Senior Climate Scientist
Climate & Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC Office
Under the direction and supervision of the UCS Director of Program Development research, scope, and develop longer term analytical products to advance the climate campaign in future years, covering topics including climate impacts and energy sector resilience to climate change. Collaborate extensively with the Senior Climate Scientist, Climate Campaign Analytic Lead to conceptualize, develop, and/or review immediate and major campaign products on climate science, ensuring scientific accuracy while striving for public understanding. Serve as a UCS resource for media, outreach and policy activities by providing robust, timely, accessible and policy-relevant information on certain climate science and impacts topics. Provide expert technical and analytical advice for Climate Program Development and the Climate Campaign, as needed.
• Climate Science Program Development. Provide leadership in identifying and developing relevant analytic and research projects that will feed into the climate campaign in future years, working with the Climate Campaign Analytic Lead. Scope new ideas, develop project plans and assess the idea’s promise, and implement work on promising ideas. Likely areas of work include analysis of climate impacts, and contributing to a multi-disciplinary team assessment of how climate change will affect the resilience of key aspects of the energy system.
• Climate Impacts Project Work. As assigned and working in close collaboration with the Climate Impacts Strategy ( CIS ) team, serve as project leader to develop products to be released within one year. Work with key staff on the media and outreach aspects of high priority products. Serve as advisor or resource on research, web, or outreach projects led by other project leaders. Supervise science consultants as appropriate.
• Expert Rapid Response. Respond to immediate media needs, including participation in interviews, development of op-eds or Letters to the Editor, and engagement of external experts to work with the media staff; identify and maximize unexpected opportunities to advance the CIS (extreme weather events with a climate component, for example) and other climate impacts-related needs of media and communications staff.
• Climate Campaign Spokesperson. Develop, review and ensure high quality UCS materials on climate science, including but not limited to science briefs, web pages, infographics, blog posts, press releases, telephone press briefings, expert testimony, draft legislation, webinars, and public presentations in support of the climate campaign.
• Climate and Energy Program Resource Serve as a climate science resource for media, outreach or policy goals in the Climate and Energy program, including support for foundation and fundraising efforts such as answering high priority member and donor questions, and assisting with proposal writing.
• Expert Engagement Maintain close working relationships with academic colleagues, including through participation in scientific conferences and policy-relevant research collaborations.
• UCS Provide support for the other UCS offices that may need periodic climate science review or input for high priority projects.
• Stay up to date on the latest climate relevant publications, reports and science developments in the broad areas of climate science, impacts, mitigation, and adaptation.
Qualifications and experience
Position requires an in-depth knowledge of climate science and impacts and demonstrable ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy debates. Position also requires strong public speaking skills, a demonstrable ability to write for non-technical audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. PhD in a relevant field required.
At UCS , comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
Work requires a strong background in climate change science and impacts and five to seven years of relevant work experience, including communicating science to a wide variety of audiences, especially the media. Experience with the application of climate science to public policy a plus. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential. Extensive experience managing scientific and technical groups while utilizing project management techniques and supervising research staff is desired.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 80’s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and 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. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, a writing sample in which you communicate science for a general audience, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email and include Climate Scientist in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: 5/2/13 or until filled.