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 Science Network
The UCS Science Network 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 (SN) enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s complex problems. Key elements of building the UCS 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 Organizing Manager will build long-term strategies and programming for scientist-distributed organizing. This person will lead the development of approaches and systems that bolster Science Network’s organizing initiatives to directly connect with UCS’s issue-based campaigns, advance an inclusive scientist advocacy movement, and serve as a unique asset in our justice-centered programming. They will work across programs and departments to identify and help develop resources, training, and guidance to support scientist organizing at UCS.
This role will have the opportunity to work with many stakeholders across the organization (as well as with external partners and SN members) to improve our ability to equip scientists to engage in advocacy and organize their own actions within their community. Working with the rest of the Science Network team, the Organizing 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 organizing opportunities that will help retain and engage Science Network members. They will act as a strategist and thought partners for UCS campaigns seeking to strengthen their scientist organizing. They will create opportunities for scientist advocates to build a community together to learn and grow together as equity-focused advocates. As an essential part of their work developing programming and resources, they will help measure and evaluate the impact of our work to continue to learn and strengthen our organizing efforts.
- Develop or strengthen programming, resources, and training to develop scientists as organizers with a strong focus on equity and justice.
- Help build or enhance UCS’ systems and resources to aid in the scalability of scientist organizing.
- Manage the continued development and implementation of the scientist-community partnerships model as a pillar of how scientists can engage with UCS. This includes facilitating space for learning and feedback from UCS programs and external justice-based partners on how to equitably conduct this effort.
- Collaborate with partners to develop programming and peer learning opportunities to build collective power and a more inclusive science advocacy movement.
- Help foster and manage partnerships within the scientific community to deepen and expand the Network’s advocacy training and political education capabilities, with a priority with networks representing historically marginalized scientists and/or network grounded in justice-centered advocacy.
- Work with the SN Sr. Outreach Coordinator to lead strategy development, programming design, and implementation to maintain the UCS Team-Based Organizing Initiative as a core, active facet of distributed organizing at UCS, and a springboard for further scientist organizing through UCS campaigns.
- In consultation with the Strategic Data Systems and Insights and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offices, develop and implement processes for measurement and evaluation for scientist organizing for the Science Network, to be scaled and shared with programs for greater impact.
- Hire and manage staff, interns, and consultants in support of scientist organizing.
Qualifications and Experience
Demonstrated competency in organizing on the regional and national level, developing advocacy strategy and tactics, and program planning, coordination, and implementation. Preference for familiarity with organizing experts. Proven experience handling multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously, as well as ability to design and build long-term programming with a diversity of stakeholders. Experience with facilitating online and in-person discussions and trainings. Experience supervising staff, developing, and working on collaborative teams, and creating inclusive environments is strongly preferred. Work requires 7-10 years of relevant experience in organizing, advocacy, leadership development, community building, member cultivation, advocacy training and resource creation, campaigning, or program management.
The ability to work independently and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is necessary. Experience and commitment to organizing 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.
A moderate level of understanding of utilizing databases, online organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be experts and/or prominent in their fields.
May spend extended periods at computer. The position requires periodic domestic and overnight travel (5-7 times per year).
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/hybrid position with preferred proximity to the Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. 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. *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 that 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.