About Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to create a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. Throughout its history, PSR has provided a strong health-focused voice against the development and use of nuclear weapons. Our other major programmatic focus is climate change—another catastrophic disaster that threatens human health and survival. PSR is a co-founder and U.S. affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and as the U.S. affiliate of this global network, PSR shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. PSR is also a partner organization in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. PSR has a national office in Washington, D.C. with chapters across the United States.
PSR’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition (NWA) program amplifies the health voice to broaden grassroots support for nuclear weapons abolition and to cultivate legislative initiatives to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons. An explicit element of our strategy is to increase popular support for U.S. policies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons by diversifying the movement — by aligning ourselves with movements at the local level advocating for economic equity and social justice; by encouraging our chapters to support the work of coalitions promoting nuclear weapons abolition, peace, equity, inclusion and justice; and to jointly demand from policymakers a just transition to a sustainable society that prioritizes human needs first and has no need of nuclear weapons.
The Lead Organizer and Policy Coordinator for the NWA program reports to the NWA Program Director and serves these key functions:
- Serves as the primary liaison between PSR’s national office and PSR chapters and members engaged in NWA activities. This includes providing them with technical assistance and support — with a special emphasis on coalition building at the local level, and on engaging with Congress and other local government
- Guides our congressional advocacy efforts, focusing on legislation and administration actions that reduce the nuclear weapons threat — including specific cuts to weapons and reductions in Pentagon spending overall.
- Serves as the primary liaison between PSR and several national coalitions working on joint campaigns and grassroots initiatives.
A major emphasis for this position in 2021 is leading the launch of a new project designed to attract young and diverse health professional voices to the nuclear weapons abolition movement by focusing on the costs and consequences of prioritizing nuclear weapons and military spending over human needs — in particular, over investments in public health, which became painfully clear during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is full-time position (although we may be flexible for highly qualified candidates), with significant potential for future growth in the organization.
Areas of Responsibility
Working with our Program Director, Director of Communications and Outreach, relevant consultants, and other experts, a major area of responsibility for this position will be to successfully launch the new initiative noted above.
In addition, the Lead Organizer and Policy Coordinator is responsible for:
- Equipping PSR chapters working on nuclear weapons abolition with resources, training, and coordinated action opportunities to help activists effectively communicate the nuclear weapons threat in accessible and intersectional ways, utilizing our unique health-security voice to connect with wider movements and more diverse constituencies fighting for justice.
- Supporting PSR chapters working on nuclear weapons abolition in their efforts to engage members of Congress, both in-district and in D.C. When feasible, facilitates and attends meetings with congressional staff, either in person or virtually. Note: in-person activities contingent upon safety protocols relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Assisting PSR chapters working on nuclear weapons abolition with building coalitions with other local NGOs, with a particular focus on intersectional issues.
- Representing PSR and speaking at coalition meetings and events.
- Working with our chapter network and our national coalition partners to maintain a high level of collegiality and strategic coordination between them.
- Maintaining and expanding PSR’s contacts with key legislative and executive branch officials to advance PSR’s goals on nuclear disarmament and eventual abolition. This includes measures to cut Pentagon spending and/or constrain or reduce new nuclear weapons-related spending specifically, dismantle existing nuclear arsenals, strengthen arms control treaties, reduce the risk of nuclear weapons use, and pave the way for their eventual elimination.
- Monitoring relevant federal and legislative and policy developments; preparing and distributing fact sheets, background papers, legislative action alerts, editorials, newsletter articles, and other educational materials for general distribution.
- Working with our Director of Communications and Outreach on media outreach, and to produce content – including social media content – to inform PSR stakeholders, policymakers, and the broader public about the status and potential consequences of nuclear weapons proliferation, testing, production and use.
- Serving as a PSR spokesperson to electronic and print media.
Skills and Experience
- Legislative experience, either as a congressional staff member, or in a government relations, grassroots advocacy, or similar position.
- Experience in organizing and/or in coordinating successful grassroots campaigns and coalitions.
- Strong interpersonal and team skills.
- Demonstrated ability to design and lead effective change strategies.
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- A proven track record of effective project management and completion.
- High degree of self-motivation with a proven ability to work with minimal supervision but also as part of a team.
- Strong aptitude in connecting with people and networking.
- Ability to respond to short-term deadlines, balance multiple responsibilities, and maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, editing, public speaking and media skills.
- Collegial approach to problem-solving.
- Commitment to involving, promoting and respecting participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
- Experience in nuclear weapons policy and/or Pentagon budget and appropriations issues and/or related issues is desired, but not required. A strong candidate without such experience, but who expresses a strong interest in working on this issue, and with this community, will be considered.
- Congressional contacts, particularly focused on armed services, foreign relations, intelligence and/or appropriations committees.
- Experience with communications/media in a non-profit or policy setting is desired. Experience utilizing Twitter and other social media channels to make media contacts and engage influencers.
- Experience with designing and facilitating in-person training, as well as webinars and/or other online events.
- Experience managing volunteers, in particular in providing mentorship and guidance to interns.
- This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.
- Reports to the Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program Director.
Please note that all PSR National staff are currently working remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and it is expected that staff will likely continue to telework through summer 2021, and possibly beyond. However, in anticipation of an eventual return to full or partial on-site work in our national office, we are seeking applicants who either currently reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, or who will be willing to relocate here once it is deemed safe to work on-site.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and a minimum of three references (name, title, organization, phone, and email). Please note that references will not be contacted without prior approval from the applicant.
Applications will not be considered complete – and will not be reviewed – until all of the above noted items have been submitted.
Electronic submissions via email in PDF format are required: firstname.lastname@example.org
No telephone inquiries, please.
Position open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
PSR is committed to recruiting and maintaining a staff with a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including PSR, 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 engaged in substantive work related to conducting outreach to doctors and allied health professionals to engage in nuclear disarmament advocacy. PSR is a US-partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and was a leading organization in the Humanitarian Movement that achieved the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Learn more about the Scoville Fellowship.