The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists, and everyday people who develop 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.
The UCS Science Network (SN) is a network of thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country who share the desire to put their knowledge to work to protect our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s complex problems. Key elements of building the Science Network are engaging a diverse group of scientists, developing a sense of community where members can be inspired by and learn from one another, and building the organizing skills and political acumen of leaders in science advocacy. The Science Network sits in the Office of Programs, Policy, and Advocacy, whose role is to advance cross-program collaboration and decision-making, including the implementation of our scientist organizing model.
The ideal candidate for the Science Network Mobilizing Manager is an experienced advocate and project manager who centers equity in their work, is willing to experiment and find creative solutions to challenges, and likes to juggle multiple projects at once.
The Science Network Mobilizing Manager conceives, coordinates, and implements plans to grow and maintain a healthy and robust UCS Science Network. They also design and coordinate efforts to diversify membership; develop and implement recruitment, cultivation, and engagement strategies, and manage tracking and evaluation of network programming.
This role will have the opportunity to work with many stakeholders across the organization to ensure we are providing meaningful engagement opportunities for Science Network members to grow their advocacy skills and make an impact on UCS campaigns. Working with the rest of the Science Network team, the Mobilizing Manager will help strengthen the connection between the Science Network’s member cultivation efforts, our work to build a base of supporters that aligns with our values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and leadership development opportunities that will help retain and engage Science Network members. They will act as a strategist and thought partner for UCS campaigns seeking to strengthen their scientist recruitment and cultivation. They will create opportunities for scientist advocates to build community together to learn and grow together as equity-focused advocates.
- Lead efforts to recruit new Science Network members. This includes conceptualizing, implementing, and assessing recruitment strategies, with a focus on building a more diverse and inclusive community.
- Lead efforts to develop and implement community-building strategies, to foster connection and peer-learning among members.
- Oversee the design and implementation of cross-organizational and program-specific programming tailored for early career scientists and scientists of color.
- Work with UCS campaign staff to co-develop cultivation and recruitment strategies that help them meet their campaign goals.
- Manage our organizational presence at events and scientific association conferences.
- Design and manage the team’s implementation of comprehensive tracking and evaluation.
- Manage expert engagement database processes and serve on cross-departmental teams to improve the organization’s metrics and evaluative processes for scientist engagement.
- Manage the Science Network team’s storytelling efforts to spotlight successful engagement within UCS, with other Science Network members, and with other target audiences.
- Supervise the Science Network Senior Coordinator. Manage Science Network interns and consultants as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
Work requires at least seven years of relevant and comparable experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position. Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan, and implement effective outreach campaigns. Experience with strategy development. Experience and commitment to advocacy with a lens of equity and building relationships with a diversity of stakeholders. The ability to look at our work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds is crucial. Demonstrated experience and capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time and to be flexible to respond to fast-changing organizational needs. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is essential. Experience supervising staff, developing, and working on collaborative teams, and creating inclusive environments is strongly preferred.
Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally with a diverse array of individuals, including scientists, grassroots activists, and policymakers, are necessary. A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web management and on-line organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is required.
May spend extended periods at computer. Position requires occasional travel.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. 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; ideally will be able to travel to UCS’s Cambridge or DC office several times a year. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $90,601 to $101,930. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
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:
Staff at the Union of Concerned Scientists 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 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.