Washington Representative II
Type of Job
Feb 8, 2023
About the job
Washington Representative II
Center for Science and Democracy
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 misinformation, 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.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a new Washington Representative II for the Center for Science and Democracy (CSD). The Center campaigns for strong, independent science as a fundamental basis for better, more equitable and just public policies. We work for fairer, more transparent democratic institutions and systems; more just and equitable public health, safety, and environmental protections, particularly for underserved communities; and an ongoing cultural shift in the scientific community to embrace activism for science-based policymaking.
Under the supervision of the Policy Director of the Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) or their designee, the Washington Representative II will develop and lead advocacy efforts to strengthen the role of science in public policymaking and defend against proposals or actions that would undermine our system of science-based public protections. Advocate for CSD policy agenda to Congress, the Executive Branch, and other relevant government officials, including in support of activities undertaken by senior program staff, the UCS FACT Campaign, and UCS leadership.
The Washington Representative II will work closely with outreach staff, senior program leadership, and other UCS government affairs staff to develop and integrate legislative work with research and outreach strategies and keep staff up to date on relevant legislative, administrative, and coalition developments. Work with other organizations on coordinated advocacy and policy development. Prepare written materials for diverse audiences, including internal managers and staff, Members of Congress and their staff, administration officials, partner organizations, and the general public.
•Participate in the day-to-day running of coalitions CSD has memberships in, including participation in steering committees, working groups, and other coordinating spaces.
•Represent CSD and UCS at meetings with government officials and other external stakeholders.
•Support advocacy efforts related to CSD’s policy agenda and maintain a leading role in specific policy areas as assigned.
•Monitor and develop systems for monitoring daily print media, blogs, and social media for pertinent coverage of policy issues and share promptly with relevant staff.
•Track the progress of legislation and regulations in Congress and at federal agencies, respectively.
•Help develop and implement campaign strategies for CSD, cross-programmatic, and coalition policy goals.
•Provide strategic and innovative input on advancing CSD’s priorities in Congress and with the executive branch, as well as defending against policies and actions that undermine the use of science in federal policymaking.
•Provide support of program efforts to encourage administrative actions and Congressional oversight over program issues.
•Participate in research projects related to legislative and policy work, including helping with the drafting and editing of reports.
•Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of relevant issues, as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
•Knowledge of science or technology policy issues
•Must have substantive knowledge of the legislative process, including advocacy/lobbying
•Techniques and strategies, legislative strategy, and the policymaking process
•A proven track record to learn quickly and strong time management skills
•Strong oral and written communication skills
•An ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience
Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, CQ, Politico, and other lobbying software is a plus.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks at once; self-starter who also works well in teams; Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in political science or public policy is a plus.
The position requires five to seven years’ experience including three years of comparable experience in legislative, campaign, and lobbying work at the national, state, or grassroots level. Proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress, in government implementing programs and policies, or for NGOs working to engage stakeholders and influence decision-making is necessary. Capitol Hill experience is a plus.
Applicants should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented work ethic, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment. A successful Washington Representative II will have experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns with Hill experience.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal-opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. We’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and 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.
Details: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office, and must live within 50 miles of the office. Travel is limited to required travel (up to 10 overnights per year). For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $80,531-$96,639. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. *CA Resident Only, we offer a 12% salary differential*
UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.
More about the department: 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 that is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.
To apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all 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. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.
Covid mandate for new hires: For roles requiring in-person work (including this one), UCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be reporting to an office location must provide notice of their vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster shots, even if working remotely.
All new employees must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as soon as practicable. Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.
Deadline: Until filled.