Program Associate

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA, USA

Full time

Jun 3

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 UCS Science Network is home to thousands of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts throughout the country who want to put their knowledge to work in protecting our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network (SN) enables technical experts to advance the role of science in tackling today’s most complex problems.

If you’re interested in designing and implementing systems that offer an inclusive, robust, and effective network for our Science Network members, this role is for you! You will get to build strong relationships with our members, offer opportunities for members to grow their skills and experience as effective advocates, and tell exciting stories of successful scientist engagement.

The SN Program Associate also provides coordination support for the network team, such as effective use of the database and organizational systems. This position is the glue that ensures the Science Network projects run smoothly. You will get to work with a thoughtful and passionate team who cares deeply about diversity and equity.


The Science Network Program Associate will conduct the following activities:

  • Ensure the Science Network runs smoothly and effectively
  • Assist in developing web and other online content, and promotional collateral that inspires and educates scientists to embrace their roles as effective advocates.
  • Oversee vetting and onboarding systems for incoming members to ensure a positive and effective experience joining the Science Network.
  • Serve as main contact for Science Network members through direct email communications.
  • Welcome and integrate new members by strengthening coordination with other UCS programs and campaigns.
  • Help design and provide logistical support for meetings, events, trainings, and conferences that serve marginalized or underrepresented scientists to recruit new SN members online and in person.
  • Manage the team’s internal organizational system and systems used to share information across staff and projects.
  • Write and develop internal systems guidance/resources for Science Network team.
  • Perform other duties as needed to strengthen the Science Network and its value within UCS.
  • Create, collect, and share stories of successful and impactful scientist engagement both internally and externally
  • Assist the Science Network team in showcasing examples of successful scientist engagement through effective internal and external storytelling.
  • Help curate, edit, upload, and promote profiles and blogs to celebrate Science Network community members, including for the Science for Justice series.
  • Update the UCS website on a consistent basis to spotlight relevant and timely action opportunities.
  • Curate and share content to engage our community on social media around science advocacy and policy through digital content creation, storytelling, interacting with partners, and amplifying underrepresented voices in science advocacy through the Science Network social media channels.
  • Help with learning and evaluating the Science Network’s impact
  • Helps tracks Science Network accomplishments
  • Develop monthly partnership updates and helping track impact of partnership engagement.
  • Support online community metrics and Science Network team assessments tracking.

Little exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings and conferences (approximately 5-7 overnights).


Qualifications and Experience

Position requires 1-2 years of relevant experience in project maintenance and outreach. Candidates must demonstrate a competence in word processing and spreadsheet software including Microsoft Word and Excel, database maintenance, and excellent Microsoft Outlook email and scheduling skills. Candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal skills. A passion for storytelling, and familiarity with developing and posting content on common social media is preferred.

Effective communication, considerable self-motivation, attention to detail and organizational skills is essential. Relationship building with a diversity of individuals and experience in advocacy is preferred, but not required. The ability to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds is crucial.

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



This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $45,000. 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 and resume. 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: June 20 or until filled

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