West Coast Climate Analyst (Bilingual)

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/18/2018

Address

Oakland
California
United States

Description

West Coast Climate Analyst (Bilingual)

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Oakland, CA Office


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit organization whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.


The Position

We are seeking a smart, forward-thinking climate analyst to join our team in Oakland, CA. In this role, you will research, analyze and write reports, fact-sheets and other materials on the preparedness of vulnerable sectors and populations in California to cope with the current and projected impacts of climate change, particularly related to water impacts. You will work in Spanish and English, in collaboration with our climate science team. You will also participate in outreach activities to strategically raise awareness in California and the west coast of climate change consequences, including ecological and economic costs that can be avoided by sound climate policies. This key position will help with UCS’ efforts to provide the public and policymakers with robust, timely, accessible and relevant information on climate science as it relates to water management.


Summary of Responsibilities

  • Plan, design and carry out primary analysis on how changing climate patterns are impacting key sectors and populations of the west coast states, especially regarding changing precipitation and water supply changes.
  • Help develop, review and ensure that UCS produces high quality materials on climate science and adaptation in both English and Spanish. This includes press releases, web pages, science briefs, draft legislation, expert testimony and public presentations.
  • Help establish and maintain strong working relationships with relevant experts and influential stakeholders at other institutions to strengthen UCS leadership role on climate science and water impacts in California and other western states.
  • Serve as a project leader, helping guide research design and external expert collaborator engagement.
  • Serve as an advisor to UCS media and outreach staff on climate science and water impacts initiatives.
  • Act as a UCS spokesperson on climate science and water impacts to the media and public, with special focus on Spanish-language media and public forums.
  • Provide occasional climate science review and input for high-priority projects in other UCS offices.


Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • In-depth knowledge of climate science and water impacts is required; a background in western states water issues in relation to climate change is highly desired
  • Demonstrable understanding of the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of technical analysis and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy debates.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English, both written and verbal, including strong public speaking skills and ability to write for non-technical audiences
  • Able to work equally well on your own and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • At least 5-7 years of comparable, relevant work experience, such as collaborative work on academic research teams or government research programs, or the application of climate science to public policy
  • Experience managing scientific and technical groups, and supervising scientific staff is a distinct advantage
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a related field; PhD is desired but not necessarily required. (At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.)


Occasional overnight travel (driving and flying) may be required.


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 are committed to this 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 our work. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org


Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in our downtown Oakland, CA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the annual salary for this role is $66,500. The Union of Concerned Scientists offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.


To Apply:  UCS has an exclusive engagement with an outside recruiting consultant, Reed Foster, to help us fill this particular position. Please email a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and how you learned about the position to reed@fosterpeople.com, and mention “West Coast Climate Analyst” in the subject line.  Word or PDF format only.

Level of Language Proficiency

English - bilingual fluency

Spanish - bilingual fluency

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

reed@fosterpeople.com

To Apply:  UCS has an exclusive engagement with an outside recruiting consultant, Reed Foster, to help us fill this particular position. Please email a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and how you learned about the position to reed@fosterpeople.com, and mention “West Coast Climate Analyst” in the subject line.  Word or PDF format only.


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