Midwest Senior Outreach Coordinator

Midwest Sr. Outreach Coordinator
Climate and Energy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Chicago, IL Office



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.


There’s a clean energy transition taking place throughout the country, and the UCS Climate & Energy team needs help to spur its continued momentum. We seek a Midwest Senior Outreach Coordinator to help us achieve our goals of ensuring a modern electricity grid that delivers greater amounts of renewable energy reliably and securely. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise, and our network of more than 25,000 scientific and technical experts, along with our 500,000 supporters, you will help move states in the Midwest to reduce emissions, expand renewable energy and clean energy storage capacity, and hasten the transition away from fossil fuel energy.



You will lead strategic campaign outreach efforts, including:

  • Create and implement plans and projects to advance state, regional, and federal legislative and regulatory energy campaign initiatives.
  • Oversee online and offline engagement of UCS supporters and experts in the Midwest to advance our campaigns. Identify, cultivate, and significantly engage grasstops and experts and enlist their support for UCS goals.
  • Identify key arenas for UCS campaign visibility with targeted constituencies in the Midwest.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia.
  • Represent UCS in state, regional and national coalitions and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts. Work to expand regional coordination with the environmental justice community.
  • Identify emerging campaign opportunities for campaign team. Prioritize best opportunities and facilitate UCS’s strategic and timely response, including engaging supporters and experts.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy, as well as effective strategies for influencing campaign targets, including electricity regulators and state legislators.
  • Supervise staff, interns, and/or outreach consultants.


Qualifications and Experience

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


May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Extensive travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required.


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


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


Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $58,500. 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, and short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy-oriented writing sample to https://workable.com/j/19B22F4E18 Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.


Deadline: January 21, 2019, or until filled.

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