Our organization

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.

UCS’s Climate & Energy Program 

The Associate Director of Just Climate Resilience will help develop and lead key aspects of the Climate and Energy Program’s Just Climate Resilience agenda, under the direction of the Policy Director, and working closely with the Director of Government Affairs and the Sr. Climate Campaign Manager. The position will focus on strategy, policy design and development, community engagement, and advocacy and research efforts that can help drive the widespread adoption of science-based, equitable policies at the local, state, and federal levels.


The Position

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Serve as a collaborative leader of the C&E program’s just climate resilience policy agenda

  • Under the direction of the C&E Policy Director and working with other UCS Climate and Energy program staff, lead the planning, designing, and implementing of just resilience policy development, research activities, and projects in support of the organization’s efforts to advance just climate resilience policy at the local, state and federal levels.
  • In close collaboration with the C&E Policy Director and the C&E Gov Affairs team, play a lead role in managing inclusive engagement processes, both internally and with external partners, to help inform C&E resilience policy development, priorities, and strategy.
  • Serve as the UCS’s lead climate resilience policy expert, leading the development of resilience policy positions and innovative and effective federal, state and municipal resilience policy. Coordinate closely with regional teams (California, Midwest and Northeast) on state and local work.
  • Collaborate on planning, designing, implementing and leveraging UCS analyses to guide and bolster advocacy and policy positions.

Foster and Maintain Collaborative and Strategic External Relationships

  • Provide expert technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders, and coalition partners.
  • Respond to inquiries and comments from stakeholders, media, members, sponsors, and the public about resilience-related issues; promote UCS positions and objectives.
  • Establish and maintain alliances with advocates, community partners, and researchers at other organizations and government agencies to exchange information, share resources, and engage in collaborative work.

Serve as a lead spokesperson for just reliance policy

  • Serve as a lead spokesperson for UCS, through media print, radio, and TV interviews, write LTEs and op-eds and blogposts.
  • Represent UCS, its philosophy, and its positions at workshops, hearings, conferences, and public forums.



As appropriate, supervise other policy, advocacy or analytic staff, consultants and interns. Supervisory responsibilities could include hiring, assigning work, directing, and managing and evaluating performance. Oversee assigned work, help triage competing priorities, provide support and guidance, and ensure internal approval protocols for publications and administration are followed. Guide, mentor, and develop junior staff to support their professional growth and enable them to assume greater responsibilities on behalf of the program and its work.



Qualifications and Experience

  • Position requires comprehensive knowledge of the field of climate resilience policy, with deep demonstrated expertise in its equity and justice dimensions.
  • Work requires five to seven years of comparable experience and a proven track record in policy analysis and advocacy, with a focus on equity and justice.
  • Master’s degree preferred in public policy, environmental studies, public health, social sciences, or relevant field can be substituted for experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of effective supervision, mentorship, and team management.
  • Candidate will have strong skills and experience in influencing policy and legislation in at least two of three arenas: local, state and/or federal.
  • Detailed understanding of resilience-building strategies in varying geographies and demographics, and in response to the interaction of various climate, environmental and socioeconomic impacts.
  • Excellent skills in writing and oral communication, as well as proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite.


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


May spend extended periods at computer.



Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events, rapid response, or critical deadlines.



Moderate travel is required, including up to 1-2 overnight trips per quarter, and occasional visits to DC and Cambridge offices if working remotely.


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 remote position based in close proximity to UCS’s DC or MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $114,671-$129,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. *CA Resident Only, we offer a 12% salary differential*


Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.


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 which 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 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.


This position is not in the bargaining unit.



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. The Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.



Deadline: until filled.