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Partnerships Manager

Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Full time
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Job Description
Partnerships Manager

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Remote, Cambridge, MA or 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 Union of Concerned Scientists is accepting applications for a Partnerships Manager to join our Climate and Energy program, the largest team in the organization with staff who are scientists, analysts, campaigners, communicators, and fundraisers working to accelerate a just, equitable transition to clean energy, and provide thoughtful solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change for all.

We often do this work in tandem with other organizations and their staff, and we need someone to help us manage and coordinate these relationshipsour partnerships. As Partnerships Manager, you will support thoughtful and intentional engagement and authentic relationship-building with our partner organizations and their staff to help strategically advance our shared interests and goals. You will support internal coordination on partnership needs; manage select partner relationships; and support UCS engagement in strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships.

This role is part of a Climate & Energy campaign that focuses on modernizing the U.S. electric grid and facilitating the transition away from dirty fossil fuels that disproportionately affect the health and well-being environments of low-income communities and communities of color. As Partnerships Manager, you would help advance this effort by helping to broadening and diversifying the groups of people who are working to solve these problems.

This is an ideal role for candidates who have experience building authentic, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships with allies or partners, and skills in developing systems and processes that help people work together more effectively.

Skills and Topic Keywords: Project Manager, Organizing Manager, Partnerships Manager, Clean Energy Jobs, Environmental Justice,

  • Create and manage systems and processes, and support staff in effective UCS partner engagement.
  • Maintain existing relationships and cultivate new relationships with influential and diverse stakeholders that advance shared goals related to issues of environmental justice, a just and equitable clean energy transition, and reducing transportation emissions.
  • Coordinate requests for projects between partners and UCS.
  • Lead efforts to solicit and integrate partner input and feedback as part of an annual planning process.
  • Serve as an internal resource on navigating policy disagreements or misalignment with partners.
  • Support communication and internal coordination around partner engagement.
  • Help gather, share, and ensure the implementation of best practices and lessons learned related to partnership and ally engagement across campaigns and programs.
  • Serve as a liaison to the UCS fundraising team to help navigate issues, requests, and progress regarding philanthropic capacity building.


Qualifications and Experience

Position requires a bachelors degree or equivalent. Also required are:
  • At least seven years of comparable and relevant experience in an outreach, organizing, advocacy, program development, coalition and partnership management, campaign, or advocacy position.
  • Experience building authentic, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships with partners, especially organizations representing frontline, environmental justice, or historically marginalized communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to thoughtfully navigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a deep commitment to advancing these values;
  • Systems and detail oriented mindset, capable of developing systems and processes;
  • Strong listening and clear, compelling, compassionate communication and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Interest in the application of science to public policy;
  • A background in climate change, transportation, or clean energy
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of allies and potential allies engaging in climate justice, racial equity, and/or environmental justice advocacy

Not required, but preferred:

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

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 Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office or remote. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $90,601 - $101,930. 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. 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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