For anyone who's hunting for a science outreach job, here's an opening with the Union of Concerned Scientists- apply by 9/30!

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Outreach Coordinator
Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC Office

The UCS Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) is a new initiative dedicated
to restoring the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and
constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core
strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for, the use of
independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers,
citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from
propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective
communication with the public, media and decision makers.

The Position

The outreach coordinator oversees the cultivation and deployment of the UCS
Science Network, a national network of thousands of scientists. He or she
also develops and implements outreach strategies around CSD events and

The outreach coordinator will be part of a multi-disciplinary team charged
with diversifying the Science Network, both in terms of the demographics of
the experts on the network and the opportunities that experts have to
contribute to the public good. He or she will scope ways to increase demand
and capacity for scientist engagement; develop infrastructure that enables
scientists to connect with opportunities that interest them; and create
opportunities for experts to refine their communications and advocacy


The outreach coordinator:

    creates and implements plans to recruit, train, and engage scientists,
engineers, and other individuals who wish to use their expertise and
position to inform government decision-making and public and policymaker
understanding of science;

    develops strategies for communicating with experts and engaging them in
the organization's online and offline activities;

    tracks and reports on engagement opportunities and accomplishments;
    oversees the maintenance of the Science Network database; and trains
other UCS staff on best practices for expert engagement;

    coordinates and organizes cross-programmatic outreach efforts at
scientific society meetings and related events and ensures that UCS programs
are able to effectively engage Science Network members;

    conceptualizes, executes and tracks the effectiveness of CSD outreach
activities to scientists, non-scientists, and select stakeholders;

    communicates regularly with supporters, both online and offline, on
Center projects, and seeks opportunities to engage them in the development
of these projects;

    works with other CSD staff to promote CSD reports and special events
and helps develop the CSD's web presence;

Qualifications and experience

The position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent. An advanced degree
preferred. Three to five years of successful and progressively responsible
experience in online and offline outreach, community organizing, campaign,
and/or advocacy is required, preferably in a non-profit environment.

Experience with legislative and media strategies, and program planning,
coordination and implementation is helpful. The ability to work
independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and respond rapidly in a
fast-changing environment is necessary. 

Strong candidates will possess robust written and oral communication skills
and be able to demonstrate ability to interact professionally with
individuals who may be at the top of their fields. Candidates should have
strong familiarity with the Internet, social media, database software,
online organizing tools, and word processing. Experience with working with
scientists and scientific topics is strongly preferred. 

Most of all, candidates should possess an understanding of and a passion for
improving the way in which science informs policy making.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in
UCS's Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. Salary is commensurate with
experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity
employer continually seeking to diversify its staff.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two
non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via
email to and include "CSD Outreach Coordinator" in the
subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls
please. Deadline: September 30, 2012 or until filled.


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