Director, Global Security Program

Director, Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

Since its founding in 1969, The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has advanced its mission of using rigorous, independent science to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, UCS combines technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical, and equitable solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.  And central to that mission is addressing one of the most serious threats to life on Earth, nuclear weapons.

UCS’s Global Security Program (GSP) plays an indispensable, unique role in fundamentally reforming US policy at a time when the risks posed by nuclear weapons are real and increasing.  With its unique combination of analytical, policy, organizing, and communications capacity, UCS and the next Director of its GSP will help shape a new national discussion about the role, value and costs of nuclear weapons and the imperative to build public support for policies that reduce these risks and aggressively pursue global nuclear disarmament.

The ideal candidate will bring broad knowledge of nuclear arms control and international security issues, including U.S. legislative and policy-making processes, and familiarity with the role of various agencies in the national security policy arena, and at least ten years of relevant experience.  A thorough understanding of how to conduct issue advocacy and campaigns is also required.  As an external face for this work, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to interact with a broad array of audiences, particularly in the scientific, arms control, and policy communities, and the credibility that comes with a substantial track record of achievement.

The new Director must bring a strong commitment to fully incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals and strategies into UCS’s global security work and to supporting and engaging constituencies whose voices and perspectives have been absent or marginalized in national security policy debates.

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This search is being conducted by Katherine Jacobs, Tamar Datan, and Chris Cannon of NPAG.  

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