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Climate Organizer

Location: Washington, DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) seeks a Climate Organizer to engage PSR’s health professionals in effective campaigns to fight climate change.

Utilizing the authoritative voices of doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, PSR is changing U.S. policy through education and advocacy.  We train and mobilize our members to educate policy-makers and the public that climate change is a health issue threatening us all.  Our priority for 2015 is to engage health professionals to help their states slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and replace dirty coal with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency through policy pressure on the Clean Power Plan.

PSR, a non-profit advocacy organization, works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival -- climate change, nuclear weapons, and chemical toxins. We assert our strong medical voice through actions conducted by our national office, individual members, and affiliate chapters across the country. PSR was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Position Description

We’re looking for a results-oriented, highly productive organizer. Responsibilities include:

  • Engage PSR members and other health professionals to speak out on climate change, energy and health.
  • Help design campaign plans, materials, tactics and metrics.
  • Take primary responsibility for campaign execution.
  • Coordinate monthly educational and training events that prepare health professionals to engage in our campaigns.
  • Strengthen the active participation of PSR chapters in national campaigns, and convert online activists into on-the-ground participants.  Organizing is conducted primarily via phone and email.
  • Promote PSR's climate work using social media.
  • Measure and evaluate outcomes, propose continuing improvements.

The Climate Organizer reports directly to the Director of Environment and Health. This is a mid-level position.

Experience and Skills Required

  • At least 3-5 years of successful hands-on organizing for a progressive cause.
  • A record of achieving quantified goals and meeting deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to persuade, to problem-solve, and to respond with creativity.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work effectively.
  • Experience with social media, activist engagement and outcome evaluation.
  • Top-notch written and verbal skills.
  • Knowledge of climate change, health and/or energy issues required.
    • 4-year degree required.  Degree in environmental sciences or public health is useful.

Start date:  February-March 2015.

This is a full-time position in Washington, DC. Our small, friendly office is metro-accessible.  PSR provides a competitive salary and generous vacation and holidays, medical and dental coverage, and other benefits. PSR is an equal opportunity employer. 

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to bgottlieb@psr.org with "Climate Organizer" in the subject line. The recruitment process is open until the position is filled. Sorry, but due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.


 Executive Assistant Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is seeking an intern who is passionate about policy change and the policy interface with public health threats.  The intern will learn advocacy and leadership skills while serving as an executive assistant to the Executive Director. 

Physicians for Social Responsibility works on the gravest threats to human health and survival from nuclear weapons, climate and toxic chemicals.  Learn firsthand program development and implementation and management of development of grant proposals.  Help create topnotch meetings and materials for our multi-tiered organization. 

Enjoy teamwork in an office that is welcoming and supportive of interns.  We encourage interns to attend informational meetings and other benefits of being in Washington, DC.  

A candidate for an internship should be an excellent time manager and have good writing skills. 

Below are two projects we are working on in Spring-Summer 2014:

  • Strategic planning for national organization
  • Support of a nascent Radiation and Health program

This is an unpaid position which will include substantial education and training components. The length of the internship is flexible based on the needs and desires of the applicant. Our ideal candidate will be available for 3-6 months.

Please send your resume and cover letter to employment@psr.org


Scoville Fellows

Location: Washington, DC

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months. PSR provides strong mentoring and professional development opportunities for Scoville Fellows from any discipline. Scoville Fellows at PSR can expect to be meaningfully engaged in substantive work related to prudent and effective steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons, prevention of the use or spread of nuclear weapons, and promoting diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution techniques to avoid war. PSR’s current security programs include analytical work to develop new knowledge about the dangers nuclear weapons and security policies pose to human life and health, organizing work to mobilize doctors and allied health professionals for peace and security, and advocacy work to ensure that the interests of potential victims of nuclear weapons and war are represented in the policy process. For further information, please visit http://www.scoville.org/