Director of Human Resources

Sep 24, 2020 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a Director of Human Resources to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to develop this new role and fill a critical need in our organization. The position is broad in scope and encompasses taking the lead on new initiatives as well as managing day-to-day operations.  CLF is committed to being one of the best places to work in New England and to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.  The Director of Human Resources will play a key role in ensuring that these values are demonstrated in the hiring, support and guidance of our growing staff of 80 across five state offices.  Based in our Boston office, the Director of Human Resources reports to the CFO. 

What you’ll do

The Director will help build and maintain a culture that reflects CLF’s core values and aligns with our strategic framework. In particular, you will advance CLF’s organizational excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion goals in the following areas:  

Employee Engagement and Relationship Management

  • Manage a collaborative, service-oriented human resources operation
  • Serve as a trusted resource and advisor to the senior leadership team and all employees, guiding them to the resolution of difficult interpersonal and workplace issues with compassion and equity
  • Ensure employee policies are thoughtfully developed and clearly communicated
  • Review and update, as needed, staff policies and employee handbooks
  • Provide supervisors with skills and compliance training and resources
  • Administer our annual employee performance management process
  • Support employees in career planning and development
  • Administer employee progressive discipline policies and procedures

Recruiting and Retention

  • Work as part of team to build recruiting, hiring and retention strategies with a focus on building a diverse workforce of top talent
  • Lead the recruiting process, working closely with staff and hiring managers
  • Oversee successful onboarding and integration of new employees
  • Maintain organizational career ladders and salary bands that enable CLF to attract and retain talent
  • Actively manage outsourced benefits administration and supervise annual enrollment process. Ensure competitive offerings and pricing for employee benefits
  • Oversee a process for gathering information from staff who leave the organization for continuous organizational improvement

Operations and Administration

  • Develop and manage the HR budget
  • Maintain accurate HCM/HRIS system, ensuring staff changes and data are kept current
  • Maintain awareness of current labor laws and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations, recommending policy and/or practice changes as needed
  • Undertake and oversee special projects, including data collection and analysis, that are responsive to organizational needs

What you’ll need

Strong candidates will have the ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment.  You will demonstrate many, though perhaps not all, of the following experiences, skills and characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • At least five years of HR experience across multiple areas including employee recruitment and retention, benefits, employment law, training and development, and HRIS management.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle highly confidential material with utmost discretion and diplomacy
  • Track record of creating a high level of trust and strong relationships with staff of all levels
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), presentation and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local employment and labor laws and regulations. Multi-state experience is beneficial
  • Experience in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution or related disciplines
  • Creativity, responsiveness, and flexibility in meeting the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse workforce
  • Enthusiasm for environmental issues and advocacy


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

You might like to know 

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 water pollution to community problems like childhood lead poisoning. 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 those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.  

To Apply 

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “CLF Director of Human Resources” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.  CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.