Director of Stewardship and Engagement, Union of Concerned Scientists

The Organization – Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a national organization founded 50 years ago by faculty and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who sought to use the power of science to address global problems and improve people’s lives. UCS’s founders knew that evidence-based decision-making would be critical to solving many challenges facing humankind. The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science into action, developing solutions and advocating for a healthy, safe, and just future.

Position Overview

The Director of Stewardship and Engagement will develop, drive, and coordinate UCS’s externally-facing presence and key constituency development. This role, which reports to the Chief Development Officer, directly oversees the activities of the two-person Donor Engagement and Events team (E&E), which serves to cultivate, steward, and retain UCS supporters. The Director will also manage and coordinate activities across the Planned Giving team, Membership team and Stewardship team, who are responsible for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding and overall engagement of UCS’s giving societies—Henry Kendall Society, Partners for the Earth, and Kurt Gottfried Society.

The Director will play a strategic role in both long-term development planning and will oversee day-to-day stewardship, engagement and event activities. The Director oversees the stewardship and engagement efforts for all UCS donors through designing and overseeing meetings, events, and materials production, and will delegate tasks to the Manager and Associate, bringing strategic thinking to amplify the impact and reach of UCS programming. The Director leads cross-organizational UCS event coordination, ensures donor relations best practices for greater member engagement and visibility, and will pioneer UCS’ event marketing strategies in partnership with the Communications team. The Director works to advance UCS’s relationships and will represent the organization to UCS supporters, prospects, and National Advisory Board members, including other partners.

In collaboration with the CDO, the Director will: lead the recruitment of National Advisory Board members, organize regional meetings of NAB, and oversee communication with NAB members; lead cross-team meetings to ensure effective communication, brainstorming, and information sharing; assist in the coordination of annual planning and budgeting.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of comparable experience is required, including communicating with the public; work with high-level donors and Board members; and event planning.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, project management, writing, and organizational skills with experience in scheduling in-person and virtual events.
  • Must have exceptional attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Certifications in project management, inclusive event design, and/or virtual event planning, and digital engagement are desirable.
  • Management experience and/or appropriate training is required with previous work in fundraising, working with high-level donors.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge database preferred.

Compensation: $148,361-$166,900 per year.

Location: Full-time remote. Preference will be given to candidates based near Cambridge, MA, or San Francisco, CA.

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