Federal Defense Campaign Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $100,000
Maximum: $100,000




1825 K Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Federal Defense Campaign Director

Two-year Temporary Position

Executive Department

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC Office


About UCS

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit 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 secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

The Position

At a time when critical science-based policies necessary to protect our health and support climate action are under attack. UCS is seeking an experienced advocate and savvy campaigner to lead our efforts to defend and advance the critical science-based policies that protect our health and safety, and support action on climate change. You will develop and execute campaign strategy in league with a talented, cross-programmatic team of advocacy, outreach, and communications specialists to counter congressional, administrative, and industry attacks. You will work with coalition partners and allies on advocacy, organizing and communications strategies; coordinate with appropriate UCS program and departmental staff to marshal campaign resources; and supervise the campaign’s Senior Outreach Coordinator


  • Plan and implement federal campaign to defend UCS policy priorities and thwart damaging legislative proposals and administrative actions. Working closely with cross-programmatic staff, facilitate effective integration of analytic, advocacy, communications, and outreach campaign elements.
  • Develop and implement strategies to recruit individuals to influence key decision makers and help achieve UCS policy goals, and to attract new voices to UCS campaigns from a range of key constituencies.
  • Working with Senior Outreach Coordinator, develop legislative strategy and an overall defense workplan and budget. Help execute plans to engage and deploy Science Network members and broader UCS membership on defense campaign priorities.
  • Work with Communications staff to develop a traditional and social media strategy for the campaign. Help shape and develop messaging for both media and member outreach.
  • Work with advocacy staff to provide UCS input into legislation and regulation; monitor bill progress and assist in producing desired legislative and regulatory outcomes. Write and review materials for use in Congressional and administrative advocacy and general campaign purposes. Involve UCS researchers to provide technical information on policy questions as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with congressional representatives and their staff, administration and agency officials, advocates from allied organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Build and/or participate in various coalitions and networks that can enhance UCS effectiveness with a wide range of political persuasions, and advance shared goals.

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, a thorough understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy techniques and legislative strategy, as well as familiarity with the congressional committees and federal agencies most relevant to UCS’s policy agenda. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential. Broad familiarity with UCS policy priorities is preferred. Experience working in coalitions and with multi-disciplinary teams is highly desirable, as is experience engaging with print and electronic media. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

Work requires seven to ten years of comparable and relevant experience to include political and/or issue campaign planning and implementation, engagement in federal legislative and administrative agency advocacy, and project management. A prerequisite for this position is a proven record of effectiveness working either in Congress, in government implementing programs and policies, or for NGOs working to influence governmental decision-making.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Position will require some travel.

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 based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $100,000 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.

To Apply: Please upload a cover letter, resume, and two non-academic writing sample. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: November 1st or until filled. 


UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Federal Campaign Director” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 7th or until filled.