Union of Concerned Scientists

Union of Concerned Scientists

Outreach Campaign Organizer
Food and Environment 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.

Within that mission, the Food and Environment (F&E) program is working towards our vision of a healthy, just, & sustainable food system, from farm to fork. The team seeks an Outreach Campaign Organizer to help put its research and analysis into practice, crafting campaign strategies and policy goals that are backed up by science and evidence. As Outreach Campaign Organizer, you’ll join a team of experts who develop original scientific analyses to support better ways of producing, distributing, and consuming food. You’ll work to engage and influence the public, opinion leaders, decision makers, and elected officials at local and national levels. And you’ll also work closely with other UCS staff members on strategies to integrate scientific research, legislative work, and outreach activities to meet our policy goals.

The right candidate has an interest in food and agriculture policy issues, experience with issue campaigns, and an understanding of effective outreach strategies. Outstanding oral and written communication skills will help you succeed in a fast-paced environment. An ability and willingness to collaborate effectively with diverse audiences is essential.


  • Develop and implement campaign strategies and policy goals, focusing on outreach and advocacy components to support the Food & Environment program’s policy agenda, which includes the agroecology, conservation, nutrition programs, and agricultural research.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supporters, stakeholders, and coalition and environmental justice partners. Participate in coalition activities and support community-based allies, representing UCS as needed.
  • Engage and cultivate partners and allies in target states, such as community leaders, and city and local officials, and train them to take action.
  • Develop and execute targeted outreach activities, including organizing events, generating letters and calls to decision makers, social media campaigns, op-eds, and other media.
  • Develop and implement outreach plans associated with major new UCS reports and campaigns.
  • Identify meaningful ways to interact with relevant experts and encourage their further participation with our campaigns.
  • Organize and attend events, including convenings, conferences, UCS receptions, webinars, and briefings for target constituencies and decision makers.
  • Participate in research projects.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge relevant to the program’s issues.
  • Ensures that racial equity and social justice are fundamental in our outreach.
  • Participate in regular cross-organization outreach meetings and activities.

Qualifications and Experience

Completed Bachelor's degree preferred. Work requires three to five years of successful comparable and relevant experience in an outreach, organizing, campaign, or advocacy position. Must have demonstrated competency in campaign planning and strategy, as well as outreach/organizing, legislative and media strategies, and program coordination. An understanding of basic scientific principles and the ability to quickly digest and translate scientific content for lay audiences is helpful. Education or experience in food and agriculture policy issues is helpful. Experience with organizing in and with marginalized communities is preferred; an understanding of racial equity and social justice issues in the U.S. food system is required.

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 required. The position also requires strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to coordinate collaborative activities and projects, 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 experts and/or prominent in their fields.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer and occasionally moving heavy boxes. Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines.

Some required travel (up to 20% time).

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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500. 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. 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.

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Deadline: August 30, 2019 or until filled.

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