Legislative Associate II

Washington, District of Columbia, United States · Center for Science and Democracy


Legislative Associate II

Center for Science and Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, D.C.

UCS is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement 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.

UCS seeks a Legislative Associate II to join a team that engages with members of Congress and their staff to protect the important role of science in public policy. The associate will help to highlight the legislative priorities of UCS in a challenging congressional landscape, using stellar communication skills and strategic acumen to push back against attacks on science.

This is a position housed within the Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at UCS. This program is dedicated to advancing the essential roles of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the US policy making process. We work to restore public support for the use of independent science in public policy making, help people distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda, and help scientists engage in effective communication with the public, media, and decision makers.


The Legislative Associate II will:


Qualifications and Experience

This position requires basic knowledge of science or technical policy issues; must have a substantive knowledge of legislative processes, including advocacy/lobbying techniques and strategies, legislative strategy, and the policymaking process. Successful candidates must be able to learn quickly. Strong time management skills along with strong oral and written communication skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences are required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Bloomberg Government, CQ, and Politico is a plus. The ability to analyze complex issues and synthesize them quickly and clearly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.

The position requires 3 to 5 years of comparable experience in legislative, campaign, and lobbying work at the national, state, or grassroots level. Proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress, in government implementing programs and policies, or for NGOs working to engage stakeholders and influence decision-making are necessary. Applicants should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented work ethic, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment. A successful legislative associate will have experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns with Capitol Hill.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Limited travel may be required.

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 our DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,500. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org. A listing of all open jobs is available at https://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs.

To Apply: Please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: August 11, 2019 or until filled.

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