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Senior Energy Campaign Manager

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Washington, DC


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Apr 30, 2021

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The Union of Concerned Scientists is accepting applications for a Senior Energy Campaign Manager. In this role, you will oversee our Power Ahead campaign, which focuses on modernizing the U.S. electric grid and facilitating the transition away from dirty fossil fuels that disproportionately affect the health and well-being of low-income communities and communities of color. UCS is committed to enacting policies which create a just and equitable transition to a renewable energy future and to broadening and diversifying the voices shaping energy decisions, and as the Senior Energy Campaign Manager, you would drive this effort forward.

We are at a pivotal point in the climate crisis and with a new administration and leaders in D.C. now is the time for action. The power crisis in Texas last month demonstrated how unprepared our energy system is to deal with climate impacts and the urgent need for action to ensure reliable and just access to clean electricity for all communities. As the Senior Energy Campaign Manager, you will be key in building and harnessing momentum to modernize our electric grid and create real change.

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. Working at UCS means advancing solutions and advocating for policies which are backed by the best data, research, and technical expertise.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing UCS energy campaign plans, including budget and resource allocation and campaign execution and priorities.
  • Conceive, plan, implement, and evaluate strategies, tactics, and initiatives that persuade regulators and policymakers to make decisions in line with UCS desired goals and preferred solutions.
  • Work to ensure intersectionality in strategy development, incorporating partners’ needs and ideas in the creation of campaigns, analyses, and tactics.
  • Manage the successful scale-up of initiatives and partnerships on issues related to modernizing our nation’s electric grid; help position UCS as a thought leader in this space.
  • Help develop new models of partnerships with frontline and environmental justice organizations.
  • Represent UCS as a key convenor and contributor in the growing grid advocacy movement: to the public, decisionmakers, allies, and experts.
  • Strategically manage externally changing conditions, campaign opportunities, and resource constraints
  • Supervise campaign staff, interns, and consultants, and liaise with other UCS staff.
  • Ensure the inclusive and transparent functioning of a campaign team that draws on the contributions of all members to deliver external impact.
  • Design media and online engagement strategies and coordinate activities across platforms that will strategically educate and put pressure on target audiences.
  • Stay informed about science advocacy and movement building-related issues and the primary campaigns of UCS programs as they relate to energy campaign work.
  • Continue to develop and maintain expertise and exhibit authority on clean energy and grid modernization technology and policy,


Qualifications and Experience

  • Position requires at least ten years of comparable and relevant experience in an advocacy setting and a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective regulatory or legislative focused advocacy campaigns.
  • Strong management skills, including a commitment to transparency and inclusivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to thoughtfully navigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a deep commitment to advancing these values.
  • Experience supervising staff and an ability to collaborate as a leader and member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to build relationships with policymakers, technical experts, allies, racial and social justice organizations, and UCS colleagues and donors.
  • The ideal candidate will be able to thoughtfully navigate energy policy and advocacy as they are interconnected with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Background in climate change and energy is a plus but not required.

Note: Little or no exertion required. May spend extended periods at the computer.

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 and candidates should be based in either the Washington, DC area, Boston area, or Chicago area. The salary for this position is in the low $90s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. You will report to our Climate and Energy Campaigns Director, supervise staff, and work with leaders and staff across our climate and energy team. Some travel required when we resume travel.

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 apply here to upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations and include where you heard about the position. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only.

Deadline:5/23/2021 or until filled.




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