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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 Positions


 

 

Event Planner

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 25-person UCS Development Department raises more than $26 million in contributions from more than 100,000 individuals and private foundations. We prioritize the donor experience and ensure that our supporters understand how their gifts are making change.

The Event Planner oversees event planning and logistics for the Development Department, and is part of a three person team dedicated to connecting donors with the impact of their gifts. Working closely with Major Gifts and Membership teams, the Event Planner:

Responsibilities

  • Maintain schedule of events for members, leadership donors and prospects. Oversee event logistics from conception to follow up. Help to ensure speakers, content, and audiences reflect organizational priorities on equity and inclusion.
  • Work closely with Deputy Director of Development on management of National Advisory Board, including driving recruitment process, planning three meetings per year, building relationships with members, and creating information and materials for meetings.
  • Partner with Major Gifts team to execute prospecting events and coordinate with event hosts and speakers.
  • Conduct site searches, serve as primary point of contact; maintain rooming lists, agendas, and programs.
  • Maintain and update event web pages, collect and update RSVPs, send confirmations, and create event materials.
  • Serve as event planning resource for Development and other staff for gatherings outside of the scope of annual event calendar.
  • Serve as database power user, pulling lists, maintaining records, and tracking donor contact.
  • Provide support for creating donor-facing Development materials.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Three to five years’ event planning experience or equivalent (special events coordinator, meeting manager, project manager, executive assistant); Development experience preferred.
  • Requires strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience planning and executing events
  • Experience working directly with donors, customers, or other constituencies Familiarity with databases preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Superior organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

May spend extended periods at computer terminal; some lifting of boxes. Travel varies; typically requires 3-6 trips with 2-3 nights stay per year, and could be up to 15-20 overnights.

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 $47,500. 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 “Event Planner” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 12, 2016 or until filled.

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Development Associate (Foundations)

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 Development Associate-Foundations serves as the primary administrative coordinator and researcher for the Foundations team. The Associate conducts research and makes recommendations to identify new foundation prospects, prepares background research for foundation visits, drafts and proofreads foundation correspondence and documents, develops high-quality supporting materials for multiple proposal and report deadlines, and maintains foundations administrative systems. This person is part of a 9-person support team for the Development department which works together to refine and improve department processes and troubleshoot inefficiencies.

Responsibilities

  • Research and identify foundation prospects, assisting with the survey of the landscape of foundations active in UCS issue areas, and track current trends in foundation giving.
  • Provide overall coordination of the administrative systems.
  • Manage, track, edit, update and distribute all foundations reports to appropriate staff in a timely manner.
  • Proofread and assist with the preparation of foundation proposals and reports. Ensuring accuracy of supporting documents and financial information.
  • Draft foundation correspondence, proposal executive summaries, and progress reports.
  • Manage foundation cultivation mailings, such as the Annual Report.
  • Serve as rapporteur for team and monthly Foundation/Program meetings.
  • Maintain and monitor the quality and accuracy of foundation records in Raiser’s Edge creating and updating Blackbaud reports as needed. Manage and streamline Raiser’s Edge processes as needed.
  • Coordinate agendas, scheduling, and logistics for foundation team meetings.

Qualifications and experience

  • Very strong organizational, communication, writing, and problem-solving skills is required.
  • Able to coordinate effectively across many areas of the organization.
  • Proofreading experience and knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, search engines, and data management are required.
  • Candidate must have excellent attention to detail and able to manage multiple tasks in a deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team is important.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two to four years of comparable and relevant experience in administrative and customer service settings.
  • At least two years of development and donor-relations experience 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 position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $38,000. 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 “Development Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 26th or until filled.

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Senior Major Gifts Officer

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.

Under the supervision of the Director of Major Gifts, the Senior Major Gifts Officer (MGO) has responsibility for advancing the major gifts program through the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention of major gift and planned gift prospects. As a key member of a team of 25 development professionals, the Senior MGO will manage a portfolio of $10k+ donors in the New York and Washington, D.C. region, developing and implementing customized major gift strategies for each assigned prospect/donor. The Senior MGO will work closely and strategically with Planned Giving staff, the President, senior UCS staff, board members and volunteers. You will monitor the progress of individual prospect plans for your portfolio of donors, and serve as a member of the leadership gifts team.

In 2016, UCS’s operating revenues totaled over twenty-seven million, with 78% of that coming from individual donors. The organization does not accept government or corporate funding.

Responsibilities

  • Charged with broadening and deepening support from major donors for UCS.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of 125-175 major gift prospects and donors with a focus in the New York metro area.
  • 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 activity that include 60-100 annual donor meetings, 200 personalized interactions, and 40-60 annual travel days (approximately 30% travel). 
  • 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 prospect and donor information into the database.  
  • Develops persuasive proposals and reports to individual donors and family foundations. 
  • Upholds professional ethical standards of fundraising, as per Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant development/fundraising experience with at least five 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 and making in-person gift solicitations.
  • 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 with ease.
  • Be energetic, intellectually curious, a strategic thinker and a good listener.
  • Experience working with board members or lead volunteers required.
  • Strong computer skills, including constituent databases are necessary (experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus).
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • General familiarity with planned giving a plus.
  • Experience with Moves Management process preferred.
  • Familiarity with and interest in UCS issues strongly preferred.
  • Position requires bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • May spend extended periods at computer terminal.
  • Must have current driver’s license and be able to travel nationally, including 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. 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.

To Apply

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to our search firm, Tracy Marshall, Senior Vice President of Executive Search Services, Development Guild DDI: UCS@developmentguild.com

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Washington, DC Positions


Legislative Associate

Center for Science and Democracy
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 public health, environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Center for Science and Democracy (The Center) at UCS works to strengthen the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process on issues from climate change to toxic chemical exposure to species conservation.

The Center seeks an exceptional individual to join our team to advance policies that improve the use of science in federal decision-making and push back against proposals or actions that would undermine it. Working directly with our Washington Representative, the Legislative Associate will evaluate and monitor policy proposals and actions, build relationships with congressional and regulatory agency staff, support coalition work and advocacy efforts, and collaborate with outreach staff to increase our impact and achieve policy goals.

The Legislative Associate will:

  • Engage with Congress, the White House, and regulatory agencies to advance the Center’s priorities.
  • You will identify, track, and report on key legislative and regulatory milestones, as well as other actions related to Center issue areas.
  • Working with scientists, analysts, and other Center staff, you will to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (letters, fact sheets, reports, etc.) and create and implement strategies to attract new supporters to the Center’s work.
  • With outreach staff, you will coordinate grassroots engagement and organize scientists to achieve federal policy goals.
  • Coordinate legislative and advocacy activities internally within UCS and with external partners. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Three to five years of relevant and comparable legislative, lobbying, regulatory, advocacy, and organizing experience is required
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and team-oriented environment
  • Basic knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process and strong political acumen
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience is preferred
  • Knowledge of effective issue campaign development and advocacy techniques
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in political science or public policy
  • Basic knowledge of science and/or technical policy issues is helpful but not required
  • Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns
  • Capitol Hill experience is a plus

May spend extended periods at computer.  Five to ten days of overnight travel 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 believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, D.C. office. For those 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, two short, non-academic writing samples (maximum 5 pages), and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Legislative Associate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 18, 2016 or until filled.

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Food Systems and Health Analyst

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 UCS Food and Environment Program is leading the call for a national food policy that ensures access to affordable, healthy food for all Americans; protects the nation’s farmland, air, water, and climate; guarantees fair wages and working conditions for millions of farm and food workers; and aligns and coordinates existing food and farm policies. As part of a 14-person interdisciplinary team, you will use your health sciences expertise to advance healthy, equitable, and sustainable food and agriculture systems, analyzing the food system’s impacts on nutrition, public health, and health disparities by race and income, and communicating your findings to policy makers, the media, and the public.

Responsibilities

  • Apply your knowledge of public health analytical tools and food system issues to develop and implement research methodologies; monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends; gather and analyze data; and prepare reports and other materials.
  • Collaborate with policy, outreach, and communications staff to translate research for various audiences and develop public policy proposals.
  • Present UCS research findings, positions, and activities at public events; educate participants about political, environmental, social and economic dimensions of the food system, with emphasis on the health and equity challenges of our current system and the benefits of smarter public policies.
  • Provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and coalition partners; establish and maintain alliances with NGO allies, food justice and community health advocates, healthy food businesses, modelers and researchers.
  • Help identify key media opportunities; serve as direct contact for reporters; write and edit press materials and content for UCS web site and blog.
  • Help develop program goals, strategies, and work plans, and contribute to foundation proposals and reports. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters’ degree in public health or related field and three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in food systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce analyses on science policy issues and write about complex policy and scientific matters for lay audiences;
  • Understanding of the role of science  and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates, and familiarity with public policy process regarding food and agriculture;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity;
  • Project management skills and experience are preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Four to ten days of overnight travel 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 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.

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 “Food Systems and Health Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 21 or until filled.

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Washington Representative

Clean Vehicles
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.

UCS Clean Vehicles program engages in leading-edge analysis, consumer and media education, and transportation policy advocacy. Our work is aimed at reducing oil use, climate emissions, and air pollution through smart policies and practices—including increased fuel efficiency, cleaner fuels, and advanced electric cars and trucks.

The Clean Vehicle program seeks an individual to join a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team to carry out legislative and regulatory activities to advance UCS’s vehicle and fuels policy agenda.  Under the direction of the Senior Washington Representative, the Washington Representative will work to evaluate and influence proposed legislation, interact with regulatory agencies, support coalition work and advocacy efforts, and work with our experts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials.  We are looking for candidates with strong communication skills who are enthusiastic about collaborating with our team of engineers, scientists, outreach, policy, and communications experts.

Responsibilities

  • Engage with agencies and White House on regulatory priorities for Clean Vehicles.
  • Set up and attend meetings with federal legislative staff to advance the policy goals of the Clean Vehicles Program.
  • Evaluate, propose, and engage on legislative proposals that are core to Clean Vehicles’ policy goals.
  • Assist with coalition management for coalitions led by the UCS Clean Vehicles team.
  • Work closely with scientists and analysts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (fact sheets, reports, testimony, etc.).
  • Identify, track, and report on key legislative and regulatory milestones.
  • Engage with outreach staff to coordinate grassroots activities in the context of federal policy goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract new constituencies to Clean Vehicles’ work, in collaboration with outreach staff.
  • Coordinate legislative activities internally within UCS and with external groups.

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires a working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, strong communication skills (both oral and written), and robust political acumen.  The position also requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development and advocacy techniques.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is required.  A Masters Level Degree is preferred.  Training or experience in project management is also desirable.  Proficiency in word processing and excel is required. Working knowledge of transportation and climate policy is preferred.

This position requires five years of relevant and comparable legislative, lobbying, regulatory, and advocacy experience. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer with a sit-to-stand desk. Five to 15 days of overnight travel 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 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 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, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CV Washington Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 15, 2016 or until filled.

 

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Chicago, IL


 

Midwest Field Director

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago 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 a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

UCS is hiring a Midwest Field Director to advance climate and energy issues in the region. Based in our Chicago office, you will lead a talented team in building relationships across the Midwest to elevate science community voices in state and federal energy policy.

As a member of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, you will design and execute clean energy strategy across the region and lead the Power Ahead Campaign which seeks to harness the power of the current “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies.

Responsibilities

The Field Director will work with a team of advocates, analysts, and outreach specialists both in Chicago and other locations to design and implement a strategy for propelling climate and clean energy issues in the Midwest through coalition-building, advocacy, fundraising and building political and public will. Strategic collaboration is key to your success: building and strengthening UCS’s relationships with energy advocates, unlikely allies, the environmental justice community, academia, funders, and decision-makers. You will supervise Midwest policy staff and manage multiple regional campaigns simultaneously.

  • Design, in coordination with the State Policy Director and other staff, a strategy to strengthen UCS’s relationships and influence in the Midwest to advance climate and energy policy change.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain relationships with diverse regional partners, including advocates, decision-makers, funders and scientists.  Establish UCS as a trusted resource.
  • Help identify analytic needs, develop messaging, and promote UCS analytic strengths to allies and decision makers.
  • Work closely with campaign and policy managers to ensure alignment of state, regional, and federal goals within the Midwest, implement work plans, and assess and advance policy opportunities.
  • Contribute to UCS development team fundraising efforts, including foundation cultivation, grant-writing and reporting as needed.
  • Coordinate with UCS media team to ensure appropriate and timely response on key issues. Represent UCS in public forums, at conferences, and in other settings.
  • Manage, supervise, empower and support Midwest team staff members and handle day-to-day operations.
  • Develop and track Midwest team budgets in coordination with the State Policy Director.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with UCS program and department directors and be aware of all UCS activities in the region.

Qualifications and experience

We're looking for an effective leader on regional climate and energy issues, bring issue advocacy campaign experience at a state or national level, and possess a mix of strong relationship and project management abilities, high-level communication skills, and issue expertise.

  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams and liaise with a broad variety of stakeholders from board members, to government officials to the NGO/advocacy community.
  • Conversant with climate and energy policy, including the political, social, environmental and economic ramifications of climate change and energy issues.
  • The ability to translate complex technical and political issues into compelling evidence for diverse audiences – from businesses, to environmental justice advocates, to legislators.
  • A leadership style that values empowerment over micro-management, sets a standard of excellence and provides professional development opportunities for staff members.
  • Excellent public speaking and media relations capabilities.
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accessible written products.
  • A dedicated communicator, able to manage multiple, complex relationships simultaneously.
  • Understanding of how race, class, power and privilege intersect with issues related to energy and environment.
  • Seven to ten years of comparable and relevant experience, including senior-level public issue campaign management.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Experience as a supervisor, and managing on-time, on-budget, issue-based projects.  

Experience designing and executing successful issue-based, corporate or electoral campaigns that reflect effective collaboration and speak to multiple audiences (e.g. funders, advocates, legislators).

Frequent regional travel, with up to 15% overnight travel 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 with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $79,000. 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 Midwest Field Director in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 31, 2016 or until filled.

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Midwest Outreach Coordinator

Climate and Energy Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position

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

The Midwest Outreach Coordinator will work primarily within UCS’s Climate and Energy program to conceive, coordinate, and implement outreach and capacity-building activities in the Midwest in support of the department’s strategic campaigns, including the Power Ahead Campaign which seeks to harness the power of the current “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies.

Responsibilities

  • Advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory climate and energy initiatives, including strong promotion of major UCS analytic and communications products.
  • Educate and engage UCS supporters and grasstops experts in state and federal climate and energy campaign efforts.
  • Engage others as needed to reach specific campaign goals, and work to expand regional coordination with the environmental justice community.
  • Represent UCS in state, regional and national coalitions and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts.
  • Work with communications staff to develop state and regional media strategies and help craft appropriate media materials and messages.
  • Plan events, including, UCS receptions, media and other trainings for UCS supporters, webinars and briefings for target constituencies, decision makers and the media.
  • Maintain and update campaign-related databases, documents and other resources.
  • Help support the overall smooth and efficient operation of the UCS Midwest Office.

Qualifications and experience

  • Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree.
  • 3 to 5 years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing. Current or recent experience in the Midwest  and education/experience in climate change and energy is preferred.
  • Must have: demonstrated ability and experience developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grasstops constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Moderate travel schedule, around 10% overnight annually.

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 actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $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, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Midwest Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 7 or until filled.

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Oakland, CA


 

Western States Energy Analyst and 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 extended: June 26, 2016 or until filled.

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