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  • Full Time
  • Boston, MA
Conservation Law Foundation


Conservation Law Foundation

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Director of Research and Metrics to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Director of Research and Metrics will bring expertise in qualitative and quantitative analysis and translational and applied research to strengthen CLF’s advocacy within historically marginalized communities in New England. They will bring knowledge of scientific practice and serve as CLF’s chief advocate in curating the research, evidence, and data needed to advance our mission across New England. One immediate goal for this role is to lead our Climate Accountability Metrics Initiative supported by a multi-million-dollar Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.

The position is strongly preferred to be based in Boston, MA, but being based in one of CLF’s other offices (Concord, NH; 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

The Director of Research and Metrics will manage a small research team, lead CLF’s metrics initiatives, including our HealthScore tool, as well as oversee the development of a portfolio of translational science and community engaged research activities. The Director will work with the Manager of Community Engaged Research and other CLF advocates to design and implement community-engaged research and advocacy projects across CLF’’s programs. Based in CLF’s Healthy and Resilient Communities Program, the Director will work on cross-program and cross-disciplinary teams to:


  • Lead citizen science, metrics and research efforts at the nexus of science, community, and environmental policy;
  • Bring expertise and trainings to cross-disciplinary and cross-program teams to leverage metrics, community-engaged research, and engagement to inform CLF advocacy and communications campaigns;
  • Promote the use of metrics and research methods as tools to support the greater environmental movement that centers communities most harmed by environmental and climate impacts;
  • Sustain and cultivate research partnerships with academic institutions and researchers, non-profit and grassroots community-based organizations, private and public sector partners, and local residents;
  • Assist in fundraising efforts to sustain metrics, community-engaged research, and CLF’s advocacy based on science;
  • Enhance CLF’s applied research expertise and capacity through external partnerships, such as community groups, think tanks, and other academic scientists;
  • Contribute to CLF’s commitment to diversity, equity and

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:


  • An advanced degree in public health, public policy, urban planning,, economics or related field and related experience in public health and/or environmental health;
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience leading applied or translational research initiatives or metrics initiatives, supervising staff, managing multiple projects, and directing high-level initiatives;
  • Understanding of, and experience with, the principles and practice of community-engaged research and/or participatory action research;
  • Experience devising and executing statistical modeling techniques;
  • Experience developing research questions and methods in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and quantitative skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in authentic and democratically oriented community partnership-building;
  • On the ground field experience with communities that have been racially and economically marginalized;
  • Experience cultivating and managing research budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research and science to a general audience;
  • Strong commitment to CLF’s mission, including its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Knowledge of and experience with environmental and health metrics frameworks, including Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is preferred.


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.

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.

Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The starting salary range for the position if based in Boston is $110,000-$132,000 and if based outside of Boston is $99,000 – $119,000; actual salary and level 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

To apply for this exciting position, click on the link below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your cover letter and resume.

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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