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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 andto 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.

 

 

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: Please submit a short application, including a statement of interest (up to 2 pages, including relevant background and experience, a brief description of a research idea in the selected area, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references to jobs@ucsusa.org including “Kendall Fellowship” and “EJ and Climate Policy” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Deadline: October 31, 2014or until filled.

Review of initial applications will begin November 1, 2014. Following an initial screening, top candidates will co-write a more specific fellowship proposal in coordination with UCS staff for submission to the Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January 2015.

 

 

Kendall Fellowship: Electric Vehicles and Solar Photovoltaics

Energy and Clean Vehicles Programs
Location: 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. before spring 2015. The fellow will work with UCS staff to develop policy recommendations based on the findings and will present this work to media, policymakers, and the public and share findings at technical meetings. Candidates must have a strong background in electric power systems or electric vehicles, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

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

The Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original analysis and evaluating existing research in order to comprehensively assess the operational and emissions effects of solar power and electric vehicles, and the financial impacts of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles on the electric utility industry. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow should be able to answer some or all of the following questions:

  • How are electric system modelers handling   electric vehicles and how should they be modeled?
  • What technical and policy barriers affect how mid-day electricity generation from solar affect can be used for charging electric vehicles?
  • What are the impacts on utility industry revenues from the projected adoption of electric vehicles and PV by retail customers?
  • How do resulting operational and financial assessments of electric vehicle compare with the conventional wisdom regarding high rates of solar deployment?
  • What modeling results can be applied to reducing barriers to the effective integration of EV and PV and maximizing EV and PV deployment?
  • What policies could be put in place to address any of the above issues?

In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • generate written reports and scholarly articles on the fellowship topics;
  • develop quantitative assessments of vehicle charging patterns, PV deployment, technology adoption, and emission reductions;
  • monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends;
  • communicate findings within UCS and to experts in the field, media, policymakers, and the public;
  • serve as a spokesperson for the Kendall Fellows program;
  • assist in developing policy and regulatory campaigns on key renewable and transportation-related issues.

Qualifications and experience

The Kendall Fellow should have knowledge and technical experience with either or both integration of renewable electricity generation in power systems and electric vehicles. Ideally, they would also have familiarity with advanced electric technologies such as batteries, inverters, and solar PV. They should have experience analyzing and distilling large amounts of data, and be proficient in office technology, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, familiarity with computer operating systems and electronic communication systems. Modeling and computer programming skills are also preferred. They should have strong written and verbal skills.

A Ph.D. in a related scientific, engineering, energy, or economic field 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 based in either UCS’s Cambridge (preferred) or Washington, DC office. Fellowship will begin spring 2015 or later in 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Learn more about our Clean Vehicles Program.

To Apply: Please submit a short application, including a statement of interest (up to 2 pages, including relevant background and experience, a brief description of a research idea in the selected area, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references to jobs@ucsusa.org including “Kendall Fellowship” and “EV-PV” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 5, 2014 or until filled.

Review of initial applications will begin Nov. 7 2014. Following an initial screening, top candidates will co-write a more specific fellowship proposal in coordination with UCS staff for submission to the Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January, 2015.

 

 

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 andto 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 andto 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 extended: October 27, 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 andto 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.

 

 

 

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 andto 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 andto 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 andto 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.

 

 

Senior Engineer/Scientist

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team in our Clean Vehicles Program to advance sound transportation policy to cut oil use, reduce global warming emissions, and protect public health. UCS is seeking a senior engineer/scientist with expertise in vehicle and fuels technology and policy to conduct research and analysis and serve as a spokesperson focused on issues/challenges related to oil use: the resource availability, extraction technology, life cycle emissions and challenges of conventional and unconventional oil as well as the solutions that save oil and reduce global warming emissions (e.g. fuel economy, electric vehicles). Candidates must have a strong technical background in one or both of these fields. Candidates must also have a strong background in oil or transportation policy and excellent written and oral communication skills.

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. UCS is an acknowledged leader in promoting sound climate, energy and transportation policy at the federal and state levels.  We have a reputation as honest brokers and our analysis, advocacy, and public outreach efforts have been instrumental in building public understanding, media attention, and policymaker action on climate solutions.

Responsibilities

The senior engineer/scientist will help lead UCS efforts to better understand and evaluate the life cycle climate impacts of extracting conventional and unconventional oil resources, and the technologies and policies that can reduce those impacts. The engineer/scientist will also evaluate the potential for strong transportation sector legislative and regulatory solutions to cut projected U.S. oil use in half in twenty years and significantly reduce transportation related pollution, including policies such as low carbon fuels standard, vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, and others.

This person will generate reports and analysis on oil resources, extraction technology, climate impacts, and solutions for limiting the impacts of expanding North American oil production while expanding clean fuel alternatives. This person will also develop and recommend related policies, and serve as a technical expert and a lead spokesperson to media, government and key allies. They will provide technical information and expertise through testimony, written materials and public speaking and will actively promote promising legislation at federal and state levels while assisting in the development and management of regulatory campaigns on key oil and transportation-related issues.

Qualifications and experience
This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience for candidates with masters or equivalent experience, including background in research and policy development and analysis. Candidate must have experience communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience through written products and presentations. Candidate should have technical knowledge of either the oil resource/extraction or transportation fields, including hydraulic fracturing, tar sands mining, enhanced oil recovery, or advanced vehicle and fuel technology, infrastructure, and industries. Candidate should have familiarity with current oil and transportation issues and their political/social/environmental/economic ramifications. Position requires an understanding of public policy aspects of transportation and related climate and oil issues and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.

Applicants must have strong quantitative, analytical, and research skills; strong writing and verbal skills; proficiency with computer spreadsheet and word processing software; ability to write well for scientific and general audiences; familiarity with economics and public policy; and a team orientation. Direct experience with project management, policymakers and the media a plus.

UCS 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.

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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low to mid $70s. 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 or CV, a technical writing sample and a general audience writing sample,, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Senior Engineer/Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 31, 2014 or until filled.

 

 

Kendall Fellowship:  Agroecological solutions for drought risk and cost

Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

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 early to mid-career candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. before October 2015. The Fellow will conduct research to quantify the potential impacts of future drought scenarios in U.S. agricultural regions—particularly (though not exclusively) the Midwestern Corn Belt—and to identify the extent to which a shift to ecologically based farming practices and systems could mitigate those effects. The Fellow’s project will examine impacts on the sustainability of farmlands and rangelands, food production, and farm profits, as part of a broader effort to understand and communicate the climate, environmental, and economic impacts of agroecological practices. The Fellow will collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team to develop and execute a strong research project, and will work with UCS staff to craft policy recommendations and present the work to media, policymakers, experts, and the public.

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

The Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original analyses and evaluating existing research in order to comprehensively assess (1) that the degree to which agroecological practices could contribute to mitigating the risks and impacts of drought, (2) how changes to management could affect the U.S. agricultural landscape and food system, and (3) how public policies could facilitate such a shift.  This research will be a critical component of a broader assessment of the potential for agroecological practices to help address some of society’s greatest challenges—from climate change and environmental sustainability to hunger and poor nutrition.  In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • develop or adapt a model to quantify the impacts of drought on critical U.S. agricultural regions and to  assess the potential benefits of incorporating agroecological practices such as cover crops, expanded crop rotations, and integration of crops and livestock;
  • monitor relevant ongoing research and incorporate as needed into modeling and analyses;
  • collaborate with economists and others to determine the likely consequences of changes to agricultural lands on food production and society under various climate and agricultural management scenarios;
  • communicate findings at one or more major science meetings, generate peer-reviewed scholarly publications, and contribute to reports in formats appropriate for the media and policy makers;
  • serve as a spokesperson for UCS and the Kendall Fellows program.

Qualifications and experience

The Kendall Fellow should have numerical modeling experience and expertise in hydrologic, agricultural and/or environmental  sciences. The fellow must have the skills and desire to work with a hydrologic model capable of resolving  impacts of altered rainfall regimes, changing temperatures, and land management on water resources and agricultural productivity.  Knowledge or interest in topics including drought, sustainable agriculture, and climate change is highly desirable.  Excellent written and verbal skills are essential, as well as an interest in science communication, policy, and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.

A Ph.D. in hydrology, agroecology, or a related scientific or engineering field is required.  Postdoctoral and mid-career level scientists are welcome to apply.

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, up to two-year position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, office. Fellowship will begin October 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about UCS is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a short application, including a statement of interest (up to 2 pages, including relevant background and experience, a brief description of a research idea in the selected area, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references to jobs@ucsusa.org including “Kendall Fellowship” and “F&E” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 18, 2014 or until filled.

Review of initial applications will begin November 4, 2014. Following an initial screening, top candidates will work collaboratively with UCS staff to develop a more detailed and specific fellowship proposal for submission to the Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January, 2015.

 

Chicago, IL Positions

Energy Advocate (Midwest)

Temporary, One Year
Climate & Energy Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position
Based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office, the Energy Advocate is responsible for advocating for UCS’s legislative and regulatory policy positions in key Midwest states, particularly related to advancing clean energy and other efforts to reduce carbon pollution.  The Energy Advocate supports UCS’s research, analysis, communications and outreach efforts and engages with policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to promote greater use of clean energy resources and reduce fossil fuel use at the state, regional and national level. 

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

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement legislative and regulatory advocacy initiatives in key states to promote and support UCS clean energy policies and positions. Represent UCS positions in meetings with governor’s offices, state agency staff, environmental and utility regulators, state legislators and legislative staff, and other stakeholders. 
  • Track and evaluate relevant legislative bills, policies, and regulations.  Compile, draft, and deliver comments and testimony for public agencies and legislators on energy policy issues, including expert testimony and cross-examination in regulatory and legislative proceedings. 
  • Develop legislative strategies that target key decision-makers in collaboration with UCS outreach staff.  Collaborate with outreach staff to mobilize UCS supports, scientists and other experts in support of UCS’s policy objectives. 
  • Utilize UCS’s research and analyses to support the organization’s efforts to advance policy, regulatory and market support for clean energy development in the electricity sector at the state and regional levels.
  • Support the development of reports and other materials that highlight the results of UCS’s technical analyses. Maintain UCS’s engagement in coalitions and advise coalitions on advocacy strategy in accordance with UCS’s policy objectives. 
  • Represent UCS’s positions and convey UCS’s analyses in state and regional coalitions, at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other public forums. Consider impact of activities on UCS’s reputation and credibility in both public and private venues.

Qualifications and experience
Position requires 5-7 years of comparable and relevant experience. Position requires broad knowledge of Midwest energy and climate issues as well as a thorough understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy/lobbying techniques. Master’s degree level knowledge of energy and/or environmental issues with emphasis on a broad array of both clean and conventional energy technologies and policies in Midwest states is required.  A proven track record in the application of advocacy and lobbying techniques, proficient oral and written communications skills (including the ability to translate technical information for non-technical audiences), and public and media relations capabilities are pre-requisites for this position.

 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, 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 one-year, temporary position based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $50s to high $60s. 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 “Midwest Energy Advocate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 2, 2014 or until filled.

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: Dec. 15, 2014 or until filled.

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