Campaign Manager

Campaign Manager


Center for Science and Democracy

Remote/Hybrid – located in close proximity to Washington, DC

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Our organization

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent nonprofit that puts rigorous, independent science into action, developing solutions and advocating for a healthy, safe, and just future. We envision a peaceful, healthy, and just world where science serves people and the planet by guiding policy decisions, reducing risks, and improving lives.

For over five decades, we have been working as scientists, engineers, economists, advocates, and everyday people to create 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. Values informing our work include:

  • Science in the service of people and the planet.
  • Justice and Equity for people of all races and incomes—now, and for future generations.
  • Courage to take principled, science-based stands in the public arena.
  • Integrity to always examine evidence critically, openly, and honestly.
  • Democracy promotes a voice for all in government decisions.
  • Action inspiring and mobilizing people to build a healthier, safer, and more just world.

UCS’s Center for Science and Democracy Program

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a Campaign Manager who will work to implement and execute strategic campaign outreach goals, projects, and overall management of CSD’s Science for a Healthy and Just Society campaign. The Science for a Healthy and Just Society visionary goal is to harness our scientific expertise (including our expertise in scientific integrity in government), justice-centered partnerships, and the skills and strength of our Science Network to move forward structural changes including who is at the table making evidence-informed decisions, whose voices are heard, what questions are being asked, within government and its policymaking process and outcomes. Serve the needs of groups most impacted by an ineffective policymaking system in fighting for equitable outcomes in their communities. CSD works to ensure equity and meaningful public participation continue to be at the core of our efforts. Vital local voices and ecological knowledge shape our research and advocacy because experience shows that the resulting solutions are fairer, more effective, and more enduring. Our aim is that the systems, structures, institutions, and practices that govern the American people, places, and environments are evidence-based and serve the broadest public good.

The Position Responsibilities

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

Campaign Management

  • Lead campaign team consisting of scientists & and analysts, legislative, outreach, and media team members to develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and improve on all elements of the campaign processes and goals.
  • Develop overarching strategies and tactics for the campaign, and connect those to other CSD campaigns and UCS priorities.
  • Design a budget and coordinate funding needs with the Campaign Director and other CSD leadership members.
  • Ensure justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) are integrated into the campaign.

Issue-Based Outreach and Organizing

  • Lead project management for a cohesive set of tactics on a subset of campaign issues and activities to achieve the campaign and the Center’s goals, tracking and reporting on activities, successes, and challenges.
  • Guide and equip scientists and technical experts to higher-level actions and via leadership development lead others and take actions on their own.
  • Develop, contribute to, and review with an outreach lens products created to inform, train, and support advocacy on our issues such as social and traditional media, blogs, reports, and fact sheets.

Base Building

  • Cultivate, maintain, and grow a network of scientists, technical experts, and partners to advocate on CSD’s issues with a priority focus on those who are values-aligned.
  • Work with CSD’s Campaign Director and relevant Science Network staff to coordinate efforts within CSD and between CSD and the Science Network.
  • Train, support, and amplify UCS Science Network members who are committed to and are advocates for justice and equity. Includes recruiting and building relationships with and deploying key values-aligned experts and designing education and resources to reach members and partners via the blog, web, and social media and in UCS publications.

Enhance the Effectiveness of CSD and UCS

  • Assist in planning and strategy-setting for CSD goals.
  • Participate in cross-programmatic and cross-organizational committees, working groups, and other relevant groups to ensure coordination, sharing of information, and strategizing across teams.
  • Represent UCS at conferences and other events, in partner meetings, coalitions, and activities establishing and growing trust between organizations and individuals to increase UCS’s presence and attract new supporters and Science Network members.
  • Model racial equity and anti-racism values and practices across the organization and with partners, communities, and constituencies.


People Management Authority

Manage at least one outreach staff within the center – this includes supervising their work and professional development, performance evaluation. as needed, sitting on hiring committees, and supervising contractors/consultants.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • At least seven years of relevant and comparable experience in an outreach, organizing, program development, coalition and partnership management, campaign, or advocacy position.
  • A background in organizing, political science, or communications is preferred.
  • The position requires self-motivation, relationship building, and management skills, competency in outreach/organizing on the regional and/or national level, experience designing systems and programs with a focus on partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration, and ability to manage multiple advocacy projects for extended periods.
  • Demonstrated top-notch written and oral communication skills with a wide variety of audiences are important for this position.
  • Applicants should have strong organizational skills and can work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan, and implement effective outreach and partnership-coordination plans, as well as design systems and processes for long-term projects and facilitate matrix-managed teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage working environments and processes that serve a diversity of stakeholders.
  • A solid level of understanding of database maintenance, web management, online organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals and advocacy leaders who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.


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 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 Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $90,601 – $101,930. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. *CA Resident Only, we offer a 12% salary differential*

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 that is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.

To Apply: We know some great candidates 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.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

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.