Campaign Manager (California)
Union of Concerned Scientists - Berkeley, CA

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Western States Campaign Manager

Clean Vehicles and Climate and Energy programs

Union of Concerned Scientists

Berkeley, CA Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today's most exciting and important policy debates, seeks an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team in our California office to develop and implement campaign plans for UCS's vehicles, energy, and climate work in the West. The Campaign Manager will oversee all elements of issue campaigns to ensure good integration between advocacy, outreach, analytic and media activities, cultivate relationships with key allies, and recruit and mobilize experts, members, and activists.


Work with Clean Vehicles and Climate and Energy program staff to develop campaign plans to advance sound transportation, energy and climate policy and to educate key decisionmakers on the need for effective, science-based action on these issues.

Develop and lead organizing and outreach activities with UCS activists, experts, allies, and targeted members of the public in key legislative districts in support of UCS's California campaigns on vehicles, energy, and climate issues. Cultivate relationships with key allies and constituencies in the region.

Build partnerships and coalitions with critical regional partners. Represent UCS in coalitions pursuing similar goals. Work with coalition members to develop coordinated outreach strategies and activities for optimum effectiveness. Design activities and events to target specific audiences and constituencies.

Coordinate and manage expert engagement for California and Western States campaigns. Communicate news and opportunities for involvement on a regular basis with the California members of the UCS Science Network. Engage Science Network members and other scientists in briefings with legislators and other decision-makers as needed .

Provide advocacy support toensure that advocacy activities are aligned well with campaign goals and objectives. Provide support in targeting, political mapping and direct decisionmaker outreach.

Represent UCS to the media and general public. Translate technical information into layperson-friendly language; receive and respond to media inquiries and requests for information; give speeches and attend conferences.

Maintain and update working knowledge of general California policy issues and climate impacts and solutions. Provide campaign guidance and support to the annual planning process for the Clean Vehicles and Climate and Energy programs. Look for new ways to increase UCS visibility, membership and policy opportunities in California.

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires five to seven years of relevant experience in conceptualizing and running effective issue campaigns and a demonstrated commitment to the application of science to public policy. Must also have several years' experience organizing grassroots and grasstops activists, coordinating outreach events; demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and implement effective outreach efforts ; experience supervising field organizers and volunteers ; and ademonstrated ability to use web-based information and sophisticated online tools to advance advocacy goals . Working knowledge of general transportation, energy, and climate policy and state legislative process is needed, as are skills in public speaking, written, and electronic communication. Fluency in Spanish and English is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with the Central Valley and/or southern California. Proficiency in word processing and database software is required. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in UCS's Berkeley, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $60s. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. Information about UCS is available at

The Union of Concerned Scientists 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 400,000 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. - 21 months ago - save job