OUTREACH COORDINATOR, CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAM – UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

The Outreach Coordinator will work with a multi-disciplinary program team to advance the goals of the department by coordinating and implementing a variety of climate impacts and solutions outreach and capacity-building activities. Activities may take place at the federal, regional, state, and/or local levels. Priorities include: (a) actively participating in and sometimes leading priority impacts-related projects in both the climate and the energy campaigns; (b) engaging and deploying key stakeholders who might influence UCS priority targets, (c) engaging UCS activists, experts, and coalition partners to achieve policy and public education goals, and (d) working closely with Senior Manager of Legislative Affairs to design and implement federal and state policy campaigns

Responsibilities

Help achieve UCS’s climate impacts agenda by developing and implementing strategies that engage and influence the issue public, opinion leaders, decision makers, and elected officials at the local, state, and national levels.

  • Conceive, develop, and implement outreach plans to influence key opinion leaders to speak out on local climate change impacts; the importance of action to reduce carbon emissions, and; the need to prepare for climate changes, such as building resilient energy systems or strengthening community infrastructure.
  • Engage UCS activists, experts, local officials, and other opinion leaders in climate communications and/or constituent advocacy at the local, state or federal level.
  • Conceive, develop, and implement outreach plans to support federal legislative policy campaigns.
  • Organize and participate in events, convenings, and workshops that highlight local climate impacts, including, for example, setting strategic objectives, establishing and managing planning committees, recruiting and preparing participants, developing or coordinating a media plan, and other tasks.
  • Participate in planning and strategy-setting for UCS climate and energy goals.
  • Work with coalitions and professional associations with shared goals on climate and energy.
  • Identify and raise the profile of communities taking action to prepare for climate changes already underway and/or future climate changes.

Raise awareness of climate science and impacts and leverage these efforts to achieve campaign objectives.

  • Work with UCS communications team to develop media and online communications strategies that bolster outreach efforts.
  • Help write fact sheets, web pages and special features, and other communications materials.
  • Deploy UCS science and/or activist networks as appropriate to achieve educational and communication goals.
  • Lead the development and launch of new outreach initiatives that contribute to the success of the climate campaign, as needed.

Devise and implement strategies to expand, engage, and mobilize members of the UCS science network.

  • Identify and deploy expert scientists, engineers, health professionals, emergency preparedness specialists, and others. As needed, oversee skills-building seminars to help these experts become more effective messengers.
  • Educate and activate UCS members and activists on climate and clean energy science, analysis, and policy issues.
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of climate science, energy and technological advances, and policy issues. Monitor developments in organizing and on-line activism and assess their viability for UCS outreach efforts.

Qualifications and experience

Applicants should be able to: work both independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team; and communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. Applicants should have strong communication and public speaking skills, a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and be a self-starter proficient with Microsoft Office, graphics software, online research, database maintenance and on-line organizing tools.

Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in an outreach, organizing, or campaign position is required, preferably in a non-profit environment. Demonstrated capability to manage multiple projects for extended periods of time, and to be flexible in response to fast-changing campaign conditions. Experience with campaign planning and strategy development is required, as is a background in climate, energy, or environmental sciences; knowledge of climate impacts is strongly preferred. Conference set up and on-site ‘advance work’ experience highly desirable.

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 and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy
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