Company: Union of Concerned Scientists
Posted on: January 22, 2023
DescriptionProgram Associate Food & Environment Program Remote
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes Our organization The Union of
Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent nonprofit that puts
rigorous, independent science into action, developing solutions and
advocating for a healthy, safe, and just future. We envision a
peaceful, healthy, and just world where science serves people and
the planet by guiding policy decisions, reducing risks, and
improving lives. For over five decades, we have been working as
scientists, engineers, economists, advocates, and everyday people
to create and advocate for 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 disinformation, advancing racial
equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Values informing
our work include:
- Science in the service of people and the planet.
- Justice and Equity for people of all races and incomes-now, and
for future generations.
- Courage to take principled, science-based stands in the public
- Integrity to always examine evidence critically, openly, and
- Democracy to promote a voice for all in government
- Action inspiring and mobilizing people to build a healthier,
safer, and more just world. The Food & Environment Program works to
create a sustainable and equitable food system that makes farmland
resilient to climate change and other challenges, produces healthy
food for all, protects frontline food workers, and contributes to
thriving rural and urban communities. Our talented
interdisciplinary team of 16 scientists, advocates, communicators,
and campaigners collaborates to build impactful campaigns to
advance our food system goals. UCS is seeking a Program Associate
for the Food and Environment Program (F&E). Working closely
with the Operations Manager, the Program Associate will provide
administrative, communication, outreach, and research support to
the Food and Environment Program team. Support the Operations
Manager with budget and effectiveness tracking, scheduling, and,
coordination of internal meetings and events, and lead in select
areas of program administration and operations. Support the Program
Director, managing travel, calendar, and expenditures. Assist with
event coordination and special projects as requested.
Responsibilities General program and administrative support
- Schedule meetings and manage program calendars.
- Take notes during meetings and ensure follow-up.
- Support and participate in annual and ongoing strategy and
- Assist the Operations Manager in monthly reporting of program
- Support the Operations Manager in coordinating retreats
including associated travel and logistics.
- Provide administrative support to the Director, helping manage
calendar and scheduling travel. Manage and submit travel expenses
- In coordination with the Operations Manager and finance
department, ensure timely payment of consultants and contract
invoices and management.
- Assist with onboarding new employees.
- Track supplies of program publications.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information with
discretion. Outreach team support
- Assist with preparation of online action alerts and monitoring
- Coordinate event and conference logistics by making travel
arrangements, invitations, and developing itineraries.
- Assist outreach staff with web-based and social media
engagement efforts. Research team support
- Assist with research and data organization requested by staff
scientists and analysts.
- Assist with the preparation, proofreading, publishing, and
release of program reports. Team culture, equity, and inclusion
- Assist with special projects to help the team apply UCS equity
and inclusion commitments to the program's work.
- Engage with other UCS programs and departments to coordinate
learning and identify mechanisms and strategies that can contribute
to building a welcoming and more inclusive workplace culture at
- Contribute to F&E's discussions on the evaluation of
progress toward racial equity and inclusion in the department.
RequirementsQualifications and Experience Position requires careful
attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, familiarity
with office operations, competence with research tools, and
intermediate level skills in basic office software including word
processing spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong
written and oral communication skills, excellent administrative and
organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of
a group are also required. Position requires at least two years of
comparable experience as an administrative, executive or research
assistant. Demonstrated administrative and research skills are
necessary. Experience balancing competing priorities is a plus.
Experience managing budgets or contracts, conducting research, and
maintaining databases strongly preferred. Familiarity with food and
agriculture issues is helpful but not required. At UCS, comparable
training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when
appropriate. May spend extended periods at computer. Limited
required travel (up to 6 overnights per year). UCS is an equal
opportunity employer actively 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
believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will
improve our work and produce better societal and environmental
outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised
communities. BenefitsDetails: This is a full-time remote position.
For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is
$53,781-$60,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work
environment. *CA Resident Only, we offer a 12% salary differential*
Information about the organization is available at
http://www.ucsusa.org. Comparable training and/or experience can be
substituted for degrees when appropriate. More about the team: Our
team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists,
communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging
backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse
and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work
environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to
create an environment which is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+
community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with
a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. To Apply: We know
there are great candidates who won't check all of these boxes, and
we also know you might bring important skills that we haven't
considered. If that's you, don't hesitate to apply and tell us
about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. 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. This position is in the bargaining unit. Covid
Mandate for New Hires: For in office roles, UCS employees must be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully
vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be
reporting to an office location must provide notice of their
vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before
their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages
full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster
shots, even if working remotely. All new employees must comply with
the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as
soon as practicable. Union of Concerned Scientists will notify
candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before
the start of employment. Deadline: until filled
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