Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Job: Wash, DC -- Pgm Asst, Food & Environment Pgm, Union of Concerned Scientists

Program Assistant
Food and Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at MIT in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 300,000 citizens and scientists that includes people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. UCS strives for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war and a planet that supports a rich diversity of life. Our specific focus areas include global warming, renewable energy, advanced vehicle technology, nuclear power safety, nuclear weapons and related security issues, preserving the integrity of science, and promoting sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Provides administrative, budget, communications, legislative, research, and outreach support to a 10-person Food and Environment Program staff. Monitors program expenditures, conducts research, assists in public information and membership-related tasks, and helps with special projects as requested.

Key responsibilities include:
· Making staff travel arrangements and assisting with preparations for conferences
· Maintaining program records, taking notes at meetings, and facilitating staff responses to regular deadlines
· Responding to information requests and routine correspondence
· Assisting the budget manager by tracking program spending and reconciling budget records monthly
· Assisting the Washington representative with lobbying activities, including scheduling meetings and distributing materials to the Hill and agency officials
· Contributing to the preparation, proofreading, publishing, and release of program reports, and assisting outreach staff with web-based and social media engagement efforts
· Conducting research requested by staff scientists and analysts, and writing for UCS publications as directed

Qualifications and experience
Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Position requires careful attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, familiarity with office operations, competence with research tools, and intermediate level skills in basic office software including word processing, spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong written and oral communication skills, excellent administrative and organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required.

At least two years of relevant experience as a program, administrative, or research assistant, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience managing budgets or contracts, conducting research, and maintaining databases strongly preferred. Familiarity with food and agriculture issues helpful, but not required.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. The salary is in the low $30s for candidates who meet all requirements. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. Information about the organization is available at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to and include “Food and Environment Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word documents only. No phone calls please. Deadline: January 13 or until filled.


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