Organizing Representative
Federal Defense Campaign

Based in Washington, DC

Organizing Representative
1-Year Temporary Position (with possible extension)
Federal Defense Campaign
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC Office

The Position
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 create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

UCS seeks a talented campaign Organizer to join our Federal Defense Campaign, which aims to defeat legislative and administrative attacks on science-based policies that threaten the well-being of communities and the environment. Whether working to stop the Senate confirmation of an anti-science ideologue at a federal agency, help prevent rollbacks of historic fuel efficiency standards, or to halt the Trump administration’s plans to build new nuclear weapons, as an Organizing Representative you will help us design and implement campaign plans to defeat the most pressing attacks on science. You will build our grassroots power by training, mobilizing, and growing the ranks of our most active members and supporters, including our network of scientists and experts, through web-based and other organizing tools. And you will work with a creative, dedicated, and multi-disciplinary team of campaign organizers, scientists, and advocates across all UCS programs.


  • Develop and implement campaign outreach plans in key states to convince members of Congress to oppose attacks on science-based policies.
  • Educate, train, and mobilize UCS members to take online and offline action on federal defense priorities.
  • Develop web content and other materials to support UCS members and supporters in their advocacy and as engaged members of their communities, including brief issue explainers, action toolkits, and webinars.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with scientists, experts, elected officials, environmental justice organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, and others who have common cause in defeating attacks on science.
  • Support our federal advocacy efforts by following and helping our advocacy and media teams keep abreast of science policy developments on Capitol Hill.
  • Maintain basic competency in federal issue areas across UCS programs.
  • Represent UCS at public events, conferences and to UCS members and supporters.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach, grassroots organizing, and member recruitment (including online activism and social media).
  • Demonstrated the ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience developing and implementing effective campaign strategies and tactics, organizing constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities is required.
  • Solid understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, online research, and Microsoft Office a must.
  • Demonstrated ability in writing action alerts and using web-based platforms and online tools to advance advocacy goals.
  • Strong written and communications skills required.
  • Knowledge of federal legislative processes strongly preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

May spend extended periods at a computer terminal. Some travel may be required.

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 1-year temporary position (with possible extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Federal Defense Organizing Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: March 25, 2018, or until filled.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.