Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Jan 17, 2020 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Senior Vice President, Special Projects (SVP Special Projects) to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The SVP Special Projects reports directly to the president and is a transitional role, expected to span six to nine months. The SVP Special Projects will be responsible for CLF’s successful completion of, transition to, and early implementation of the new strategic and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plans now in their final stages of development.

What you’ll do:

The SVP Special Projects will:

  • Lead the completion and implementation of CLF’s strategic plan and the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plan, in collaboration with the senior leadership team.
  • Develop recommendations for, and lead the creation and implementation of, a new and robust human resources (HR) function for the organization, responsive to needs identified in the strategic and DEI plans, incorporating best practices, appropriate use of outsourcing, and a revamped, timely, and efficient hiring process that will give paramount importance to the success of CLF’s DEI plan.
  • Develop recommendations for, and lead implementation of, both near-term and long-term measures and procedures for holding the organization’s leadership and managers accountable and measuring success in accordance with objectives and priorities established in the strategic and DEI plans.
  • Lead the hiring process for immediate finance, human resources and administration positions.
  • Lead the hiring process for new positions that emerge from the strategic plan.
  • Maintain effective avenues of continuing input from senior managers and staff to enhance organizational engagement and morale.
  • Perform related duties to advance organizational excellence and advocacy success.

What you’ll need:

The SVP Special Projects should present:

  • Experience and qualifications as a nonprofit leader at the senior executive or management level commensurate with the challenges presented by the position.
  • A history of commitment to organizational excellence.
  • Experience facilitating and implementing a large-scale strategic planning effort.
  • The ability to inspire a diverse and talented staff during a period of organizational change and advocacy ambition.
  • The professional confidence to take on an ambitious set of challenges and the risk inherent in a position of limited duration.


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 “SVP, Special Projects” 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.