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 Development Department

The Director of Stewardship oversees the activities of the Donor Engagement and Events team (E&E), which serves to cultivate, steward, and retain UCS supporters. The Director will play a strategic role in long-term development planning and will oversee day-to-day development activities. The Director designs and manages the schedule of events, mailings, and materials production, and will delegate tasks to the Manager and Associate Manager, bringing strategic thinking to amplify the impact and reach of UCS programming. The Director leads cross-organizational UCS event coordination, ensuring donor relations best practices and for greater member engagement and visibility, and will pioneer UCS’ event marketing strategies in partnership with the Communications team. The Director works to advance UCS’s relationships and will represent the organization to UCS supporters, prospects, and National Advisory Board members, including other partners.

The Position

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.


  • Provide leadership of the donor engagement and stewardship efforts for the organization and devise strategies for effective messaging and engagement at all levels of UCS membership.
  • Serve as department representative in relevant meetings, including department Director’s meetings, joint Directors/JEDI committee meetings, regular Development department, cross-team, and cross-organizational meetings.
  • Partner with Deputy Director of Development on conception and implementation of National Advisory Board meetings and related activities and events. Will collaborate and help lead meetings on content development, speaker preparation and coordination, and will ensure that speakers and content reflect organizational equity and inclusion priorities and represent the scope of UCS programs and priorities.
  • Supervise E&E Manager and Associate Manager in the execution of their responsibilities and provide training, coaching, and guidance in meeting goals and professional growth. Will provide regular feedback and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Ensure that organizational work at the intersection of racial equity and justice is consistently represented through donor communications and events, and that the universe of voices in written materials and programming appropriately represent diversity within UCS staff and the population.
  • Oversee schedule of event, cultivation, stewardship, and collateral activities, ensuring timelines are developed, deadlines are met, and process and product meet UCS best practices and standards.
  • Maintain relationships with key partners throughout the organization whose work intersects with the goals of the E&E team: colleagues in Communications, campaign leads and organizers, Science Network staff, Data Operations Executive department support staff, etc.
  • Stay apprised of industry best practices for event and donor stewardship activities, engaging in professional content through webinars, conferences, articles, and other sources of information to inform and refine strategies. Develop understanding of alternative models of donor cultivation that align with anti-racist fundraising practices, such as Community-Centric Fundraising model.
  • Maintain department budget, tracking expenses from events, mailings, thank you calls, and other projects. Will provide budget updates as needed, reconcile spending with Finance reports, make recommendations for mid-year budget review process, and assist Chief Development Officer with budgeting for annual planning process.
  • Review and update Stewardship Matrix twice a year to ensure consistent engagement appropriate to organizational relationship; ensure Matrix is shared with the Development department as a resource.
  • Review and update numbers as needed and consider additional cross-sections of supporter universe that might benefit from strategic communication strategies.
  • Review and evaluate sources of donor feedback, including donor survey responses, direct conversations via Development Officers, and other means of input that provide insight into donor interests and inform donor communication strategies.
  • Maintain working familiarity with CRM, including comprehensive understanding of Constituent Codes and Approach Restrictions, National Advisory Board and Event coding, and basic queries and exports.
  • Work closely with Major, Mid-Level, and Planned Gift officers in executing events to cultivate their unique audiences and develop customized cultivation and stewardship packages.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of comparable experience is required.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, project management, writing, and organizational skills with experience in donor relations and planning and executing in-person and virtual events.
  • Must have exceptional attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks in a deadline driven environment.
  • Certifications in project management, inclusive event design, and/or virtual event planning, and digital engagement are desirable.
  • Management experience and/or appropriate training is required with previous work in fundraising, working with high-level donors.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge database preferred.

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

May spend extended periods at a computer. 20% of overnight travel annually should be expected.

UCS is an equal-opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. We are dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We are 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 near UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $101,931 to $114,670. 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 will not check all these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we have not considered. If that is you, do not 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.

Deadline: Until filled.