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Policy and Program Manager

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Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC


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May 12, 2021

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Center for Science and Democracy

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 Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at UCS advocates for the role of independent science and civic participation in public policy. We work on a wide range of issues including scientific integrity, environmental justice, chemical safety, democracy reform and regulatory policy. We also strive to build a movement of scientist activists to advocate for science-based public policies that are just, equitable and protective of public health, safety, and the environment for all people. Our talented and energetic staff of 22 make the Center an exciting place to work. As we cover many issues and work with a broad constituency in the science community and beyond.


· Work with the CSD Program, Research and Campaign Directors and across our research, government affairs and outreach teams to ensure that our advocacy positions, campaign efforts, are strong, vibrant, and continuing to grow.

· Help shape programmatic strategy, support continual improvement in a more cohesive and inclusive culture, including guidance in efforts to make CSD anti-racist in all aspects of our work.

· Lead in program planning, budgeting, and internal systems, manage teamwide meetings and communications, and lead program evaluation efforts.

· Supervise staff in government affairs, policy development and partnership coordination, under the direction of the Center Director.

· Develop policy positions with other UCS programs to achieve organizational goals including making UCS an anti-racist organization.

Qualifications and Experience

We need an individual with keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills. Experience with policies supporting racial justice and equity and an understanding of the federal policy process and advocacy programs is essential. We expect the successful candidate to demonstrate the ability to support team building, and inclusive culture, manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible in responding to fast-changing organizational needs. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Supervisory experience is preferred.

An advanced degree in a relevant field of science or public policy and 5-7 years of relevant work experience is required.

May spend extended periods at computer. Travel, as often as 2-3 days monthly, between UCS offices, to meet with funders or policymakers is expected.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively 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.


This is a full-time position is based in a UCS office in Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $90,000. 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: Please visit 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. Also include an example article or communication product that showcased some of your skills and work. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations and indicate which UCS office location you are likely to prefer. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: June 20, 2021

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