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Deputy Director of Operations for the Clean Transportation Program (REMOTE)

Company: Union of Concerned Scientists
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

TERM: Permanent

Clean Transportation Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Remote - Located near existing office location preferred (CA, IL, MA, D.C.)

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 Clean Transportation program at UCS works to transform the way we move people and goods in this country. We're seeking an experienced manager to help our growing team maximize our impact as we advocate for a cleaner, more equitable transportation system in the US.

The Deputy Director of Operations will leverage their skills and expertise to help support our team, which includes dedicated outreach, policy, and communications staff, in addition to scientists and analysts. In this role, the Deputy Director of Operations will collaborate with the Clean Transportation Program Director and other leaders within UCS in ensuring the program is operating effectively, including overseeing program administration, supervising the execution and tracking of programmatic strategies, helping the team center anti-racism in its work, managing team budgets and processes for maximum effectiveness, and supporting a positive team culture. The right candidate will bring expert project management skills and an interest in working with our team to enact our vision for a clean, more equitable, transportation system.

The Deputy Director of Operations will advise the Program Director and Deputy Director on operational, administrative, and financial issues to shape programmatic discussions and decision-making. They will also direct the development and implementation of CT strategies, policies, and procedures related to budget and contract management, human resources, project management, inter and intra-program communications, and special projects.

As a member of UCS's senior leadership team, the Deputy Director of Operations for the Clean Transportation Program is an 'institutional citizen' who contributes to setting and shaping organization-wide policies and practices. In this role, the Director will source and share best practices with and from other UCS programs and departments, and proactively seek opportunities to scale and deepen impact through efforts that join forces with other UCS programs, departments, and external partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct and provide oversight and management of the day-to-day operations of the program
  • Oversee and manage hiring processes and support staff development and a positive team culture
  • Lead processes for centering anti-racism within program operations
  • Establish and direct budget development process during annual and mid-year planning.
  • Manage program spending throughout the fiscal year
  • Co-lead the process for developing annual plans and support staff retreats
  • Provide departmental project management oversight and skills building
  • Manage program's administrative staff as needed, to ensure effective departmental operations
  • Oversee internal coordination of program communications
  • Support program fundraising efforts, including tracking and reporting back to foundations


    Qualifications and Experience
    • Seven to ten years of relevant senior-level management experience
    • Demonstrated success in staff recruitment and retention
    • Strong project management and planning skills
    • Experience developing and managing budgets
    • Ability to develop expertise on clean transportation issues
    • Understanding of, and committed to, the importance of racial equity to effectively achieve program goals
    • At least 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience working at non-profit advocacy organizations
    • A master's degree in Management or equivalent is preferred

      May spend extended periods at a computer.

      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.



      This is a full-time remote position. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $90,000-$99,000. 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.

      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 that 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 is 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 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. 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: April 29, 2022

Keywords: Union of Concerned Scientists, St. Louis , Deputy Director of Operations for the Clean Transportation Program (REMOTE), Professions , Saint Louis, Missouri

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