Our organizationThe 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 disinformation, 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 and Energy Program

The Senior Federal Campaign Coordinator will work to advance the goals of UCS’s Climate Resilience and Power Ahead Campaigns by building and leveraging people power and UCS analyses in support of just and equitable federal policy. Responsibilities include: conceiving, developing, and implementing outreach and organizing plans and projects to advance federal legislative and regulatory campaign goals; representing UCS in coalitions and building relationships with allied constituencies; meaningfully engaging UCS supporters and particularly Science Network members to achieve the campaign goals; contributing to and leveraging high-level analysis and technical expertise with decision makers and ensuring visibility with targeted constituencies; and supporting opportunities for UCS staff and stakeholders to meet and communicate with federal policy makers. This position works with two campaigns, with 75% of the time focused on the Climate Resilience campaign and 25% on the Power Ahead (clean energy) campaign.

The Position

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Plan, manage and implement campaign, policy, and advocacy projects.

  • Working closely with Climate & Energy (C&E) program government affairs and campaign teams, coordinate outreach activities across the program’s campaigns and with other UCS offices in support of federal policy priorities.
  • Develop and maintain communications and tracking systems to ensure effective coordination.
  • Analyze coalition platforms and make recommendations to C&E policy and legislative staff.
  • Manage the internal and external components of legislative days and other events, convenings, and workshops that highlight climate resilience and/or energy issues. Manage and delegate logistical tasks and the creation of materials for events.
  • Represent UCS in national coalitions as needed and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts. Identify and cultivate new partners for UCS’s campaign work among racial equity and climate justice groups. Maintain awareness of strategic opportunities in allied efforts that intersect with UCS’s campaigns.
  • Once per quarter, convene a cross-campaign team to allocate budget resources for shared federal legislative, regulatory and organizing goals. Formulate proposals and undertake due diligence for partner support and other expenditures.

Devise and implement strategies to expand, engage, and mobilize UCS supporters and members of the UCS science network to coordinate federal climate resilience and renewable energy policy.

  • Identify, recruit, train, and deploy expert scientists, engineers, health professionals, emergency preparedness specialists, climate resilience experts, etc. Engage UCS activists, experts, local officials, and other opinion leaders in strategic communications and/or constituent advocacy at the federal level.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia in support of campaign goals. Serve as a UCS spokesperson at events as needed to increase UCS’s presence and attract new supporters/volunteers/members. Ensure UCS representation by appropriate expert ambassadors at high-priority events. Develop and support engagement strategies, materials development, and meeting preparation and follow-up.
  • Establish and maintain personal contact with government officials, technical experts, private sector allies, and other non-profit organizations to exchange information, share resources, and engage in collaborative activities.
  • Represent UCS at conferences and other events as needed to increase UCS’s presence and attract new supporters/volunteers/members.

Contribute to overall effective functioning and ongoing learning of Climate & Energy Program and UCS.

  • Participate in program and project meetings, cross-programmatic meetings, and special organizational efforts.
  • Contribute to foundation proposals and reports.
  • Develop metrics for, track effectiveness of, and help ensure implementation of lessons learned from outreach activities and other campaign projects.
  • Support organizational learning on issues of equity, justice, and dismantling all forms of oppression.
  • Actively engage in problem solving around relevant strategic questions, issues of substance, and matters of staff time prioritization and resource utilization.


Basic Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

Applicants should:

  • Have five to seven years of experience in outreach and organizing including two years of comparable experience in solutions for climate change resilience, such as supporting communities’ adaptation needs and decision-making, or advancing renewable energy adoption.
  • Be able to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Possess strong communication and public speaking skills.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals who may be experts and/or prominent in their fields.
  • Experience in outreach, organizing, or a campaign position is required, preferably in a non-profit environment. Experience with campaign planning and strategy development is required, as is demonstrated success working with coalitions and/or professional associations.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is a must.
  • Demonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible in response to fast-changing campaign conditions. Background in climate, energy, or environmental sciences is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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



May hire and supervise consultants and temporary workers.



Regular office hours may include occasional nights and weekends.



Moderate travel (8 – 10 domestic overnights per year) is required. Travel would be to conferences, building relationships with partners, and some inter-office 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 position based near UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $80,531 to $90,600. 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 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.