Managing Director-Food & Environment

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Aug 14, 2019
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Managing Director

Food and Environment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

Come manage a team focused on the transformation of our food system to sustainable, equitable and health food production.  Managing an energetic team of scientists, analysts, policy experts, and organizers,  this position directs the development and execution of program strategy.  The right candidate is an experienced manager of people and systems and enjoys directing high impact scientific and advocacy efforts.


Insight Executive Search is leading this search for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to learn more and apply by contacting  Aaron Schmidt. President, (949) 281-7525 or via email at Please, do not submit application through UCS’ website.



Qualifications and Experience

Work requires seven to ten years of relevant senior level management experience including: strategic planning; program development and implementation; responsibility for staff recruitment and management; budgeting and cost control. At least 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience working on food and sustainable agricultural  issues.

Strong and demonstrated management skills at a senior level are essential, as is the ability to supervise staff, lead teams and manage  complex strategic processes, and inspire high-performing teams to achieve exceptional outcomes. Position requires solid expertise in food and/or agricultural issues in their socioeconomic, political and environmental context.  Understanding of, and commitment to, the importance of racial equity to effectively achieve program goals is essential.

A Ph.D. degree in any of any of agricultural, food, nutrition or public health science or policy areas is strongly preferred.

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.