Director of Research & Partnerships

Oct 01, 2020 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Director of Research and Partnerships to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Director of Research and Partnerships will serve as the organization’s chief scientific advocate, building a robust scientific practice and curating the research, evidence, and data needed to advance our mission across New England.   

What you’ll do

CLF’s new strategic plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2020, includes the following goal: “Establish and embed research, evaluation and learning into all aspects of CLF’s work in order to foster a culture of continuous learning, collaboration and assessment of organizational impact.” The keystone investment to this end is the hiring of a senior-level scientist as Director of Research and Partnerships who will lead and direct CLF’s scientific research and evaluation work internally; build and strengthen our external network across the vast scientific talent pool in the region, particularly at the major graduate schools of public health; and curate an effective science advisory committee as an adjunct to CLF management and governance.

The Director of Research and Partnerships will:

  • Serve as the organization’s chief advocate for CLF’s scientific and translational research work, including the Healthy Neighborhood Study, a longitudinal Participatory Action Research study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
  • Recruit and manage a team of staff, consultants, and a science advisory committee;
  • Sustain and cultivate research partnerships with academic institutions and researchers, government agencies, non-profit and grassroots community-based organizations, private and public sector partners, and local residents;
  • Guide assessment of CLF’s success and impact under the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Pursue funding opportunities to sustain the director position, expand on current research and evaluation efforts, and build CLF’s scientific presence in New England and nationally.

What you’ll need

We are looking for a motivated self-starter who is excited to grow CLF’s scientific capabilities through collaboration with our staff and a range of external partners. 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:

  • Advanced degree in natural, social, or health sciences, public policy, or economics and related experience in public health and/or environmental health (preferably a PhD focused on translational/applied rather than academic research);
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience leading applied or translational research initiatives, supervising staff, and managing Institutional Review Board compliance for human subjects research;
  • Demonstrated expertise in health equity, population health, and/or environmental issues;
  • Experience cultivating and managing research budgets ranging from $500K – $5MM;
  • Demonstrated success in writing and winning research and evaluation grant awards from public and private funders 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 for the purpose of promoting advocacy and community action, and experience developing research questions and methods in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams;
  • Ability to select and apply the appropriate methods for design and implementation of formal research studies, metrics tools, and evaluations;
  • 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.