Two-Year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC
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 secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.
As member of the Center for Science and Democracy (the Center) team, the outreach coordinator will design and implement engagement opportunities for scientists, activists, and partners to protect science-based health and environmental safeguards, deploy science as a tool to address inequities in public health and safety, and defend science from attacks and political interference. To do that, the coordinator will recruit, cultivate, and mobilize the UCS Science Network-- a national community of thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts who share the desire to put their knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. They will offer educational resources, create engagement opportunities, and develop leadership among Network members to strengthen their skills and impact as advocates.
Now more than ever, we need this community to stand up for science and to defend health, safety, and environmental safeguards from politically-motivated attacks. Help further the Center’s vision to advance the role of science for a just, functioning democracy and evidence-based policymaking in service of public good.
- Coordinate educational opportunities and opportunities for scientists to guard against attacks on science, defend public protections, and push for science-based solutions to public safety challenges such as poor air quality, unsafe water, or chemical safety risks.
- Develop resources and organize trainings and peer-learning opportunities for scientists to strengthen their skills and deepen their involvement as advocates.
- Help scientists craft communications that showcase the real-word value of science in policymaking and the unique role for scientists as informers, partners, and advocates.
- Identify and cultivate scientists seeking to grow as local leaders, who, in turn, offer opportunities for peers to join.
- Help foster and maintenance partnerships with science advocacy networks for resource-sharing and collaboration.
- Create opportunities for scientists and supporters to connect, learn, and take action together.
- Lead educational and action opportunities for UCS supporters to advocate for state and local efforts to increase voting rights, with a focus on supporting environmental justice communities most targeted by voter suppression policies.
- Offer educational tools and opportunities for UCS supporters to strengthen their role as inclusive advocates working towards equitable, evidence-based decision-making.
- Support other efforts of the UCS Center for Science and Democracy.
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will be a strong community organizer comfortable working with experts and people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Experience and skills in leadership development, volunteer management, and advocacy trainings is required. Demonstrated competency in outreach/organizing on the regional and/or national level and legislative and media strategy is required. Demonstrated understanding and commitment for equity and inclusion is necessary; experience in equity- and justice-based organizing is preferred. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is essential.
Work requires three to five years of relevant and comparable experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position, preferably in a non-profit environment. Position prefers a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to conceive, plan, and implement effective outreach campaigns and engagement strategies. Strong written and oral communication skills, are necessary, as are strong skills in internet-related communications, including the presentation of and analyzing information on the web, database software, and word processing. Successful candidates will be able to articulate a passion for promoting the role of science and scientists in public policy making.
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.
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 two-year temporary position based 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. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org. A listing of all open jobs is available at https://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs.
To Apply: Please upload a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.
Deadline: November 30th or until filled.