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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 Positions


 

Development Associate

Development Program
Cambridge, MA

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

The Position

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and experience

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

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

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. 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.

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

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Development Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 15, 2016 or until filled.

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Bilingual Spanish Web Content Manager

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is looking for a creative, high-energy bilingual web writer with solid knowledge of HTML and excellent communications instincts. Working closely with scientists, analysts, and campaign staff, the bilingual Spanish Web Content Manager will craft top-notch content that informs and engages the general public on UCS issues. This position requires excellent writing skills and the ability to turn that writing into compelling content for the web and multimedia products. Candidate must have a knack for collaborating with others and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects.

Responsibilities

  • Write and edit content for a general audience.
  • Ensure content is technically accurate.
  • Help create a Spanish language strategy for the website.
  • Ensure all web content adheres to content strategy, messaging, tone, style, and editorial guidelines.
  • Help dream up ideas for the best way to communicate UCS’s work. Plan and manage new web projects from idea-to-launch. Serve as primary contact for project vendors.
  • Help us create the most visually and verbally compelling content for our site; provide feedback on visual products created by in-house and outside designers.
  • Keep program campaign pages up to date and functional.
  • Provide online strategies for outreach and campaign work.
  • Monitor analytics to keep abreast of how content is performing and to improve SEO.
  • Collaborates on strategies to increase site traffic, and ensure site is optimized for recruiting online constituents and donors.
  • Holds regular meetings with site bloggers and provides guidance as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

Work requires five years’ experience in web writing and content curation in English and Spanish, and a background in either journalism or science/technical feature writing. Must possess expert-level writing and editing skills, and be thoughtful about content strategy, and collaborate well with others. Design and video experience a plus. In addition, must have familiarity with HTML and knowledge of web metrics, CMS, SEO, and online user interaction best practices.

This position requires travel 4-6 times per year for retreats and conferences.

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 candidates 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 candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $59,000 per year. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three writing samples—one of them should be in Spanish, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Bilingual Web Content Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 15, 2016 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Deputy Director/Research Director

Food & Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Food and Environment Program:

Leads the call for a national food policy that:

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

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

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

The Position:

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

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

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

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

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

Key Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications

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

Travel: Occasional travel is required.

To Apply:

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

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

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Clean Vehicles Outreach Coordinator

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks a motivated and detail-oriented individual to help plan and implement outreach and organizing activities to advance the vehicle and fuels policy agenda of the Clean Vehicles Program. Under the direction of the Senior National Outreach Coordinator, the Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement campaign organizing activities, support CV analytic and advocacy staff, and provide support to the CV program.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement federal and state outreach strategies to advance policy initiatives to cut oil use and emissions from the transportation sector, including strong promotion of major UCS analytic and communications products.
  • Recruit and engage experts and activists in support of campaigns. Diversify expert base and identify supporters who are able to access and influence key decision-makers.
  • Build strategic relationships with new and diverse constituencies, key allies and partners. Engage with existing partners, including environmental, justice, health, business, and consumer groups.
  • Working with the Communications team, help to implement online tactics including action alert emails, social media graphics, web content, and webinars.
  • Represent UCS at major events and conferences to promote UCS and the Clean Vehicles Program, effectively communicating about our work to the general public and supporters.
  • Provide timely and accurate production assistance for selected publications and presentations, working closely with appropriate program, Development, and Communications staff.
  • Assist with government advocacy activities, including distributing analysis to state and federal contacts, and participating in member meetings.
  • Assist CV analytical and policy staff by providing relevant and timely information of potential use for UCS blogs and other web content.
  • Conduct research on the automotive and fuels industries, and other potential industry partners, and identify key points of leverage over decision makers.
  • Provide administrative support for the Clean Vehicles team, including maintaining contact databases, overseeing meeting logistics, financial transactions, and file storage.

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires considerable self-motivation, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills. Should have experience building and maintaining relationships with key constituencies, especially with non-traditional allies and racial/social justice organizations. Familiarity with developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grassroots and grasstops activists, coordinating events, and online activism is a plus. Knowledge of transportation/climate/environmental issues is a plus, but not required. Excellent, persuasive writing and presentation skills. Ability to effectively communicate with the general public as well as engineers, scientists and other experts, and ability to interact professionally with individuals with a wide range of skills and responsibilities. A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web research, and use of Microsoft office required. The ability to work both independently and in teams, strong project and personal time management, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment required.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. This position requires three to five years of successful, relevant and comparable experience.

May spend extended periods at computer with a sit-to-stand desk. Periodic travel within and outside the DC area is required.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates 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 candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is about $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CV Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 8th, 2016 or until filled.

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Baker Media Internship

One Year Paid Internship
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and experience

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

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Overnight travel may be required once or twice during the year.

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a one-year full-time paid, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter (see below), resume, and writing sample via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “Baker Internship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 22, 2016 or until filled

As part of the cover letter, please indicate whether you are available to work full-time or part-time, salary requirements, how you learned about the position, and evidence of your promise as a communications professional to give the hiring committee an idea of your potential and achievements.

Visit our internship page for more information on internships at UCS.

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Oakland, CA


 

Western States Energy Modeler

Climate and Energy Program
Oakland Office

The Position

UCS’s work in California and other western states has played an indispensable leading role in the creation of renewable energy and low-carbon electricity policy design over the past few years due to our investment in sophisticated modeling and analytics that underpin our policy expertise and advocacy for achieving a decarbonized electricity system. 

This position will further 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, and will help analyze a proposed regional electricity system.

UCS seeks an uncommon individual with:

  •  modeling expertise
  • deep analytical skills
  • a creative and forward-thinking approach
  • extensive knowledge of energy and electricity sector planning and/or dispatch models, and their application
  • Programming skills and experience
  • knowledge of how to run production-cost or investment optimization models

UCS offers a highly collegial work environment with staff that has a mix of mutually supportive skills. We encourage you to apply if you:

  •  thrive by learning from and sharing with colleagues with diverse talents and backgrounds
  • working at a high level on your own projects
  • enjoy contributing to a fast-paced, impactful and super-smart team  

Responsibilities

You will participate in the planning, designing, and implementing of research activities and projects to advance clean energy development in the electricity sector at the state and federal levels, with an emphasis on California and other western states.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintain current knowledge of analytical tools and energy technologies, policies and markets, and of evolving environmental and climate change policies, and utilize expertise in implementing research and advocacy activities.
  • Gather and analyze data using spreadsheets and basic models
  • 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 experts, media, members, sponsors, and general public about energy related issues; promote UCS position and objectives.
  • Write and assist UCS staff in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of various analyses.
  • Maintain accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of all written material.
  • Tailor style and content of materials for technical and /or general audiences, as appropriate. 

Qualifications and experience

The position requires at least 3- to 5 years of experience using energy and electricity sector models, with more experience preferred. Familiarity with and experience using PLEXOS, other production-cost models, or electricity capacity expansion and optimization models is highly desirable. A Master’s degree or higher with a significant quantitative modeling component is required.

Strong quantitative, analytical, mathematical, and research skills are required along with demonstrated ability to manage and deliver work within a budget and timeline. Proficiency with computer models, spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation software is necessary. Computer programming skills and experience required.

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

May spend extended periods at computer. Anticipated travel: 2-3 trips to East Coast per year and day trips to Sacramento about once a month.

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.

Compensation, Hours and Location:

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $68,000 per year. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at: http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Western States Energy Modeler” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 30, 2016 or until filled.

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Office Manager / Sustainability Coordinator

Finance and Administration Department
Oakland Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks an Office Manager to support 15- 20 staff in our Oakland City Center office, ensuring that the office runs smoothly and efficiently by handling support, reception and the office budget; You will provide on-site support for our IT vendor. You will also coordinate organization-wide sustainability efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Building management: Oversee day-to-day building management  for Oakland office
  • Budget:  Create and monitor budgets for the Oakland office and UCS’s sustainability budget.
  • IT support and vendor coordination:  Work with external IT vendor, assisting when vendor needs someone on site. With support from the vendor, provide onsite maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Receptionist and video conferencing support: Serve as primary receptionist and provide technical support for video conferencing. Manage the conference room and resolve reservation conflicts.
  • Office equipment /supplies:  Coordinate service contracts, equipment leases and maintenance of equipment. Negotiate service contracts. Research and select appropriate vendors for supplies.
  • Coordinate sustainability efforts: Lead ongoing UCS sustainability efforts, using established sustainability procedures to ensure that UCS remains on the cutting edge of sustainable organizational practices. Lead internal Sustainability Task Force and manage annual sustainability reporting for UCS.

Qualifications and experience

  • Thorough knowledge of office management and administration, purchasing, office equipment maintenance
  • At least one year of office experience involving IT responsibilities and support
  • Strong organizational , customer service skills and budget management skills are required
  • 3-5 years previous administrative support experience
  • Must be able to use small hand tools to make minor repairs. Ability to lift/move 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge of sustainable business and office practices is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Reliability, resourcefulness, and excellent communications skills are required
  • Evidence of ability to manage situations involving multiple roles and work well under the pressure of deadlines
  • Sense of humor preferred

You are energetic, enthusiastic, disciplined, hard-working, and a total team player, with a general interest in  UCS’s issue areas and a willingness to learn more about them.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.  Some travel (1 -2 trips per year) necessary.

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.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,000. 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 “CA Office Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 9, 2016 or until filled.

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