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Western States Campaign Coordinator

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Oakland, CA


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Oct 15, 2021

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Western States Campaign Coordinator

Union of Concerned Scientists

Oakland, CA


Are you ready to take science off the shelf and get it out into the world where it can make a difference? Are you a strategist who can mobilize scientists and activists to take on the biggest, most harmful industries and win? Can you build leadership in the scientific community and help the environmental movement become a movement for racial justice? The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks a talented organizer to create and run science-based advocacy campaigns that recruit and develop the capacity of experts and activists, deepen and draw on the strength of partnerships with allied organizations, and make a material difference in the western states on climate, energy, transportation, and water.



Direct outreach components of the Western States campaigns on vehicles, fuels, energy, climate, and water issues.

Engage UCS supporters, members, and science network experts to further campaign goals and build power for the long term.

Develop web content and print materials that will increase campaign impact in collaboration with other team members.

Develop online organizing tactics and use UCS systems to track impact.

Cultivate relationships with key allies.

Participate in cross-campaign outreach activities and planning.

Maintain and update working knowledge of general Western States policy issues relevant to climate, renewable energy, clean transportation, and racial justice.

Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS.


Qualifications and Experience:

· Minimum three years of experience in campaign development, grassroots and grasstops organizing, event planning, advocacy, and/or online marketing or activism, preferably in a nonprofit organization.

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

· Strong written and communication skills are essential. Must have the ability to write for and speak to lay audiences, while also possessing the ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be experts and/or prominent in their fields. Ability to manage a high volume of email communication with speed, accuracy, and professionalism is required.

· Ability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs.

· Knowledge and familiarity with racial equity and inclusion principles and ways that race and other identities intersect in the work, particularly in the scientific, policymaking, and environmental communities. Must be comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms. Some understanding of the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications is required.

· Proficiency in word processing is required, and experience with Microsoft Office is preferred.

· Ability to use web-based platforms and sophisticated online tools to advance advocacy goals

· Some knowledge of clean vehicles, climate, and energy policy are strongly preferred.

May spend extended periods at the computer terminal. Some minimal overnight travel may be required per year (when it is safe to do so).

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 based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $53,000. 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 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.


Deadline: November 19th or until filled.

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