Union of Concerned Scientists

Union of Concerned Scientists

Outreach Campaign Organizer
Climate & Energy Program

Based in Washington, DC

The Position
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement 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 misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

Are you a skilled organizer who loves bringing people together to work for a better future? We’re hiring an Outreach Campaign Organizer who will help build momentum and widespread support for federal action on climate change. You’ll organize UCS supporters—including our members, partner organizations, and coalition allies—to speak out on local climate change impacts, the importance of reducing carbon emissions, and the need to prepare for the consequences of climate change that we can no longer avoid. You’ll support our efforts to accelerate the nation-wide transition to clean, renewable energy, and represent UCS in coalitions in Washington, DC, and in key Congressional districts and states.


  • Help create campaign plans to influence key opinion leaders to speak out on local climate change impacts, the importance of action to reduce carbon emissions, and the need to prepare for climate change.
  • Support campaign efforts to decarbonize the electricity sector and to source a substantially greater percentage of the nation’s energy from renewables like wind and solar.
  • Work closely with the UCS federal legislative team to defend and promote federal (and potentially state) legislative policy efforts.
  • Integrate scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other technical experts into our outreach and organizing efforts.
  • Represent UCS in state, regional and/or national coalitions as needed, and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts.
  • Identify and cultivate new partners for UCS campaign work among racial equity and climate justice groups.

Qualifications and Experience
Two to five years of relevant experience in outreach, organizing, or campaigns are required. Experience with campaign planning and strategy development is required, as is experience working with coalitions and/or professional associations. Solid understanding of database maintenance, online organizing tools, and Microsoft Office a must. 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 strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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

Will spend extended periods at computer; occasionally may lift materials up to 45 lbs. Position likely entails substantial travel, approximately 10 overnights a year.

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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary will be in the high 40s to 50s, depending on experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org. A listing of all open jobs is available at https://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs.

To Apply: Please upload a cover letter and résumé to: https://www.workable.com/j/17CE0B63C5. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: August 4, 2019 or until filled.

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