1825 K Street Northwest
District of Columbia
Two-Year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Are you a seasoned community organizer who wants to promote the role of science in public health and environmental decisions? The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a veteran coalition organizer to lead a coalition of public interest and science organizations and develop strategy to make federal government science and scientists more resilient to political pressure. At a time when attacks on science and facts are front page news, this is your opportunity to help restore science to its rightful place in public life.
The Trump administration and current Congress bring unique challenges to the development and use of independent science in policymaking. UCS has years of experience exposing political interference in science and holding policymakers accountable for attacking scientists and undermining scientific integrity. This new position will be housed in the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, which works to ensure that public policies are informed by science and evidence.
- Organizing a coalition of civil society organizations, science and clinical advocacy groups, journalism societies, and emerging grassroots efforts to promote the role of science in policymaking.
- Developing and promote resources for defending science from political interference and protecting federal government researchers.
- Representing UCS in other efforts to promote evidence-based democracy.
- Documenting how science is used and misused across public health, environmental, and public safety issues, with a special focus on underserved and overburdened communities.
- Supporting work to organize scientists to push back on anti-science actions.
Qualifications and Experience
A bachelor’s degree is required as well as demonstrated experience with community organizing and outreach and event coordination. Competitive applicants will have familiarity with and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of allies and potential allies in public health, environmental justice, science, and journalism. Strong written and oral communications skills are necessary. Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience is required. Most of all, applicants should possess an independent, creative spirit and an interest in science-based policymaking.
The position requires approximately ten days of overnight travel annually. May require extended periods at a computer. Regular office hours may include occasional (but not at all regular) nights and weekends.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, 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've adopted this commitment because 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. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, two-year temporary position (with the possibility of extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $58,500 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at www.ucsusa.org.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to email@example.com and include “Coalition Organizer and Community Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 9, 2018 or until filled.
UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Coalition Organizer and Community Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please