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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 Positions


 

Development Associate (Foundations)

Development Department
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 Development Associate-Foundations serves as the primary administrative coordinator and researcher for the Foundations team. The Associate conducts research and makes recommendations to identify new foundation prospects, prepares background research for foundation visits, drafts and proofreads foundation correspondence and documents, develops high-quality supporting materials for multiple proposal and report deadlines, and maintains foundations administrative systems. This person is part of a 9-person support team for the Development department which works together to refine and improve department processes and troubleshoot inefficiencies.

Responsibilities

  • Research and identify foundation prospects, assisting with the survey of the landscape of foundations active in UCS issue areas, and track current trends in foundation giving.
  • Provide overall coordination of the administrative systems.
  • Manage, track, edit, update and distribute all foundations reports to appropriate staff in a timely manner.
  • Proofread and assist with the preparation of foundation proposals and reports. Ensuring accuracy of supporting documents and financial information.
  • Draft foundation correspondence, proposal executive summaries, and progress reports.
  • Manage foundation cultivation mailings, such as the Annual Report.
  • Serve as rapporteur for team and monthly Foundation/Program meetings.
  • Maintain and monitor the quality and accuracy of foundation records in Raiser’s Edge creating and updating Blackbaud reports as needed. Manage and streamline Raiser’s Edge processes as needed.
  • Coordinate agendas, scheduling, and logistics for foundation team meetings.

Qualifications and experience

  • Very strong organizational, communication, writing, and problem-solving skills is required.
  • Able to coordinate effectively across many areas of the organization.
  • Proofreading experience and knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, search engines, and data management are required.
  • Candidate must have excellent attention to detail and able to manage multiple tasks in a deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team is important.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two to four years of comparable and relevant experience in administrative and customer service settings.
  • At least two years of development and donor-relations experience preferred.

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 $38,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Development Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 26th or until filled.

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Executive Administrator

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and analysts work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing problems. At UCS we put science into action; combining technical analysis and effective organizing to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, transforming the way we feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war. We help ensure that rigorous independent science shapes our nation’s policies—not corporate misinformation campaigns.

Are you supremely organized, a stickler for detail, and interested in a position that supports UCS’s transformational work?  The Executive Administrator is the administrative glue that supports a busy Chief Development Officer and helps coordinate a bustling team of 28 development professionals raising nearly $30 million annually (and growing.)

This position provides high level administrative support to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) as well as supporting the Deputy Director in departmental wide projects and processes. The position is a prime resource for the development team; from scheduling development wide meetings, trainings and outings; to staying abreast of program reports, products, milestones and press for use in the cultivation and engagement of donors. This position will also serve as the point of contact and coordinator for program staff on travel and logistics related to development matters, ensuring the smooth collaboration between development and programs.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate CDO’s travel arrangements; prepare electronic travel folders with appropriate, well-organized information and material. Manage and track travel expenses and reimbursements
  • Provide high level administrative support to CDO. Helping manage calendar and resolve scheduling conflicts
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of the CDO’s Power Point presentations for National Advisory Board and Board Meetings and external speaking engagements
  • Proactively provide coordination and team management for the department wide processes including workplans, budgeting, reforecasting, and team development outings
  • Plan and execute development retreats and team-outings
  • Support CDO in fundraising outreach to the Board and key donors
  • Manage and ensure appropriate and timely follow-up on internal and external (Board and donors) requests for information or actions
  • Enter CDO’s donor correspondence and meeting notes into Raiser’s Edge database
  • Serve as the point of contact for coordinating professional development offerings for the department, including group webinars, local conferences and presentations
  • Assist in regular maintenance of content for department’s portion of Sharepoint site.
  • Track and communicate to the development team scheduled releases of reports, publications
  • Maintain an inventory of development specific collateral ensuring timely reordering of materials
  • Curate the weekly news clips and stories about UCS, identifying the best substantive stories or quotes frontline fundraisers may want to share with donors
  • Maintain and update annually a database of program partnerships across the organization
  • Manage special projects, as needed; perform other duties as required

Qualifications and Experience

  • Position generally requires a bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant and comparable level of experience as an executive assistant
  • Experience with travel arrangements required
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations and development practices is preferred
  • Decisive and able to work independently
  • Proven success at anticipating needs and taking initiative
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills: follows through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Adept at managing confidential information
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Expert knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • Familiarity with relational databases
  • Ability to stay current with changing technologies 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 $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Executive Administrator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 25, 2016 or until filled.

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Grants Administrator (Foundations)

Development Department
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 Grants Administrator (GA) oversees financial and grant deliverables monitoring and reporting associated with dedicated funding streams from Foundations or Major Gifts (MG).  This is a new position that will act as a vital connector for finance, development, and program staff; understanding and integrating these perspectives to ensure effective grants proposal writing, managing and reporting. In this capacity, the GA works closely with the Director of Foundations and the Financial Reporting and Benefits Manager to manage processes and systems essential to the task.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare budgets and financial reports for letters of inquiry, proposals and reports to donors
  • Review and approve proposed grant terms
  • Communicate special terms to program and finance to ensure adherence to funders’ requirements
  • Review upcoming financial requests, verify grant terms, and develop cash and accrual revenue projections
  • Create and maintain grant deliverables and accomplishments asset that forms the basis for grant reporting
  • Provide quarterly deliverables reporting to program management and liaisons between Foundation Officers and program to identify and communicate issues affecting deliverables
  • Ensure that budget sub-code structure is optimized to facilitate proposal development and reporting that aligns with Finance functionality
  • Prepare gift forms for grants received and provides Gifts and Data Processing (GDP) with accurate information for Raiser’s Edge input and to Finance for attribution
  • Oversee sub-contracts/sub-grants and liaisons between Finance and external partners as needed for tracking and processing of payments/invoices
  • Provide analysis and understanding for organization of foundation revenue status, current, and projected
  • Reconcile monthly development funds
  • Monitor grant revenues and expenditures
  • Oversee all aspects of auditing process that relate to dedicated grant funding

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, experience with accounting principles highly desirable
  • Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience with strong knowledge of grant reporting requirements and grant management experience
  • Strong systems-level thinking
  • Experience and understanding of non-profit organizational budgeting
  • Strong organizational skills and comfort working as a part of a collaborative, high productivity team.
  • Understanding of both development and financial needs to track restricted revenues based on donor based work specific restriction and time restrictions
  • Demonstrated proficiency in accounting principles and procedures is preferred, including month end and year end closing, journal entry, and reconciliation
  • Understanding of the importance of accuracy and confidentiality in this position.
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software/word processing and Raiser’s Edge is required. Experience with Great Plains Dynamics accounting software for Windows is strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with agreement negotiation process

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 $52,000. 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, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Grants Administrator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 23, 2016 or until filled.

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Senior Major Gifts Officer

Development Department
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.

Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Senior Major Gifts Officer (MGO) has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift and planned gift prospects. As a key member of a team of 25 development professionals, the Senior MGO will manage a portfolio of $10k+ donors in the New York and Washington, D.C. region, developing and implementing customized major gift strategies for each assigned prospect/donor. The Senior MGO will work closely and strategically with Planned Giving staff, the President, senior UCS staff, board members and volunteers. You will monitor the progress of individual prospect plans for your portfolio of donors, and serve as a member of the leadership gifts team.

In 2016, UCS’s operating revenues totaled over twenty-seven million, with 78% of that coming from individual donors. The organization does not accept government or corporate funding.

Responsibilities

  • Charged with broadening and deepening support from major donors for UCS.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of 125-175 major gift prospects and donors with a focus in the New York metro area.
  • Moves prospects through the stages of identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation in a strategic and efficient manner.
  • Develops and executes customized prospect plans for new individuals in your region capable of making a $10k+ outright gift to UCS.
  • Responsible for meeting and monitoring progress on revenue goals as well as goals for donor contact and activity that include 60-100 annual donor meetings, 200 personalized interactions, and 40-60 annual travel days (approximately 30% travel). 
  • Schedules, scripts, and leads donor visits and other individualized contact with prospects; guides and directs staff and board in cultivation and solicitation activity. 
  • Ensures timely, accurate input and management of prospect and donor information into the database.  
  • Develops persuasive proposals and reports to individual donors and family foundations. 
  • Upholds professional ethical standards of fundraising, as per Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant development/fundraising experience with at least five years in major/leadership giving.
  • Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors.
  • Demonstrated success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with major gifts work including writing successful and compelling proposals and making in-person gift solicitations.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a major gift prospecting plan to identify and qualify new major donors.
  • Must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with ease.
  • Be energetic, intellectually curious, a strategic thinker and a good listener.
  • Experience working with board members or lead volunteers required.
  • Strong computer skills, including constituent databases are necessary (experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus).
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • General familiarity with planned giving a plus.
  • Experience with Moves Management process preferred.
  • Familiarity with and interest in UCS issues strongly preferred.
  • Position requires bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • May spend extended periods at computer terminal.
  • Must have current driver’s license and be able to travel nationally, including overnight trips.
  • Travel equals roughly 30% of time.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. 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.

To Apply

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to our search firm, Tracy Marshall, Senior Vice President of Executive Search Services, Development Guild DDI: UCS@developmentguild.com

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Washington, DC Positions


Food Systems and Health Analyst

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 a national food policy that ensures access to affordable, healthy food for all Americans; protects the nation’s farmland, air, water, and climate; guarantees fair wages and working conditions for millions of farm and food workers; and aligns and coordinates existing food and farm policies. As part of a 14-person interdisciplinary team, you will use your health sciences expertise to advance healthy, equitable, and sustainable food and agriculture systems, analyzing the food system’s impacts on nutrition, public health, and health disparities by race and income, and communicating your findings to policy makers, the media, and the public.

Responsibilities

  • Apply your knowledge of public health analytical tools and food system issues to develop and implement research methodologies; monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends; gather and analyze data; and prepare reports and other materials.
  • Collaborate with policy, outreach, and communications staff to translate research for various audiences and develop public policy proposals.
  • Present UCS research findings, positions, and activities at public events; educate participants about political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of the food system, with emphasis on the health and equity challenges of our current system and the benefits of smarter public policies.
  • Provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and coalition partners; establish and maintain alliances with NGO allies, food justice and community health advocates, healthy food businesses, modelers and researchers.
  • Help identify key media opportunities; serve as direct contact for reporters; write and edit press materials and content for UCS web site and blog.
  • Help develop program goals, strategies, and work plans, and contribute to foundation proposals and reports. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters’ degree in public health or related field and three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in food systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce analyses on science policy issues and write about complex policy and scientific matters for lay audiences;
  • Understanding of the role of science  and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates, and familiarity with public policy process regarding food and agriculture;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity;
  • Project management skills and experience are preferred.

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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $59,000. 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 “Food Systems and Health Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 21 or until filled.

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Legislative Associate

Center for Science and Democracy
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 public health, 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 Center for Science and Democracy (The Center) at UCS works to strengthen the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process on issues from climate change to toxic chemical exposure to species conservation.

The Center seeks an exceptional individual to join our team to advance policies that improve the use of science in federal decision-making and push back against proposals or actions that would undermine it. Working directly with our Washington Representative, the Legislative Associate will evaluate and monitor policy proposals and actions, build relationships with congressional and regulatory agency staff, support coalition work and advocacy efforts, and collaborate with outreach staff to increase our impact and achieve policy goals.

The Legislative Associate will:

  • Engage with Congress, the White House, and regulatory agencies to advance the Center’s priorities.
  • You will identify, track, and report on key legislative and regulatory milestones, as well as other actions related to Center issue areas.
  • Working with scientists, analysts, and other Center staff, you will to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (letters, fact sheets, reports, etc.) and create and implement strategies to attract new supporters to the Center’s work.
  • With outreach staff, you will coordinate grassroots engagement and organize scientists to achieve federal policy goals.
  • Coordinate legislative and advocacy activities internally within UCS and with external partners. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Three to five years of relevant and comparable legislative, lobbying, regulatory, advocacy, and organizing experience is required
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and team-oriented environment
  • Basic knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process and strong political acumen
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience is preferred
  • Knowledge of effective issue campaign development and advocacy techniques
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in political science or public policy
  • Basic knowledge of science and/or technical policy issues is helpful but not required
  • Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns
  • Capitol Hill experience is a plus

May spend extended periods at computer.  Five 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 believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, D.C. office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two short, non-academic writing samples (maximum 5 pages), and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Legislative Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 18, 2016 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

One-year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
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 Center for Science and Democracy (The Center) at UCS works to strengthen the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process on issues from climate change to toxic chemical exposure to drug safety. We are a small, ambitious, and creative team that believes science can help inform solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

The Center seeks a highly-motivated program assistant to support our work to improve the use of science in federal decision-making and motivate scientists to engage in public life. The program assistant is the Center’s backbone, providing administrative, logistical, outreach, and basic research support to promote the effectiveness of the entire team. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a non-profit organization influences science policy. Responsibilities include:

  • Taking care of program administrative needs, including correspondence, travel, meetings, invoices, and information sharing
  • Organizing events and supporting the implementation of outreach strategies,
  • Representing the Center at meetings and conferences
  • Coordinating planning processes and retreats
  • Overseeing the development and distribution of reports, fact sheets, and other materials
  • Keeping on track of the news related to established and emerging issues related to science and democracy, and performing basic research to determine where we are best positioned to weigh in

Qualifications and Experience

A bachelor’s degree and a background in science, political science, communications, or business management are preferred. Two years of comparable experience as a program, administrative, or research assistant is required. Demonstrated administrative and research skills are necessary. Familiarity with the role of science in policy-making and/or environmental/public health/public safety issues helpful, but not required.

The position requires self-motivation, good interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, familiarity with office operations, and excellent abilities in word processing, web research, and database use/maintenance. A successful program assistant will have strong administrative and organizational skills, a proven ability to pay attention to details, the capacity to work on multiple projects at one time, the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and the willingness to adapt to shifting needs and priorities.  

You may spend extended periods at computer terminal, but you will have extensive contact with your colleagues. Limited overnight travel of less than five days per year may 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 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 around $35,000. 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 referencing how you learned about the position, resume, salary requirements, and two non-academic writing samples via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Center Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 26, 2016 or until filled.

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Outreach Assistant

One Year Paid Internship
Climate & Energy 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 Outreach Assistant is a full-time one-year internship within the outreach team of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, assisting staff with planning and implementing outreach campaigns that harness the power of the “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. You will contribute creative ideas, research, and logistical support to campaigns, and activate our network of scientists to support regional, state and federal policy solutions that fight climate change and promote clean energy for all.

Responsibilities

  • Communicate with UCS supporters and scientists to recruit them for events and actions, including writing action alerts;
  • Develop creative strategies to attract new constituencies to our climate and energy work, in collaboration with outreach staff;
  • Set up and recruit for online and in-person events and trainings;
  • Assist with planning for UCS presence at conferences, including logistical and outreach support;
  • Research and write about clean energy for blogs, letters to the editor, and case studies;
  • Assist UCS outreach staff with administrative needs; and
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings.

Qualifications and experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.
  • Experience with public interest campaigns and organizing are a plus.
  • Interest in and basic knowledge of climate change and clean energy in the US.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal, as well as occasional lifting of heavy objects. Occasional regional travel may be required (no overnights expected).

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 internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $31,200. 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 internship@ucsusa.org and include “Outreach Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 6, 2016 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL


 

Midwest Field Director

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago 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 a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

UCS is hiring a Midwest Field Director to advance climate and energy issues in the region. Based in our Chicago office, you will lead a talented team in building relationships across the Midwest to elevate science community voices in state and federal energy policy.

As a member of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, you will design and execute clean energy strategy across the region and lead the Power Ahead Campaign which seeks to harness the power of the current “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies.

Responsibilities

The Field Director will work with a team of advocates, analysts, and outreach specialists both in Chicago and other locations to design and implement a strategy for propelling climate and clean energy issues in the Midwest through coalition-building, advocacy, fundraising and building political and public will. Strategic collaboration is key to your success: building and strengthening UCS’s relationships with energy advocates, unlikely allies, the environmental justice community, academia, funders, and decision-makers. You will supervise Midwest policy staff and manage multiple regional campaigns simultaneously.

  • Design, in coordination with the State Policy Director and other staff, a strategy to strengthen UCS’s relationships and influence in the Midwest to advance climate and energy policy change.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain relationships with diverse regional partners, including advocates, decision-makers, funders and scientists.  Establish UCS as a trusted resource.
  • Help identify analytic needs, develop messaging, and promote UCS analytic strengths to allies and decision makers.
  • Work closely with campaign and policy managers to ensure alignment of state, regional, and federal goals within the Midwest, implement work plans, and assess and advance policy opportunities.
  • Contribute to UCS development team fundraising efforts, including foundation cultivation, grant-writing and reporting as needed.
  • Coordinate with UCS media team to ensure appropriate and timely response on key issues. Represent UCS in public forums, at conferences, and in other settings.
  • Manage, supervise, empower and support Midwest team staff members and handle day-to-day operations.
  • Develop and track Midwest team budgets in coordination with the State Policy Director.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with UCS program and department directors and be aware of all UCS activities in the region.

Qualifications and experience

We're looking for an effective leader on regional climate and energy issues, bring issue advocacy campaign experience at a state or national level, and possess a mix of strong relationship and project management abilities, high-level communication skills, and issue expertise.

  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams and liaise with a broad variety of stakeholders from board members, to government officials to the NGO/advocacy community.
  • Conversant with climate and energy policy, including the political, social, environmental and economic ramifications of climate change and energy issues.
  • The ability to translate complex technical and political issues into compelling evidence for diverse audiences – from businesses, to environmental justice advocates, to legislators.
  • A leadership style that values empowerment over micro-management, sets a standard of excellence and provides professional development opportunities for staff members.
  • Excellent public speaking and media relations capabilities.
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accessible written products.
  • A dedicated communicator, able to manage multiple, complex relationships simultaneously.
  • Understanding of how race, class, power and privilege intersect with issues related to energy and environment.
  • Seven to ten years of comparable and relevant experience, including senior-level public issue campaign management.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Experience as a supervisor, and managing on-time, on-budget, issue-based projects.  

Experience designing and executing successful issue-based, corporate or electoral campaigns that reflect effective collaboration and speak to multiple audiences (e.g. funders, advocates, legislators).

Frequent regional travel, with up to 15% overnight travel 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 with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $79,000. 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 Midwest Field Director in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 31, 2016 or until filled.

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Midwest Outreach Coordinator

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago, IL 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 Midwest Outreach Coordinator will work primarily within UCS’s Climate and Energy program to conceive, coordinate, and implement outreach and capacity-building activities in the Midwest in support of the department’s strategic campaigns, including the Power Ahead Campaign which seeks to harness the power of the current “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies.

Responsibilities

  • Advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory climate and energy initiatives, including strong promotion of major UCS analytic and communications products.
  • Educate and engage UCS supporters and grasstops experts in state and federal climate and energy campaign efforts.
  • Engage others as needed to reach specific campaign goals, and work to expand regional coordination with the environmental justice community.
  • Represent UCS in state, regional and national coalitions and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts.
  • Work with communications staff to develop state and regional media strategies and help craft appropriate media materials and messages.
  • Plan events, including, UCS receptions, media and other trainings for UCS supporters, webinars and briefings for target constituencies, decision makers and the media.
  • Maintain and update campaign-related databases, documents and other resources.
  • Help support the overall smooth and efficient operation of the UCS Midwest Office.

Qualifications and experience

  • Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree.
  • 3 to 5 years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing. Current or recent experience in the Midwest  and education/experience in climate change and energy is preferred.
  • Must have: demonstrated ability and experience developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grasstops constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Moderate travel schedule, around 10% overnight annually.

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 actively seek 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 Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. 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, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Midwest Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 5 or until filled.

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