Center for Science and Democracy Program Director (REMOTE)
Company: Union of Concerned Scientists
Posted on: November 24, 2022
Center for Science and Democracy
This is a REMOTE position with regular travel and time in our
Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC and Oakland, CA offices expected.
This position is NOT in the bargaining unit
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
- 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.
UCS's Center for Science and Democracy
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a Program
Director for our Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) to lead a
team of 22 staff and 3 fellows.
In a moment enormously consequential time for democracy and for
science, UCS is the only nonprofit focusing explicitly on
strengthening and promoting democracy using science and cultivating
and mobilizing public-service oriented scientists and technical
experts in the protection and advancement of democracy and
A through-line running across all of CSD's work is growing the
scientist advocacy movement and advancing a culture of civic and
policy engagement as part of a career in science, which is
spearheaded by the UCS Science Network of over 24,000
intergenerational scientists and technical experts from around the
United States and beyond.
We are now seeking a dynamic leader for the program to set CSD's
vision and strategy, guide the team, and significantly expand the
base of public-service oriented scientists in service of
As our ideal candidate you are a seasoned democracy-expert
passionate and knowledgeable about the role of rigorous independent
science in the protection and advancement of democracy and all
forms of democratic practice.
You will bring seasoned experience, creative insight,
relationships, and passion to leading the team to envision and run
campaigns and initiatives that channel four key strengths unique to
UCS-innovative research, policy advocacy, strong partnerships, and
the ability to organize the scientific community.
Our work focuses on the protection and advancement of scientific
integrity in governmental practices and policy making, voting
rights, gerrymandering, disinformation, and more. Experience in one
or more of these dimensions of democratic practice or others is
essential. Additionally, you will bring a passion and seasoned
experience working with scientists and technical experts in the
advancement of policies and practices that advance democracy,
environmental protections, and public health at the local, state,
regional, federal and/or global level.
- The Director provides leadership for CSD and the UCS Science
- They are responsible for the vision, strategy, and overall
management & functioning of the Center.
- The program director will proactively liaise with other UCS
programs in global security, climate and energy, clean
transportation and food and the environment, proactively seeking
opportunities to scale impact through cross-program collaboration
- Representing and raising the visibility of UCS on science and
democracy issues in key public, scientific, non-governmental,
philanthropic, media and governmental fora is a key part of the
program director's responsibilities.
- So too is working with the UCS Executive Team and UCS staff to
continue to develop CSD as an innovative and effective part of the
organization as a whole.
- They will developand foster on an ongoing basis, an inclusive,
productive, and strong culture within CSD that is anti-racist,
provides opportunities for a diverse staff to grow, thrive and
succeed in their work and careers.
- Hire, mentor and recognize the full value and opportunities of
a diverse staff for CSD and the Science Network; and is responsible
for steering, modeling, and ensuring the program's functioning and
communications uphold those commitments.
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate: will have an advanced degree in the
physical or life sciences or relevant social sciences or public
policy, as well as at least fifteen years of professional
experience and accomplishments that will make the Program Director
a credible spokesperson and representative for UCS on science and
democracy issues with expert, policy, and public constituencies and
The candidate should have significant leadership and program
management experience, and a comprehensive understanding of the
appropriate use of scientific and technical information in public
understanding and the public policy process. Understanding of
broader issues at the science-democracy nexus is also essential, as
well as extensive experience working with thought leaders across
disciplines. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are
required, including: a demonstrated ability to communicate
effectively and credibly with public audiences, policymakers,
leading scientists, and other experts; and a demonstrable ability
to effectively build and manage cross-disciplinary teams on tight
deadlines in the service of achieving science-based policy or
public engagement objectives. Fundraising experience and ability
are especially important.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is committed to building an
inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse
backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse
perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and
environmental outcomes for all, including historically
disenfranchised communities. All staff participate in this
commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace
culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with
supporters, media, vendors, allies and others.
This position is remote with regular travel and time in our
Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC and Oakland, CA offices expected. The
salary range is $170,000-$190,000.
Information about the organization is available at
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
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.
Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls,
Covid Mandate for New Hires:
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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