Vice President for Connecticut

Jan 03, 2022 Connecticut

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Vice President for Connecticut to join our team working for a healthy and thriving New England for all. 

This is an exciting opportunity to establish a new CLF office and advisory board, and lead CLF’s expanding presence in Connecticut. The Vice President for Connecticut will be responsible for developing and implementing CLF’s statewide advocacy to advance the organization’s strategic priorities for climate, community, conservation, and change leadership in Connecticut across six programs: Clean Energy and Climate Change; Healthy and Resilient Communities; Environmental Justice; Clean Air and Water; Strategic Litigation; and Oceans. 

The position is based in Connecticut (specific office location TBD), with some opportunity for remote and flexible work within Connecticut.

What you’ll do:

  • Introduce and lead CLF’s environmental advocacy agenda through the establishment of a new office in Connecticut
  • Identify, recruit, and build a diverse advisory board that includes donors and other community representatives; steward the Advisory Board to maximize impact, visibility, and efficacy of CLF’s advocacy in Connecticut;
  • Develop, refine, and implement Connecticut’s advocacy strategy to advance CLF’s strategic goals and objectives throughout the state;
  • Work closely with other senior staff to facilitate and coordinate the work of staff working on campaigns, litigation, legislation, and other matters in Connecticut as part of a regional strategy;
  • Represent CLF in the Connecticut legislature, legal and regulatory proceedings, public forums, media events, and conferences;
  • Build relationships and work closely with community partners who inform and support CLF’s advocacy;
  • Participate on CLF’s Senior Team to provide feedback on CLF’s internal and external policies and strategies;
  • Work closely with CLF’s communications staff on media and press opportunities to highlight Connecticut advocacy and campaigns;
  • Manage CLF’s Connecticut team of staff, interns, and volunteers; and
  • Work closely with CLF’s development staff to cultivate and expand membership, foundation support, and individual giving towards annual fundraising goals.

What you’ll need

  • A minimum of five years of advocacy or related experience in environment, social justice, civil rights, or other issues relevant to CLF’s work;
  • A law degree and Connecticut bar membership, and substantial experience in working with and overseeing lawyers and policy experts;
  • Demonstrated success in navigating complex policy, legal, legislative and regulatory matters in both adversarial and consensus-building contexts;
  • Ability to take complicated policy, legal, legislative and regulatory matters and make them accessible to non-legal audiences
  • Experience for starting and building new initiatives or large-scale endeavors;
  • Enthusiasm and leadership skills to establish a new office and introduce CLF’s environmental advocacy agenda;
  • Experience in developing productive relationships with policymakers and a broad range of peer organizations;
  • Strong skills in networking and fundraising, and willingness to build media relations skills;
  • A collaborative leadership style, with proven ability to lead, manage, and support interdisciplinary teams; and
  • Personal and professional commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 statehouses, courthouses, boardrooms, regulatory hearings, and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF frequently works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately from 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.


CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.   The base salary for this position is $115,000.00; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

We recognize the value of work-life balance and also strive to create opportunities for growth for all employees through professional development.

To Apply

If this 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 “VP for Connecticut” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.