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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


Senior Outreach Coordinator (Bilingual)

Climate Impacts Campaign
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

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.

UCS’s Climate Impacts Campaign seeks to move the public and federal lawmakers towards strong, swift action on climate change, through focusing on those climate change impacts we are already experiencing, such as extreme heat and precipitation, wildfires, and sea level rise. As Senior Outreach Coordinator, you will work with a creative, dedicated, and multi-disciplinary team of scientists, analysts, communications experts, and campaign organizers to mobilize diverse constituencies for federal action to reduce carbon emissions and to prepare for  the impacts of climate change .

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead efforts to mobilize scientists, experts, elected officials, business, faith, and military leaders and others.
  • Develop, and implement outreach plans associated with major new UCS products.
  • Develop and manage projects to advance national and state-based climate initiatives, achieve political strategy goals, and contribute to overall campaign outcomes.
  • As part of a cross-program team, help develop and implement our Spanish-language communications and outreach strategy.
  • Identify and raise the profile of communities taking action to prepare for climate changewith special attention to the equity dimensions of climate change adaptation in particular for working class communities and communities of color, including Latino/Hispanic, African American, and Tribal communities.
  • Maintain competency in issue areas and outreach expertise.
  • Represent UCS at public events, conferences, and to members.

Qualifications and experience

  • Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in both outreach and advocacy is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in effective climate and energy campaigning. Familiarity with climate mitigation and preparedness policies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills are required, as well as proven ability to write for a variety of audiences.
  • Must have experience in coalition-building and management, as well as experience with grassroots organizing and member recruitment (including online activism and marketing), social media, and media relations.
  • Experience with campaign planning and strategy development is required, as is demonstrated success working with coalitions and/or professional associations.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, online research, and Microsoft Office a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible under fast-changing campaign conditions.
  • Background in climate, energy, or environmental sciences is required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

May spend extended periods at computer. May occasionally lift boxes of materials (less than 70 lbs.). Significant travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required. Regular office hours may include nights and weekends.

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 either in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC 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, Spanish and English writing samples, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Senior Outreach Coordinator: Climate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 30 or until filled. 

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Senior Energy Analyst

Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC or Chicago, IL

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 Energy Analyst, you will help lead research and advocacy efforts to shape electricity markets and policies to develop a more flexible and modern electric grid that can accommodate high levels of renewable energy, demand-side resources, and electric vehicles while reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. This work includes:

  • research and analysis, writing, and communicating of technical reports, fact sheets, and other materials
  • preparing and delivering regulatory and legislative comments and testimony
  • meeting with policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders
  • developing and advocating for UCS clean energy and climate change policy positions
  • representing UCS in task forces, working groups, coalitions, with the media, and at public forums.

Responsibilities

Work with senior Climate & Energy Program staff to establish policy positions, strategy, and analytics that spur innovation in energy markets to facilitate greater reliance on renewable energy, a low-carbon electricity system and a more flexible, modern electricity grid.

Conduct research and analysis and provide technical insights on market rules and rate structures, transmission and distribution planning, reliability impacts, electric vehicles, and the integration and expansion of clean energy technologies onto the grid such as energy storage, microgrids, demand response, and distributed generation. Track, acquire, and evaluate relevant legislative bills, policies, and regulations.

Advocate for UCS’s positions on climate and energy issues and negotiate policy and regulatory agreements. Influence the development and implementation of policies and strategies within government and non-government institutions and businesses. Inject issues of racial equity into advocacy, ensuring people of color benefit from the clean energy transition.

Lend expert technical expertise and represent UCS. Develop and deliver comments and testimony before national and state regulatory commissions, legislative committees, and other government agencies and commissions.  Meet with and respond to policymakers, media, stakeholders and the public; respond to requests for model legislation. Exchange information, share resources and collaborate with advocates, clean energy businesses, and researchers at other organizations.

Serve as a senior spokesperson on energy and grid-related issues with the media, and in workshops, hearings, negotiations, and other public forums. Develop and promote UCS positions at local, state, regional, and national levels. Collaborate with key stakeholders and legislative staff to develop, sponsor, and promote clean energy legislation. Provide expert technical and strategic assistance; present and promote UCS ideas, objectives, and activities on political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of energy issues.

Ensure accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of written materials. Help coordinate peer review and publication. Tailor style and content of materials for technical and /or general audiences. Disseminate materials and information to policymakers, the media, and the public.

Manage external consultants and legal advisors on key modern grid initiatives and oversee contracts and contractor relationships.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires seven to ten years of experience, including background in electricity markets, energy analysis and advocacy, climate and energy policy development, and a demonstrated commitment to the application of science to public policy. A broad and sophisticated knowledge of the electricity sector is needed, with emphasis on renewable energy and power grids, technologies, policies and markets, and political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area (public policy, economics, science, engineering, law) is required. 

Strong and demonstrated research, technical and analytic skills are essential, as is the ability to effectively communicate technical issues to policymakers, advocates, media, and the issue public. Experience in state and/or federal energy regulatory agencies is a plus, as is knowledge of and experience with electric vehicles and their role in integrating higher levels of renewable energy onto the grid.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Moderate to significant travel is necessary, including 3 to 6 domestic, overnight trips per quarter.

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, grant-funded position, with the option to be based in our Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, or Chicago, IL office. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and preferred office location to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Senior Energy Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 30, 2017 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Corporate Analyst & Engagement Specialist

Climate & Energy Program
Washington DC Office

The Position

If you know how to read between the lines of corporate financial reports and public relations—and engage with company decision makers, investors and analysts about your findings—we need you on our team. With dangerous climate impacts becoming ever more apparent and climate change denial infiltrating our nation’s capital, it has never been more important to challenge major fossil fuel producers to acknowledge the reality of global warming—and adapt their businesses accordingly. The Climate Accountability Campaign of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) does just that.

As the Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist, you will oversee corporate campaign research; develop and write reports, fact sheets, and other materials; engage directly with companies, their investors, and other influencers; facilitate rapid campaign responses to developments in and around the fossil fuel industry; cultivate allies and coalitions; serve as a campaign spokesperson with select audiences; and ensure high visibility for the campaign and UCS experts.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Design and oversee corporate research related to fossil energy companies’ climate actions and responsibilties. Analyze corporate annual reports, financial statements, sustainability reports, investor communications and other required and voluntary disclosures for information. Investigate and document affiliations with and funding of trade associations, thinktanks, and other industry groups. Evaluate individual companies’ climate-related progress and performance relative to established metrics and criteria.
  • Plan and implement research projects to analyze, expose and assess selected fossil energy companies’ climate-related positions and actions. Set goals; design and coordinate overall projects; provide guidance and support to the research team.Gather and analyze data; write and edit reports, fact sheets, and advocacy materials.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for direct and indirect engagement of major fossil energy companies. Directly engage with corporate target(s) and provide strategic guidance staff. Train staff, interns, and consultants in corporate engagement strategy, protocols, and safeguards.
  • Monitor campaign-related developments and ensure appropriate and timely responses. Identify emerging opportunities, prioritize best opportunities and facilitate strategic and timely response, including involvement of supporters and experts. Research, prepare, or review accuracy of written materials and public statements.
  • Cultivate, coordinate, and manage relationships with investors, shareholder advocates, financial experts, and other specialized constituencies necessary to advance our campaign goals. Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia. Be a UCS spokesperson at conferences and in other venues, raising the profile of the campaign on social media platforms, and engaging with the media.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in corporate research and analysis, with experience engaging with corporate representatives over research findings.

  • Strong quantitative, qualitative, analytical, and project management skills and experience.
  • Exemplary communication skills and proven ability to research, write and produce high quality, rigorous, accessible documents for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, multi-task, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Broad and deep knowledge of climate change issues, the fossil fuel industry, and major fossil fuel companies is a plus.
  • Advocacy, outreach, coalition, and/or campaign experience is preferred.
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of allies and potential allies in shareholder activism, socially responsible investing (SRI), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, corporate governance and sustainability ratings is a strong plus.

A Master’s degree in business, economics, public policy, law, or other related discipline is preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

May spend extended periods at computer. Significant travel is necessary, including 10 or more overnight trips per year (may include international travel).

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 around $67,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Corporate Analyst” in the subject line. Materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 10, 2017 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC (preferred) or 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 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 program assistant is the Center’s backbone, providing administrative, logistical, outreach, and basic research support to promote the effectiveness of the entire team. Responsibilities include:

  • Completing 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.
  • Self-motivation, good interpersonal and communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, and the capacity to work on multiple projects at one time.

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

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.

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 (preferred) or Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $38,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter referencing how you learned about the position and why you want to work for us, along with 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: December 8, 2017 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL


 

Field Coordinator

Two Year Temporary Position
Global Security Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position

Do you believe that concerned, active citizens can make a difference in confronting some of the planet’s biggest challenges? If so, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a leading national science-based advocacy organization, seeks a creative and experienced grassroots organizer/campaigner to develop and manage a Midwest-focused outreach, communications and public education effort to reduce the real and urgent threat posed by nuclear weapons and to prevent a catastrophic nuclear war.

Under the direction of the Manager, Strategic Campaigns for the Global Security Program (GSP), the Field Coordinator will help conceive and manage a multi-state regional outreach, communications and organizing effort with the goal of engaging key members of Congress, key constituency groups, UCS supporters, opinion leaders and local, state and regional media on nuclear weapons and missile defense issues.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a theory of change/influence strategy for targeted members of Congress in IL, MI, OH, MN, IN and WI involving a range of online and offline activities
  • Initiate and build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders/influencers, including prospective coalition partners, local and state elected officials, and media
  • Identify and cultivate UCS activists, Science Network members and donors to engage with UCS
  • Organize and manage off-line and on-line events, such as campus/community talks by UCS experts; activist and UCS supporter trainings, webinars and workshops, and briefings
  • Represent GSP at state and regional meetings and events
  • Collaborate with staff to develop state and regional media strategies in support of GSP goals
  • Help promote major UCS analytic and communications products
  • Develop and maintain basic issue knowledge (you do not have to be a nuclear weapons expert!) and stay up-to-date on developments in Congress and on nuclear weapons matters
  • Regularly monitor the views, statements, votes and issue positions of targeted members of Congress
  • Track, evaluate, and report back on campaign activities to evaluate effectiveness

Qualifications and Experience

  • Position requires and 3 to 5 years of relevant and comparable experience in campaign organizing and policy advocacy
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Demonstrated success with strategic campaign planning, grassroots organizing, and online and offline mobilization tools
  • Global security/nuclear weapons issue experience is helpful but not required
  • Must have experience in building and maintaining relationships with key constituencies, with an emphasis on non-traditional constituencies such as racial/social justice and faith organizations
  • Position will involve frequent travel to target states in the Midwest
  • Extended periods at a computer terminal

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, two-year temporary 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.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a brief writing sample that describes your approach and thinking about grassroots organizing and your perspectives on engaging citizens on issue advocacy at the federal level, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “GSP Field Coordinator” in the subject line Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 22, 2017 or until filled.

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Lead Midwest Energy Analyst

Climate & 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.

As Lead Midwest Energy Analyst, you will help guide research and advocacy efforts that shape electricity markets and policies to support renewable energy and other clean energy technologies toward a more flexible and modern electric grid while reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. This work includes:

  • research and analysis, writing and communicating of technical reports, fact sheets, and other materials
  • preparing and delivering regulatory and legislative comments and testimony
  • meeting with policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders
  • developing and advocating for clean energy and climate change policy

Responsibilities

Work with Climate & Energy staff on research and projects to advance policy and market support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies in the electricity sector, especially in the Midwest.

Research and advocate legislative and regulatory initiatives on electricity market rules and rate structures, transmission and distribution planning, reliability impacts, electric vehicles, and the integration and expansion of clean energy technologies onto the grid. Advocate for racial equity, ensuring people of color benefit from the clean energy transition.

Identify project strategy and objectives in priority Midwest states. Develop and implement state-specific work plans integrating technical research and analysis, outreach, and advocacy activities. Provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and regional coalition partners.

Develop and implement sound research. Gather and analyze data and write reports and other materials, tailoring for different audiences. Help coordinate peer review and publication. Disseminate materials and information to policymakers, the media, and the public.

Monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in the power sector and evolving renewable energy and climate change policies.

Develop and deliver comments and testimony for public agencies and legislators on energy policy issues. Meet with and respond to policymakers, media, stakeholders and the public; respond to requests for model legislation. Track and evaluate relevant legislative bills, policies, and regulations.

Exchange information, share resources and collaborate with advocates, clean energy businesses, and researchers at other organizations, particularly community based organizations, academic institutions, and Hispanic/African American Caucuses in statehouses.

Serve as a spokesperson on energy and grid-related issues. Develop and promote UCS positions at local, state, regional, and national levels. Collaborate with key stakeholders and legislative staff to develop, sponsor, and promote clean energy policies and legislation. Provide expert technical and strategic assistance; present and promote UCS ideas, objectives, and activities on political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of energy issues.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience, including background in research, analysis, and advocacy of electricity sector issues and clean energy and climate policy development. Comprehensive knowledge of energy field is required, with emphasis on renewable energy and power grid technologies, electric industry operations, markets, regulations, policies, and their political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. Strong and demonstrated research, technical and analytic skills are essential, as is the ability to communicate technical issues to policymakers, advocates, media, and the issue public.

A Master’s degree knowledge of energy or environmental science field, with emphasis on a broad array of both clean and conventional energy technologies, policies and markets is preferred. A demonstrated ability to manage projects effectively and deliver work within a budget and timeline is required. Computer programming experience, including familiarity with forecast modeling of electricity markets and policies is a plus.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Moderate to significant travel primarily within the Midwest is necessary, including 4 to 6 overnight trips per quarter.

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 Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $67,500. 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 “Midwest Energy Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 15, 2017 or until filled.

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Midwest Outreach Coordinator

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position

UCS’s Climate and Energy team is growing to take advantage of the many opportunities for progress on clean energy and climate in the Midwest. Washington is going the wrong direction on climate. And environmental justice and climate impacts are more pressing than ever. But we have a network of 20,000+ scientists who are fired up and growing every day. States are taking bold action on clean energy and climate. The price of clean energy is dropping like a stone.

That’s where you come in: if you’re an excellent organizer who’s passionate about climate and clean energy, understands equity and environmental justice, and has big ideas about leveraging science for social change – we want you as our Midwest Outreach Coordinator.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Organize within UCS’s Power Ahead campaign to advance clean energy and modernize the electric grid
  • Organize and engage UCS supporters and Science Network members to achieve campaign goals.
  • Develop, and implement outreach plans and projects to advance state, regional, and federal energy campaign goals.
  • Contribute to and use high-level analysis and technical expertise to ensure visibility with target constituencies; and facilitate strategic responses to emerging campaign opportunities.
  • Coordinate Midwest advocacy and campaign work across projects and programs both within UCS and with external partners.
  • Manage files and data on engagement efforts.
  • Provide colleagues with timely information and regular updates on state and regional policy issues and political developments.
  • Ensure strong state/regional/federal coordination within UCS.

 Qualifications and experience

  • Demonstrated ability and experience developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grasstops constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities is required.
  • Comfort making phone calls to supporters and holding intentional one-on-one meetings is essential. Experience working with scientists, experts, and/or academics is a big plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and to collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with prominent professionals and experts.
  • Familiarity with advocacy writing and tactical, and technical aspects of digital strategy is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to engage competently and equitably with a diverse group of scientists, grassroots leaders, and allies is required. Solid understanding of racial and economic dynamics, particularly as they relate to energy, environmental, and climate issues, is a big plus.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, online organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is required. Experience with EveryAction, Salsa, Nationbuilder, or other CRM software is preferred.

Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing. Current or recent experience in the Midwest and education or experience in climate change and energy is strongly preferred.

A bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Moderate travel is required, up to 6 days a month during peak times, including overnights. Driver’s license required.

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 Chicago office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $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 email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Midwest Outreach” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 26, 2017 or until filled. 

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Oakland, CA


 

Western States Energy Analyst

Climate and Energy Program
Oakland, CA 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.

As Western States Energy Analyst, you will develop and analyze scenarios for California’s electricity grid to identify potential impacts of energy investments and to provide data and analysis for future energy decisions. This work includes:

  • writing and editing technical reports, fact sheets, and other materials communicating research results;
  • preparing regulatory and legislative comments and testimony;
  • participating in the development, outreach and advocacy of UCS clean energy and climate change policy positions;
  • meeting with policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders;
  • representing UCS and its philosophy and positions at various public forums.

Responsibilities

Design and develop quantitative analyses that address current, critical regulatory and policy issues related to increasing the penetration of renewable energy onto western electricity grids. Working with colleagues and/consultants, gather data, identify appropriate modeling tools and other research methods, design scenarios, analyze outputs, and assist UCS staff in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of various analyses. Solicit review and feedback from editors, internal and external colleagues, and supervisor; present information and address questions and criticism. Edit manuscripts and reports as needed. Maintain accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of all written material. Tailor style and content of materials for different audiences, as appropriate. Disseminate materials to policymakers, the media, and the public.

Maintain current knowledge of analytical tools and energy technologies, policies and markets, and of evolving environmental and climate change policies. Monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in advanced clean energy technology and market issues, climate change policies, and related fields. Use this expertise in research and advocacy activities.

Maintain regular contact with modelers and energy analysts from other organizations and government agencies to keep up to date on the latest analyses, research and model developments

When appropriate, provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and coalition partners. Respond to inquiries and comments from stakeholders, media, members, sponsors, and general public about energy related issues; promote UCS position and objectives.

Provide technical advice and guidance and work with development, organizing, or communications staff to coordinate energy related messages.

Represent UCS at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other various public forums.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires at least 3-5 years of experience researching and analyzing energy issues related to markets, regulation, reliability and policy implementation.  Familiarity with and experience using electricity models such as PLEXOS or other production-cost models, or electricity capacity expansion and optimization models is highly desirable.

Knowledge of electricity market design and operations is also highly desired. A Master’s degree or higher that has a quantitative component is required. A demonstrated ability to translate quantitative analysis to a policy audience and manage and deliver work within a budget and timeline is required. Computer programming experience, with knowledge of how to run production-cost or investment optimization models can be extremely helpful.

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.

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. 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 Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: until filled.

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Senior Climate Scientist

Climate & Energy Program
Oakland, CA 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. 

As Western States Senior Climate Scientist you will design and carry out research on how California and other western states can cope with the current and projected impacts of climate change, including  impacts on water systems and how water management strategies can enhance future water supply sustainability.  Working with a dynamic, high performing West Coast team you will research and raise awareness of climate change consequences in California, including human and economic costs that can be avoided by sound policies. As Senior Climate Scientist, you will help lead our efforts to provide robust, timely, accessible and policy-relevant information on climate science. Working with UCS’s climate and energy team, you’ll provide research and expert technical and analytical advice to campaigns, and carry out related research, outreach, and media activities, primarily focused on climate work in California, Oregon, and Washington.

 Responsibilities

  • Identify and develop relevant analytic and research projects that will advance western climate and water campaign goals. Scope and assess new ideas, develop project plans, and implement work on promising ideas.
  • Plan, design, and carry out primary analysis of climate change on key sectors and populations in California and western states, taking into account technical feasibility, opportunities for effective collaboration with key regionally-based experts and influential stakeholders and policy relevance within the context of UCS’s climate campaigns.
  • Help develop, review and ensure high quality UCS materials on climate science and adaptation, including reports, science briefs, web pages, infographics, blog posts, press releases, expert testimony, draft legislation, webinars, and public presentations.
  • Serve as a climate science resource for media, outreach and policy goals, including support for fundraising efforts such as answering high priority member and donor questions, and assisting with proposal writing. 
  • Maintain close working relationships with relevant experts and influential stakeholders at other institutions. Exchange information, share resources, and strengthen UCSs leadership role on climate science and impacts in California and other western states.
  • Serve as project leader who guides the research design, external expert collaborator engagement, and works with key staff on the media and outreach aspects of major reports.
  • Serve as an advisor or resource on research, web or outreach projects led by other project leaders.
  • Serve as lead UCS spokesperson on climate science and impacts in California to the media and public, scientific conferences and policy-relevant research collaborations.
  • Supervise consultants or staff, as appropriate

Qualifications and experience

Position requires an in-depth knowledge of climate science and impacts and demonstrable ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy debates. Knowledge of California climate impacts and policy are highly desirable. Position also requires strong public speaking skills, a demonstrable ability to write for non-technical audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. PhD in a relevant field required.

Work requires a strong background in climate change science and impacts and five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience, including collaborative work in academic research teams or government research programs or the application of climate science to public policy and experience in communicating science to a wide variety of audiences, especially the media. Experience with the application of climate science to public policy a plus. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential. Experience managing scientific and technical groups while utilizing project management techniques and supervising research staff is desired.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Up to 5% of time may be needed for travel to conferences and other UCS meetings.

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 Oakland, CA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $80,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, short writing/report sample (written for a general, non-academic audience)salary requirements, how you learned about the position to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Sr Climate Scientist” in the subject line. Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 29th, 2017 or until filled. 

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