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Current Available Positions at CGS:

Temporary Staff Assistant / Internship
Program and Communications Associate

Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society


TEMPORARY STAFF ASSISTANT / INTERNSHIP

Open until filled

BACKGROUND: For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. We bring a social justice, human rights, and public interest perspective to our work on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies and practices, supporting those that are beneficial and opposing those that threaten to exacerbate inequality, discrimination, and conflict.

CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA that is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts, and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights and justice; racial justice; disability rights; LGBTQI communities; environmentalism; and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy, and advocacy-oriented research. For more information, visit www.geneticsandsociety.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The temporary staff assistant will assist with all aspects of CGSs programmatic activities. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, assistance with CGSs online operations (posting to the website, writing blogs, producing multimedia, preparing newsletters, assisting with a webinar series, maintaining social media accounts and media analytics, etc.); assistance with research, policy efforts, and public awareness campaigns; and assistance in researching, writing, and editing CGS whitepapers, reports and other written materials. The temporary staff assistant will work with CGS staff and fellows, and have the opportunity to meet colleagues from CGSs wide network of scholars and public interest advocates working on the social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies.

Required qualifications:

  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong people and networking skills
  • Strong knowledge of or affinity for online communications tools and applications
  • Passion for CGSs mission and commitment to social justice and the public interest

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them
  • Experience in political or community organizing
  • Bachelors degree or upper division undergraduate
Commitment, compensation, course credit:
  • 2-4 month internships are available
  • Stipend/salary negotiable depending on experience and skills
  • Course credit may be arranged in cooperation with your institution

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Elliot Hosman at jobs@geneticsandsociety.org with the word Intern in the subject line. Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide references and writing samples.

PROGRAM AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

BACKGROUND: For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. We bring a social justice, human rights, and public interest perspective to our work on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies and practices, supporting those that are beneficial and opposing those that threaten to exacerbate inequality, discrimination, and conflict.

CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA that is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts, and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights and justice; racial justice; disability rights; LGBTQI communities; environmentalism; and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy, and advocacy-oriented research. For more information, visit www.geneticsandsociety.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Program and Communications Associate will share responsibility for a range of organizational campaigns and policy efforts, and for the smooth operation and expansion of CGSs strategic communications program. Key duties will include, but will not be limited to, coordination of policy and public awareness campaigns related to human biotechnologies, and contributions to CGSs strategic communications program. In addition, the Program and Communications Associate will assist with organizational and campaign planning and message development; writing, production, and design of materials including reports and policy memos; and other support of CGSs policy and program work. They will work with staff, fellows, interns, and colleagues, and report to the Executive Director.

ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE

Write press statements, blog posts, and op-eds; contribute to CGS social media;

Participate in CGS news-gathering, posting, and analysis routines;

Set up and coordinate meetings with editorial boards, and briefings for policy makers and others;

Share responsibility for content and creative use of the CGS website, monthly email newsletter, associated e-media, multimedia, and series of online conversations and interviews;

Share responsibility for writing, editing, designing, and producing CGS materials: reports, web pages, brochures, briefing kits, PowerPoint presentations, etc.; and

Work closely with CGS staff, interns, and fellows, including the Senior Program Associate to support campaigns and policy efforts through online and traditional media, the Director of Finance and Administration on implementing CGSs new website, and the Executive Director on other tasks as requested.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

Passion for CGSs mission and commitment to social justice and the public interest;

Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific and policy understanding of them;

Demonstrated experience and superior skills in research, writing, and editing, including published articles and/or blog posts;

Advanced user of social media, analytics, and emerging social media outlets/channels;

Experience with basic HTML, SEO, user experience, graphic design, and producing multimedia; and

Bachelors degree required, graduate degree preferred.

This is a non-exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by COB March 1 to Elliot Hosman at jobs@geneticsandsociety.org, with the job title in the subject line. Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide references and writing samples.


PROJECT DIRECTOR ON RACE, GENETICS, AND SOCIETY

This position is available through the American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program. The fellowship competition will begin accepting applications on January 14. The application deadline is March 24, 2016 (8pm EDT).

Applications and inquiries must go through the ACLS Public Fellows Program.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society will plan, coordinate, and implement CGSs programmatic work related to the impacts of genetic research, technologies, products, and services on social understandings of race and on racial justice, with the goal of tracking and contesting the re-emergence of race as biological rather than sociopolitical category. The work will focus on the use of racial categories in genetic research, the disproportionate consequences of forensic DNA databases and practices for communities of color, and the emergence of commercial products (for example, race-specific pharmaceuticals) and services (for example, ancestry tests) that claim to link genetics and race. The Project Director will work with staff, fellows, interns, and colleagues, and report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching and writing articles, commentaries, blog posts, and social media posts on topics concerning race and genetics, and related topics;
  • Developing systems for monitoring and analyzing research studies and commercial products and services that make claims about race as a biological category;
  • Representing CGS and speaking at briefings, conferences, and other venues on issues concerning race and genetics, and related issues;
  • Participating in other CGS program work, including organizational strategic planning; and
  • Building and strengthening CGSs relationships with advocates in racial justice and other public interest organizations (civil liberties, reproductive justice, LGBTQI rights, disability rights, human rights, environmental justice), and with scholars and scientists working on these topics.

Specific activities may include:

  • Managing the development and implementation of a website on race and genetics that will provide accessible explanations of the assertion that racial categories are socially constructed, in collaboration with a CGS colleague and others in CGSs network of scholars and public interest advocates;
  • Working with CGSs Senior Fellow and staff on a book project to investigate misuses and abuses of DNA forensics in the criminal justice system;
  • Working with CGSs Senior Fellow and staff to plan and convene a meeting of scholars and advocates about a communications strategy to raise awareness about misuses of racial categories in genetic research, and the resurgence of biological and genetic definitions of race, building on the June 2015 working meeting, Critical Theory and Scientific Methods;
  • Writing press statements and speaking with reporters about news developments related to race and genetics; and
  • Supervising intern(s).

REQUIRED AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;
  • Commitment to social justice, racial justice, and the public interest;
  • Familiarity with the social and policy implications of human genetic technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them;
  • Ability to work with a fast-paced team within CGS and to collaborate across organizations; to develop relationships with key scholars and advocates in social justice and public interest fields; to take initiative; and to manage multiple priorities; 
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills; and 
  • Willingness to do some state, national, and international travel, up to a maximum of 10% of work time (about two days per month). 

Preferred:

  • Aptitude for addressing cutting-edge complex political and intellectual challenges, and for strategic thinking about translating new challenges into organizing activities and programs;
  • Flair for public presentations and media work;
  • Experience monitoring and responding to policy developments (state, federal, and/or international); and 
  • Experience in developing and managing innovative programs in the public interest sector. 

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