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Associate Vice President, Environmental Justice

  • Full Time
  • Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an Associate Vice President (VP) of Environmental Justice to join our team working for a healthy and thriving New England for all.  CLF’s Environmental Justice program works in partnership with communities, civic leaders, other advocacy groups and the private sector to advance CLF’s mission and create lasting and equitable change across the region.  Staff in the Environmental Justice program bring expertise in law, policy, and community organizing, to the most urgent challenges facing New England, from climate change to transportation justice and addressing the waste crisis.

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside and support the VP of Environmental Justice to set and implement programmatic and legal direction and priorities consistent with the organization’s Strategic Plan. Through excellent supervisory, delegation, legal, and organizational skills, as well as a keen knowledge of environmental laws and a passion for environmental justice, you will support the Vice President in guiding the team.

The position is strongly preferred to be based in Boston, MA, but being based in one of CLF’s other offices (Concord; New Hampshire, Montpelier, VT; New Haven, CT; Portland, ME, Providence, RI;) will be considered. There is also some opportunity for remote and flexible work within New England.

What you’ll do: 


  • Work alongside and support the VP, Environmental Justice to refine the vision and implementation strategy for CLF’s environmental justice program, ensuring it is aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities;
  • Support the VP’s vision by assisting with managing the day-to-day operations of the program, including assigning work, acting as a sounding board, and helping to solve problems;
  • Act as a senior member of the program team, including taking the lead on major cases/initiatives as assigned and being a resource to other members;
  • Engage in effective and inclusive management practices that support team members and ensure a healthy and inclusive workplace culture;
  • Assist with hiring, supervising, mentoring, and coaching of team members;
  • As needed, represent CLF and other parties in litigation and administrative proceedings;
  • Work closely with the team to build partnerships with people and communities most impacted by the issues we work on and where CLF policy, programmatic and legal actions will have the greatest impact;
  • Work with CLF’s development team and the VP on fundraising efforts;
  • Work with CLF’s finance team and the VP to develop and manage an annual program budget;
  • Work with CLF’s communications team and the VP on communications and marketing efforts; and
  • Represent CLF, the program, and/or the program VP before partner communities, public officials, supporters, and other audiences.


What you’ll need

  • A minimum of 8 years of legal experience, including litigation experience;
  • Substantial experience in managing people and projects;
  • A law degree and active bar membership in good standing in any state (New England state is preferred);
  • Experience working on environmental justice issues, preferably in the New England region;
  • Demonstrated success in navigating complex policy and programmatic initiatives;
  • Experience starting and building new initiatives, teams, or large-scale endeavors;
  • A collaborative leadership style, with proven ability to lead, manage, and support interdisciplinary teams;
  • Strong skills in networking, fundraising, financial management, and communications;
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Experience with zero waste and related issues is a strong plus.

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 starting salary range for this position if based in Boston is $110,000 – $135,000; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications and base location.

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

To Apply


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.

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