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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


Director of Planned Giving

Development Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists grew out of a desire to direct the power of scientific research away from military applications and towards improving environmental and social problems. In 1969, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched their effort to use rigorous science to implement innovative practical solutions to the world’s problems.

Scientists and engineers at the Union are currently engaged in projects in the areas of clean energy, clean vehicles, food and agriculture, global warming, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. They aim to improve scientific integrity in government, strengthen science-based public protections and to combine their voices with advocates, educators, business leaders and citizens for a healthier planet and safer world.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an experienced development professional who is prepared to shape, implement and grow UCS’s planned giving efforts into a model program. As a senior member of the development team, the Director of Planned Giving will collaborate with the President, senior staff and the board to develop the planned giving program as an integral part of the organization’s broader fundraising strategy. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, intellectual environment and will have a minimum of seven years of development experience.

Responsibilities

The Director of Planned Giving serves as a senior member of the development team, working directly with the President, senior UCS staff, board and national advisory board members in implementing a planned giving program as part of our overall fundraising strategy. This position will be responsible for shaping, implementing and growing a model program that is truly reflective of the size of UCS and the capacity of our constituency.

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below:

  • Assists with making planned giving an integral part of development program by possessing a deep understanding of the role of planned giving and how it impacts and builds loyalty among current donors.
  • Close planned gifts including, but not limited to, bequests, living trusts, beneficiary designations and IRA’s as well as life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Maintain the infrastructure and external relationships needed to enable UCS to accept these types of deferred gifts.
  • Prepare UCS development proposals and present development projects to prospects for deferred and outright gifts. Learn about the UCS programs and remain knowledgeable about our issue areas and evolving work.
  • Develop and maintain personal contact with prospects for deferred gifts including routine travel to key regions or donors and regular communications through other channels. Face to Face donor activity is essential to the role and the Director is expected to visit with more than 100 donors in each fiscal year.
  • Coordinate activities with prospects attorney and/or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate method of deferred giving and ensure necessary arrangements for collection of gifts.
  • Provide donors with information concerning gift utilization and or investment returns and payments.
  • Develop programs to promote and explain fund raising activities and the various methods of estate planning and deferred giving internally for the development department, and key staff fundraising partners, and externally for existing and prospective planned gift donors.
  • Develop marketing and stewardship strategies and related materials for planned gifts, including the planned giving newsletter. Coordinate with Membership and Major Gift staff on the distribution of targeted prospecting materials for new planned giving donors and with Stewardship staff on the development of all collateral materials.
  • Steward, cultivate and grow the Kurt Gottfried Society. Set growth goals for each year, developing a robust annual workplan, expense and revenue budgets which are tracked and maintained in an ongoing manner.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have at least seven years of development experience, and a minimum of 3 years in a donor facing planned giving role. A preference for candidates possessing a legal or financial degree aligned with planned giving expertise.

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. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: To read more and apply or nominate qualified candidates, contact Maureen Huminik, Vice President of Lois L. Lindauer Searches.

 

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Outreach Intern (Science Network)

6 Month Paid Internship
Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA 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.

How do we do that? We work with the Science Network, an inclusive community of more than 20,000 scientists, engineers, and other experts across the country working to educate the public. A key piece of building the UCS Science Network is engaging a diverse group of early career scientists (graduate students and post-docs) and building new leaders in science advocacy. We want to support early career scientists so they can speak up and learn to be effective scientist-advocates.

Help us help young scientists to be better prepared to contribute to policy, work with community, and to speak and act on their knowledge for the public good.

Responsibilities

  • Help sign up energized new early career Science Network members
  • Help design and provide support for a scientist mentorship program within the Science Network
  • Help develop promotional and other educational materials for meaningful engagement within the campus based pilot projects
  • Help scientists on campuses get connected to UCS campaigns
  • Maintain tracking and evaluation impact of the campus-based pilot projects and recruitment efforts
  • Research opportunities for connecting with historically black colleges and universities, women’s universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building
  • Experience in advocacy organizing, especially on campuses, is helpful
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A scientific background is helpful, though not required
  • Interest in science advocacy, and desire to learn about public interest/non-profit work
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with and engage environmental and social justice communities is crucial
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in social or physical sciences is helpful but not required

Little or no exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings (approximately 3-5 overnights).

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. 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, 6 month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour, $31,200 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 5, 2017 or until filled.

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Senior Outreach Coordinator

Climate and 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.

As Senior Outreach Coordinator, you will advance the goals of UCS’s Power Ahead Campaign. The Power Ahead Campaign seeks to harness the power of the clean energy transition taking place across the country and to ensure a modern electricity grid that delivers greater amounts of renewable energy reliably and securely. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states and regions to reduce emissions, expand renewable energy and clean energy storage capacity, and hasten the transition away from fossil energy.

Responsibilities

You will lead strategic Campaign outreach efforts including:

  • Create and implement outreach plans and projects to advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory energy campaign initiatives.
  • Oversee both online and offline engagement of UCS supporters and experts to advance the campaign
  • Identify key arenas for UCS campaign visibility with targeted constituencies.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia.
  • Identify emerging campaign opportunities for campaign team. Prioritize best opportunities and facilitate UCS’s strategic and timely response, including engaging supporters and experts.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy, as well as effective strategies for influencing campaign targets, including electricity regulators.
  • Supervise staff, interns, and/or outreach consultants.

Qualifications and experience

Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in organizing and advocacy is required. Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective clean energy or climate related advocacy, including broad and deep knowledge of clean energy issues. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields and a demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach campaigns. Strong and demonstrated staff management skills are required, including experience supervising organizers and leading matrixed teams. Strong project management experience and written and communication skills are essential.

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

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s 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, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 9, 2017 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Vehicles Economist/Engineer

Clean Vehicles 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.

Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system.  Use your modeling and analytical skills to evaluate sources of transportation emissions and the efficacy of strategies to reduce pollution and oil use. Then, put your analysis to work, collaborating with a crack team of advocates, media and outreach experts to bring your analytical findings from the world of models to the real world.  This position will challenge you in many ways, requiring skillful analysis, persuasive writing for a variety of audiences, public speaking, and many other skills you have or will acquire.

Responsibilities

  • Transportation Energy and Emissions Analysis
    • Use models like the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) to evaluate transportation emissions trends and projections, and the efficacy of different policies and strategies to cut these emissions.
  • Communications
    • Inform the public, policymakers, business leaders and the media about the latest policy-relevant findings on oil-saving strategies in a clear and accessible manner
    • Write magazine articles or Op Eds for newspapers
    • Act as spokesperson for UCS on transportation emissions and prepare responses for media requests; Write and review blogs for The Equation.
  • Advocacy
    • Help UCS advocate for smart policies with decision-makers at the state and federal level. 
  • Materials
    • Prepare compelling written materials in a variety of formats ranging from short fact-sheets to longer reports or peer-reviewed journal articles. 
  • Expert Engagement
    • Build and maintain working relationships with other experts in academia, government and industry through conferences and policy relevant research collaborations. 

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires knowledge of transportation field, including vehicles and fuels technology and policy and current issues and their political/social/environmental/economic ramifications.

The post requires a master's degree in economics, engineering, physical science, public policy, energy and resources or related field and 3 to 7 years of successful relevant and comparable experience, including background in research and policy development and analysis.

Direct experience with economic models such as the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) or other input-output models, stock and flow models, and engineering economic models is preferred. Position also requires familiarity with economics and public policy. Experience in the policy arena, strong communication skills as well as project management background are all important assets. 

Extensive experience in communicating technical findings effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including the traditional media and social media, is highly desirable, as is knowledge of and experience in state and federal vehicle, fuel and transportation policies. Strong communication, public-speaking, relationship-building and teamwork skills are essential. Must be an excellent writer who is able to quickly synthesize complex technical information and write for a variety of audiences, often to tight deadlines.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer; may require extended periods at a computer.  Periodic travel (about 10% of the time) to events, conferences, speaking engagements, 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. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 60’s to high 70’s depending on experience. 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 “Vehicles Economist/Engineer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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Baker Media Internship

One Year Paid Internship
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 Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a motivated student or recent graduate for UCS’s “Baker Internship” in media relations. This opportunity will provide participants with media experience working on exciting communication strategies at a leading national advocacy organization. The Baker intern will have an opportunity to work with UCS programs focused on addressing global warming, expanding clean energy, cleaning up the U.S. vehicle fleet, reforming the agricultural system, reducing nuclear weapons threats, and ensuring science is properly used in government decision making. 

The Baker Media Internship was founded through the generous bequest of the late C. Edwin (Ed) Baker, one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment, and mass media policy. The internship is designed to help further his interest in elevating science and policy issues through the media.

The Baker Internship is for college students and recent graduates from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and or environmental advocacy. 

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring science and policy news coverage to identify rapid response opportunities
  • Building and maintaining a variety of media contact lists
  • Providing media team with operational support
  • Researching various topic to support media activities
  • Pitching editors and reporters
  • Scheduling television appearances and radio interviews
  • Assisting with event publicity, media training, and public relations logistics
  • Drafting press releases and pitch memos
  • Helping develop media strategies for our issue areas

Qualifications and experience

Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook. Also needed are excellent interpersonal relations skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, the environment, or media issues strongly preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Overnight travel may be required once or twice during the 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 paid one-year full-time, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the annual salary $31,200. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample n via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “Baker Internship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. As part of the cover letter, please indicate salary requirements, how you learned about the position, and evidence of your promise as a communications professional to give the hiring committee an idea of your potential and achievements. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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