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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.

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Cambridge, MA Positions

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Senior Washington Representative

Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

Under the direction of the Campaign Manager and in collaboration with other program staff, the Senior Washington Representative is the advocate for UCS positions on farm policy and healthy, sustainable, and just food systems to Congress, the executive branch, and members of the DC policy community.

The Senior Washington Representative role will benefit from an experienced professional motivated to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to:

  • Participate in the development of UCS policy positions
  • Lead legislative and regulatory activities
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of relevant issues
  • Proactively identify opportunities to interject UCS messages into related policy debates
  • Represent UCS before the media and the public
  • Prepare written material for advocacy purposes; participate in outreach, membership and activist-related activities in support of program and organizational goals

Duties and responsibilities of the position include the following:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional representatives and staff, administration officials, and allied advocates; initiate contacts or respond to inquiries to present, explain, and promote UCS positions on farm policy and healthy, sustainable, and just food systems.
  • Working with the campaign manager, design and lead legislative and executive branch campaigns and other policy initiatives to win approval of progressive public policies that reflect UCS’s policy goals; assess the political landscape to identify decision-makers that can advance key policy initiatives;  conduct power-mapping analysis and targeting to inform UCS campaigns to persuade these individuals; and enlist support for policy and legislative initiatives from the Congress, administration, and public-interest allies. 
  • Monitor the progress of legislation and policies in Congress and at federal agencies, respectively; provide additional information or assistance as needed to congressional or executive branch staff; analyze legislation and agency policies; devise and recommend strategies to promote the passage of legislation and adoption of policies; and assess impacts on UCS agenda.
  • Use strong relationships and political savvy to gain insider access to emerging legislative and regulatory proposals by policymakers and allies. Use this information to strategically interject UCS perspectives and recommendations, and make our priorities known to relevant stakeholders in the early stages of policy development.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge relevant to subject matter areas; maintain familiarity with other UCS issues.
  • Participate in key coalition activities and offer legislative expertise and support to community-based allies.
  • Work effectively within and across UCS departments; participate in regular cross-programmatic lobby caucus meetings and activities.
  • Represent UCS to the media and general public; translate technical information into layperson-friendly language; receive and respond to media inquiries and requests for information; develop and maintain effective working relationships and frequent contact with press representatives who cover F&E issues; give presentations and attend conferences.
  • Write testimony, fact sheets, briefing papers, op-ed pieces, letters, comments, articles for UCS print publications and web, and other material as needed for advocacy.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Seven to ten years of relevant and comparable legislative or lobbying experience at the national or state level on environmental, agricultural, or other science policy issues.
  • Position requires a B.S. or B.A. degree at minimum.
  • Experience in public-interest advocacy campaigns and policy analysis, including demonstrated success in designing and leading legislative and executive branch campaigns.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy.
  • Proven competence in science or technical policy subject matter; experience working in cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental advocacy campaigns; and proven verbal and written communication skills.
  • A background in agriculture, biology, food policy, or environmental science and experience working on the Farm Bill are preferred but not essential.
  • A thorough understanding of the congressional legislative and administration policy-making processes.
  • Knowledge of advocacy/lobbying techniques and strategies, including planning and implementing effective issue campaigns.
  • Excellent political acumen and strong relationships with policymakers, staff, and others in the DC policy community.
  • Strong strategic thinking, analytical, project management, and time management skills.
  • Excellent ability to communicate scientific and policy information to lay audiences.

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

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 mid to high $70s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

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.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, salary requirements and how you learned about the position via email to jandc@johnstonco.org with “DC Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. Inquiries may be sent to: Johnston and Company:  JandC@johnstonco.org  or 310-410-3905. Deadline: Open until filled.

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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: Until filled.

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Food and Environment Outreach Coordinator

Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists uses the power of knowledge to demonstrate the true costs of the current food and agriculture system and show how to achieve a healthier, more sustainable and science-based system. We’re seeking an experienced individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement issue campaign plans; cultivate relationships with key allies; recruit and mobilize experts, members, and activists; use web-based organizing tools for creative on-line and off-line action; and engage in cross-programmatic, organization-building outreach efforts. Come join our team!

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 strongly preferred. 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 “F&E Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 16, 2015 or until filled.

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Climate Accountability Campaign Manager and Advocate

Climate & Energy
Washington, DC Office

This position will lead the development and implementation of the climate corporate accountability campaign within the Climate & Energy Program, including strategic campaign development, engagement with corporate targets, supporter and ally engagement, acting as a campaign spokesperson, and ensuring high visibility for the campaign and UCS experts.

Additional Key Responsibilities

  • Direct and oversee corporate campaign research, including research that results in materials suitable for public campaigning as well as in-depth research on selected corporate targets necessary to secure changes in corporate behavior.
  • Develop and manage an effective national and international coalition of allies in support of the objectives of the climate accountability campaign for maximum effectiveness and impact. Plan, coordinate, and manage the relationships necessary to advance our campaign goals. Ensure UCS campaign is well aligned with, and supportive of, complementary corporate campaigning strategies. Maintain awareness of strategic opportunities in allied efforts that intersect with UCS campaign. 
  • Liaise with, coordinate, and integrate climate accountability work within the Climate and Energy Program and across UCS departments. Ensure strong coordination within other UCS campaigns and core work of the Climate and Energy Program.
  • Oversee operational aspects of the campaign. Develop the annual campaign plan and ensure its successful implementation; assist with fundraising for the campaign; supervise staff and consultants; and serve as a member of the Climate and Energy Program’s Leadership team.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective corporate campaigning as well as knowledge of corporate business models and how corporations operate in the social/economic/political and policy spheres. Knowledge of federal policy and legislative processes, as well as international policy venues (e.g. United Nations treaty processes) is highly preferred.

Knowledge of and experience with issue campaign development, public outreach (including web-related and online tools for activism and marketing), coalition building, and media relations is required.  Strong and demonstrated management skills are essential, as is demonstrated ability in project management and budgeting. Strong writing, corporate research, and public speaking ability are also required.  Knowledge of climate change issues and the fossil fuel industry a strong plus. Master’s degree preferred.At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Work requires at least ten years of progressively responsible, relevant experience developing, managing, and winning issue and/or corporate campaigns, including general familiarity with a wide range of corporate responsibility issues and actors. Proven effectiveness in engaging senior corporate executives required. Five to seven years of senior level management experience is required, including experience managing complex projects and teams on issues of a global scale. In addition, candidate must have deep experience in coalition building and management, as well as experience conducting effective corporate research, grassroots organizing and member recruitment, and media relations.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Travel is required, up to 20% of time; may include some international travel.

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 office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the mid to high $70,000s. 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 “Accountability Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 23, 2015 or until filled.

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Cambridge, MA, or Washington, DC


 

Science and Policy Analyst

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

The Center for Science and Democracy at UCS is dedicated to strengthening and defending the essential role of science in democratic dialogue and policymaking. Through cutting-edge analysis and effective outreach and advocacy, we hold decisionmakers, media, and vested interests accountable, and defend the scientific process and scientists in order to secure a healthy and safe environment for all. We work with scientists to help them engage effectively with the public, media and decision makers.

The science and policy analyst works as an effective and collaborative member of a team of researchers, outreach and campaign specialists on a broad range of projects to advance the mission of the Center for Science and Democracy. Under the direction of the senior analyst and program manager assists in the development of CSD research objectives and strategies around independent science, justice and equity, environment, and public health. In consultation and collaboration with colleagues, conceptualizes, develops, and undertakes robust, timely, accessible, and policy-relevant research on a variety of national, regional, and state level issues to advance public support of science and democracy issues.

Responsibilities

  • Research: Conceptualize and execute hard-hitting and innovative research projects at the nexus of science, democratic dialogue, and public policy. Serve as project manager and research lead for some projects. Ensure quality, accuracy, timeliness, and successful completion of research projects under situations that requiring a high degree of flexibility, teamwork, and unexpected adjustments to priorities, scope, and schedule.
  • Plan and implement research activities and projects in support of products that analyze, expose, explain, and/or interpret evidence of influence on science-informed public policy. Set research objectives and goals; design and coordinate overall project; provide guidance and support to the research team; gather and analyze data; write, edit, and present factsheets, reports, issue briefings, and other. From inception, work closely with outreach, policy, and communications staff to ensure that research products are publicly resonant and policy relevant. Solicit and manage cross-programmatic review, supervise staff and technical consultants, collaborate with internal and external reviewers, compile project learning and best practices; coordinate with publications, media and outreach team on report releases.
  • Research, review, help develop and update Center materials to advance greater public awareness among diverse constituencies and support of science and democracy interplay, and decisions informed by evidence. Tailor style and content of materials for technical, general and/or targeted audiences, as appropriate.  Help create educational materials and other resources on about political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of science policy issues, with a special focus on the social sciences. Help ensure online and offline research, web or outreach products maintain high quality and are informed by independent science and analysis.
  • Develop methodologies in accordance with scientifically sound principles and techniques. May utilize specialized computer software and applications to assist and support research activities. Maintain current knowledge of analytical tools and technologies and utilize such expertise in implementing research activities. 
  • Maintain working knowledge of Center’s issues, participate in ongoing research to assess examples of undue influence of vested interests on science and the scientific process, and develop technical expertise in one or more issues areas. Track, acquire, and summarize relevant external reports. Conduct literature reviews and searches to monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends.
  • Rapid Response: Collaborate with Center and Communications staff to identify key media opportunities and coordinate responses from senior program staff to ensure timeliness and accuracy. Prepare for media and blog requests with short deadlines. Respond to inquiries and comments from members, sponsors, and general public about Center related issues. Research, review, or prepare accurate science content of op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, expert testimony, congressional briefing materials, draft legislation, and letters and technical comments for public proceedings in a timely manner.
  • Expert and Stakeholder Engagement: Establish and maintain close working relationships with science and advocacy colleagues at educational institutions, government agencies, and other organizations to exchange information, and share resources, including through participation in scientific conferences, through UCS’ Science Network, and policy-relevant research collaborations. Respond to requests from researchers and advocates at other organizations, and media and policymakers, including review and evaluation of relevant legislative bills, policies, and regulations. Represent UCS in public forums, conferences, and to relevant stakeholders, including online and offline media and decisionmakers, to promote the Center’s mission, objectives, and activities.
  • Perform other related functions, including research project budgeting, and writing proposals and reporting progress for fundraising, as directed.

Qualifications and experience

Minimum of masters or relevant advanced degree in the natural or social sciences, economics, public policy, law, or other related discipline required, PhD preferred. A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience with demonstrated ability to produce clear, rigorous, in-depth analysis and to synthesize complex research, statistical, or policy information into accessible, policy-relevant documents is required. Experience with managing research projects on science and public policy or a related research field required. Position requires understanding of and interest in the use and misuse of science in democratic dialogue and policy making. Requires strong quantitative, qualitative, analytical, and project management skills and experience. Competence to undertake and present high-quality and accessible research with little supervision is required. Must have exemplary writing, editing and oral communication skills. Strong teamwork skills are essential. Must be a quick learner on a wide variety of science and public policy issues. Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment and undertake high-quality and timely research assignments, and the ability to handle multiple projects and tasks with little supervision is required. Strong basic knowledge of software packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.

Experience ensuring science is relevant to public policy is desirable. Experience in conducting research and analysis on issues relevant to environmental and social justice communities is a plus. Involvement in communicating science to a wide variety of audiences, especially the media, is a plus. At least six months of on-the-job training is needed to become familiar with UCS organization, philosophy, and sources of foundation support, programs, and constituencies.

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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low $50,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two brief writing samples, one technical and one general (less than 3 pages each), how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Science and Policy Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 20, 2015 or until filled.

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Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

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

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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Chicago, IL Positions

None currently available.

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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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