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Dec 14, 2022

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Senior Campaign Coordinator

Climate and Energy


Positing in Bargaining Unit: YES


Our organization

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent nonprofit that puts rigorous, independent science into action, developing solutions and advocating for a healthy, safe, and just future. We envision a peaceful, healthy, and just world where science serves people and the planet by guiding policy decisions, reducing risks, and improving lives.


For over five decades, we have been working as scientists, engineers, economists, advocates, and everyday people to create 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 disinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Values informing our work include:

  • Science in the service of people and the planet.
  • Justice and Equity for people of all races and incomes—now, and for future generations.
  • Courage to take principled, science-based stands in the public arena.
  • Integrity to always examine evidence critically, openly, and honestly.
  • Democracy to promote a voice for all in government decisions.
  • Action inspiring and mobilizing people to build a healthier, safer, and more just world.

Our Climate and Energy program is accepting applications for a Senior Campaign Coordinator to join our

team. In this role, you will work with a team that focuses on modernizing the U.S. electric grid without leaving anyone behind and facilitating a transition to renewable energy, away from burning fossil fuels that disproportionately affect the health and well-being of low-income communities and communities of color. UCS is committed to enacting policies that create a just and equitable transition to a renewable energy future, and to broadening and diversifying the voices shaping energy decisions. As Senior Campaign Coordinator, you would help further these efforts.


The ideal candidate will have experience in advocacy and working in partnership with communities, and an interest working on climate justice and energy issues. You will also help support locally focused UCS work in Midwestern states.



· Working with the Midwest team, develop and implement outreach and advocacy plans that advance legislative and regulatory campaign priorities in the region

· Working with the federal government affairs team,

assess and pursue opportunities to make progress on federal policies, helping to ensure alignment with state efforts

· Meaningfully engage UCS supporters, experts, and decisionmakers to advance campaign strategies and goals through online and offline advocacy, especially with diverse and historically under-represented constituencies

· Contribute to federal, regional, and state agency advocacy efforts, including assessing political and coalition partner dynamics

· Create and coordinate comments, letters, and testimony for legislative and regulatory proceedings

· Build relationships and coordinate campaign work with allies in key regions, including environmental justice and community organizations

· Represent UCS positions in meetings with state and federal legislators and staff, agencies, and other stakeholders

· Support organizational learning on issues of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity

· Stay informed about clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy, as well as effective outreach strategies for influencing campaign targets


Qualifications and Experience

· Position requires five years of comparable and relevant experience, including at least 3 years of organizing and advocacy experience with a background in climate change and energy issues

· Experience planning and implementing effective advocacy campaigns and strong project management experience

· Ability to work with coalition partners, especially organizations representing working-class, Latinx/Hispanic, Black, Indigenous and immigrant communities

· Ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields

· Capacity to work independently, balance multiple priorities and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team

· Prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion

Little or no exertion required. May spend extended periods at computer. May require occasional travel, approximately once per quarter.

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 position that can be done remotely, or with UCS Chicago or Washington, DC, offices as a home base. Because there may be in-person work required for this position in Midwestern states eventually, applicants located outside the Midwest should have availability to travel. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $80,531-$90,600. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. *CA Resident Only* we offer a 12% salary differential*

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: until filled

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