Director of Research & Partnerships

Sep 10, 2019 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Director of Research and Partnerships with a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Director of Research and Partnerships will work with CLF’s Ventures program and will be based in our Boston office.

What you’ll do

The Director of Research and Partnerships will be chiefly responsible for leading the strategic growth of CLF’s scientific research and evaluation work across the organization.

The Director of Research and Partnerships will:

  • Manage a staff of researchers, data scientists, and external consultants and partners;
  • Supervise the next phase of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Healthy Neighborhoods Study and other research and evaluation projects as identified by the Director and staff; and
  • Sustain and cultivate partnerships for research and learning with academic institutions and researchers, government agencies, non-profit and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and local residents.

What you’ll need

  • We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter who is able to work both independently and as a productive team member. Experience in a non-profit, public interest, interdisciplinary and/or community-engaged advocacy setting is highly desirable. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in health equity, population health, and/or environmental issues.
  • Experience managing research budgets ranging from $500K – $5MM.
  • Demonstrated success in writing and winning research and evaluation funding awards from federal funders (e.g. NIH, CDC, PCORII) and foundations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams, manage multiple projects, and direct high-level initiatives to drive results.
  • Deep research and analytical skills including mixed methods study design.
  • Ability to select and apply the appropriate methods to design and implementation of formal research studies, metrics tools, and evaluations.
  • Prior experience with human subjects research and Institutional Review Board compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research and evaluation to a general audience.
  • Strong commitment to CLF’s mission.


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

About CLF

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 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 “Director of Research and Partnerships” 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.