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Center for Science and Democracy Program Director (REMOTE)

Company: Union of Concerned Scientists
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

Program Director
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
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 arena.
  • Integrity to always examine evidence critically, openly, and honestly.
  • Democracy to promote a voice for all in government decisions.
  • 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 democratic practice.
    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.
    The Position
    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 democracy.
    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 Network.
    • 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 and alignment.
    • 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 media.
      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 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. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.
      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.

Keywords: Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge , Center for Science and Democracy Program Director (REMOTE), Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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