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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. UCS aims for diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is a strength to be valued and developed in our organization. UCS understands that a diverse workforce strengthens our ability to carry out the important charge of our mission.

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

Benefits

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Cambridge, MA Positions

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Climate Scientist

Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position:

The Washington, DC based Climate Scientist will carry out research and analysis, outreach, and media activities in support of the Climate and Energy Program. In particular, this position will serve as a resource to the UCS media team by providing robust, timely, accessible, and policy-relevant information on climate science with an emphasis on impacts and adaptation.

Responsibilities

  • Climate Communications: Research, review, and help develop UCS materials to advance greater public awareness/understanding of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and policies aimed at climate-relevant solutions. Help ensure products maintain high quality and are informed by climate science.
  • Climate Impacts Project Work: Help develop factsheets, reports, and other science-based products that analyze, explain, and/or interpret evidence of climate change influencing weather patterns, sea level rise, shrinking ice, etc. Serve as advisor or resource on research, web, or outreach projects led by other project leaders. Supervise science consultants as needed.
  • Policy Rapid Response: Prepare for media requests with short deadlines. Research, review, or help facilitate accurate science content of op-eds, letters to the editor, expert testimony, congressional briefing materials, draft legislation, and engagement of external experts to work with the Climate and Energy Program policy staff.
  • Expert Engagement: Maintain close working relationships with science colleagues, including through participation in scientific conferences and policy-relevant research collaborations. Work with the outreach team to strategically engage with specific experts in the UCS science network.

Qualifications and experience

Work requires a strong background in climate change science and impacts and three to five years of relevant experience, with two or more years of comparable work experience. Involvement in communicating science to a wide variety of audiences, especially the media, is highly desirable. Experience ensuring climate science is relevant to public policy is a plus. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential. Current research collaborations and other successful expert engagement within the scientific community is important. PhD in relevant field is required.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Occasional travel (10-15% of time) to events, conferences, and other UCS offices will be required.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff 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 high $60s or commensurate with experience. 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, writing sample (3 pages or less), salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Climate Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 7, 2015 or until filled.

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Research Associate

Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC Office

The Position:

The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at UCS is dedicated to advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.

The research associate provides research and analysis to advance the Center’s mission and assist in the development of CSD research objectives and strategies under direction of the lead analyst. She or he manages, designs, and carries out independent research projects to increase understanding and visibility of science and democracy issues. In addition, the researcher compiles, writes, and edits technical analyses, reports, blog posts, and other materials and aids in background research, planning, and preparations for other CSD projects, such as the Science and Democracy forums. She or he engages as an active member on the development of CSD branding, science network, and advocacy initiatives and represents UCS and its philosophy and positions as necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in ongoing research to assess examples of use and misuse of science in policy making, develop technical expertise in one or more areas concerning the use of science in public policy debates, and maintain current working knowledge of CSD related policy issues.
  • Research these issues through a variety of means, including traditional text and journal research, web research, interviews, cultivation of sources, and utilization of sunshine laws such as the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Write and edit reports, respond to questions and criticisms, and revise products as necessary.
  • Report research results in oral and written form to supervisors, colleagues, experts, public, media, and congressional representatives.
  • Work with CSD staff on a variety of research-related tasks, including rapid response, report design and production, and public messaging and branding. 
  • Support CSD work with UCS Communications staff to identify key media opportunities and coordinate responses from senior program staff to ensure timeliness and accuracy.
  • Respond to inquiries from researchers, advocacy groups, UCS members and sponsors, and the general public about CSD issues.

Qualifications and experience

The position requires comprehensive knowledge of a scientific field, generally acquired through completion of a master’s degree program in science, engineering or a related field, or two to three years of equivalent experience. The position also requires demonstrating strong quantitative and analytical skills, project management, and a solid understanding of how science informs public policy. Familiarity with general concepts and issues in politics is necessary. Proficiency in computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing, specialized research software, and basic programming, and ability to handle multiple tasks is required. Strong candidates will possess robust written and oral communication skills, for both scientific and general audiences. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential. Most of all, candidates should possess an understanding of and a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making.

Little or no exertion required; may spend extended periods at a computer terminal. This position requires occasional overnight travel (roughly 5%).

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 full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $40,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two brief writing samples, one technical and one general (less than 5 pages each), how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Research Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 5, 2015 or until filled.


 

National Outreach Coordinator

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement campaign plans for UCS’s national work to reduce oil use and global warming pollution in the transportation sector. The National Outreach Coordinator will help develop and implement issue campaigns to ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities, cultivate relationships with key allies, and recruit and mobilize experts, members, and activists.

The Position:

Under direction of the Clean Vehicles Program Director, plan, coordinate, and participate in outreach and advocacy efforts in support of UCS’s national transportation policy agenda.  Oversee execution of issue campaigns to ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities.  Cultivate relationships with key allies and work with staff to integrate vehicles issues into UCS fundraising initiatives and publications. 

Supervise the Program and Outreach Associate and occasional consultants, and oversee and help direct their work to mobilize experts, members, and activists. Work with Program & Outreach Associate to utilize web-based organizing tools for creative on-line and off-line action. Participate in cross-programmatic, organization-building outreach efforts. 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee national campaign efforts and ensure effective coordination with state campaign activity. Conceive, plan, and direct outreach components of federal vehicle and fuels campaigns. Working with the advocacy staff, lead the development and implementation of grassroots and grasstopsoutreach strategies to achieve legislative and regulatory campaign goals and lead the design and implementation of corporate and consumer-oriented outreach efforts. Help coordinate appropriate traditional and social media activities to publicize outreach tactics. Develop budgets. Coordinate outreach activities and needs with UCS development, communications, and administrative staff.  Feed into and help shape the annual campaign planning process.
  • Coordinate with other CV outreach staff to educate and mobilize UCS members and other activists on program issues.  Ensure the timeliness and appropriateness of program efforts to mobilize activists. Write or edit action alerts, brochures, and other communications and articles for UCS’s website and paper publications.
  • Direct online activism.Develop online strategies and tactics to cultivate citizen, scientist, and engineer support for campaign goals; and generate communications to legislative, executive branch, and corporate targets. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of online activist technologies and tactics.
  • Coordinate and ensure consistency in the program’s web and periodical publications efforts. Ensure coverage of program issues and message consistency on the UCS website and in UCS publications. Suggest updates and changes in web content to enhance visibility and activist response. Coordinate the program’s contributions to UCS periodicals. Serve as project manager for projects which cross analytic, advocacy and public outreach lines.
  • Establish contact and maintain network of coalition partners, targeted public interest allies, and other involved parties to exchange information, share resources and collaborate in coalition projects. Represent UCS on committees, in coalitions and at public events.
  • Receive and respond to requests for policy and campaign information on transportation issues and to requests for guidance from UCS members, activists, other advocates, and the general public. Work to advance organization-wide membership, visibility, fundraising, and policy goals. Participate in UCS outreach committee.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of general vehicles policy issues, federal transportation and related climate policies and legislation, and clean vehicles technologies and their applications.  Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS. Support the Director and Deputy Director on funder and donor outreach and cultivation. Contribute to foundation proposals and reports.
  • Supervise Program and Outreach associate and hire and supervise interns and consultants as necessary. Provide training and coaching; assign and prioritize work; give feedback on results.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires knowledge of grassroots and online organizing and effective issue campaign development on the local and national levels.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Strong project management experience and written and communication skills are essential. Advocacy experience as well as some knowledge of general transportation policy and national legislative process are strongly preferred. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grassroots and grasstops activists, coordinating outreach events, directing online marketing or activism.Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach campaigns.Ability to use web-based platforms and sophisticated online tools to advance advocacy goalsDemonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs. Ability to write for and speak to lay audiences.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web management and on-line organizing tools, as well as Microsoft Office, is required. A background in transportation or environmental sciences is preferred but not essential. Some supervisory experience is also preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer keyboard. Little or no exertion; may spend extended periods out of the office.

Occasional overnight travel required, equivalent to 5- 10% 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 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 the low $50s to $60,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “National Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 31, 2015 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

Food & Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position:

Provides administrative, budget, outreach, communications, and research support to an 11-person Food and Environment Program staff. Monitors program expenditures, manages calendars, coordinates event logistics, assists with public information and outreach tasks, conducts research, and helps with special projects as requested.

Responsibilities

  • Scheduling and taking notes at meetings, maintaining program calendars and shared files
  • Making staff travel arrangements and coordinating event and conference logistics
  • Providing administrative support for the program director
  • Coordinating monthly reporting of program activities, tracking outcomes and compiling metrics
  • Assisting the budget manager by tracking program spending and reconciling budget records monthly
  • Providing organizing support to the outreach coordinator, including assistance with web-based and social media engagement efforts
  • Contributing to the preparation, proofreading, publishing, and release of program reports and blog posts
  • Conducting research requested by staff scientists and analysts, and writing for UCS publications as directed
  • Supporting and participating in the program’s annual planning process
  • Responding to information requests and routine correspondence

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Position requires careful attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to juggle multiple projects and tasks, familiarity with office operations, competence with research tools, and intermediate level skills in basic office software including word processing, spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong written and oral communication skills, excellent administrative and organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required.

At least two years of relevant experience as a program, administrative, or research assistant, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience managing budgets or contracts, conducting research, and maintaining databases strongly preferred. Familiarity with food and agriculture issues 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 particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Physical Requirements: May spend extended periods at computer. Little or no exertion; very occasional moving of heavy boxes.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel is required. Driver’s license helpful but not required. Travel expected to be less than 5% of time.

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 $36,000. 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 “F&E Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 3, 2015, or until filled.

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Senior Outreach Coordinator

Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

Conceives, plans, and implements outreach activities aimed at transforming our agricultural system into a more sustainable and equitable enterprise. On behalf of an 11-person team and under the supervision of the Campaign Manager, the Senior Outreach Coordinator carries out online activism, builds relationships with key constituencies, leads visibility efforts at professional society meetings, and coordinates with allied organizations.

Responsibilities

  • Conceive, plan, and implement outreach tactics for primary campaign and major projects, ensuring that the program’s outcomes are attained.
  • Conduct strategic outreach and high-level engagement of food and agricultural experts, business leaders, representatives of the Latino/Hispanic and African American communities, community leaders, civic leaders, and other key constituency groups and experts.
  • Lead Food and Environment program efforts in recruiting and engaging relevant experts from diverse backgrounds to be active members of the UCS Science Network.
  • Represent UCS at public events, conferences, and to members. Plan events, including convenings, conference presence, UCS receptions, webinars, and briefings for target constituencies and decision makers. Ensure events align with campaign and programmatic goals and outcomes.
  • Develop and execute targeted in-district/state outreach activities, including setting meetings with decision-makers and constituents; organizing events; generating letters, calls, and/or social media campaigns directed at decision-makers; and working with UCS communications staff to generate earned media.
  • Engage and cultivate partners and allies in target states, such as Latino/Hispanic and African American community leaders, city and local officials, and other decision makers.
  • Cultivate, recruit, and train individuals to participate in Washington-based events, including briefings, lobby days, and press events.
  • Work with UCS Senior Washington Representative to develop outreach approaches and materials tailored to specific legislative targets.
  • Develop online strategies and tactics to cultivate citizen and expert support for campaign goals, and generate communications to congressional, executive branch, and corporate targets.
  • Work with UCS communications staff to convey official UCS social media and online communications policies to F&E staff. Coordinate outreach activities and needs with UCS development, communications, and administrative staff.
  • Track metrics to measure success of online communications efforts, including action alerts and social media. Regularly monitor developments in organizing and on-line activism and assess their viability for UCS outreach efforts.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of food and agriculture science and policy issues and the development of the food movement in the US. Understand and stay current on the equity dimensions of UCS food and agriculture issues.
  • Participate in planning and strategy sessions to achieve UCS's Food and Environment campaign goals. Contribute to overall effective functioning of the Food and Environment Program and UCS.
  • Perform other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and five to seven years of relevant experience in comparable outreach or advocacy positions. Must have experience with campaign planning and strategy development, and demonstrated competency in outreach/organizing on the regional and/or national level, legislative and media strategies, and program planning, coordination and implementation. Background in food and agriculture issues is helpful, but an understanding of basic scientific principles and ability to quickly digest and translate scientific content for lay audiences is required. Experience with organizing in and with marginalized communities, and an understanding of food equity and justice issues and workforce issues related to the food system is required. A solid understanding of tools key to effective organizing such as social media, database software, online organizing platforms, and Microsoft Office is required.

Position also requires demonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs; ability to communicate effectively with marginalized constituencies and organization coalition partners and professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields; strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills; and demonstrable experience working in project teams or on cross-departmental projects. Ability to work independently and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is necessary is essential.

Physical Requirements: May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Little or no exertion; very occasional moving of heavy boxes.

Travel: Some overnight travel is required. Driver’s license required. Travel equals roughly 10-12% 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 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 would be in the high $50s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Senior Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 19, 2015 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL Positions

None currently available.

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Cambridge, MA, or Washington, DC


Human Resources Representative

Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Office

We are seeking a people-oriented HR professional who is also devoted to accuracy and detail.  You will be part of a team serving 170 plus employees in more than four cities.  The Union of Concerned Scientists puts science to work to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future - come join our efforts!

The Position

The HR Representative will manage a variety of HR responsibilities with a focus on recruitment and hiring.     This position will troubleshoot creatively; coordinate closely with HR and Finance & Administration staff on multiple tasks while complying with policies and standard procedures.  This position requires a compassionate, yet task-oriented person with good judgment, a thirst for knowledge and HR expertise and the ability to work well independently in a fast-paced environment.

Responsibilities

  • Manage job advertisement process and postings, which includes managing advertisement placements and sources with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the workforce
  • Maintain documentation to support work efforts and follows up as necessary to complete processes
  • Assist in advising hiring managers in recruitment and general HR procedures
  • Create and update records and documents  in organization-specific databases and resources
  • Maintain and safeguard confidential data
  • Manage fluctuating workload
  • Assist in responding to requests appropriately and quickly from internal and external sources
  • Perform file maintenance, data entry, and general administrative support tasks
  • Prepare hire letters, track onboarding and help coordinate orientations
  • Maintain applicant tracking system
  • Organize and assist with HR event planning logistics
  • Assistance on special projects and occasional administrative support to Chief Administrative & Financial Officer
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and experience

Considerable self-motivation, attention to detail, and knowledge of office and administrative support procedures, including word processing, spreadsheet management, and use of database software; good written and oral communication skills; Sound knowledge and interest in HR legal concepts; Experience or demonstrated understanding of diversity and inclusion concepts in Human Resources. Excellent interpersonal relation skills, including an ability to work both independently and in teams and to interact professionally with individuals with a wide range of skills and responsibilities are all required. Strong attention to detail and overall commitment to accuracy and confidentiality.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred. Five years of relevant and comparable experience. Experience with Microsoft Office suite required.  Experience with Workforce Now recruitment module in ADP preferred.  Familiarity with HireVue or other video interviewing technology desirable.  Ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize many tasks and to communicate effectively with diverse audiences essential.  Good judgment, a positive, team-oriented attitude, and ability to work in a deadline-driven environment necessary.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Little or no travel 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 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 either UCS’s Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the mid $50s. 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 “HR Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 14, 2015 or until filled. Please be aware that we will not begin contacting candidates until June.

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Program Assistant

Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC (preferred)

The Center for Science and Democracy (Center) at UCS is dedicated to advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.

The program assistant is the glue that holds everything together. She or he is responsible for program administration, database maintenance, event support, and outreach to UCS supporters. The program assistant joins other staff in being the public face of the Center at conferences and events. He or she will also support and help grow the UCS Science Network, a diverse network of more than 18,000 scientists and other experts from all walks of life.

Responsibilities

  • Support program administration, including travel logistics, reimbursements, purchase records, event support.
  • Oversee development, inventory, and distribution of Center publications. Manage and archives Center reports, press clips, and other products.
  • Represent the Center and UCS at scientific conferences. Support the planning of special events and in-person workshops, including the Center’s signature forum series. Assist with local engagement among scientists and communities.
  • Manage the Science Network database, ensuring consistency of information and vetting new members. Train new staff on database use. Welcome and distribute information to new and veteran Science Network members.
  • Coordinate Science Network webinar series, including scheduling and speaker recruitment. Ensure smooth running of technology. 
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with established and emerging Center and UCS issue areas

Qualifications and experience

Candidates should possess strong computer skills, robust written and oral communications abilities, solid administrative skills, and event organizing experience. A working knowledge of and interest in the way in which the U.S. government functions and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously are necessary for this position. Candidates should possess a clear understanding of current threats to science and a passion for improving how science informs policy making. A minimum of two years of relevant experience is required.

May spend extended periods at a computer terminal. Occasional overnight travel will be required (less than 5%). At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.  UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington DC (preferred) or Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is $36,000. 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, two non-academic writing samples (less than five pages), salary requirements, how you learned about the position 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: June 12 or until filled.

 

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Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

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

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 fall 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 by September of 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

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 interest in the proposed research, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references in Word or PDF format only to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Kendall Fellowship: EJ and Climate Policy” in the subject line. Questions please call or email Jessica Thomas: 617‐301‐8056 or jthomas@ucsusa.org. Deadline: until filled.

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Oakland, CA


 

Western States Senior Climate Analyst

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 strong analytics to bear on building support for, developing, and implementing strong climate and energy policies. This professional will evaluate and analyze various climate policy approaches at the state and regional level, including assessing their 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 policy development and analysis and project management as well as a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of economic and technical information in the policymaking process. Familiarity with the 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, social science disciplines with climate policy focus 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 particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements. Also include how you learned about the position and send to Johnston and Company via email: jandc@johnstonco.org with “Sr. Climate Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Until filled.

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California & Western States Outreach Coordinator

Clean Vehicles and Climate and Energy programs
Oakland, CA

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 to help plan and implement outreach and organizing activities to address global warming, promote clean energy, and reduce oil use in California and other western states. The Outreach Coordinator will oversee execution of primary outreach campaign elements, maintain relationships with key allies, mobilize science experts and activists, utilize web-based organizing tools for creative on-line and off-line action, and participate in cross-programmatic, organization-building outreach efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement grassroots and grasstops outreach strategies to achieve legislative and regulatory campaign goals, and design and implement corporate and consumer-oriented outreach efforts.
  • Educate and mobilize UCS activists and science experts on campaigns. Cultivate relationships with scientists, academics, and UCS supporters.
  • Write and edit action alerts to notify UCS activists and experts of opportunities to influence policy decisions.
  • Organize off-line events, such as convenings and workshops, to educate policy makers and other stakeholders and advance support for UCS campaigns.
  • Organize support for UCS campaign goals from important stakeholders, such as clean vehicle and clean energy businesses, local officials, and public interest, social justice, and community organizations.
  • Work with UCS communications team to write web content, fact sheets, and other communications materials with an eye toward effective outreach and organizing.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of online activist technologies and tactics. Work with UCS communications and outreach staff to continue enhancing UCS’s electronic organizing tools and help manage database of science experts.
  • Maintain relationships with key coalition allies—including environmental, environmental justice, and public health organizations—to exchange information, share resources, and collaborate in coalition projects. Represent UCS in coalitions and at conferences and other public events.
  • Participate in outreach and campaign planning for the California & Western States office in coordination with Climate & Energy and Clean Vehicles programs as well as with other UCS departments.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of general California policy issues and climate impacts and solutions. May participate in some advocacy activities, such as meetings with legislators or state agency staff.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires three to five years of relevant experience in developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grassroots and grasstops activists, coordinating outreach events, and directing online marketing or activism, preferably in a nonprofit organization. A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs is essential. Must have strong project management experience; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to write for and speak to lay audiences; and ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web management and on-line organizing tools, as well as Microsoft Office, is required. Some supervisory experience is also preferred. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Periodic travel is required, equivalent to 5% 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 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 Oakland, California office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $50,000. 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 “CA and Western States Outreach” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 15, 2015 or until filled.

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