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Cambridge, MA Positions


 

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Development Program
Cambridge, MA

The Position

Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Senior Major Gifts Officer (MGO) has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift and planned gift prospects. As a key member of a team of 25 development professionals, the Senior MGO will manage a portfolio of $10k+ donors in an assigned region; developing and implementing customized major gift strategies for each assigned prospect/donor. Works closely and strategically with Planned Giving staff, the President, senior UCS staff, board members and volunteers. Monitors the progress of individual prospect plans for his/her portfolio of donors, and serves as a member of the leadership gifts team. Provides strategic guidance to the major gifts program.

In 2014, UCS’s operating revenues totaled over twenty-five million, with 82% of that coming from individual donors. The organization does not accept government funding and accepts limited funding from corporations.

Responsibilities

  • Charged with broadening and deepening support from major donors for UCS.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of 125-175 major gift prospects and donors with a focus in the New York metro area.
  • Moves prospects through the stages of identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation in a strategic and efficient manner.
  • Develops and executes customized prospect plans for new individuals in your region capable of making a $10k+ outright gift to UCS.
  • Responsible for meeting and monitoring progress on revenue goals as well as goals for donor contact and activity that include 60-100 annual donor meetings, 200 personalized interactions, and 40-60 annual travel days (approximately 30% travel).  
  • Schedules, scripts, and leads donor visits and other individualized contact with prospects; guides and directs staff and board in cultivation and solicitation activity. 
  • Ensures timely, accurate input and management of prospect and donor information into the database.  
  • Develops persuasive proposals and reports to individual donors and family foundations. 
  • Upholds professional ethical standards of fundraising, as per Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics.

Qualifications and experience

  • Requires seven to ten years of comparable and relevant development/fundraising experience with at least five to seven years in major/leadership giving.
  • Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors.
  • Demonstrated success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with major gifts work including writing successful and compelling proposals and making in-person gift solicitations.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a major gift prospecting plan to identify and qualify new major donors.
  • Must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with ease.
  • Be energetic, intellectually curious, a strategic thinker and a good listener.
  • Experience working with board members or lead volunteers required.
  • Strong computer skills, including constituent databases are necessary (experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus).
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • General familiarity with planned giving a plus.
  • Experience with Moves Management process preferred.
  • Familiarity with and interest in UCS issues strongly preferred.
  • Position requires bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Must have current driver’s license and be able to travel nationally, including overnight trips. Travel equals roughly 30% 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. Competitive salary for candidates who meet all position requirements. 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 “Senior Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 15, 2016 or until filled.

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Development Associate

Development Program
Cambridge, MA

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 Position

Under the direction of the Director of Major Gifts, the Associate has the primary responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the administrative support of the team. The Associate will be a member of an 8-person major gifts team and work directly with two assigned major giving officers to support activity within their portfolios and regions. Responsibilities include coordinating travel logistics for meetings with donors/prospects, creating and organizing lists for review, and assisting with trip follow up. Assisting with donor cultivation and stewardship, the Associate is charged with drafting personalized correspondence and proposals for key donors and assisting with the development of custom cultivation pieces. Ensure the timely entry and integrity of the data in the database which supports the Major Gifts Officer’s robust and efficient activity. The Associate will also execute team-wide processes for acknowledgements, suspect mailings, and year-end and mid-year portfolio mailings.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Major Gift Officers to coordinate logistics for donor meetings, trips and events, including booking air, hotel, car reservations, and itineraries. 
  • Create queries and exports from Raiser’s Edge database in preparation for donor meetings and visits.
  • Vet, organize and prioritize lists to identify top prospects for relevant outreach.
  • Assist with follow up from prospect/donor meetings including drafting thank-you notes and responses to requests for additional information on UCS programs.
  • Draft and edit proposals and reports to family foundations and individuals, prepare cover sheets, budgets/financial reports, and supporting materials for formal inquiry letters.
  • Maintain accuracy of major donor records in Raiser’s Edge database. Support Major Gift Officers with high volume data entry needs and regional analysis.
  • Prepare forms for individual gifts from all donors within major gift portfolios or of $5,000 or more, and produce accurate and timely tax-letter acknowledgements within 48 hours of receipt.
  • Maintain President’s thank you call and special correspondence list.
    • Serve as integral member of leadership gifts team, attending regular meetings, taking minutes, tracking actions and outcomes from meetings, providing administrative support, and assisting with ongoing and short-term projects.
    • Provide support for management and production of semi-annual appeals for all leadership donors.
    • Develop and maintain familiarity with UCS areas of work.

Qualifications and experience

  • Requires two to four years of comparable experience.
  • Position requires strong organizational, communication, writing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have the ability to coordinate effectively across many areas of the organization.
  • Must be attentive to detail and able to manage competing priorities from multiple team members in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Familiarity with major gifts and development operations.
  • Database experience is required, Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team is important.
  • Familiarity with UCS issues desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at a computer. Little or no travel required.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff 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 $38,000 per year. 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 “Development Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 19, 2016 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Deputy Director/Research Director

Food & Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Food and Environment Program:

Leads the call for a national food policy that:

  • Ensures a healthier, more sustainable, fair, and affordable food system for all Americans; 
  • Aligns our farm policies to protect and promote our health, environment, and climate;
  • Provides fair wages to the millions of farm and food workers who produce, process, and bring food to our tables; and
  • Brings existing policies—currently overseen by at least eight different federal agencies—under one responsible, coordinating body.

The next president has the power to take this step, and UCS will push to make it happen by building a coalition that can mobilize farmers, farm workers, food service employees, health professionals, and consumers to demand affordable and healthful food for all Americans. In the coming year, UCS plans to put a national food policy on the public agenda by:

  • Making the economic and scientific case for a national food policy;
  • Injecting the issue into the presidential campaign;
  • Engage in legislative and regulatory debates to illustrate how existing food policies, driven by corporate priorities, run counter to the public interest and to propose and support policies that enhance the pubic good;
  • Holding corporations that profit from the status quo accountable, while pointing to businesses and communities already working toward a better food future.

The Position:

Will supervise a team of 11 including senior analysts/scientists, the Senior Communications Strategist, Campaign Manager, and Program Assistant, as well as external consultants as necessary. 

As directed by the Food and Environment (F&E) Program Director, the Deputy Director/Research Director manages day-to-day program operations and coordinates with the Director on major programmatic decisions and priorities.  S/he provides strategic guidance, advice, feedback, and support to the Program Director to ensure success of the program at the highest level. The Deputy Director maintains flexibility to respond to rapidly changing conditions and will assume additional responsibilities as requested by the Director.

The Deputy/Research Director provides strategic advice and support on direction of the program’s scientific and analytical work.  S/he plans and designs appropriate research activities and projects that align with UCS strategic goals and objectives, and support F&E campaigns and programmatic work. The Deputy/Research Director leads efforts to conceptualize ideas for research/analysis products. S/he sets research objectives and goals; plans and coordinates overall research projects; determines sub-projects that contribute to overall objective. The Deputy/Research Director ensures appropriate research and analytic methods in accordance with scientifically sound principles and techniques; reviews major research and analytical products for analytical approach, methodological assumptions, and data sources; and manages and supports the team’s scientists and analysts.

The Deputy Director assists the Program Director with foundation fundraising; manages the program’s annual planning and budgeting processes and oversees their implementation; provides oversight and coordinates key elements of F&E programmatic work; oversees staff hiring; and executes a variety of managerial tasks.

As warranted, the Deputy Director participates in leadership team/board meetings and other organizational activities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for day-to-day management and administration of the F&E program;responsible for the implementation of program plans.
  • Provide advice and management support to the F&E Director to ensure departmental and organizational near-term goals and long-term strategic vision are achieved. Assume Program Director responsibilities when required.
  • Foster a positive team spirit in the F&E program and across departmental and organizational lines to leverage the collective resources of the organization.  Actively engage in problem solving around relevant strategic questions, issues of substance, and matters of staff time prioritization, and resource utilization.
  • Provide leadership and help the program define and implement its goals, strategies, and activities, both in the near and longer-term.  Manage and participate in annual and periodic efforts to set priorities for the program and to develop yearly program plans.
  • Provide strategic advice and support on program direction, research, and related program activities.  Provide strategic guidance, advice, feedback, and support to the Program Director to ensure success of the program at the highest level. Maintain flexibility to respond to rapidly changing conditions.
  • Monitor and assure F&E’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices align with this organizational priority and support the program’s maximal effectiveness internally and externally.
  • Manage analytic/scientific staff and provide analytical oversight, as well as technical and policy analysis, to advance the program’s goals. Work with program and communications staff to ensure timely, resonant, and visible products and messaging.   Establish and maintain comprehensive knowledge of F&E program issues, policy environment and opportunities.
  • Represent UCS at high level public events.Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; consider impact of activities on organization reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; direct energies whenever possible to promote UCS, advance organization objectives, ensure credibility and enhance funding opportunities.
  • Develop the F&E program budget in conjunction with yearly planning process, and manage the budget throughout the year. Approve expense reports, make recommendations to the Program Director and staff on spending priorities, and oversee the Program Assistant’s work tracking spending. Manage F&E contracts as needed.
  • Assist Program Director with fundraising and partnering with the development department to craft fundraising strategies and write foundation proposals and reports. As appropriate, meet with foundation representatives, identify funding prospects, and help with major donor solicitations to support the program. When designated, meet with major donors/member prospects.
  • Provide guidance, support, and coaching to ensure staff will succeed in their jobs. Manage personnel issues that may arise, and resolve conflicts as needed. Ensure staffing resources are allocated to the highest priority needs of the program.

Qualifications

  • 7-10 years of senior level management relevant experience including: strategic planning; program development and implementation; team building; leading and supervising research/analytical staff; responsibility for staff recruitment and management; budgeting and cost control.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible relevant experience working on food, nutrition, public health and/or agroecology issues and research, and a similar depth of experience working in the policymaking arena.
  • Deep expertise in food, nutrition, public health and/or agricultural science and policy, and their social, economic, political and environmental ramifications.  
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to the application of science to public policy through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion lens, especially in the arenas of food, nutrition, public health and/or sustainable agriculture issues. 
  • Candidates with experience in coalition building, mounting effective issue campaigns, engaging scientists and activists, and media relations strongly preferred. 
    • Strong and demonstrated management skills at a senior level are essential, as is the ability to lead, supervise and mentor staff, and inspire high-performing teams to achieve exceptional outcomes.
    • Lead complex strategic processes; provide advice and guidance when required during all stages of planning and project execution
    • Strong business acumen and ability to drive results; strives for continuous improvement, establishes goals, determines appropriate resource allocation, ensures skills and readiness of the team, and translates goals/initiatives into action.
    • Demonstrates inclusive leadership; champions inclusion, demonstrates self-awareness, conveys respect and shows consideration for cultural concerns and expectations.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
    • PhD degree in a relevant field is required.

Travel: Occasional travel is required.

To Apply:

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to our search firm, Bridge Partners: janet.albert@bridgepartnersllc.com

The Union of Concerned Scientists is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants.

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Cambridge, MA, or Washington, DC


 

Policy Analyst

Clean Vehicles Program
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Clean Vehicles program engages in leading-edge analysis, consumer and media education, and transportation policy advocacy. Our work is aimed at reducing oil use, climate emissions, and air pollution through smart policies and practices—including increased fuel efficiency, cleaner fuels, and advanced electric cars and trucks.

The Clean Vehicle program seeks an individual to join a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to carryout targeted policy analysis, technology assessment, and advocacy efforts in support of UCS’s state and national transportation policy agenda. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and communication skills who are enthusiastic about collaborating with our team of engineers, scientists, outreach, advocacy, and communications experts. This position will focus on both federal and Northeast regional policy opportunities and topics including federal fuel economy/carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks, vehicle electrification, and low carbon fuels.

Responsibilities

  • Design, conduct, and supervise technology and policy analysis to support advocacy efforts.
  • Manage the creation, production, and release of public facing products aimed at influencing key decision makers, informing UCS members and the general public, and achieving positive policy outcomes.
  • Participate in the development of UCS policy positions, prepare regulatory and legislative comments and testimony, and develop and recommend policy proposals.
  • Meet with policymakers and stakeholders, serve as a spokesperson on technical and policy issues, and represent UCS, its science-brand and positions at various public forums.
  • Advocate UCS clean vehicles policy agenda with legislative and administrative bodies, non-governmental organizations and business groups, and represent UCS before media and public.
  • Collaborate with members of Clean Vehicles team and other UCS programs and departments.

Qualifications and experience

The position requires a working knowledge of transportation and climate policy and strong quantitative and analytical skills. The position also requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development and  understanding of the policy process, including advocacy techniques and legislative strategy. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is strongly preferred. Media experience a plus. A Masters Level Degree is preferred. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and computer spreadsheets is required and experience with vehicle stock models is strongly desired.

A minimum of 3-5 years of successful relevant and comparable experience for candidates with Master’s degrees is required, including experience in research and analysis. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree require a minimum of 5-7 years of successful and comparable experience in related areas.  

May spend extended periods of time on computer.  Periodic travel is required equivalent to 5 percent 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. 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 or Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary would be in the high $50,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, writing sample, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Northeast Policy Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: January 3, 2016 or until filled. 

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Oakland, CA


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