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Program Assistant, Union of Concerned Scientists – Washington, DC

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists

Position Title: Food & Environment Program Assistant

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low $30s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2015, or until filled

Description: Provides administrative, budget, outreach, communications, and research support to an 11-person Food and Environment Program staff. Monitors program expenditures, manages calendars, coordinates event logistics, assists with public information and outreach tasks, conducts research, and helps with special projects as requested.


  • Scheduling and taking notes at meetings, maintaining program calendars and shared files
  • Making staff travel arrangements and coordinating event and conference logistics
  • Providing administrative support for the program director
  • Coordinating monthly reporting of program activities, tracking outcomes and compiling metrics
  • Assisting the budget manager by tracking program spending and reconciling budget records monthly
  • Providing organizing support to the outreach coordinator, including assistance with web-based and social media engagement efforts
  • Contributing to the preparation, proofreading, publishing, and release of program reports and blog posts
  • Conducting research requested by staff scientists and analysts, and writing for UCS publications as directed
  • Supporting and participating in the program’s annual planning process
  • Responding to information requests and routine correspondence

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. Position requires careful attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to juggle multiple projects and tasks, familiarity with office operations, competence with research tools, and intermediate level skills in basic office software including word processing, spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong written and oral communication skills, excellent administrative and organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required.

At least two years of relevant experience as a program, administrative, or research assistant, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience managing budgets or contracts, conducting research, and maintaining databases strongly preferred. Familiarity with food and agriculture issues helpful, but not 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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to [email protected] and include “F&E Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 3, 2015, or until filled.

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