Scientific Integrity Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC Office
The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking a Program Assistant to support the work of its Scientific Integrity Program, which works to defend science and scientists from political interference in their work and restore scientific integrity to federal policy-making.
The scientific community over the past several years has witnessed significant manipulation, suppression, and distortion of federal government agency science research and federal advisory committees and the censorship of scientists. President Obama has pledged to "restore science to its rightful place," a complex task that needs input, support, and oversight.
The Program Assistant is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the program. Tasks include scheduling, maintaining databases, developing website content, tracking budgets, financial analysis, project management, organizing travel and event logistics, and handling expenses and reimbursements. The Program Assistant also provides general administrative support to the Program Director.
In addition to his or her administrative responsibilities, the Program Assistant will assist with outreach to scientists and the public; represent UCS at scientific society and other meetings; draft articles for the web site and other audiences; organize and participate in program and coalition meetings; conduct various research projects; help develop special events and training sessions; assist with legislative efforts; and track related media. As the program is quite dynamic, the Program Assistant may have significant opportunity to take on new projects as fits his or her skill set.
Candidates should possess strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office and the Internet. Robust written and oral communications abilities, solid administrative and organizational skills, event organizing experience, and a working knowledge of and interest in the way in which the U.S. government functions are necessary for this position. Most of all, candidates should possess a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making, and a demonstrable commitment to working in the public interest/non-profit sector. A minimum of two years of relevant experience is strongly preferred, preferably in a non-profit setting.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, list of three references, and two writing samples no longer than five pages each (one of which must non-academic writing, such as a memo, op-ed, press release, or blog post) to Jobs(at)ucsusa.org. Please include "Program Assistant" in subject line.
Application Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2010
For more information: http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity 
No phone calls, please.