[COMM-ORG] job: outreach coordinator, no salary info

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From: Michael Halpern <MHalpern at ucsusa.org>

Outreach Coordinator
Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC Office

The UCS Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) is a new initiative 
dedicated to restoring the essential role of science, evidence-based 
knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, 
using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support 
for, the use of independent science in public policy making; helping 
decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based 
information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them 
engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision 

The Position

The outreach coordinator oversees the cultivation and deployment of the 
UCS Science Network, a national network of thousands of scientists. He 
or she also develops and implements outreach strategies around CSD 
events and reports.

The outreach coordinator will be part of a multi-disciplinary team 
charged with diversifying the Science Network, both in terms of the 
demographics of the experts on the network and the opportunities that 
experts have to contribute to the public good. He or she will scope ways 
to increase demand and capacity for scientist engagement; develop 
infrastructure that enables scientists to connect with opportunities 
that interest them; and create opportunities for experts to refine their 
communications and advocacy skills.


The outreach coordinator:

     creates and implements plans to recruit, train, and engage 
scientists, engineers, and other individuals who wish to use their 
expertise and position to inform government decision-making and public 
and policymaker understanding of science;
     develops strategies for communicating with experts and engaging 
them in the organization's online and offline activities;
     tracks and reports on engagement opportunities and accomplishments;
     oversees the maintenance of the Science Network database; and 
trains other UCS staff on best practices for expert engagement;
     coordinates and organizes cross-programmatic outreach efforts at 
scientific society meetings and related events and ensures that UCS 
programs are able to effectively engage Science Network members;.
     conceptualizes, executes and tracks the effectiveness of CSD 
outreach activities to scientists, non-scientists, and select stakeholders;
     communicates regularly with supporters, both online and offline, on 
Center projects, and seeks opportunities to engage them in the 
development of these projects;
     works with other CSD staff to promote CSD reports and special 
events and helps develop the CSD's web presence;

Qualifications and experience

The position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent. An advanced 
degree preferred. Three to five years of successful and progressively 
responsible experience in online and offline outreach, community 
organizing, campaign, and/or advocacy is required, preferably in a 
non-profit environment. Experience with legislative and media 
strategies, and program planning, coordination and implementation is 
helpful. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of 
tasks, and respond rapidly in a fast-changing environment is necessary. 
Strong candidates will possess robust written and oral communication 
skills and be able to demonstrate ability to interact professionally 
with individuals who may be at the top of their fields. Candidates 
should have strong familiarity with the Internet, social media, database 
software, online organizing tools, and word processing. Experience with 
working with scientists and scientific topics is strongly preferred. 
Most of all, candidates should possess an understanding of and a passion 
for improving the way in which science informs policy making.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in 
UCS's Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. Salary is commensurate 
with experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal 
opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two 
non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via 
email to jobs at ucsusa.org and include "CSD Outreach Coordinator" in the 
subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls 
please. Deadline: September 30, 2012 or until filled.

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