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Washington Representative II

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Washington, DC


Type of Job



Salary is commensurate with experience

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Published Date

Apr 15, 2022

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Washington Representative II

Center for Science and Democracy

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 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 protection, 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 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.



· Facilitate and assist in the day-to-day running of the Coalition for the Prevention of Chemicals Disasters (CPCD).

· 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 for 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.

UCS is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. All staff participates in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with supporters, media, vendors, allies, and others.


Qualifications and Experience

Position requires:

· 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 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 a public interest advocacy campaign with Capitol Hill experience.


At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.



This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. Travel is limited to required travel (up to 10 overnights per year). 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 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.


A note on the pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff is 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.



UCS acknowledges the omission of pertinent salary information in our job ads. This is due to efforts to enhance our pay equity practices while conducting an organizational-wide compensation analysis. Please refer to the market salary range for this position (consider industry, experience, skills, education, and other factors) when applying to this job.


Covid Mandate for New Hires

For in-office roles, 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.

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