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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

Click here for a full list of benefits >

 

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


Customer Service Representative (Donor Relations)

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and Experience

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

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $36,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Customer Service Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 25, 2017 or until filled.

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Donor Recognition Associate

Development Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

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

Are you supremely organized, a stickler for detail, and interested in a position that supports UCS’s transformational work? The Donor Recognition Associate is a member of a bustling team of 28 development professionals raising nearly $30 million annually (and growing.) As a team, we prioritize the donor experience and ensure that our supporters understand how their gifts are making change.

The Donor Recognition Associate implements gift acknowledgment processes and protocols for the Development Department, and is essential to the work of directly connecting donors with the impact of their gifts. Working closely with the Stewardship and Gift and Data Processing Teams, the Donor Recognition Associate:

Responsibilities

  • Executes daily tasks relating to the merging, printing, and mailing of in-house acknowledgement letters.
  • Responsible for both quality of the data and timeliness of mailing acknowledgements.
  • Pulls and prepares lists from the database, scrubs and reconciles data in the database prior to sending letters.
  • Implements process for periodic updates of acknowledgment letter language; merges, edits and proofs letters to ensure the appropriate segmentation and level of personalization across gift levels.
  • Coordinates across teams to incorporate necessary personalization for in-house letters to high-dollar donors.
  • Conducts periodic strategic assessments of acknowledgement processes to ensure that acknowledgement across all levels of giving have consistent, timely delivery.
  • Refines acknowledgement processes for efficiency and quality; tracks and reports on activity and performance.
  • Serves as point person for mail house and appreciation call vendors and manages thank you premium inventory.
  • Provides support to Stewardship and Gift and Data processing teams for other projects as needed, including data entry projects and other administrative tasks.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Candidate must be database proficient; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Position requires exceptional attention to detail and demonstrated experience with word processing and merge functions.
  • Requires strong organizational and proofreading skills and the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Orientation toward efficiency and systems approach is preferred.
  • An ability to communicate effectively and work flexibly in a team environment is important.
  • Familiarity with and interest in donor relations techniques and principles is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Work requires two years of comparable and relevant experience.

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

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Regular office hours. Expected to be on hand during busy season, including holiday breaks (excluding official state holidays). Days worked will be offset with days off during the slower period. Up to 5 days of overnight travel may be required each year.

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 office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $38,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Donor Recognition Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 8, 2017 or until filled.

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Web Content Assistant

One Year Temporary Position
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

Are you a great writer? Do you care about making a difference in the world? Are you trying to figure out if communications is the right career track for you?

The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking a temporary Web Content Assistant to work in the Communications department. The Web Content Assistant will work with writers, editors, web content managers, and UCS program staff on a range of written and multimedia projects, including and especially keeping our website, ucsusa.org, up to date. This is an entry-level, one-year 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.

Responsibilities

  • Write, edit, and update web pages for ucsusa.org, including preparing and uploading photos and PDFs to the site
  • Update general sections of the UCS websites (jobs page, expert bios, about section) as requested by website manager.
  • Create slides for homepage spotlight as requested by website manager.
  • Create and maintain a content organizing system for different sections of the website.
  • Support content managers on section updates as assigned.
  • Research appropriate photos for the website, its blog, and our Spanish-language website. Upload photos into digital asset management system, working closely with our production coordinator to ensure quality control.
  • May also assist with blog and podcast-related tasks, supporting the web content team as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills; organizational skills; and outstanding attention to detail. Knowledge of content management systems like WordPress and/or Drupal is preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook will be helpful. Also needed are excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, environment strongly preferred. Fluent in Spanish is a plus. A bachelor’s degree in a field that requires writing is preferred.

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one year temporary position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $36,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, two short writing samples (400-500 words), salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Web Content Assistant” 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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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 5, 2017 or until filled. 

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Legislative Associate

Legislative Associate
Food and Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

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

The Food and Environment Program (F&E) develops original scientific analysis in support of a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. You will help represent UCS on food and farm policy in front of Congress, the executive branch, nonprofits, business groups, and the DC policy community. You’ll work closely with other UCS staff to develop strategies to integrate legislative work with research and outreach to achieve policy goals.

You’ll bring familiarity with federal food and agriculture policy issues and a working knowledge of the legislative process and an understanding of effective advocacy strategies. Outstanding oral and written communication skills will help you succeed in a fast-paced environment. An ability and willingness to collaborate effectively with diverse audiences is essential.

Responsibilities

  • Support the Food & Environment program’s Federal policy agenda - including Farm Bill, agricultural research, conservations programs, and nutrition programs.
  • Develop and implement campaign strategies and coalition policy goals, focusing on advocacy and outreach components.
  • Provide strategic and innovative input on advancing F&E’s policy priorities and defend against policies and actions undermining science in federal policymaking.
  • Represent UCS as needed. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional staff, administration officials, and coalition and environmental justice partners. Participate in coalition activities and support community-based allies.
  • Track legislation and regulations in Congress and federal agencies. Identify opportunities for action.
  • Draft, edit, and fact-check advocacy materials such as letters, fact sheets, op-eds, presentations, and briefing papers.
  • Conduct power-mapping analysis informing grassroots outreach strategies.
  • Participate in research projects. Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge relevant to Food & Environment issues.
  • Participate in regular cross-programmatic lobby caucus meetings and activities.

Qualifications and experience

You must have familiarity with federal food and agriculture policy issues and interest in or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns. A basic knowledge of science or technical policy issues is also helpful.  Must understand the legislative process, including advocacy/lobbying techniques and strategies, legislative strategy, and the policymaking process; a proven ability to learn quickly; strong time management skills; outstanding oral and written communication skills; and an ability to collaborate effectively with diverse audiences. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), CQ/Knowlegis, and Lexis/Nexis is a plus. Ability to work in fast-paced environment; self-starter who also works well in teams; B.S. or B.A. degree, preferably in political science or public policy is desired.

The position requires 3 to 5 years of relevant experience including two solid years of comparable experience in legislative, campaign, and lobbying at the national or grassroots level. Proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working to engage stakeholders and influence decision-making is necessary. Capitol Hill experience is a plus. You should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented work ethic, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer. Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines.

Limited required travel (up to 6 overnights per year).

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500. 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 “Legislative Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 1, 2017. 

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Outreach Assistant

One-year Internship
Food & Environment
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.

This is a one-year internship from November 2017 – November 2018 providing outreach, logistical, and research assistance. Your work will support UCS’s advocacy efforts for better local food policies, funding to support sustainable agriculture, and preserving conservation and nutrition programs. You will assist with outreach to agricultural scientists, public health experts, and activists. You’ll also coordinate travel and event logistics, conduct research as needed, and help with special projects.

Responsibilities

  • Help recruit new expert supporters for UCS, communicating regularly with supporters and allies, and engaging supporters in policy advocacy.
  • Recruit and engage diverse scientists, economists, and other experts
  • Provide logistical and outreach support for events and activities at conferences
  • Assist with updates and alerts to the UCS Science Network and activist list.
  • Conduct research as requested by staff scientists and analysts, in support of reports, fact sheets, and advocacy materials.
  • Write for UCS publications as directed.

Qualifications and experience

Attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects, familiarity with office operations, and skills in basic office software including databases. Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent administrative, research, and organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required. Completed Bachelor's degree preferred.

Experience with issue campaigns and engaging diverse public audiences strongly preferred. Interest in science and familiarity with food and agriculture issues is helpful, but required. Competence with online engagement tools, spreadsheets, databases, and research tools preferred.

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

May spend extended periods at computer. Very occasionally move heavy boxes. Occasional travel may be required (1-5 total nights over the course of the internship).

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 one-year full-time internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $34,320. 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 “F&E Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 1, 2017 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

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

The Program Assistant is responsible for supporting several of the Climate and Energy Program’s major campaign initiatives. You will provide support for meetings and production assistance for reports and other materials. In support of campaign events, you will participate in logistics and event planning, meeting and presentation material organizing, and payment and tracking of contractor invoices.

Responsibilities

  • Provide scheduling support and note taking for regular meetings.
  • Provide production assistance for reports and other materials including compiling, organizing, fact-checking and summarizing material such as data, photos, and graphics.
  • In support of convenings and events, coordinate participant lists and invitations, manage communication between participants before and after meetings, support the creation and refinement of meeting agendas, arrange travel, manage logistical details for booking event space, hotels and catering, compile meeting and presentation materials and notes.
  • Provide program-wide administrative assistance. This might include set up and management of external consultant contracts, invoice payment and tracking, scheduling and meeting room set-up.
  • Manage sensitive information with discretion.

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred. To succeed, you should have considerable self-motivation, attention to details, familiarity with office and administrative support procedures, competence in word processing and spreadsheet software, and excellent Outlook and web research skills.

Interest in and desire to learn more about climate and energy issues preferred.

Strong organizational abilities and good written and oral communication skills are needed. Excellent personal relation skills are essential. Must be able to work both independently and in teams.

You have least two years of relevant experience as an administrative or research assistant. Experience with maintaining databases and event planning is preferred.

Limited to 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. 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 $35,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Program Asst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 24, 2017 or until filled.

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Outreach Intern

Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

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

The Outreach Internship is a one-year, full-time position supporting our corporate and national campaigns to reduce major fossil fuel companies’ influence in blocking climate action. You’ll work with outreach, legislative, analytical and other staff in the cross programmatic climate accountability team.

Responsibilities

  • Communicate with UCS supporters and scientists to recruit them for events and actions;
  • Attract new audiences to our climate accountability campaign, including frontline communities and climate justice partners;
  • Work with outreach staff to write, fact-check, and develop advocacy emails;
  • Assist with planning for conferences and events, including logistical and outreach support
  • Assist with administrative needs
  • Monitor daily media and blogs for climate accountability issues and rapid response opportunities;
  • Prepare background information about members of Congress, state attorneys general, agency staff, and other policymakers to inform campaign opportunities;
  • Assist with research and production for reports on fossil fuel industry actions or practices.
  • Schedule Hill, agency and other meetings with key coalition partners;

Qualifications and Experience

Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent administrative, research, and organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a group are required. Interest in and basic knowledge of climate and energy issues, public interest advocacy campaigns, and corporate campaigns is preferred. Completed Bachelor's degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Little to no travel is required.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we seekto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the scientific community and the environmental movement. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve the quality of our work, expand our capacity to make meaningful impact, and produce better outcomes for the most disadvantaged communities. We are actively seeking candidates who come from diverse backgrounds to bring this perspective to their work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, one-year internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $34,320 annually. 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 to internship@ucsusa.org with “Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Send materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 3, 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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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: August 27, 2017 or until filled.

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Western States Outreach Assistant

Climate and Energy Program
Six Month Paid Internship
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.

The Western States Outreach Assistant is a full-time six-month internship, assisting with outreach campaigns that harness the power of the “clean energy transition” taking place across the country and contribute to a resilient water system in the face of climate change. You will contribute creative ideas, research, logistical and administrative support to campaigns in California, Oregon, and Washington. You’ll work with our network of scientists to support local, state and regional policy solutions that fight global warming, promote clean energy for all, and prepare for a climate changed future.

Responsibilities

  • Draft and send action alerts and event invitations, and recruit UCS supporters and scientists for events and actions;
  • Support collaboration with partner organizations through meetings, strategy sessions, materials production, and joint event planning;
  • Set up and recruit for online and in-person events and trainings;
  • Assist with planning for conferences, including logistical and outreach support;
  • Research and compile information for factsheets, blogs, and social media use; including Spanish language materials and/or communication;
  • Assist UCS staff—particularly Western States Director—with administrative needs; and
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings.

Qualifications and experience

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

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

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, six-month internship based in UCS’s Oakland office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $34,320 annually, the equivalent of $16.50 per hour. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Western States Outreach Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 29, 2017 or 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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