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Clean Transportation Program Director (REMOTE)

Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Director, Clean Transportation Program (REMOTE)

TERM: Permanent

Clean Transportation Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Remote/hybrid located near existing office location (CA, MA, DC, IL) - with a preference for DC or MA area

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.

UCS is seeking a director for the Clean Transportation Program to lead a talented, dynamic team working to transform the way we move people and goods in this country by channeling four key strengths, cutting edge research, strategic policy advocacy, strong partnerships, and the ability to organize scientists and experts on our issues. The Clean Transportation Program works to create a clean, equitable transportation system that improves personal mobility, supports healthy communities, decreases global warming and air pollution, and reduces oil use in transportation. Our team of 22 engineers, scientists, advocates, and campaign specialists collaborate to build impactful campaigns to advance our clean transportation and equitable mobility goals.

The Director is responsible for the vision, strategy, and overall management & functioning of the program; representing and raising the visibility of UCS on transportation issues in key public, scientific, non-governmental, media and government/policy fora; serving as a lead spokesperson and thought leader promoting a clean, equitable transportation system; coordinating with other UCS leaders to leverage key programmatic issues at UCS; establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with other NGOs, grassroots groups, and science organizations; and ensuring the scientific accuracy and advocacy impact of CT programming and activities.

As a member of UCS’s senior leadership team, the Clean Transportation Program Director is an ‘institutional citizen’ who contributes to setting and shaping organization-wide policies and practices. In this role, the Director will source and share best practices with and from other UCS programs and departments, and proactively seek opportunities to scale and deepen impact through efforts that join forces with other UCS programs, departments, and external partners.

Responsibilities include:

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below).

  • Providing overarching vision and strategy for the program
  • Representing UCS as a thought leader on transportation issues before policymakers, the media, UCS members, donors and a range of public audiences
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with coalition partners and strategic allies across a broad spectrum of constituencies
  • Overseeing senior staff and supporting a positive team culture
  • Collaborating with Deputy/Research Director and Deputy Director of Operations to ensure excellent management and functioning of the team
  • Working with Development Department to devise and implement a fundraising strategy for the program
  • Working with other program leaders and the UCS Executive Team to ensure that the Clean Transportation program is an innovative and effective part of the organization as a whole.
  • Requirements

    Qualifications, Skills and Experience

    The successful candidate will: have an advanced degree in science, engineering or public policy and 15 years of professional accomplishments that will make the Director a credible spokesperson and representative for UCS on transportation issues with expert, policy, and public constituencies and the media.

    The candidate should have a working knowledge of transportation policy and technology as well as a strong understanding of the current and historic systemic inequities in the sector. Knowledge of state and federal policy and legislative processes, as well as knowledge of issue campaign development, public outreach, and media relations is required. Strong and demonstrated management skills are essential, as is the ability to manage technical, outreach, and advocacy staff. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required, including: a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and credibly with public audiences, policymakers, leading scientists and other experts; and an ability to effectively build and manage cross-disciplinary teams on tight deadlines in the service of achieving science-based policy or public engagement objectives. Fundraising experience and ability is very important.

    The candidate should demonstrate an ability to foster an inclusive, productive, strong team culture in CT that is anti-racist and provides opportunities for all staff to grow and thrive in their work and careers. They will hire, mentor, and recognize the full value and opportunities of a diverse program staff and are responsible for steering, modeling, and ensuring that the programs functioning, and communications uphold those commitments internally and in external relationships.

    UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively 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 believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.



    This is a full-time remote position based in close proximity to UCS’s DC or MA office with travel expected post-pandemic. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $171,000-$191,000. 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.

    Covid Mandate for New Hires:

    For in office roles, UCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be reporting to an office location must provide notice of their vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster shots, even if working remotely.

    All new employees must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as soon as practicable. Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.

    Deadline: until filled

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