Deputy Director, Ventures

Jan 19, 2018 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has an immediate opening in its Boston office for Deputy Director of Ventures. The Ventures program is home to an interdisciplinary team of staff and consultants working to solve critical environmental and public health challenges through capital investment, impact measurement, knowledge creation, and community partnerships.  Building on the success of the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund and the Healthy Neighborhoods Study, and with significant new support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, Ventures is poised to grow its team and portfolio in the New England region and nationally.  The Deputy Director will play a vital role in building the team and contributing to a pioneering body of work in health, housing, and community development.

The Deputy Director will be chiefly responsible for helping to lead the implementation of a 2.5-year, $4.3 million grant from RWJF (see attached overview for details).  In this capacity, s/he will help to manage a cross-disciplinary team of ten-plus staff members, provide expertise and thought leadership to projects and programs, and serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for CLF with funders, partners, and other stakeholders. As part of this position, the Deputy Director will be expected to coordinate, communicate and collaborate with staff across the organization as well as a wide range of external partners, including community-based organizations, government agencies, academic and financial institutions, and hospitals/health systems. The Deputy Director will also support the implementation of related projects and contracts and the development of strategic priorities, business objectives, and diversified funding sources for Ventures.

The Deputy Director is a full-time exempt position.  Consideration may be given to exceptional candidates who demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements of this position on a part-time basis of no less than 32 hours per week. CLF is seeking an experienced, entrepreneurial, and creative leader with a proven ability to work across sectors and disciplines, translate research to practice, and forge lasting and effective partnerships.


  • Provide strategic and operational support for Ventures;
  • Coordinate and manage staff/consultants for a 2.5-year, $4.3 million RWJF grant;
  • Lead project/program design and implementation;
  • Manage project/program budgets and reporting;
  • Manage communications with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Manage relationships with funders and partners;
  • Represent CLF at meetings and conferences;
  • Work with CLF Development team to identify and pursue grants and contracts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Ventures program.


  • Masters degree or equivalent in urban planning, public health, or related fields;
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience;
  • Familiarity with national trends in community development, affordable housing, real estate development and/or population health research and practice;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead diverse cross-disciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and with low-income communities and communities of color;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Self-starter with ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines;
  • Ambitious and imaginative problem-solver;
  • Experience with environmental policy and advocacy is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Deputy Director, Ventures” the subject of your e-mail. Application materials must be received no later than February 16, 2018. No phone calls please.

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Award to Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

From Innovation to Adoption: Accelerating the Development of Healthy Neighborhoods

CLF Ventures’ work is organized around three core practice areas: participatory action research, impact investment, and metrics. Individually, each of these strategies has great potential to catalyze change; together, they represent a powerful and innovative approach to improving population health through changes in the built environment. By weaving together these strands of work, research insights can be directly applied to investment strategies, metrics can evolve based on field testing and new data sources, and new solutions can be brought to market more quickly. CLF Ventures is also deeply committed to cross-sector collaboration and partnership as a core element in all three of our practice areas. Addressing the complex challenges associated with neighborhood development and health requires aligning diverse perspectives and resources and moving information and decisions through a large and often disconnected chain of actors in a system. CLF Ventures has built a strong and committed coalition of cross-sector partners to meet this challenge, engaging community members, academic researchers, private sector investors, public sector agencies, and policy makers in a shared effort to build healthy neighborhoods.

Our overarching objective for this project is to accelerate the development of healthy neighborhoods in the New England region and nationally in order to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life and well-being in low-income and disadvantaged communities. To do this, we will work with a group of cross-sector partners to: 1) fill gaps in knowledge and generate new insights about how development and related changes in neighborhood conditions mediate changes in health; and 2) document and share methods, frameworks, and tools developed through the pilot of HNEF and HNS in order to accelerate the adoption of promising practices for healthy neighborhood development. Our core audiences for this work are community development and public health practitioners, community groups, and residents; institutional investors including banks, CDFIs, and hospitals/health systems; and real estate developers and industry groups.

We have three specific objectives and related aims for this project: 1) Fill gaps in knowledge and translation learning; 2) Grow the practice of impact investing in healthy neighborhoods; 3) Streamline and spread the use of HealthScore metrics and health outcomes data for healthy neighborhood development. To complete the work in this grant award, CLF will need to significantly grow the Ventures staff and strengthen our partnerships at the local, regional, and national level. With this additional capacity in place, we will be positioned to increase our impact in the New England region and nationally through further development of the research study, fund model, and metrics. Equally as important, this additional capacity will allow us to focus more time on field- building through communication and sharing of best practices with others working to build healthy, equitable and thriving communities.