Outreach Coordinator- Science Network
Two-year Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC
Do you have a passion for community building and helping to develop leaders? Would you enjoy helping diverse experts and scientists get involved with advocacy and civic engagement? The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. UCS advocates for science-based solutions to a range of complex problems; our Science Network consists of thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts nationwide who want to put science to work in tackling those problems. The Science Network Outreach Coordinator is a core part of the UCS Science Network team and will serve as the lead on cultivating our Science Network members, especially scientists in the early stages of their careers. You’ll design and implement leadership development projects for early career scientists, including a small grants fund to boost local advocacy efforts. You’ll also help the Science Network team build an inclusive community and diverse network of members and partners who care about advocating for equitable science-based policies. You’ll have the ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and you’ll get to collaborate as a member of a passionate and multidisciplinary team. This is a two-year position based in the UCS office in Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC.
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will have strong outreach, project management, community-building, and organizational skills, and experience in handling multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously. Work requires three to five years of relevant experience with at least two years of comparable experience in membership/community cultivation, leadership development, organizing and campaigning, or high-level project management.
Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals, including professionals who may be experts and/or prominent in their fields. Ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team is necessary.
The ability to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds is crucial.
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.