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Senior Manager, Justice & Equity (JEDI)

Senior Manager, Justice & Equity (JEDI)
Union of Concerned Scientists
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 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.
The Senior Manager for Justice and Equity will be responsible for supporting the expansion and integration of UCS JEDI strategy and program. In collaboration with the Chief Justice & Equity Officer, the Senior Manager will support the development of JEDI-focused training, a restorative justice framework, employee resource group support and in coordination with the People & Culture team, employee-engagement and non-disciplinary counseling. The Senior Manager will also support the cultivation of internal and external stakeholders by uplifting and embodying UCS JEDI values in all aspects of our work.
  • Assist with development of sustained anti-racism, Justice, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) and Environmental Justice (EJ) education for staff, National Advisory Board (NAB) and board members, including the development of JEDI-focused onboarding and ongoing staff education program.
  • Assist with creating systems to coordinate, track and evaluate employee JEDI participation and progress through performance management and strategic evaluation, learning and lesson sharing. 
  • Assist the CJEO in providing integration guidance of JEDI into campaign plans, projects, policy development and recommendations, consistent with organizational resources and UCS racial equity plan.
  • Work with scientists and campaign staff to strengthen and expand equity, justice and anti-racist practices in UCS research and campaigns by staying abreast of and lifting up EJ priorities, questions and interests to UCS leadership, programs and campaigns staff, and board and NAB members.
  • Act as a thought leader and partner to Science Network staff and other UCS staff who are establishing and/or expanding partnerships with EJ groups, BIPOC networks and institutions and bodies such as HBCUs, HSIs, Tribal Colleges, Congressional Black Caucus, Green Latinos, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, National Society of Black Engineers, etc.
  • Partner with UCS leadership and staff in EJ fora and conferences both domestically and globally, including equity-focused conferences.
  • Work with the CJEO and People & Culture team to ensure UCS’s hiring, on-boarding, and management practices align with UCS JEDI goals. 
  • Assist with the building and management of JEDI consultant relationships and maintain JEDI consultant and resource referral bank (consisting of coaching, education and facilitation supporting services for early career advancement, book and article references, businesses led by underserved segments of the population that UCS can engage with, etc.).
  • Along with the CJEO, be a trusted support resource able to uplift and help resolve issues of concern to BIPOC and historically marginalized staff by providing resources for an inclusive workplace, with a particular focus on junior staff needing extra support; under the direction of the CJEO/People & Culture department apply concepts of restorative justice to conflict management where appropriate.
  • Help to facilitate JEDI-related professional growth offerings.
  • Liaise with and coordinate UCS affinity groups, team JEDI leaders and their ongoing activities.
  • Work with individual UCS leadership to identify JEDI priorities, gaps and opportunities and develop concrete plans to initiate, deepen and expand environmental equity and justice work.
  • Support the CJEO and the Executive Team, lead to the Board JEDI Advisory Committee.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5-7 years of experience in JEDI focused work
  • Superior project management and collaboration skills
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving and mentoring skills
  • Good facilitation skills with the ability to have and facilitate difficult conversations with staff at all levels
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with EJ organizations
  • Experience with community organizing
  • Overnight travel up to 25%
·      Master’s degree (longer experience may be substituted for degree).
·      Strong analytic skills with the ability to compile, research, and analyze information and then draw insights and influence data-driven decisions
·      Bilingual/multi-lingual
This is a full-time remote position. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $101,931-$114,670. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
Information about the organization is available at
Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
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 in 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.
To Apply: We know there are great candidates who 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. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.
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.
Covid Mandate for New Hires:
For roles that require in-person work or travel (including this one), 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 or conducting in-person work 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