Environment and Health Program
About Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just, and peaceful world. Throughout its history, PSR has provided a strong medical 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.
This is a part-time contract position (up to 20 hour/week) for approximately two months, with the possibility of renewal, supporting PSR health professional members around the country to speak out in support of clean energy and effective climate action. The length and end date of the contract will depend on start date.
- In five key states, work with a small corps of PSR members to generate op-ed articles and associated outreach to targeted elected officials.
- Draft op-eds or adapt model op-ed articles on the health case for energy and climate policy.
- Work closely with volunteers to adapt op-eds to reflect their personal experience, views, etc. and to reflect conditions and issues in their states.
- Assist with targeting and submitting the op-eds.
- Prepare talking points and supporting materials to assist in outreach to elected officials.
- Maintain frequent regular contact with members.
- Achieve high levels of timely, targeted action.
- Track and report completion of state-specific deliverables.
- Provide support for PSR’s Climate Ambassadors.
- Propose at least two actions (letters to the editor, op-eds, contact with legislators, etc.) per month to PSR’s Climate Ambassadors.
- Help prepare supporting materials (talking points, outlines, etc.) and share these with Ambassadors.
- Provide occasional one-on-one support.
- Encourage and assist Ambassadors to report completion of actions.
- Help us increase the rate of Ambassador participation in actions.
- Track and report completion of actions.
The consultant will report to the Director of our Environment and Health Program.
- Substantive knowledge of the health impacts of climate change and of current climate and energy policy at the federal level.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Familiarity with the “health voice.”
- Media outreach experience is a plus.
- Experience working with volunteer activists, including tracking volunteer activities and metrics, is a plus.
$40/hour. This is a temporary, contract position that does not provide benefits.
Work is remote and may be performed anywhere in United States.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, 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.
Electronic submissions via email are required: firstname.lastname@example.org| No telephone inquiries, please.
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.