Science Network Organizer

Science Network Organizer

2-year Temporary Position

Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA



The Position

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 Science Network is home to thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country who want to put their knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network (SN) enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s most complex problems.


You: An organizer with a passion for community building, fostering leaders, and getting more diverse experts and scientists interested in advocacy and civic engagement. The Science Network Outreach Coordinator is a core part of the UCS Science Network team, and who is the lead on cultivating our Science Network members, especially our early career scientists (ECS). You’ll be thinking through and implementing community building and leadership development projects, including a small grants fund to boost local advocacy efforts. You’ll also help the Science Network team build an inclusive community and diverse network of members and partners.




  • Cultivate and engage Science Networks members to become impactful advocates and grow in their leadership
    • Co-designing and supporting Science Network engagement plans with UCS campaigns.
    • Cultivate and mobilize Science Network members with equity and inclusion as a core commitment to organizing
    • Assisting in the design and implementation of efforts to diversify the Science Network and ensure that all activities are accessible and inclusive.
    • Coordinate online events to spark continued interactive dialogue with Science Network members, foster peer-learning, and collaborate with partners via social media to build and mobilize leaders.


  • Overseeing Strategy to Develop Early Career Scientist (ECS) Leaders
    • Design strategy for ECS leadership development by creating clear pathways to develop policy and advocacy skills of ECS
    • Oversee design and promotion of trainings and resources to support deeper ECS engagement.
    • Contribute to the strategy and lead implementation of Science Network Mentor Program
    • Coordinate Meet-Ups pilot project to offer coaching and financial resources for ECS Science Network members and integrate into ongoing ECS leadership opportunities
    • Recruit and support ECS leaders to share their stories and advice with peers through the blog, social media, and in-person gatherings
    • Act as lead point person for ECS partnerships


  • Supporting UCS’ Engagement of Science Network
    • Serve as a liaison for UCS Programs’ campaigns to help strategize and support their deployment of Science Network members in their campaigns, with a lens to integrate and engage diverse scientists
    • Provide logistical support for and attend meetings and conferences to recruit new Science Network members
    • Represent the UCS Science Network at gatherings related to the scientific community and core values and issues the Network works on


  • Foster and helpful build an inclusive Science Network community
    • Support the cultivation of mutually beneficial relationships with expert networks in organizations that serve scientists of color and other underrepresented groups.
    • Helping to coordinate and implement UCS presence at scientific conferences that serve marginalized or underrepresented groups
    • Strengthen the Science Network’s role in the science community by researching opportunities for deepening connections with existing partners and connecting with new science policy and advocacy groups
    • Research engagement opportunities at historically black colleges and universities, women’s universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges; help foster connections with the Science Network and UCS campaigns


Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have strong organizing, project management, community building and organizational skills and proven experience handling multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously. Work requires three to five years of relevant experience with at least two years of comparable experience in membership/community/supporter cultivation, leadership development, organizing and campaigning, or high-level project management.


Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals, including professionals who may be experts and/or prominent in their fields is necessary. Ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is necessary.


The ability to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds is crucial.


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 Cambridge, MA 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 A listing of all open jobs is available at


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Deadline: April 3, 2020 or until filled.

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