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Equal Opportunity

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

Benefits

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

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

Click here for a full list of benefits >

 

Our Culture

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

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

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Cambridge, MA


 

Outreach Specialist

Science Network
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

The Position

The UCS Science Network consists of thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country working to advance the role of science in policymaking and inform decisions critical to our health, safety, and environment. And it is needed now more than ever. That’s why the Science Network is developing leaders on the ground who can build local teams and become more effective scientist advocates. And this outreach specialist position will be the pivotal role in that. The specialist will recruit and foster relationships with local team leaders, develop educational opportunities and resources, and help design and coordinate action opportunities that energize leaders to effectively organize peers. They will also promote efforts to diversify the network and ensure it is truly inclusive, and expand the ways that Science Network members can locally defend the role of science in democracy and advance science-based policy solutions.

Responsibilities

  • Design and spearhead recruitment strategies for scientists to build or join a local team.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with leaders through personal and online communications, and identify community-building opportunities for leaders to inspire and learn from one another through online channels, scientific community gatherings, and in-person visits.
  • Develop tools, trainings, and action opportunities that strengthen leaders and empower them to effectively organize their peers.
  • Coordinate tailored opportunities for graduate student and early career scientist leaders to grow their leadership and impact on select campuses.
  • Work with UCS outreach staff to coordinate national actions that advance UCS campaign goals and offer opportunities for local groups to be part of a larger movement for change.
  • Track the activities and impact of Science Network local teams, and work with the Science Network team to ensure our efforts are as effective as possible.
  • Identify and curate storytelling opportunities online to recognize local advocacy efforts and offer opportunities peer-learning and motivation.
  • Implement outreach efforts to ensure the Science Network is diverse and inclusive.

Qualifications and Experience

Three to five years of relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing including two solid years of comparable experience in outreach, organizing, campaigning, or advocacy is required. Desire to work with diverse constituencies and coordinate with partners from various backgrounds is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams, and interact professionally with partner organizations.

Demonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time and be able to respond to fast-changing needs on the ground. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, as well as general knowledge of traditional and social media, and basic computer literacy. An understanding of databases and online organizing tools is required. Demonstrated understanding and commitment for equity and inclusion is necessary; experience in equity-related organizing is a plus.

Completed Bachelor’s degree preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

May spend extended periods at computer. May occasionally lift boxes of materials (less than 70 lbs.). Significant travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required. Regular office hours.

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

Compensation, Hours, and Location: This is a full-time position based either in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, 1-2-page non-academic writing sample intended for a general audience, resume, salary requirements, preferred office location, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Science Network Outreach Specialist” in the subject line. Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 18, 2018, or until filled.

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Outreach Assistant Intern

9 Month Paid Internship
Center for Science and Democracy
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.

At the Center for Science and Democracy (The Center), we value contributions by everyone on the team. We work hard and have fun while contributing to making the world a better place. We are supporting scientists so they can speak up and use their experience and expertise so that the policies that keep us and our environment healthy are informed by evidence and the public as opposed to industry and special interests. Help us help scientists to be better prepared to contribute to policy, work with community partners, and to speak and act on their knowledge for the public good. Let’s stand up for science and push back against the anti-science, alternative facts movement.

Responsibilities

The Outreach Assistant Intern will conduct the following activities in support of The Center’s development of a suite of resources, trainings, and action opportunities for scientists to engage in advocacy:

  • Help develop promotional and other educational materials for engagement, including member communications to better identify and cultivate advocates
  • Assist with onboarding and support activities for Science and Democracy Fellows
  • Help implement action opportunities for experts to deepen their engagement to defend science
  • Identify and help cultivate experts to serve as connectors or leaders to ensure The Center’s organizing efforts and resources serve as an asset
  • Provide logistical support for and help facilitate webinars, meetings, and trainings, to recruit, cultivate, and educate experts
  • Help develop the website and social media presence
  • Assist the team in collaborating with other UCS campaigns
  • Help maintain tracking and evaluation of effectiveness and impacts
  • Assist in identifying opportunities for promoting and collaborating with partners on resources and trainings
  • Work with our leadership, outreach, research, and legislative teams, and provide input in all areas of the Center’s work!

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building with diverse audiences
  • Experience in event planning, information management, and task organization
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens

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. 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, 9-month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $34,320. 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 Assistant Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: Sunday, February 25 or until filled.

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Digital Marketing Specialist

Digital Marketing Specialist
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or 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.

Science is too often sidelined from important public decisionmaking by people with something to gain…here’s your chance to push back. UCS is looking for a creative digital marketer to help create the advertising campaigns and grassroots messaging needed to inspire people to take action to defend science, help stop global warming, and protect the planet.

Responsibilities include:

This integral member of the UCS digital engagement team will be overall responsible for managing the organization’s digital marketing, online activist recruitment, and SMS programs to best maximize visibility for UCS and our issues, engage supporters in our campaigns, and contribute to campaign impact. In addition, the Digital Marketing Specialist will assist in ensuring the effectiveness of our email advocacy strategy by working with campaign staff to edit outgoing action alerts and email content, ensuring organizational messaging consistency and maximizing supporter engagement.

  • Work with program and communications staff to conceptualize digital marketing efforts to raise the visibility of our campaigns, outreach efforts, reports, and experts and engage supporters in our work.
  • Work with development and outside consultants collaboratively to conceptualize, review, and monitor Google AdWords, search, remarketing, social media, and donor recruitment digital advertising
  • Work with program, communications, and development staff to conceptualize and implement SMS campaigns that will engage our supporters and contribute to campaign impact.
  • Ensure proper tracking of all needed metrics for evaluating the results of our digital marketing efforts.
  • Work with Data Analyst to run reports on our digital marketing program and SMS/text program to evaluate efforts and make strategic recommendations for future efforts.
  • Edit action alerts, ensuring all messages are engaging and optimized for conversion.
  • Review online forms to ensure they are optimized for conversion, trackable, and recording data properly in the online CRM.
  • Manage UCS organizational email list health to ensure high deliverability rates on messages.
  • Develop and execute annual plans to recruit new activists and email subscribers for the organization.
  • Work closely with Director of Engagement and Online Engagement Manager to coordinate messaging and outreach across communications channels.
  • Keep abreast of vendor updates to online tools and best practices in online marketing and assist in updating user manuals and tips sheets for UCS staff.

Qualifications and experience

Must have a proven track record of developing and implementing effective online advocacy and marketing campaigns. Position requires excellent copywriting and editing skills for advocacy, email, and digital marketing messages. Proven ability to analyze metrics and make strategic decisions based on results. Outstanding attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work well in a team environment and independently is essential. Capacity to manage multiple projects and deadlines with ease. Professional web experience, knowledge of HTML, and solid experience working in a content management and constituent relationship management system is required. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

Position requires a minimum of three to five years of comparable-level experience including five years of experience in online activism and digital marketing. Proven ability to engage online constituents and grow online supporter lists.

May spend extended periods at a computer terminal. Some minimal overnight travel may be required per year.

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Digital Marketing Specialist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 25, 2018, or until filled.

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Outreach Coordinator

Climate Impacts Campaign
Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

The Position

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

UCS’s Climate Impacts Campaign seeks to move public and federal lawmakers towards strong, swift action on climate change, through focusing on those climate change impacts we are already experiencing, such as extreme heat and precipitation, wildfires, and sea level rise. As Outreach Coordinator, you will work with a creative, dedicated, and multi-disciplinary team of scientists, analysts, communications experts, and campaign organizers to mobilize diverse constituencies for federal action to reduce carbon emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support efforts to mobilize scientists, experts, elected officials, business, faith, and military leaders and others.
  • Develop and implement outreach plans associated with major new UCS products.
  • Implement projects to advance national and state-based climate initiatives, achieve political strategy goals, and contribute to overall campaign outcomes.
  • Identify and raise the profile of communities taking action to prepare for climate change with special attention to the equity dimensions of climate change adaptation in particular for working class communities and communities of color, including Latino/Hispanic, African American, and Tribal communities.
  • Maintain competency in issue areas and outreach expertise.
  • Represent UCS at public events, conferences, and to members.

Qualifications and experience

  • Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in both outreach and advocacy is required.
  • Knowledge of and experience in effective climate and energy campaigning. Familiarity with climate mitigation and preparedness policies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong communication skills are required, as well as proven ability to write for a variety of audiences.
  • Must have experience with grassroots organizing and member recruitment (including online activism and marketing), social media, and media relations.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, online research, and Microsoft Office a must.
  • Background in climate, energy, or environmental sciences is required; Bilingual Spanish/English preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.

May spend extended periods at computer. May occasionally lift boxes of materials (less than 70 lbs.). Significant travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required. Regular office hours may include nights and weekends, though not normally more than 40 hours per week.

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based either in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume, salary requirements, preferred office location and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Outreach Coordinator Climate” in the subject line. Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: January 21, 2018 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Organizing Representative

1 Year temporary position (with possible extension)
Federal Defense Campaign
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 seeks a talented campaign organizer to join our Federal Defense Campaign, which aims to defeat legislative and administrative attacks on science-based policies that threaten the well-being of communities and the environment. Whether working to stop the Senate confirmation of an anti-science ideologue at a federal agency, help prevent rollbacks of historic fuel efficiency standards, or to halt the Trump administration’s plans to build new nuclear weapons, as an Organizing Representative you will help us design and implement campaign plans to defeat the most pressing attacks on science. You will build our grassroots power by training, mobilizing, and growing the ranks of our most active members and supporters, including our network of scientists and experts, through web-based and other organizing tools. And you will work with a creative, dedicated, and multi-disciplinary team of campaign organizers, scientists, and advocates across all UCS programs.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement campaign outreach plans in key states to convince members of Congress to oppose attacks on science-based policies.
  • Educate, train, and mobilize UCS members to take online and offline action on federal defense priorities.
  • Develop web content and other materials to support UCS members and supporters in their advocacy and as engaged members of their communities, including brief issue explainers, action toolkits, and webinars.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with scientists, experts, elected officials, environmental justice organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, and others who have common cause in defeating attacks on science.
  • Support our federal advocacy efforts by following and helping our advocacy and media teams keep abreast of science policy developments on Capitol Hill.
  • Maintain basic competency in federal issue areas across UCS programs.
  • Represent UCS at public events, conferences and to UCS members and supporters.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach, grassroots organizing, and member recruitment (including online activism and social media).
  • Demonstrated the ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience developing and implementing effective campaign strategies and tactics, organizing constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities is required.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, online research, and Microsoft Office a must.
  • Demonstrated ability in writing action alerts and using web-based platforms and online tools to advance advocacy goals.
  • Strong written and communications skills required.
  • Knowledge of federal legislative processes strongly preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

May spend extended periods at a computer terminal. Some travel may be 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 1-year temporary position (with possible extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Federal Defense Organizing Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 25, 2018, or until filled.

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Research Assistant

6 Month Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for addressing 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 (CSD) at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is dedicated to advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for, the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.

The Research Assistant will carry out research on a variety of science policy topics. Focusing on how science is used in policy making, they will help develop analyses and reports that advance the role of science in the democratic process. Work will include tracking and helping with responses to attacks on science in federal policy ranging from Congressional attempts to undermine science to Trump administration policy decisions that fail to adequately consider science.

Responsibilities

The research assistant will be responsible for assisting in research tasks including scoping, writing, analyzing, and developing public-facing materials based on their research. Most tasks will be computer-focused; however, the research assistant will participate in frequent group meetings, be part of idea-brainstorming sessions, and will have opportunities to present and discuss their research with the CSD team and other UCS staff.

Qualifications and Experience

The position requires 2 to 4 years of comparable experience demonstrating strong analytical skills. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong research skills. An understanding of environmental policy is desirable, though not required. Robust written and oral communications abilities, considerable self-motivation, and solid organizational skills are necessary for this position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both through written and oral capacities. Candidate should have the ability to work independently, a strong attention to detail, and interest in exploring diverse topics in the science policy realm. Candidates should have an interest in how science informs decision making and/or working in the public/nonprofit sector.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. This position does not require travel.

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, 6-month temporary position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. Looking for someone to start around May. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $41,800 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Science and Democracy Research Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 18, 2018 or until filled.

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Washington Representative

Clean Vehicles 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.

Are you energized to make sure that science-based policy prevails? Do you want to make sure that cars keep getting cleaner? Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system. Use your advocacy talent to engage legislators and regulators on fuel economy and global warming emissions standards, electric vehicles, biofuels, and autonomous vehicle policy. 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. Join our team and help make a difference.

  • Engage with the executive branch 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.
  • Work closely with scientists and analysts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (fact sheets, reports, testimony, etc.).
  • Work closely with scientists and analysts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (fact sheets, reports, testimony, etc.).
  • 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), effective advocacy techniques, and robust political acumen. The position also requires knowledge of an understanding of how advocacy fits in to effective issue campaigns. A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is required. 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 to seven years of relevant and comparable legislative, 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 nights 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 $58,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

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: March 16, 2018, or until filled.

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Outreach Specialist

Science Network
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

The Position

The UCS Science Network consists of thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country working to advance the role of science in policymaking and inform decisions critical to our health, safety, and environment. And it is needed now more than ever. That’s why the Science Network is developing leaders on the ground who can build local teams and become more effective scientist advocates. And this outreach specialist position will be the pivotal role in that. The specialist will recruit and foster relationships with local team leaders, develop educational opportunities and resources, and help design and coordinate action opportunities that energize leaders to effectively organize peers. They will also promote efforts to diversify the network and ensure it is truly inclusive, and expand the ways that Science Network members can locally defend the role of science in democracy and advance science-based policy solutions.

Responsibilities

  • Design and spearhead recruitment strategies for scientists to build or join a local team.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with leaders through personal and online communications, and identify community-building opportunities for leaders to inspire and learn from one another through online channels, scientific community gatherings, and in-person visits.
  • Develop tools, trainings, and action opportunities that strengthen leaders and empower them to effectively organize their peers.
  • Coordinate tailored opportunities for graduate student and early career scientist leaders to grow their leadership and impact on select campuses.
  • Work with UCS outreach staff to coordinate national actions that advance UCS campaign goals and offer opportunities for local groups to be part of a larger movement for change.
  • Track the activities and impact of Science Network local teams, and work with the Science Network team to ensure our efforts are as effective as possible.
  • Identify and curate storytelling opportunities online to recognize local advocacy efforts and offer opportunities peer-learning and motivation.
  • Implement outreach efforts to ensure the Science Network is diverse and inclusive.

Qualifications and Experience

Three to five years of relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing including two solid years of comparable experience in outreach, organizing, campaigning, or advocacy is required. Desire to work with diverse constituencies and coordinate with partners from various backgrounds is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams, and interact professionally with partner organizations.

Demonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time and be able to respond to fast-changing needs on the ground. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, as well as general knowledge of traditional and social media, and basic computer literacy. An understanding of databases and online organizing tools is required. Demonstrated understanding and commitment for equity and inclusion is necessary; experience in equity-related organizing is a plus.

Completed Bachelor’s degree preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

May spend extended periods at computer. May occasionally lift boxes of materials (less than 70 lbs.). Significant travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required. Regular office hours.

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

Compensation, Hours, and Location: This is a full-time position based either in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, 1-2-page non-academic writing sample intended for a general audience, resume, salary requirements, preferred office location, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org with “Science Network Outreach Specialist” in the subject line. Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 18, 2018, or until filled.

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HR Generalist

Finance & Administration
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 HR Generalist supports all aspects of human resources at UCS with a focus on recruitment, hiring, onboarding, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations.

As HR Generalist, you’ll manage a variety of human resources responsibilities, troubleshoot challenges, and ensure compliance with policies and standard procedures. In our friendly and fast-paced environment, you’ll need the ability to coordinate closely with a team and also act independently. We welcome you to bring your sound judgment, solid understanding of HR legal concepts, and commitment to diversity and inclusion to our caring, inclusive and mission-driven organization!

Responsibilities
Recruitment and Hiring (in coordination with HR partners):

  • Help refine and implement UCS’s recruitment systems and practices. Research and refine strategies and processes to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with professional organizations, colleges and universities, foundations and institutions, and other audiences as appropriate.
  • Manage the application system, maintain best practices for applicant communication, and applicant reporting systems.
  • Provide interview and hiring process support and coaching to hiring managers.

General HR

  • Support Director in working with benefits administration and payroll; help communicate policies and benefits to staff.
  • Acquire expertise and knowledge of employee benefits to help DC staff with questions and troubleshooting.
  • Keep current on employment law including FMLA, FLSA, ADA, ADEA.
  • Collaborate to ensure human resources operations are running smoothly and with excellence.
  • Keep aware of the wide range of issues affecting employee retention and communicate these to Director of Human Resources.
  • Assist with training coordination, organizing training scheduling, and HR event planning logistics.
  • Assist in managing relationships with temp agencies; liaison between supervisors and temp agencies.
  • Work with HR Partners on internship program excellence and develop a simple mentorship program.
  • Conduct exit interviews with departing staff and orientations to UCS policies, procedures, and benefit programs for new staff with HR Partners.
  • Handle, respect, maintain, and safeguard confidential data.
  • Mindfully create an environment that is supportive and inclusive of all employees by providing excellent customer service.

Qualifications and Experience

Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are needed. Ability to work both in a team-based environment as well as act independently is necessary. Must have superior communication skills; both written and oral. HR certification and/or degree majoring in Human Resources or related field preferred. Considerable self-motivation and knowledge of office and administrative support procedures. Sound knowledge and interest in HR legal concepts, good judgment, excellent personal relation skills required. Strong attention to detail and overall commitment to accuracy and confidentiality.

At least five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in recruiting, employee relations, conflict management, and human resources administration is required. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and responsibilities and to be flexible in responding to fast-changing organization needs.

Little or no physical exertion; may require extended periods at a computer. Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines. Light overnight travel to headquarters – approximately 3 times a year.

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

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $66,500. 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 “HR Generalist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: March 15, 2018 or until filled.

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Digital Marketing Specialist

Digital Marketing Specialist
Communications Department
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or 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.

Science is too often sidelined from important public decisionmaking by people with something to gain…here’s your chance to push back. UCS is looking for a creative digital marketer to help create the advertising campaigns and grassroots messaging needed to inspire people to take action to defend science, help stop global warming, and protect the planet.

Responsibilities include:

This integral member of the UCS digital engagement team will be overall responsible for managing the organization’s digital marketing, online activist recruitment, and SMS programs to best maximize visibility for UCS and our issues, engage supporters in our campaigns, and contribute to campaign impact. In addition, the Digital Marketing Specialist will assist in ensuring the effectiveness of our email advocacy strategy by working with campaign staff to edit outgoing action alerts and email content, ensuring organizational messaging consistency and maximizing supporter engagement.

  • Work with program and communications staff to conceptualize digital marketing efforts to raise the visibility of our campaigns, outreach efforts, reports, and experts and engage supporters in our work.
  • Work with development and outside consultants collaboratively to conceptualize, review, and monitor Google AdWords, search, remarketing, social media, and donor recruitment digital advertising
  • Work with program, communications, and development staff to conceptualize and implement SMS campaigns that will engage our supporters and contribute to campaign impact.
  • Ensure proper tracking of all needed metrics for evaluating the results of our digital marketing efforts.
  • Work with Data Analyst to run reports on our digital marketing program and SMS/text program to evaluate efforts and make strategic recommendations for future efforts.
  • Edit action alerts, ensuring all messages are engaging and optimized for conversion.
  • Review online forms to ensure they are optimized for conversion, trackable, and recording data properly in the online CRM.
  • Manage UCS organizational email list health to ensure high deliverability rates on messages.
  • Develop and execute annual plans to recruit new activists and email subscribers for the organization.
  • Work closely with Director of Engagement and Online Engagement Manager to coordinate messaging and outreach across communications channels.
  • Keep abreast of vendor updates to online tools and best practices in online marketing and assist in updating user manuals and tips sheets for UCS staff.

Qualifications and experience

Must have a proven track record of developing and implementing effective online advocacy and marketing campaigns. Position requires excellent copywriting and editing skills for advocacy, email, and digital marketing messages. Proven ability to analyze metrics and make strategic decisions based on results. Outstanding attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work well in a team environment and independently is essential. Capacity to manage multiple projects and deadlines with ease. Professional web experience, knowledge of HTML, and solid experience working in a content management and constituent relationship management system is required. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

Position requires a minimum of three to five years of comparable-level experience including five years of experience in online activism and digital marketing. Proven ability to engage online constituents and grow online supporter lists.

May spend extended periods at a computer terminal. Some minimal overnight travel may be required per year.

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

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Digital Marketing Specialist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 25, 2018, or until filled.

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