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Coalitions Coordinator

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Oct 6, 2021

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Coalitions Coordinator

Food and Environment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC


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 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a Coalitions Coordinator (CC) for our Food & Environment program, which works to transform our nation’s food system into one that provides affordable, healthy food for all, supports sustainable farming systems, and is fair to farmers, workers, and eaters. We do this work in partnership with other organizations, diverse in mission and size, to build power for our movement. Your job as CC will be to oversee the growth of our coalition relationships, revitalize and continue to build member engagement, provide support in policymaking education and awareness, as well as advocacy settings, develop strategic actions, and lay the groundwork for grassroots-driven policy agendas that prioritize racial equity and inclusion in our food system. You’ll work with an existing coalition’s steering committee and UCS government affairs and outreach staff to plan and manage activities and campaigns and collaborate on communications that report on coalition activities. This is a mid-level leadership position: the right candidate must be able to encourage teamwork and collaboration, support coalition partners in multiple projects, understand how organizations work together, and contribute to a positive work culture.



· The CC will support UCS’s science-based advocacy mission and our unique relationships with coalitions

• Help plan and develop a strategic vision and priorities for an existing coalition working collaboratively with its executive steering committee

• Oversee and support successful implementation and facilitation of coalition strategies and tactics

• Identify and implement ways to grow coalition membership and increase member engagement with designated members

• Ensure representation of the coalition in advocacy forums, conferences, and other relevant venues, including travel (if COVID-safe) approximately 15% of the time

• Manage relationships with the staff of partner organizations to coordinate shared resources and work products

• Contribute to formal reporting on coalition activities

• Organize coalition efforts and community meetings such as advocacy events and briefings

• Coordinate events and annual meetings

· Develop and maintain all modes of public-facing and internal communication and information (e.g., web sites, newsletters, routine correspondence, and materials), with support from relevant organizations and staff


Qualifications and Experience

• Three to five years of relevant and comparable experience in nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and advocacy work, including experience working with a diverse set of groups—from grassroots activists to policy experts, outreach, and communications staff.

• We believe experience matters and is equally as important as formalized education. While a Bachelor’s degree preferred, it is not required.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking, meeting facilitation, and ability to interact professionally and sensitively with individuals with a wide range of experiences, skills, backgrounds, and responsibilities.

• Familiarity with food and farm policy, racial equity issues in the food system, and community food systems preferred.

• Ability to build solid relationships with teammates, partners, and specialists in different areas by fostering teamwork, partnership, and collaboration in virtual or face-to-face environments.

• Strong writing skills, including the ability to create materials relating to food and agriculture policy topics, are essential.

• Excellent organizational skills are required, with the ability to conceptualize, propose, and execute projects independently, with substantial support from Food and Environment program staff.

• Considerable self-motivation and attention to detail, and knowledge of office and administrative support procedures,including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software are needed.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


This is a full-time position based in UCS’s 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

Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


More about the team:

Our team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to create an environment which is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.


A note on the pandemic:

During the coronavirus pandemic our staff are working from home. We will resume working from our offices, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.


To Apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.


Deadline: November 21st, 2021, or until filled.



Coalitions Coordinator

Food and Environment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

Are you an effective organizer and leader who can help people and groups collaborate on shared goals?

Would you like to work in coalition with awesome organizations on making our nation’s food system affordable, sustainable, and fair for everyone? Join the Union of Concerned Scientists as Coalitions Coordinator for our Food & Environment program, and help us build power for a racially equitable, just, and sustainable food system that protects the planet, workers, and eaters.

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