The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.
UCS is in need of a detail-loving assistant: a great communicator, a superb scheduler, and a thorough and attentive note-taker who will support our important work on climate change. If you’re organized and efficient, you care about the world around you, and you’ve never met a calendar you couldn’t tame, we need you to help our program run as smoothly as possible. The program assistant will provide a broad range of administrative and logistical support for the Climate & Energy Program.
Qualifications and Experience
Position requires 1-2 years of relevant experience as an administrative, executive, or research assistant. Experience using Microsoft Excel and Outlook, meeting scheduling, conducting web research, event planning, and familiarity with climate and energy issues is preferred.
Position requires considerable self-motivation, attention to details, familiarity with office and administrative support procedures, competence in word processing and spreadsheet software, and excellent email software and web research skills. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
Strong organizational abilities and good written and oral communication skills are needed. Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, are essential.
Must be able to work both independently and in teams, and to interact professionally with senior scientists, U.S. and international policymakers and in sensitive matters. Effective communication and relationship building skills with diverse audiences and willingness to look at all work through the lens of racial justice and equity are a must.
May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Travel is limited to none.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually 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've adopted this commitment because 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. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $41,800. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CE Program Assistant” in the subject line. Send materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 24, 2018 or until filled.
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