- Washington Representative, USA

Washington Representative
Union of Concerned Scientists
Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC 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.

Are you energized to make sure that science-based policy prevails? Do you want to make sure that cars keep getting cleaner? Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system. Use your advocacy talent to engage legislators and regulators on fuel economy and global warming emissions standards, electric vehicles, biofuels, and autonomous vehicle policy. We are looking for candidates with strong communication skills who are enthusiastic about collaborating with our team of engineers, scientists, outreach, policy, and communications experts. Join our team and help make a difference.

Engage with the executive branch on regulatory priorities for Clean Vehicles.
Set up and attend meetings with federal legislative staff to advance the policy goals of the Clean Vehicles Program.
Evaluate, propose, and engage on legislative proposals that are core to Clean Vehicles’ policy goals.
Work closely with scientists and analysts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (fact sheets, reports, testimony, etc.).
Work closely with scientists and analysts to develop policy positions and effective advocacy materials (fact sheets, reports, testimony, etc.).
Engage with outreach staff to coordinate grassroots activities in the context of federal policy goals.
Develop and implement strategies to attract new constituencies to Clean Vehicles’ work, in collaboration with outreach staff.
Coordinate legislative activities internally within UCS and with external groups.

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires a working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, strong communication skills (both oral and written), effective advocacy techniques, and robust political acumen. The position also requires knowledge of an understanding of how advocacy fits in to effective issue campaigns. A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is required. Training or experience in project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and excel is required. Working knowledge of transportation and climate policy is preferred.

This position requires five to seven years of relevant and comparable legislative, regulatory, and advocacy experience. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer with a sit-to-stand desk. Five to 15 nights overnight travel per year is required.

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 candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $58,500 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “CV Washington Representative” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 16, 2018, or until filled.

Job posted on 19th February 2018
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