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Equal Opportunity

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

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package geared towards a productive work/life balance. Our benefits include:

  • excellent health care and dental coverage
  • ample vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • competitive retirement plans with generous employer contribution
  • and a lot more

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Our Culture

People are at the heart of the Union of Concerned Scientists. We value our staff and our mission of science-based action for the public good. We hire people who are smart and determined to make a difference.  We are rewarded by knowing that our analysis and advocacy contributes to a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

With our shared goals and vision of a safer and better world, we hail from all walks of life and speak many languages, reflecting the diverse audiences that we serve. We strive to maintain an open culture where everyone contributes and feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions.  We support our staff with equitable and transparent salaries, training, sit/stand desks, world class benefits, and a culture that emphasizes work/life balance. UCS is a place where you can bring your whole self to work—a place where diversity is valued, supported and welcomed. 

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Cambridge, MA


Director of Planned Giving

Development Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists grew out of a desire to direct the power of scientific research away from military applications and towards improving environmental and social problems. In 1969, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched their effort to use rigorous science to implement innovative practical solutions to the world’s problems.

Scientists and engineers at the Union are currently engaged in projects in the areas of clean energy, clean vehicles, food and agriculture, global warming, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. They aim to improve scientific integrity in government, strengthen science-based public protections and to combine their voices with advocates, educators, business leaders and citizens for a healthier planet and safer world.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an experienced development professional who is prepared to shape, implement and grow UCS’s planned giving efforts into a model program. As a senior member of the development team, the Director of Planned Giving will collaborate with the President, senior staff and the board to develop the planned giving program as an integral part of the organization’s broader fundraising strategy. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, intellectual environment and will have a minimum of seven years of development experience.

Responsibilities

The Director of Planned Giving serves as a senior member of the development team, working directly with the President, senior UCS staff, board and national advisory board members in implementing a planned giving program as part of our overall fundraising strategy. This position will be responsible for shaping, implementing and growing a model program that is truly reflective of the size of UCS and the capacity of our constituency.

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below:

  • Assists with making planned giving an integral part of development program by possessing a deep understanding of the role of planned giving and how it impacts and builds loyalty among current donors.
  • Close planned gifts including, but not limited to, bequests, living trusts, beneficiary designations and IRA’s as well as life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Maintain the infrastructure and external relationships needed to enable UCS to accept these types of deferred gifts.
  • Prepare UCS development proposals and present development projects to prospects for deferred and outright gifts. Learn about the UCS programs and remain knowledgeable about our issue areas and evolving work.
  • Develop and maintain personal contact with prospects for deferred gifts including routine travel to key regions or donors and regular communications through other channels. Face to Face donor activity is essential to the role and the Director is expected to visit with more than 100 donors in each fiscal year.
  • Coordinate activities with prospects attorney and/or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate method of deferred giving and ensure necessary arrangements for collection of gifts.
  • Provide donors with information concerning gift utilization and or investment returns and payments.
  • Develop programs to promote and explain fund raising activities and the various methods of estate planning and deferred giving internally for the development department, and key staff fundraising partners, and externally for existing and prospective planned gift donors.
  • Develop marketing and stewardship strategies and related materials for planned gifts, including the planned giving newsletter. Coordinate with Membership and Major Gift staff on the distribution of targeted prospecting materials for new planned giving donors and with Stewardship staff on the development of all collateral materials.
  • Steward, cultivate and grow the Kurt Gottfried Society. Set growth goals for each year, developing a robust annual workplan, expense and revenue budgets which are tracked and maintained in an ongoing manner.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have at least seven years of development experience, and a minimum of 3 years in a donor facing planned giving role. A preference for candidates possessing a legal or financial degree aligned with planned giving expertise.

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. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: To read more and apply or nominate qualified candidates, contact Maureen Huminik, Vice President of Lois L. Lindauer Searches.

 

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Outreach Intern (Science Network)

6 Month Paid Internship
Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA 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.

How do we do that? We work with the Science Network, an inclusive community of more than 20,000 scientists, engineers, and other experts across the country working to educate the public. A key piece of building the UCS Science Network is engaging a diverse group of early career scientists (graduate students and post-docs) and building new leaders in science advocacy. We want to support early career scientists so they can speak up and learn to be effective scientist-advocates.

Help us help young scientists to be better prepared to contribute to policy, work with community, and to speak and act on their knowledge for the public good.

Responsibilities

  • Help sign up energized new early career Science Network members
  • Help design and provide support for a scientist mentorship program within the Science Network
  • Help develop promotional and other educational materials for meaningful engagement within the campus based pilot projects
  • Help scientists on campuses get connected to UCS campaigns
  • Maintain tracking and evaluation impact of the campus-based pilot projects and recruitment efforts
  • Research opportunities for connecting with historically black colleges and universities, women’s universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building
  • Experience in advocacy organizing, especially on campuses, is helpful
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A scientific background is helpful, though not required
  • Interest in science advocacy, and desire to learn about public interest/non-profit work
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with and engage environmental and social justice communities is crucial
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in social or physical sciences is helpful but not required

Little or no exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings (approximately 3-5 overnights).

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. 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, 6 month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour, $31,200 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 5, 2017 or until filled.

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Senior Outreach Coordinator

Climate and Energy Program
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.

As Senior Outreach Coordinator, you will advance the goals of UCS’s Power Ahead Campaign. The Power Ahead Campaign seeks to harness the power of the clean energy transition taking place across the country and to ensure a modern electricity grid that delivers greater amounts of renewable energy reliably and securely. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states and regions to reduce emissions, expand renewable energy and clean energy storage capacity, and hasten the transition away from fossil energy.

Responsibilities

You will lead strategic Campaign outreach efforts including:

  • Create and implement outreach plans and projects to advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory energy campaign initiatives.
  • Oversee both online and offline engagement of UCS supporters and experts to advance the campaign
  • Identify key arenas for UCS campaign visibility with targeted constituencies.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia.
  • Identify emerging campaign opportunities for campaign team. Prioritize best opportunities and facilitate UCS’s strategic and timely response, including engaging supporters and experts.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy, as well as effective strategies for influencing campaign targets, including electricity regulators.
  • Supervise staff, interns, and/or outreach consultants.

Qualifications and experience

Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in organizing and advocacy is required. Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective clean energy or climate related advocacy, including broad and deep knowledge of clean energy issues. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields and a demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach campaigns. Strong and demonstrated staff management skills are required, including experience supervising organizers and leading matrixed teams. Strong project management experience and written and communication skills are essential.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Extensive travel (10 or more overnights per year) 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 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 $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, resume, salary requirements, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 16, 2017 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Outreach Coordinator

Two-Year Temporary Position
Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a leading science-based advocacy organization, seeks a motivated and detail-oriented individual to help plan and implement campaign organizing activities with the Clean Vehicles Program to build a clean, equitable, and accessible transportation future. Transportation is now the largest source of carbon emissions in the US, and is also on the verge on a technological transformation. Help us build a transportation future that works for all of us.

The Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement online and offline organizing activities that complement the work of analytic and policy staff. This position will work to defend strong federal clean car standards from regulatory attacks, bolster key Congressional targets to protect against legislative threats, and push back on corporate attempts to undermine science-based clean car standards and policies that cut emissions and oil consumption, protect public health and save consumers money.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement corporate, federal and state campaign outreach activities to advance policy initiatives to cut oil use and emissions from the transportation sector.
  • Recruit and mobilize experts and activists to take online and offline action in support of campaigns. Diversify expert base. Identify and build relationships with supporters who have compelling stories and have access to and influence on key decision-makers.
  • Working with the Communications team, help to implement online tactics including action alert emails, social media visibility, web content, and webinars. Turn technical issues and complicated policy into compelling, understandable sound bites and narratives for public audiences.
  • Build strategic relationships with new and diverse constituencies and allies, including public health, labor, and potential industry allies as well as environmental justice communities, racial and social justice organizations, and Hispanic audiences. Coordinate with existing partners to further campaign objectives.
  • Represent UCS at major events and conferences to promote UCS and the Clean Vehicles Program, effectively communicating our issues to the general public and supporters.
  • Provide timely and accurate production assistance for selected publications, reports, factsheets, web content, and presentations, working closely with appropriate program, Development, and Communications staff. Help promote major UCS analytic and communications products.
  • Maintain strong content knowledge and stay up-to-date on rapidly changing issues, providing relevant and timely information for rapid response, blogs and other web content.
  • Conduct research on policy-makers, the automotive and fuels industries, and other potential stakeholders to identify key points of leverage over decision makers.
  • Track, evaluate, and report back on campaign activities to evaluate effectiveness and demonstrate UCS’s role in winning campaigns for our funders, donors, and supporters.

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. Qualified candidates must have demonstrated success with strategic campaign planning, grassroots organizing, and online and offline mobilization tools. Familiarity with the regulatory and legislative policy process will be essential, and awareness of corporate campaigning strategies or company social responsibility practices ideal. Must have experience in building and maintaining relationships with key constituencies, with an emphasis on non-traditional allies and racial/social justice organizations.

Knowledge of transportation and climate issues is a plus, or enthusiasm for in-depth content learning. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is expected.

Significant self-motivation, strong personal time management, project management, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills are essential. The ability to work both independently and in teams in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects and deadlines is required. Excellent persuasive writing and presentation skills. Requires strong web research and computer skills using Microsoft Office. Knowledge of online email management and database software a plus. Bilingual or conversationally fluent in Spanish would be a plus.

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, 2-year temporary position (with the possibility of extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. UCS offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits and a rewarding, inclusive work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, persuasive 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: July 30th, 2017 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL

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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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