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Director of Community Resilience, Boston

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Director of Community Resilience, Boston

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Boston, MA, 02110-1016
United States

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Director of Community Resilience to join our Healthy and Resilient Communities Program (HRC) working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Director is responsible for managing CLF’s Boston Harbor public access initiative and providing direction and management of CLF’s regional climate adaptation and resilience advocacy. This position will be based in CLF’s Boston office with some opportunity for remote work.

CLF is dedicated to ensuring that New England communities are prepared for and safe from the impacts of climate change, particularly frontline and environmental justice communities who will be hit first and worst. We are simultaneously committed to ensuring that all New Englanders benefit from the region’s precious natural resources including our waterfronts and waterways, parks and green spaces, urban forests, and more. You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission.

What you’ll do

  • Refine the vision and implementation strategy for CLF’s Community Resilience work, ensuring it is aligned with the CLF’s strategic priorities;
  • Manage CLF’s Boston Harbor public access initiative, which seeks to make the waterfront equitable, accessible, and safe from climate change risks;
  • Review and evaluate proposals for new development, infrastructure, and other projects in Boston to ensure compliance with regulatory standards for waterfront access and climate resilience goals;
  • Build and participate in partnerships, alliances, and coalitions among regional, state, and local stakeholders;
  • Comment and testify on legislation, administrative rules, state and federal permits, and other state and federal agency actions;
  • Represent CLF when engaging with partner organizations and communities, public officials, supporters, and other audiences;
  • Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces and communicate about advocacy work through news and social media outlets;
  • Work with CLF’s communications team to deliver advocacy news and key messages to the press, our members, and the public;
  • Work with CLF’s development team to identify and cultivate philanthropic and individual support and prepare grant proposals, project budgets, and reports;
  • Support the Vice President of HRC with program management, staffing plans, and strategic priority setting;
  • Supervise team members and facilitate the smooth operation of our organization; and
  • Contribute to CLF’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and organizational excellence.

What you’ll need

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • At least 8 years of relevant experience;
  • A J.D. or a master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Health, or a related field;
  • Experience supervising team members and supporting their development;
  • A passion and commitment to the environment, public health, and/or social justice;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to explain your analysis orally and in writing that is easily understood by non-technical audiences and to communicate that analysis to a variety of audiences;
  • Experience using ArcGIS or equivalent geospatial software is a plus;
  • Strong organizational, project management, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and partners;
  • Passion for CLF’s mission; and
  • Commitment to 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.

Salary & Benefits

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 the position is $87,500; 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.

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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