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 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 Global Security Program
Under the direction of the Global Security Program (GSP) Campaign Manager, the Senior Outreach Coordinator will help conceive, coordinate, and provide support for outreach/supporter engagement and cultivation.
Working with a multi-disciplinary team across GSP and UCS, the Senior Outreach Coordinator will work to implement outreach plans and projects in support of the Global Security Program’s team with the goal of ending our reliance on nuclear weapons as an essential element of our security policy, repairing the injustice and harms done by nuclear weapons, and moving toward a world free from nuclear weapons.
The Senior Outreach Coordinator will (a) actively lead and participate in campaign projects; (b) engage UCS activists, experts, and coalition partners in support of policy and public education goals; and (c) engage and build relationships with key stakeholders and constituencies who might influence priority targets.
UCS is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. All staff participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with supporters, media, vendors, allies and others.
The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
Lead strategic outreach and organizing efforts to advance GSP campaign goals and strategies:
- Ensure that racial equity and social justice are fundamental considerations in our outreach work.
- With the Campaign Manager, conceive, develop, and implement outreach and organizing strategies that engage UCS supporter base, community partners, and the broader public where appropriate to influence opinion leaders, elected officials, and other decision makers. This includes strong promotion of UCS analytic/research and communications products.
- Recruit, cultivate, and organize UCS activists and experts to take online and offline action on campaign tactics. Contributing to UCS’s equitable base-building efforts, seek opportunities to recruit, cultivate, and invest in supporters with racially and geographically diverse identities, as well as issue-based experience and expertise while encouraging participation in GSP campaigns.
- Organize and participate in webinars, trainings, convenings, and briefings for priority constituencies and targeted decision makers. Ensure events align with campaign and programmatic goals and strategies.
- Contact UCS activists and Science Network members via email and phone as part of a range of online and off-line engagement activities.
- Facilitate the program’s strategic and timely response to emerging campaign opportunities, including rapid response opportunities.
- Represent UCS and the program in select coalition spaces and engage and cultivate partners. Establish UCS as a trusted partner.
- Participate in external conferences and events to promote UCS and GSP, effectively communicating to the public as well as the scientific, expert, and academic community.
Support Advocacy Opportunities:
- Work with Policy staff and Campaign Manager to develop outreach approaches and materials tailored to specific legislative and administrative targets.
- Develop and execute in-district/state outreach activities, including setting meetings with decision-makers and constituents; organizing events; generating letters, calls, and/or social media campaigns directed at decision-makers; and working with UCS communications staff to generate earned media.
Supports GSP’s public communications, including:
- Work with the UCS Communications team to implement visibility and engagement tactics including action alert emails, social media graphics, web content, webinars, and guest blogs.
- Work with UCS communications team to develop media strategies that bolster outreach efforts and opportunities for positive reporting on UCS’s activities, positions, and experts.
- Work with UCS communications team and experts to draft and place letters-to-the-editor and op-eds.
- Maintain competency in organizing and outreach expertise. Maintain and update working knowledge of nuclear and global security issues. Regularly monitors developments in organizing and online activism and assesses their viability for UCS outreach efforts.
- Contribute to overall effective functioning of GSP and UCS. Participate in program and project meetings, cross-organizational meetings, and special organizational efforts. Participate in planning and strategy sessions to develop and achieve campaign goals. Track effectiveness of outreach activities/projects. Maintain and updates campaign-related databases, documents, and other resources.
- Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; considers impact of activities on UCS reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; directs energies as possible to promote UCS, advance organization objectives, substantiate credibility, nurture relationships with equity-focused coalition partners, and enhance funding opportunities.
Qualifications and Experience
- Work requires five to seven years of successful comparable and relevant experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position.
- Must have demonstrated competency in campaign planning and execution, as well as outreach/organizing, legislative and media strategies, and program coordination.
- Experience with organizing in and with marginalized communities is helpful; an understanding of racial equity and social justice issues is required.
- The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is necessary.
- A solid understanding of tools key to effective organizing such as social media, online organizing platforms, and Microsoft Office is preferred.
- The position also requires strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to coordinate collaborative activities and projects, the ability to pivot priorities as needed, and the ability to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including representatives of marginalized communities, grassroots coalition partners and professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.
- At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
Little or no exertion but will require extended periods at a computer. Very occasional movement of heavy boxes may be requested but not required.
Regular office hours may include occasional nights and weekends.
Some overnight travel is required. Around 10-20% of time may be spent traveling.
This is a full-time remote position. 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 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.