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Director of Government Affairs

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

Director of Government Affairs

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

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 planets most pressing problemsfrom 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.

The worsening effects of climate change and persistent systemic racism make it clear: we need intersectional climate action now. The Climate & Energy program at UCS seeks a Director of Government Affairs to lead a team of advocates working for the changes we need in federal climate and clean energy policies. The Director of Government Affairs will design and implement a strategy to articulate and advance the programs federal goals. They will also represent UCS to the media, funders, and general public.

The ideal candidate has 10 or more years of campaign, legislative, and lobbying experience at the national or state level, with expertise or strong familiarity in issues related to climate change and energy, especially renewable energy, climate resilience and holding fossil fuel companies accountable. They will support organizational learning on issues of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity, and advocate for policies externally that reflect these values.

As a member of UCSs senior leadership team, the Director of Government Affairs 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.


  • Direct and lead the Climate and Energy Programs efforts to advance UCS Climate & Energy policy priorities in Congress and the administration, under the supervision of the Director of the Climate and Energy Program
  • Ensure that equity and justice are firmly embedded in legislative strategies
  • Coordinate with cross-programmatic legislative and policy teams on shared goals
  • Contribute to organizational strategy
  • Represent UCS in coalitions and with media and public
  • Participate in the development of UCS policy positions and strategy
  • Manage legislative staff, interns and direct support staff


Qualifications and Experience

Position requires:

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • About 10 years of campaign, legislative, and lobbying experience at the national or state level
  • Expertise or strong familiarity with climate and energy issues, especially renewable energy and climate resilience
  • Clear understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy and lobbying techniques and strategies, legislative strategy, and policy making process at relevant committees and agencies
  • Familiarity with the relevant Congressional committees and the decision-making process of the executive branch of the federal government
  • Training or experience in supervision and project management
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Collaborative, team-centered work style
  • Strong organizational skills

  • Preferred qualifications include:

  • Masters degree in related subjects
  • Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer. May occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications.

    When not in a pandemic, position may require occasional overnight travel.

    UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, were dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. Were 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 position based in UCSs Washington, DC office. UCS offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $129,001 - $145,130. 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 wont check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we havent considered. If thats you, dont hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. 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: March 31, 2022 or until filled.

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