Program Assistant

Jul 02, 2019 Massachusetts

CLF has an immediate opening in its Boston office for a Program Assistant for the Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice program. The program assistant will play a central role in the operations and administration of the program, including coordinating its Legal Food Hub. CLF seeks a self-starter who thrives in a dynamic environment and welcomes the exciting challenges of working for a regional environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the mission of protecting New England’s environment and communities.

CLF’s Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice (HCEJ) program works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, overcome historic disinvestment and structural inequality, improve public health and social mobility, and reduce our waste stream to zero, as we advocate for a robust sustainable food economy and accessible, reliable, affordable transportation options.

Housed within the HCEJ program, the Legal Food Hub is focused on building a more resilient New England food system that is better for our environment and our communities. The Legal Food Hub program supports small, sustainable farms and local food entrepreneurs by providing free legal assistance through our network of pro bono attorneys and by developing educational materials. The Legal Food Hub operates in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and is launching in Vermont in partnership with Vermont Law School.

You will provide the following support to the HCEJ team:

  • Provide administrative support and coordination to the Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice team of attorneys, policy analysts, and other advocates;
  • Assist with research, writing, design, and distribution for reports, memos, and presentations;
  • Support event planning and execution, including setting up audiovisual for meetings;
  • Assist with expense reports, reimbursements, check requests, invoices;
  • Organize, prepare, and monitor court and administrative agency filings.
  • Review court/case deadlines and calendar for advocates; and
  • Work within the team of office assistants to cover reception and other administrative needs.

Duties related to the coordination of the Legal Food Hub:

  • Coordinate day-to-day operations of the Legal Food Hub, including our legal services and educational trainings for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and community organizations;
  • Conduct the Legal Food Hub’s pro bono case intake, connecting eligible participants to pro bono attorneys, and monitoring cases on an ongoing basis, as well as coordinating intake for the HCEJ program;
  • Maintain and update the Legal Food Hub’s case management database;
  • Support periodic program evaluation through participant and attorney survey and data analysis;
  • Support outreach to farm and food stakeholders and attorneys, including representing the Legal Food Hub at events and presenting about our services; and
  • Produce monthly reports on Legal Food Hub activity and providing reports to CLF’s communications and development teams as needed.

What you’ll need:

  • Passion for environmental, food, public health, and social justice work;
  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) plus a minimum of 2-5 years’ relevant office and/or program coordination experience;
  • Strong administrative capabilities, including proficiency with Microsoft Office;
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, and Clio or other case management software is a plus;
  • The ability to work independently and to simultaneously manage several projects at various stages of completion;
  • Commitment to taking on new skills and responsibilities and working collaboratively; and
  • The willingness to travel to farm and food events in New England, including limited evening and weekend engagements.

Salary and Benefits

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

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 “Program Assistant” the subject of your e-mail. The position is open until filled. No phone calls please.

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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.