Union of Concerned Scientists

2 Brattle Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
February 07, 2019

Western Massachusetts






Two-Year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC


The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Science Network can be critical force to defend against the Administration and Congress’ attempts to undermine science and cut down our public protections. The person who will fill this 2-year organizer position will recruit, cultivate, and mobilize this community of advocates-- along with science supporters and partners-- to advance the role of science for a more just and functioning democracy. They will offer educational opportunities, design impactful actions, and develop leaders among the Network to strengthen their skills as advocates. The ideal candidate will be a strong organizer with a passion for leadership development and the power of advocacy. They’d be comfortable working with experts, activists, and justice-based partners, and people from a wide variety of backgrounds.


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 two 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.

May spend 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.

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

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.

How To Apply:

Please upload a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Apply by:
February 24, 2019
About this Organization:
The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 500,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure 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.