Organizing Manager

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Feb 18, 2022
Full time Research Science

Job Description

Organizing Manager

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC or remote


The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists and everyday people who develop 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 misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.


The worsening effects of climate change and persistent systemic racism make it clear: we need intersectional climate action now. But the fossil fuel industry and its money stand in the way of the progress we’re trying to make. The Climate Accountability team at the Union of Concerned Scientists works to remove Big Oil as a barrier to the just and equitable climate and energy policies we need, and the Science Hub for Climate Litigation builds greater capacity within the scientific community to conduct and communicate legally relevant research.


We’re challenging some of the most powerful and well-resourced corporations in the world, and we’re looking for an Organizing Manager to join our team.


As the Organizing Manager, you will design and implement outreach strategies and tactics; engage a network of scientists, experts, and more than half a million supporters and activists to advance our work; cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships; increase visibility of UCS research, analysis, and public-facing messages through social and traditional media channels; and supervise outreach staff.




  • Help set high-impact campaign goals and objectives, and formulate effective plans to achieve them
  • Lead the campaign’s mobilization and engagement of UCS activists, experts, and donors to take action on campaign tactics, including through emails, social media, web content, webinars, and blogs
  • Supervise outreach staff, consultants, and/or interns and oversee their activities
  • Ensure transparent and equitable systems and processes for information-sharing, input-gathering, and tracking progress
  • Design and implement trainings for scientists—especially those from diverse and historically under-represented communities
  • Encourage and support the development of a community of practice among scientists doing research relevant to strategic climate litigation and fossil fuel company accountability
  • Represent UCS in coalitions working on similar issues, maintain existing relationships, and cultivate new relationships that will help UCS partner more effectively on issues of environmental justice and climate litigation
  • Work with your teammates and UCS communications staff to develop traditional and social media strategies, messages, and content for the campaign and the Science Hub for Climate Litigation.
  • Identify and facilitate strategic and timely response to emerging campaign opportunities; recommend and implement adjustments to campaign targeting and tactics based on changes in the movement landscape
  • Support organizational learning on issues of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Stay informed about issues related to our work


Qualifications and Experience

Position requires:

  • At least 7 years of comparable and relevant experience, including at least 2 years of management experience;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience leading campaigns, organizing experts, designing and implementing trainings and events, building and maintaining partner relationships, and engaging supporters;
  • Strong project management and time management skills;
  • Strong skills in writing and presenting for diverse audiences; ability to manage a high volume of email communication with speed, accuracy, and professionalism; and experience with social and/or traditional media;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work both independently and in teams in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple tasks, projects, and deadlines;
  • Ability to advance values related to racial equity and inclusion;
  • Willingness to learn about our issues.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with a diverse range of allies and potential allies in climate justice, racial equity, environmental justice, corporate accountability campaigning, and/or shareholder activism;
  • Understanding of climate and energy issues, public interest advocacy campaigns, corporate campaigns, and opposition pushback work;
  • Experience building communities of practice.


Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer. May occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications.


When not in a pandemic, position may require occasional overnight travel.


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.



This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office or remote. Salary commensurate with experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.


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.


A note on the pandemic:

During the coronavirus pandemic our staff are working from home. We will resume working from our offices, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.


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, resume, and writing sample. 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.


Deadline: March 13, 2022, or until filled.