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 Field Coordinator, Global Security Program - Chicago, Illinois, United States

   
Job information
Posted by: Union of Concerned Scientists 
Hiring entity type: Not-for-Profit 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Communications
Public Relations
 
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
 
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 9c08cff4-338f-3e38-ae43-9c17e06c528f / Latpro-3568875 
Date posted: Sep-08-2017
State, Zip: Illinois, 60661

Description

Field Coordinator

Two Year Temporary Position
Global Security Program
Chicago, IL Office

The Position

Do you believe that concerned, active citizens can make a difference in confronting some of the planet’s biggest challenges? If so, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a leading national science-based advocacy organization, seeks a creative and experienced grassroots organizer/campaigner to develop and manage a Midwest-focused outreach, communications and public education effort to reduce the real and urgent threat posed by nuclear weapons and to prevent a catastrophic nuclear war.

Under the direction of the Manager, Strategic Campaigns for the Global Security Program (GSP), the Field Coordinator will help conceive and manage a multi-state regional outreach, communications and organizing effort with the goal of engaging key members of Congress, key constituency groups, UCS supporters, opinion leaders and local, state and regional media on nuclear weapons and missile defense issues.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a theory of change/influence strategy for targeted members of Congress in IL, MI, OH, MN, IN and WI involving a range of online and offline activities
  • Initiate and build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders/influencers, including prospective coalition partners, local and state elected officials, and media
  • Identify and cultivate UCS activists, Science Network members and donors to engage with UCS
  • Organize and manage off-line and on-line events, such as campus/community talks by UCS experts; activist and UCS supporter trainings, webinars and workshops, and briefings
  • Represent GSP at state and regional meetings and events
  • Collaborate with staff to develop state and regional media strategies in support of GSP goals
  • Help promote major UCS analytic and communications products
  • Develop and maintain basic issue knowledge (you do not have to be a nuclear weapons expert!) and stay up-to-date on developments in Congress and on nuclear weapons matters
  • Regularly monitor the views, statements, votes and issue positions of targeted members of Congress
  • Track, evaluate, and report back on campaign activities to evaluate effectiveness

Qualifications and Experience

  • Position requires and 3 to 5 years of relevant and comparable experience in campaign organizing and policy advocacy
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Demonstrated success with strategic campaign planning, grassroots organizing, and online and offline mobilization tools
  • Global security/nuclear weapons issue experience is helpful but not required
  • Must have experience in building and maintaining relationships with key constituencies, with an emphasis on non-traditional constituencies such as racial/social justice and faith organizations
  • Position will involve frequent travel to target states in the Midwest
  • Extended periods at a computer terminal

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, two-year temporary position based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a brief writing sample that describes your approach and thinking about grassroots organizing and your perspectives on engaging citizens on issue advocacy at the federal level, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “GSP Field Coordinator” in the subject line Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: October 22, 2017 or until filled.

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Oakland, CA

 

Western States Energy Analyst

Climate and Energy Program
Oakland, CA 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.

As Western States Energy Analyst, you will develop and analyze scenarios for California’s electricity grid to identify potential impacts of energy investments and to provide data and analysis for future energy decisions. This work includes:

  • writing and editing technical reports, fact sheets, and other materials communicating research results;
  • preparing regulatory and legislative comments and testimony;
  • participating in the development, outreach and advocacy of UCS clean energy and climate change policy positions;
  • meeting with policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders;
  • representing UCS and its philosophy and positions at various public forums.

Responsibilities

Design and develop quantitative analyses that address current, critical regulatory and policy issues related to increasing the penetration of renewable energy onto western electricity grids. Working with colleagues and/consultants, gather data, identify appropriate modeling tools and other research methods, design scenarios, analyze outputs, and assist UCS staff in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of various analyses. Solicit review and feedback from editors, internal and external colleagues, and supervisor; present information and address questions and criticism. Edit manuscripts and reports as needed. Maintain accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of all written material. Tailor style and content of materials for different audiences, as appropriate. Disseminate materials to policymakers, the media, and the public.

Maintain current knowledge of analytical tools and energy technologies, policies and markets, and of evolving environmental and climate change policies. Monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in advanced clean energy technology and market issues, climate change policies, and related fields. Use this expertise in research and advocacy activities.

Maintain regular contact with modelers and energy analysts from other organizations and government agencies to keep up to date on the latest analyses, research and model developments

When appropriate, provide technical and strategic assistance to policymakers, opinion leaders and coalition partners. Respond to inquiries and comments from stakeholders, media, members, sponsors, and general public about energy related issues; promote UCS position and objectives.

Provide technical advice and guidance and work with development, organizing, or communications staff to coordinate energy related messages.

Represent UCS at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other various public forums.

Qualifications and experience

This position requires at least 3-5 years of experience researching and analyzing energy issues related to markets, regulation, reliability and policy implementation.  Familiarity with and experience using electricity models such as PLEXOS or other production-cost models, or electricity capacity expansion and optimization models is highly desirable.

Knowledge of electricity market design and operations is also highly desired. A Master’s degree or higher that has a quantitative component is required. A demonstrated ability to translate quantitative analysis to a policy audience and manage and deliver work within a budget and timeline is required. Computer programming experience, with knowledge of how to run production-cost or investment optimization models can be extremely helpful.

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.

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.



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