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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package geared towards a productive work/life balance. Our benefits include:

  • excellent health care and dental coverage
  • ample vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • competitive retirement plans with generous employer contribution
  • and a lot more

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Our Culture

People are at the heart of the Union of Concerned Scientists. We value our staff and our mission of science-based action for the public good. We hire people who are smart and determined to make a difference.  We are rewarded by knowing that our analysis and advocacy contributes to a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

With our shared goals and vision of a safer and better world, we hail from all walks of life and speak many languages, reflecting the diverse audiences that we serve. We strive to maintain an open culture where everyone contributes and feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions.  We support our staff with equitable and transparent salaries, training, sit/stand desks, world class benefits, and a culture that emphasizes work/life balance. UCS is a place where you can bring your whole self to work—a place where diversity is valued, supported and welcomed. 

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Cambridge, MA Positions


 

Executive Department Coordinator

Executive Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Join our team and support executives who are changing the world! This position will provide general support to the Executive Department at UCS, with targeted support to our Director of Science and Policy/Chief Climate Scientist. 

Responsibilities 

  • Support the Senior Administrator in covering day-to-day operations of the Executive office.
  • Assist the Senior Administrator in the planning of various events; lunches, diversity training events, all-staff meetings, discussion forums, guest speakers, etc.
  • Support the Senior Administrator in developing, planning, and executing the Board of Directors meetings.
  • Ensure that the Director of Science and Policy receives the necessary and high level of administrative support needed to perform all core functions of the office.
  • Proactively manage the activities, schedule and calendar for the Director of Science and Policy; providing timely, well-organized background information and materials for calls and meetings.
  • Provide select administrative support to the UCS Scientists and Analysts (S&A) group, including coordinating several S&A Discussion Forum (‘Brownbag’) talks each month.
  • Schedule travel and travel logistics for the Director of Science and Policy; prepare travel folders.
  • Manage and track travel expenses and reimbursements.
  • Track and maintain a list of publications by UCS Scientists and Analysts on SharePoint.
  • Manage special projects, as needed; perform other duties as required with approval from the Senior Administrator.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Position prefers a bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant experience as an administrative or executive assistant.
  • Experience with travel arrangements required.
  • Adept with budget management
  • Skilled in event planning.
  • Proofing and editing scientific documents.
  • Preparing material for presentation on the web.
  • Contract management is preferred.
  • Decisive and able to work independently as well as working effectively as a part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including phone and email.
  • Proactive and solution-oriented.
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail.
  • Proven success at anticipating needs and taking initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills, capable of following through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Expert knowledge of office and administrative support procedures, including business English and the operation of office equipment.
  • Strong computer skills with high-level proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat software; ability to stay current with changing technologies.
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations helpful

Little or no exertion; spends extended periods at a computer. May occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications. Though rare, some late hours and/or weekends are required in connection with events or critical deadlines. Five to 10 days of overnight travel may be required per year.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Executive Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 7 or until filled.

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Donor Relations Associate (Customer Service Assistant)

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Donor Relations Associate is the person on the busy frontline of the Membership office, which works within the Development department to answer members’ questions and keep them informed about UCS activities. Last year, more than 98,000 members contributed over $8 million to support the work of UCS.

The Donor Relations Associate is the first point of contact for members and supporters. Answers the toll-free Member Line, screens the general UCS email inbox, and responds to inquiries. Prepares special donor acknowledgments and correspondence, helps administer the monthly giving program, and assists in preparing state and federal workplace giving applications. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about UCS programs and all facets of UCS fundraising and Development work.

Responsibilities

  • Acts as primary staff contact with donors for a national nonprofit.
  • Daily tasks include answering membership telephone line and reviewing and responding to the public email inbox.
  • Responsible for providing excellent donor relations by answering a variety of inquiries and resolving membership questions.
  • Works with program staff to handle inquiries as needed and to craft responses to frequently asked questions.
  • Assists with database management, including updating and maintaining accurate donor records, doing occasional data entry, and running weekly/monthly department reports.
  • Handles logistics for the monthly giving program, including providing outstanding customer service to monthly donors who call or email, updating recurring gift changes and cancellations, and working with vendor to resolve donor issues and ensure accuracy of donor records.
  • Maintains schedule of state and federal workplace giving campaigns and submits applications for eligible campaigns throughout the year.
  • Writes and sends assorted correspondence to members, including special required acknowledgements.
  • Handles donor relation functions connected with honor/memorial gifts, monthly giving, and workplace gifts.
  • Coordinate agendas, scheduling, and logistics for foundation team meetings.
  • Sorts and handles hard copy mail that is returned to us daily from lockbox vendor.

Qualifications and experience

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Excellent customer service skills are required.
  • A willingness to interact with members and the public, and a friendly, articulate, and efficient phone manner are required.
  • Database proficient. Knowledge of Raisers Edge a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Position requires strong word processing, database and customer relations skills.
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Writing and proofreading skills are desirable.
  • An interest in nonprofits and the issues UCS works on is preferred.
  • Familiarity with and interest in development and fundraising techniques is strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Work requires two years of comparable and relevant experience.
  • Occasionally lifts and carries stock boxes or bulk mail; spends extended periods at computer terminal.
  • Zero to 5 days of overnight travel may be required per year.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $38,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

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

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Executive Administrator

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and Experience

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

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

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

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Grants Administrator (Foundations)

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and Experience

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

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Grants Administrator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 23, 2016 or until filled.

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Technical Support Engineer

Finance and Administration Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Co-supervises three “Point of Contact” IT support staff to provide support to UCS staff in our four offices and staff who work remotely. Manages fixed asset inventory of all IT equipment, working with the POCs, and creates a schedule for the timely replacement of equipment; uses this information to inform the development of the yearly capital budget. Provides direct user support to staff in the Cambridge office, installing and configuring new computers, planning and managing scheduled upgrades, obtaining replacement parts and solving user issues not resolved through the external vendor. Maintain records of IT department’s software licenses, renewing when necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all desktop hardware and software.
  • Provide oversite on support queue and ensure all incidents and requests are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Prioritize issues while maintaining a high level of customer service. Resolve PC hardware, software, and network connectivity/access problems reported by end users, including in-person, remote, or phone support.
  • Manage user requirement definition and development, system configuration and testing, installation, implementation of ongoing support, system enhancements/upgrades and bug fixes.
  • Execute SOP’s for critical IT security, IT processes and IT practices
  • Ensure root cause of problems is understood and addressed. Verify fixes and obtain end user validation.
  • Maintain and support mobile devices including billing/budget for these items
  • New workstation setup, assist with new hire training.
  • Support Security Standards (anti-virus/anti-spam/firewall/patching).
  • Evaluate and identify new technologies to advance end user experience.
  • Drive initiatives that will empower a higher degree of efficiency and accuracy.
  • Ensure standardization of configurations and control if latest hardware and software updates are provided, including recommended operating system updates and security patches on all PC equipment.
  • Build and maintain vendor relationships and purchase hardware and software products.
  • Primary liaison for vendors as related to Desktop Support needs. Own and manage vendor relationship and escalate when appropriate.
  • Ensure that company assets are tracked and maintained responsibly.
  • Develop, document, and maintain Desktop Support related Knowledge Articles.
  • Support global travel for workforce and offsite office locations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and experience

High level knowledge of Windows operating systems, virtualization, Active Directory, Office 365, Exchange and Lync Server administration, and experience providing remote support. Knowledge of SharePoint, MS SQL server and SQL databases administration helpful. This position requires a motivated, lead team player to be a part of our support processes working with an external IT Vendor. Lead and support POC’s in handling support calls, providing technical information to staff in a professional manner.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of comparable experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with configuration and troubleshooting of desktop PC/mobile device hardware and software (Windows and Mac OS).
  • Proficient knowledge in administering Active Directory, Exchange and Office 365, Lync Server, network administration, Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft office suite
  • Demonstrated operational familiarity with iOS and OSX.
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Knowledge of cross-platform/ browser development issues.
  • Communicate professionally, concisely and consistently both verbally and in writing internally and externally.
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to non-technical users.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively to meet timelines with quality deliverables.
  • Advanced ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, within a team.
  • Strong organization and problem solving skills required.
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Learns and applies company policies and procedures when completing assigned tasks.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. (computers and other heavy equipment). Ability to bend and lower to floor to install cables, etc.
  • Five to 10 days of overnight travel may be required per year mainly to our other offices in Chicago, California and DC.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $59,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Technical Support Engineer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 14, 2016 or until filled.

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Energy Modeler

Climate & Energy Program
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Energy Modeler will conduct analysis and modeling of renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate policies at the state, regional and national level. The analyst will work with a multi-disciplinary team in our Climate and Energy Program to advance effective and equitable clean energy and climate policies.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct modeling and spreadsheet analyses of proposed renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate, and carbon market trading policies and programs at the state, regional, and national level.
  • Conceptualize and design modeling scenarios with input from the energy team.
  • Quantify energy, economic, environmental, public health, and equity impacts of proposed policies.
  • Assist UCS staff in reviewing, developing, and testing model assumptions. Maintain and update energy and electricity sector models on a regular basis. Review research from other organizations and government agencies. Assist in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of analyses.
  • Prepare and deliver public presentations of modeling results and reports at conferences and meetings.

Qualifications and experience

Strong quantitative, analytical, mathematical and research skills are required. A Master’s Degree or higher that has a significant quantitative modeling component required. Knowledge of economy-wide energy and electricity sector models, and their application for analyzing renewable energy, efficiency, and electricity technologies, markets, and policies is required.Familiarity with energy efficiency technologies, policies, costs, and benefits is helpful.

Position requires at least 3 to 5 years of comparable and relevant experience using energy and electricity sector models, with more experience preferred. Familiarity with and experience using the Energy Information Administration’s National Energy Modeling System, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Regional Energy Deployment System and other electricity capacity expansion models is highly desirable.

Computer programming experience and skills are also required, with knowledge of Fortran, GAMS, or R preferred. Experience with ArcGIS is also desirable.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  May require occasional overnight travel, about 5-10 days per year.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $68,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Energy Modeler” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 7th or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Outreach Assistant

One Year Paid Internship
Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and experience

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

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

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one-year internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $31,200. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “Outreach Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 6, 2016 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

One-year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

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

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

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

Qualifications and Experience

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

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

You may spend extended periods at computer terminal, but you will have extensive contact with your colleagues. Limited overnight travel of less than five days per year may be required.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $35,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter referencing how you learned about the position, resume, salary requirements, and two non-academic writing samples via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Center Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 26, 2016 or until filled.

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Senior Campaign Organizer

Fossil Fuel Company Accountability
Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Senior Campaign Organizer advances UCS’s Fossil Fuel Company Accountability Campaign challenging major fossil fuel companies to meet emerging societal expectations for responsible action in a carbon-constrained world.

Responsibilities

The Senior Campaign Organizer will lead strategic outreach efforts including:

  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to mobilize targeted constituencies—such as socially responsible investors, shareholder advocates, and/or legal experts—in support of UCS’s campaign. Identify and cultivate potential champions and enlist their support.
  • Oversee corporate research that results in materials suitable for public campaigning and short-term campaign asks to selected corporate targets.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia in support of campaign goals.
  • Identify and communicate with campaign team regarding emerging opportunities.
  • Directly engage with our corporate target(s). Develop and support corporate engagement strategies, materials, meeting preparation and follow-up. Monitor and analyze corporate and industry group responses; monitor corporate positions and actions to ensure adherence to commitments.
  • Be a UCS spokesperson, raising the profile of the campaign on social media, represent UCS in high-visibility public venues, engage with the media, and conduct webinars for supporters and allies.
  • Cultivate, coordinate, and manage relationships with national and international coalitions of allies necessary to advance our campaign goals. Ensure UCS campaign is well aligned with, and supportive of, complementary corporate campaigning strategies. Identify and cultivate new partners for UCS’s fossil fuel company accountability work among racial equity and climate justice groups.

Qualifications and experience

Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in both outreach and advocacy is required. Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective corporate campaigning as well as knowledge of corporate business models, corporate political activity and influence, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, and shareholder advocacy. Broad and deep knowledge of climate change issues, the fossil fuel industry, and major fossil fuel companies highly preferred. 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.  Master’s degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Extensive travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required; may include some international travel.

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 is around $59,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a short (1-2 page) advocacy oriented writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Campaign Organizer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 31, 2016 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL

 

Midwest Outreach Coordinator

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and experience

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

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

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Midwest Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 5 or until filled.

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Oakland, CA

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