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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.

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

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Cambridge, MA Positions


 

Science Network Outreach Coordinator

Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The UCS Science Network is home to thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country who share the desire to put their knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s most complex problems.

The outreach coordinator conceptualizes and implements plans to grow and maintain the Science Network. S/he collaborates across the organization to ensure the Science Network is active in UCS campaigns, and strengthens the mobilization and cultivation of the Science Network members. S/he also works to diversify the ways scientists can engage on issues they care about through UCS, develops trainings and engagement opportunities uniquely tailored early career scientists, and works to ensure a diverse and inclusive Science Network

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that programs fully and effectively utilize Network members to advance their goals.
  • Developing initiatives to cultivate and mobilize scientists nationally, regionally, and in priority states.
  • Identifying and building relationships with Science Network members who serve as leaders and role models within the network.
  • Leading Science Network recruitment and presence at cross-programmatic scientific association conferences
  • Sharing stories of successful engagement within UCS, with other Science Network members, and with other target audiences within the wider scientific community.
  • Creating and implementing innovative approaches to event planning, execution, and follow-up that better recruit and engage members.
  • Training UCS outreach staff on best practices for event planning, relationship cultivation, and engagement, as well as non-outreach program staff regarding how to leverage the Science Network in their work.
  • Cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with expert networks in organizations that serve scientists of color and other underrepresented groups
  • Organizing cross-organizational and program-specific programming tailored for early career scientists (ECS) and scientists of color, such as social events and trainings
  • Developing new avenues for meaningful scientist engagement, including engagement with local communities.
  • Support other efforts of the UCS Center for Science and Democracy.

Qualifications and experience

The ideal candidate will be a strong organizer comfortable working with experts and people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  The position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field. Demonstrated competency in outreach/organizing on the regional and/or national level and legislative and media strategy is required. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is essential. Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally with a diverse array of individuals, including scientists, grassroots activists, and policymakers, are necessary, as are strong skills in internet-related communications, including the presentation of and analyzing information on the web, database software, and word processing.

Work requires three to five years of relevant and comparable experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position, preferably in a non-profit environment. Applicants should be able to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing organizational needs, and should be able to demonstrate the ability to conceive, plan, and implement effective outreach campaigns. Experience with program planning and strategy development is a plus, as is the ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.

Spends extended period at a computer. Little to no exertion. Occasional 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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low $50,000s. 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 “Science Network Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 27, 2015 or until filled.

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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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Communications Officer

Washington, DC Office

The Position

Under direction of the media manager, the communications officer will develop and implement strategies to maximize visibility for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), UCS issues, experts and products. The position requires rapid adaptation to changing external and internal conditions, and daily flexibility to reprioritize assignments while meeting deadlines and responsibilities. This position will focus primarily on garnering visibility for specific UCS campaigns but must maintain flexibility to jump on media opportunities that may arise for other issue areas.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as media point person for one or two UCS programs, focusing media outreach work on priority campaign projects. Work closely with program and communications staff to develop proactive and reactive media strategies that maximize visibility and engagement opportunities across distribution channels.
  • In consultation with the media manager, take the lead planning and implementing national and state media efforts.
  • Write and distribute press releases, pitch letters, staff bios, backgrounders, LTEs, tweets, blogs, op-eds, and other materials to obtain media coverage in print, radio, online, and television outlets.
  • Organize in-person and telephone press conferences.
  • Assist with message development and talking points. Monitor press coverage. Research online and offline media outlets to devise effective pitches for both a broad public and specialized audiences.
  • Train UCS scientists and activists on successful media techniques and strategies.
  • Work with high-level technical experts to help develop them as thought leaders on key issues.
  • Represent the communications department in program planning meetings to ensure strategies and tactics are developed with cross-channel promotions in mind and to maximize visibility, engage supporters in our campaigns, and contribute to campaign impact.
  • Utilize social media dashboard to develop strategies to cultivate and communicate with reporters, thought leaders, bloggers, and other key audiences.
  • Become thoroughly knowledgeable about UCS issues, positions, experts, and products and keep abreast of new developments.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in media outreach including how to maximize the latest online tools and trends for visibility, engagement and impact.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and experience

The position requires three to five years of experience in media relations, public relations or journalism. Experience using online and offline methods to generate earned media coverage is required. Candidates must also be proficient in message development and able to write press releases, media advisories and other press materials and identify and exploit media opportunities.  Experience in writing effectively for a wide variety of audiences is preferred. Corporate campaign experience a plus. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

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

The communications officer may spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Overnight travel is required a few times a year.

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 low $50,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, three writing samples and information about how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Communications Officer” 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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Science Network Assistant

Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The UCS Science Network is home to thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country who share the desire to put their knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s most complex problems.

The Science Network assistant is the glue that holds the network's team together. S/he provides administrative support for the Network, implements skills-building workshops, coordinates and tracks spending, staffs special events, and helps coordinate expert engagement opportunities throughout UCS. Responsibilities include:

Responsibilities

  • Supporting Science Network engagement throughout all UCS programs
  • Assisting the Science Network team in publicizing examples of successful scientist engagement
  • Taking notes at cross-organizational meetings ensuring follow up
  • Tracking the Science Network budget and ensuring all financial procedures are followed
  • Welcoming and cultivating new Science Network members. 
  • Ensuring that staff coordinate, record, and report back on engagement efforts.
  • Supporting the UCS presence at scientific conferences
  • Assist in developing web and other online content
  • Taking care of logistics for special events.
  • Supporting efforts to diversify the Science Network and ensure that all activities are accessible and inclusive 

In addition, the assistant spearheads the Science Network Workshop Series, overseeing all logistics, recruiting and preparing speakers for success, promoting and running webinars, and ensuring quality follow-up activities for webinar attendees. As part of the staff for the UCS Center for Science and Democracy (the Center), the assistant will also support Center activities.

Qualifications and experience

The ideal candidate will have strong administrative and organizational skills and the ability to track and keep tabs on multiple projects and initiatives. The position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field. A working knowledge of campaign organizing and government policy making is required. Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals, including  professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields is necessary, as are strong computer skills. At least two years of relevant and comparable experience in an administrative, outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position is required.

Experience managing budgets or contracts and maintaining databases is strongly preferred. Capacity to manage multiple priorities and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing organizational needs. Demonstrable experience working in project teams or on cross-departmental projects is a must.

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

Spends extended period at a computer. Little to no exertion. The position requires minimal domestic, overnight travel (2-3 times per year).

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. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

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 $36,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a non-academic writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Science Network Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 27, 2015 or until filled.

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Washington Representative, Climate & Energy Program

Washington, DC Office

The Position

Under direction of the Director of Government Affairs, plan, coordinate, and participate in advocacy efforts in support of UCS’s national climate and energy policy agenda. Provide support for campaigns aimed at achieving policy goals. Advocate UCS climate and energy policy agenda with Congress, the Executive Branch, non-governmental organizations and business groups; represent UCS before media and public; participate in the development of policy positions. Work with other organizations on coordinated lobbying and organizing strategies, including representing UCS at coalition meetings; help identify and cultivate a network of key surrogates that can influence priority policy-makers. Collaborate with members of clean vehicles team and other programs and departments as needed; potentially supervise interns or other staff and occasional consultants.

Responsibilities

  • Support and lead advocacy efforts related to UCS’s national climate and energy policy agenda.
  • Participate in planning and strategy sessions for UCS's cross-programmatic climate and energy agenda and help develop and implement campaign strategy for cross-program climate and energy policy.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional representatives, committees, and their staff, administration and agency officials, and advocates from allied organizations.
  • Monitor bill progress and assist in producing desired legislative and regulatory outcomes. Write and edit materials for use on the Hill.
  • Contribute to ongoing effort to recruit individuals to influence key decisionmakers and help achieve UCS policy goals. Help develop and implement strategy to attract new and diverse voices to UCS campaigns.
  • Work with experts and program staff to respond to Hill requests for scientific information and policy design proposals on climate and energy issues.
  • Coordinating with the relevant Washington Representatives and outreach staff, help plan and participate in lobby days, hill briefings and other education and outreach activities.
  • Represent and present on behalf of UCS at public events and conferences; with key NGO’s and in coalitions. 
  • Write testimony, fact sheets, briefing papers, speeches, presentations, and other advocacy material.
  • In consultation with UCS media staff, conduct interviews with media representatives; draft, write or contribute to press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blogs.
  • Maintain working knowledge of general climate and clean energy policy issues and legislation.
  • As needed, provide input to the Outreach Committee to help coordinate grasstops activities and utilization of UCS resources and infrastructure.
  • Serve on  the internal legislative group, the Lobby Caucus and help coordinate advocacy activities and issue campaign needs with other UCS staff.
  • Contribute to foundation proposals and reports.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, an understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy techniques, legislative strategy, as well as familiarity with the relevant Congressional committees and the decision-making process of the executive branch of the federal government. Working knowledge of energy and climate policy is strongly preferred, as are skills in public speaking and written communication. A bachelor’s degree is required, with advanced degree in related field desirable. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

Work requires a minimum of five  years of comparable experience to include campaign planning, legislative process, advocacy skills, and an understanding of political organizing and planning/strategy development at the federal or state level. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress or for NGOs working to influence governmental decision-making.  Substantive expertise in climate and clean energy issues, as well as experience working in congress and/or the administration strongly preferred. Up to one year of on-the-job training is needed to become familiar with UCS organization, philosophy, programs and constituencies.  Success and experience in utilizing Social Media. 

Little or no exertion. May need to occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications. May spend extended periods out of the office.  Some extended periods at a computer workstation.  Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines. May supervise interns or other staff or occasional consultants as approproate. Up to ten percent 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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

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 $60s. 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 “C&E Washington Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Oct. 12, 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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Chicago, IL Positions

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Oakland, CA


 

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 implementing campaign 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 a diverse range of audiences, including an ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. 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 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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

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 in the low $50,000s. 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: October 4, 2015 or until filled.

About UCS

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.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 450,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. 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. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

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Western States Campaign Manager

Clean Vehicles and Climate and Energy Programs
Oakland, CA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks an exceptional individual to lead our West Coast campaign team to help achieve cutting-edge, science-based policy successes in climate change, energy, water, and transportation.  We are looking for an inspired leader who is organized, creative, strategic, and highly motivated as well as a great team player and cross-disciplinary collaborator.  This position is responsible overall for our West Coast campaign activity, and should ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities, as well as cultivate relationships with key allies and recruit and mobilize experts, members, and activists.   

Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead organizing and outreach activities with UCS activists, experts, allies, and targeted members of the public in support of UCS’s California campaigns on vehicles, energy, water, and climate issues primarily in California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Cultivate relationships with key allies such as scientists, NGO groups, diverse state organizations, labor, religious, business, and environmental justice groups, and help build a foundation of engaged, educated, and active UCS activists and other allies in key legislative districts.
  • Compose outreach and campaign materials including conceptualizing, drafting, soliciting review, and finalizing action alerts, fact sheets, talking points, in-house articles, ad copy, and other written materials as needed, in collaboration with UCS analysts and scientists, media staff, and others as needed. 
  • Supervise and support Outreach Coordinators and oversee development and finalization of California action alerts to notify UCS activists of opportunities to influence policy decisions
  • Coordinate and manage expert engagement for California and Western States campaigns.
  • Collaborate with UCS colleagues in Communications and Outreach to develop effective recruitment, tracking, and communications systems for expert engagement across federal and state initiatives and across programs.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of general California, Oregon, and Washington policy issues and climate impacts and solutions, and participate in program planning for programs in the western states. 
  • Help create and implement new ways to increase UCS visibility, membership and policy opportunities, and work with other UCS staff to advance organization-wide membership, visibility, fundraising, and policy goals.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires seven to ten years of successful relevant and comparable experience in developing campaign strategy and several years’ experience organizing grassroots and grasstops activists and coordinating outreach events.  The candidate must be calm, positive, and mature, skilled at building teams and motivating a diverse range of individuals and groups, and have demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Must have strong experience supervising staff, including hiring, training, and evaluating individuals and coordinating multiple full-time staff. Excellent writing and communication skills are crucial as well as the ability to work successfully in groups with a diversity of backgrounds, expertise and work styles.  Also requires demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach effortsanddemonstrated ability to use web-based information and sophisticated online tools to advance advocacy goals. A background in transportation, climate or energy policy and/or environmental science is strongly preferred.  Knowledge of legislative process and relevant policies in California, Oregon, and/or Washington is needed, as are skills in public speaking, written, and electronic communication. Fluency in both Spanish and English is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with the Central Valley and/or southern California. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

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

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Periodic travel is required, equivalent to 5% of time.

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. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in high $60,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a short (no more than a page) and longer (up to five pages) writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “WS Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 18th or until filled.

About UCS: 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.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 450,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. 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. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

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