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Cambridge, MA

None currently available.


Washington, DC

National Outreach Coordinator, Clean Vehicles >

Program Assistant, Food & Environment >


Chicago, IL

None currently available.


Oakland, CA

Major Gifts Officer >


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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. UCS aims for diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is a strength to be valued and developed in our organization. UCS understands that a diverse workforce strengthens our ability to carry out the important charge of our mission.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a rewarding work environment. 

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Cambridge, MA Positions

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Washington, DC Positions

 

National Outreach Coordinator

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement campaign plans for UCS’s national work to reduce oil use and global warming pollution in the transportation sector. The National Outreach Coordinator will help develop and implement issue campaigns to ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities, cultivate relationships with key allies, and recruit and mobilize experts, members, and activists.

The Position:

Under direction of the Clean Vehicles Program Director, plan, coordinate, and participate in outreach and advocacy efforts in support of UCS’s national transportation policy agenda.  Oversee execution of issue campaigns to ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities.  Cultivate relationships with key allies and work with staff to integrate vehicles issues into UCS fundraising initiatives and publications. 

Supervise the Program and Outreach Associate and occasional consultants, and oversee and help direct their work to mobilize experts, members, and activists. Work with Program & Outreach Associate to utilize web-based organizing tools for creative on-line and off-line action. Participate in cross-programmatic, organization-building outreach efforts. 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee national campaign efforts and ensure effective coordination with state campaign activity. Conceive, plan, and direct outreach components of federal vehicle and fuels campaigns. Working with the advocacy staff, lead the development and implementation of grassroots and grasstopsoutreach strategies to achieve legislative and regulatory campaign goals and lead the design and implementation of corporate and consumer-oriented outreach efforts. Help coordinate appropriate traditional and social media activities to publicize outreach tactics. Develop budgets. Coordinate outreach activities and needs with UCS development, communications, and administrative staff.  Feed into and help shape the annual campaign planning process.
  • Coordinate with other CV outreach staff to educate and mobilize UCS members and other activists on program issues.  Ensure the timeliness and appropriateness of program efforts to mobilize activists. Write or edit action alerts, brochures, and other communications and articles for UCS’s website and paper publications.
  • Direct online activism.Develop online strategies and tactics to cultivate citizen, scientist, and engineer support for campaign goals; and generate communications to legislative, executive branch, and corporate targets. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of online activist technologies and tactics.
  • Coordinate and ensure consistency in the program’s web and periodical publications efforts. Ensure coverage of program issues and message consistency on the UCS website and in UCS publications. Suggest updates and changes in web content to enhance visibility and activist response. Coordinate the program’s contributions to UCS periodicals. Serve as project manager for projects which cross analytic, advocacy and public outreach lines.
  • Establish contact and maintain network of coalition partners, targeted public interest allies, and other involved parties to exchange information, share resources and collaborate in coalition projects. Represent UCS on committees, in coalitions and at public events.
  • Receive and respond to requests for policy and campaign information on transportation issues and to requests for guidance from UCS members, activists, other advocates, and the general public. Work to advance organization-wide membership, visibility, fundraising, and policy goals. Participate in UCS outreach committee.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of general vehicles policy issues, federal transportation and related climate policies and legislation, and clean vehicles technologies and their applications.  Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS. Support the Director and Deputy Director on funder and donor outreach and cultivation. Contribute to foundation proposals and reports.
  • Supervise Program and Outreach associate and hire and supervise interns and consultants as necessary. Provide training and coaching; assign and prioritize work; give feedback on results.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires knowledge of grassroots and online organizing and effective issue campaign development on the local and national levels.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Strong project management experience and written and communication skills are essential. Advocacy experience as well as some knowledge of general transportation policy and national legislative process are strongly preferred. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required.

This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grassroots and grasstops activists, coordinating outreach events, directing online marketing or activism.Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach campaigns.Ability to use web-based platforms and sophisticated online tools to advance advocacy goalsDemonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs. Ability to write for and speak to lay audiences.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web management and on-line organizing tools, as well as Microsoft Office, is required. A background in transportation or environmental sciences is preferred but not essential. Some supervisory experience is also preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer keyboard. Little or no exertion; may spend extended periods out of the office.

Occasional overnight travel required, equivalent to 5- 10% of time.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

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 the low $50s to $60,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “National Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 31, 2015 or until filled.

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Program Assistant

Food & Environment Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position:

Provides administrative, budget, outreach, communications, and research support to an 11-person Food and Environment Program staff. Monitors program expenditures, manages calendars, coordinates event logistics, assists with public information and outreach tasks, conducts research, and helps with special projects as requested.

Responsibilities

  • Scheduling and taking notes at meetings, maintaining program calendars and shared files
  • Making staff travel arrangements and coordinating event and conference logistics
  • Providing administrative support for the program director
  • Coordinating monthly reporting of program activities, tracking outcomes and compiling metrics
  • Assisting the budget manager by tracking program spending and reconciling budget records monthly
  • Providing organizing support to the outreach coordinator, including assistance with web-based and social media engagement efforts
  • Contributing to the preparation, proofreading, publishing, and release of program reports and blog posts
  • Conducting research requested by staff scientists and analysts, and writing for UCS publications as directed
  • Supporting and participating in the program’s annual planning process
  • Responding to information requests and routine correspondence

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Position requires careful attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to juggle multiple projects and tasks, familiarity with office operations, competence with research tools, and intermediate level skills in basic office software including word processing, spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong written and oral communication skills, excellent administrative and organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required.

At least two years of relevant experience as a program, administrative, or research assistant, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience managing budgets or contracts, conducting research, and maintaining databases strongly preferred. Familiarity with food and agriculture issues helpful, but not 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 particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Physical Requirements: May spend extended periods at computer. Little or no exertion; very occasional moving of heavy boxes.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel is required. Driver’s license helpful but not required. Travel expected to be less than 5% of time.

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 in the low $30s. 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 Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 3, 2015, or until filled.

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Chicago, IL Positions

None currently available.

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Oakland, CA

 

Major Gifts Officer

Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Officer has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift and planned gift prospects. Based out of the UCS regional office in Oakland, CA, the Major Gifts Officer will manage a portfolio of $10k+ donors in the West Coast region; developing and implementing customized major gift strategies for each assigned prospect/donor. Works closely and strategically with Planned Giving staff, the President, senior UCS staff, board members and volunteers. Monitors the progress of individual prospect plans for his/her portfolio of donors, and serves as a member of the leadership gifts team.

This position will be based out of UCS’s regional office in Oakland, CA and report to the Director of Major Gifts based in UCS’s headquarters office in Cambridge, MA. The California Office has about 12 staff and is of great strategic importance to UCS.

In 2014, UCS’s operating revenues totaled over twenty-five million, with 82% of that coming from individual donors. The organization does not accept government funding and accepts limited funding from corporations. Notably, UCS has received the highest “exceptional” 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 9 years.

Responsibilities

  • Charged with broadening and deepening support from major donors for UCS.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of 125-175 major gift prospects and donors in the West Coast region. Moves prospects through the stages of identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation in a strategic and efficient manner.
  • Develops and executes customized prospect plans for new individuals in your region capable of making a $10k+ outright gift to UCS.
  • Responsible for meeting and monitoring progress on revenue goals as well as goals for donor contact and solicitor activity levels. 
  • Schedules, scripts, and leads donor visits and other individualized contact with prospects; guides and directs staff and board in cultivation and solicitation activity. 
  • Ensures timely, accurate input and management of pertinent prospect and donor information into the database.  
  • Develops persuasive proposals and reports to individual donors and family foundations, meeting all deadlines. 
  • Upholds professional ethical standards of fundraising, as per Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience

Requires five to seven years of comparable and relative development experience with at least 3-5 years in major/leadership giving.  Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors. Demonstrated success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with major gifts work including writing successful and compelling proposals, making in-person major gift solicitations; and experience using donor tracking systems. Proven ability to develop and implement a major gift prospecting plan to identify and qualify new major donors. Must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships and multiple tasks with ease and be energetic, intellectually curious, a good strategic thinker and a good listener. Strong computer skills, including facility with Microsoft Office suite and constituent databases necessary (experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus). Ability to work independently and as a team player. Experience with Moves Management process preferred. Familiarity with and interest in UCS issues strongly preferred. Position requires bachelor’s degree.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Must have current driver’s license and be able to travel nationally, including on overnight trips.  Travel equals roughly 30% of time.

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

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. Competitive salary for candidates who meet all position requirements. 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 “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until filled.

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