Policy Advocate

Policy Advocate
Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington DC


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment.  We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists and everyday people who develop and advocate for innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

The UCS Global Security Program brings its unique blend of hard analytics, savvy communications, and expert advocacy to complex issues ranging from nuclear weapons posture and policy to missile defense, handling of fissile materials, and US-China relations.


Our current priorities include:

  • establishing a U.S. “no first use” nuclear policy;
  • reducing the role of nuclear weapons in US security policy;
  • moving toward a smaller nuclear force posture; and
  • re-evaluating the value of long-range missile defense systems.


The Global Security Program at UCS is growing, and we are seeking a policy advocate who can effectively push for those nuclear policy priorities in Congress and the Executive Branch. The job involves:

  • face-to-face meetings with key officials and staff;
  • organizing expert briefings;
  • developing and distributing educational materials;
  • crafting and coordinating sign-on letters, and other similar tactics.


A strong interest in reducing the nuclear threat is an essential requirement for the position.



  • Effectively promote UCS’s nuclear policy agenda with Congress, the Executive Branch, non-governmental organizations and the security establishment.
  • Work with the UCS Global Security team to develop and execute legislative strategies.
  • Produce short written materials, policy recommendations, blog posts and analysis in support of advocacy work.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Five to seven years of experience in lobbying, grassroots organizing, and/or advocacy, ideally with a focus on security, nuclear weapons, and arms control at the national level.
  • Knowledge of nuclear weapons, arms control and non-proliferation policies.
  • A thorough understanding of US legislative processes and of the executive branch and inter-agency processes.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.
  • Good computer skills, especially in database, spreadsheet, and word processing required.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in the national security field is desirable but not essential.


The position will require spending significant time out of the office to meet with congressional staff, officials, and colleagues. The more time spent talking with policymakers, the better.


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, 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 office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $70,000. 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 and resume to https://www.workable.com/j/078C89A0E9

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Deadline: December 20, 2019 or until filled.

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