean energy transition taking place across the country and to ensure a modern electricity grid that delivers greater amounts of renewable energy reliably and securely. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states and regions to reduce emissions, expand renewable energy and clean energy storage capacity, and hasten the transition away from fossil energy.

Responsibilities

You will lead strategic Campaign outreach efforts including:

  • Create and implement outreach plans and projects to advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory energy campaign initiatives.
  • Oversee both online and offline engagement of UCS supporters and experts to advance the campaign
  • Identify key arenas for UCS campaign visibility with targeted constituencies.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia.
  • Identify emerging campaign opportunities for campaign team. Prioritize best opportunities and facilitate UCS’s strategic and timely response, including engaging supporters and experts.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy, as well as effective strategies for influencing campaign targets, including electricity regulators.
  • Supervise staff, interns, and/or outreach consultants.

Qualifications and experience

Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in organizing and advocacy is required. Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective clean energy or climate related advocacy, including broad and deep knowledge of clean energy issues. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields and a demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach campaigns. Strong and demonstrated staff management skills are required, including experience supervising organizers and leading matrixed teams. Strong project management experience and written and communication skills are essential.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Extensive travel (10 or more overnights per year) 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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $59,000. 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, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Campaign Organizer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 25, 2017 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Outreach Specialist

18 month Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC

Are you a community organizer who wants to help build a movement to promote the role of science in government decision making on public health, environmental, and public safety issues? The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an outreach specialist to help us build infrastructure that will make federal government science and scientists more resilient to political pressure.

The Trump administration and Congress bring unique challenges to the development and use of independent science in policymaking. UCS has years of experience exposing political interference in science and holding policymakers accountable for attacking scientists and undermining scientific integrity. This new position will be housed in the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, which works to ensure that public policies are informed by science and evidence.

Responsibilities

  • Organizing a coalition of civil society organizations, science and clinical advocacy groups, journalism societies, and emerging grassroots efforts to promote the role of science in policymaking.
  • Developing and promote resources for defending science from political interference and protecting federal government researchers.
  • Representing UCS and the coalition in other efforts to promote democracy.
  • Documenting how science is used and misused across public health, environmental, and public safety issues, with a special focus on underserved and overburdened communities.
  • Supporting work to organize scientists to push back on anti-science actions.

Qualifications and experience

A bachelor’s degree is preferred as well as demonstrated experience with community organizing and outreach and event coordination. Competitive applicants will have familiarity with and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of allies and potential allies in public health, environmental justice, science, and journalism. Strong written and oral communications skills are necessary. Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience is required. Most of all, applicants should possess an independent, creative spirit and an interest in science-based policymaking.

The position requires approximately ten days of overnight travel annually. May require extended periods at a computer. Regular office hours may include occasional (but not at all regular) nights and weekends.

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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, 18 month temporary position (with the possibility of extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Center Outreach Specialist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 14, 2017 or until filled.

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Coalitions Coordinator

One Year Temporary
Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The UCS Food and Environment Program is leading the call for transformation to a food system that ensures access to affordable, healthy food for all Americans; protects the nation’s farmland, air, water, and climate; and guarantees fair wages and working conditions for millions of farm and food workers. As part of a 14-person interdisciplinary team, you will convene priority coalitions focused on addressing racial equity and social justice in the food system.  You will contribute to outreach and direct advocacy efforts with coalition partners, lead efforts to engage with diverse communities in support of UCS goals, and conduct research and writing on equity-focused topics.

This is a one-year temporary grant-funded position with a possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates priority coalition efforts, with a focus on equity in the food system in this country. Facilitates coalition members to identify and develop joint goals, policy objectives, and written materials.
  • Works to build member-led coalition initiatives and personally engages coalition partners in key aspects of joint work.
  • Organizes, participates in, and supports logistics for conferences, convenings, and workshops with coalition partners to highlight local food system innovation and leverage local success.
  • Identifies ways that UCS analysis and policy expertise could support grassroots organizations working on food and sustainable agriculture issues.
  • Contributes substantively to analyses to advance food equity goals.
  • Develops expertise with regard to food equity issues and policies.
  • Tracks legislative action related to program and coalition goals.
  • Assists with development of advocacy strategy
  • Cultivates, recruits, and trains allies to participate in Washington-based advocacy efforts and ensures participants represent a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and three to five years of comparable and relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for work that serves the public interest—in particular, issues of diversity and racial equity in the food system.
  • Considerable self-motivation, cultural competency, attention to detail, and knowledge of office and administrative support procedures, including business English, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
  • Strong organizational abilities, good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills—including the ability to interact professionally and sensitively with individuals with a wide range of experiences, skills, backgrounds and responsibilities.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Four to ten days of overnight travel per year 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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one-year temporary position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 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 “Coalitions Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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Vehicles Economist/Engineer

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system.  Use your modeling and analytical skills to evaluate sources of transportation emissions and the efficacy of strategies to reduce pollution and oil use. Then, put your analysis to work, collaborating with a crack team of advocates, media and outreach experts to bring your analytical findings from the world of models to the real world.  This position will challenge you in many ways, requiring skillful analysis, persuasive writing for a variety of audiences, public speaking, and many other skills you have or will acquire.

Responsibilities

  • Transportation Energy and Emissions Analysis
    • Use models like the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) to evaluate transportation emissions trends and projections, and the efficacy of different policies and strategies to cut these emissions.
  • Communications
    • Inform the public, policymakers, business leaders and the media about the latest policy-relevant findings on oil-saving strategies in a clear and accessible manner
    • Write magazine articles or Op Eds for newspapers
    • Act as spokesperson for UCS on transportation emissions and prepare responses for media requests; Write and review blogs for The Equation.
  • Advocacy
    • Help UCS advocate for smart policies with decision-makers at the state and federal level. 
  • Materials
    • Prepare compelling written materials in a variety of formats ranging from short fact-sheets to longer reports or peer-reviewed journal articles. 
  • Expert Engagement
    • Build and maintain working relationships with other experts in academia, government and industry through conferences and policy relevant research collaborations. 

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires knowledge of transportation field, including vehicles and fuels technology and policy and current issues and their political/social/environmental/economic ramifications.

The post requires a master's degree in economics, engineering, physical science, public policy, energy and resources or related field and 3 to 7 years of successful relevant and comparable experience, including background in research and policy development and analysis.

Direct experience with economic models such as the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) or other input-output models, stock and flow models, and engineering economic models is preferred. Position also requires familiarity with economics and public policy. Experience in the policy arena, strong communication skills as well as project management background are all important assets. 

Extensive experience in communicating technical findings effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including the traditional media and social media, is highly desirable, as is knowledge of and experience in state and federal vehicle, fuel and transportation policies. Strong communication, public-speaking, relationship-building and teamwork skills are essential. Must be an excellent writer who is able to quickly synthesize complex technical information and write for a variety of audiences, often to tight deadlines.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer; may require extended periods at a computer.  Periodic travel (about 10% of the time) to events, conferences, speaking engagements, and other UCS offices will be 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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 60’s to high 70’s depending on experience. 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 “Vehicles Economist/Engineer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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Baker Media Internship

One Year Paid Internship
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a motivated student or recent graduate for UCS’s “Baker Internship” in media relations. This opportunity will provide participants with media experience working on exciting communication strategies at a leading national advocacy organization. The Baker intern will have an opportunity to work with UCS programs focused on addressing global warming, expanding clean energy, cleaning up the U.S. vehicle fleet, reforming the agricultural system, reducing nuclear weapons threats, and ensuring science is properly used in government decision making. 

The Baker Media Internship was founded through the generous bequest of the late C. Edwin (Ed) Baker, one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment, and mass media policy. The internship is designed to help further his interest in elevating science and policy issues through the media.

The Baker Internship is for college students and recent graduates from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and or environmental advocacy. 

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring science and policy news coverage to identify rapid response opportunities
  • Building and maintaining a variety of media contact lists
  • Providing media team with operational support
  • Researching various topic to support media activities
  • Pitching editors and reporters
  • Scheduling television appearances and radio interviews
  • Assisting with event publicity, media training, and public relations logistics
  • Drafting press releases and pitch memos
  • Helping develop media strategies for our issue areas

Qualifications and experience

Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook. Also needed are excellent interpersonal relations skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, the environment, or media issues strongly preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Overnight travel may be required once or twice during the year.

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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a paid one-year full-time, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the annual salary $31,200. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample n via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “Baker Internship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. As part of the cover letter, please indicate salary requirements, how you learned about the position, and evidence of your promise as a communications professional to give the hiring committee an idea of your potential and achievements. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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