Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an
independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve
some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS
combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy tosecure responsible changes in government
policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Our experts work on some of
the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of
global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport
ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over
the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can
help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.
As member of the
Center for Science and Democracy (the Center) team, the outreach coordinator
will design and implement engagement opportunities for scientists, activists,
and partners to protect science-based health and environmental safeguards,
deploy science as a tool to address inequities in public health and safety, and
defend science from attacks and political interference. To do that, the
coordinator will recruit, cultivate, and mobilize the UCS Science Network-- a
national community of thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public
health specialists, and other experts who share the desire to put their
knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. They will
offer educational resources, create engagement opportunities, and develop
leadership among Network members to strengthen their skills and impact as
Now more than ever, we need this community to
stand up for science and to defend health, safety, and environmental safeguards
from politically-motivated attacks. Help further the Center’s vision to advance
the role of science for a just, functioning
democracy andevidence-based policymaking in service of public good.
educational opportunities and opportunities for scientists to guard against
attacks on science, defend public protections, andpush
for science-based solutions to public safety challenges such as poor air
quality, unsafe water, or chemical safety risks.
and organize trainings and peer-learning opportunities for scientists to
strengthen their skills and deepen their involvement as advocates.
Help scientists craft communications that
showcase the real-word value of science in policymaking and the unique role for
scientists as informers, partners, and advocates.
cultivate scientists seeking to grow as local leaders, who, in turn, offer
opportunities for peers to join.
Help foster and
maintenance partnerships with science advocacy networks for resource-sharing
opportunities for scientists and supporters to connect, learn, and take action
and action opportunities for UCS supporters to advocate for state and local
efforts to increase voting rights, with a focus on supporting environmental
justice communities most targeted by voter suppression policies.
tools and opportunities for UCS supporters to strengthen their role as
inclusive advocates working towards equitable, evidence-based decision-making.
Support other efforts of the UCS Center for
Science and Democracy.
The ideal candidate will be a strong community
organizer comfortable working with experts and people from a wide variety of
backgrounds. Experience and skills in leadership development,
volunteer management, and advocacy trainings is required. Demonstrated competency
in outreach/organizing on the regional and/or national level and legislative
and media strategy is required. Demonstrated understanding and commitment for
equity and inclusion is necessary; experience in equity- and justice-based
organizing is preferred. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude
of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is essential.
Work requires three to five years of relevant
and comparable experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position,
preferably in a non-profit environment.Position prefers abachelor’s degree
or equivalent in a related field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to
conceive, plan, and implement effective outreach campaigns and engagement
strategies. Strong written and oral communication skills, are necessary, as are
strong skills in internet-related communications, including the presentation of
and analyzing information on the web, database software, and word processing.
Successful candidates will be able to articulate a passion for promoting the
role of science and scientists in public policy making.
extended periods at computer. May occasionally lift boxes of materials (less
than 70 lbs.). Significant travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required.
Regular office hours.
UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when
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.