Senior Fellows Program Director

Conservation Law Foundation Published: August 3, 2020
Boston, MA
Job Type
Legal / Program Management /

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~  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.

Position Overview

Conservation Law Foundation is seeking a part-time (3 days/week) Program Director to leads its Senior Fellows Program. This position is based in CLF’s Boston office. 

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.

What you’ll do:

The Senior Fellows Program’s mission is to enhance and expand CLF’s impact by harnessing the volunteer capacity of seasoned professionals who contribute their considerable experience and skill to protecting New England’s environment. The program engages mid- and late-career lawyers and other professionals who are available to donate their time and expertise during a professional transition such as returning from a career break, switching from private sector to nonprofit work, or moving into retirement. 

As the Senior Fellows Program Director, you will play a critical role in helping us produce positive outcomes for Senior Fellows and for CLF by:

  • Building out a dynamic, diverse and impactful team of Senior Fellows;
  • Collaborating with CLF staff to identify organizational needs and match Senior Fellows with appropriate assignments;
  • Facilitating productive working relationships between Senior Fellows and staff;
  • Documenting the amount and impact of Senior Fellows’ contributions;
  • Developing and participating in relevant training and volunteer engagement events; and
  • Leading efforts to secure long-term funding for the program.

What you’ll need:

We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter who is able to work both independently and as a productive team member of a talented and diverse group of advocates dedicated to CLF’s mission and distributed across five offices in New England.

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

  • 8-10 years of experience practicing law and/or a related field;
  • 3-5 years of experience leading a program or department within an organization, preferably including experience working closely with Human Resources;
  • A strategic mindset and proven ability to develop and implement new processes and programs;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail and strong administrative capabilities, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Office 365);
  • A J.D. or graduate degree in a related field;
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; and/or
  • Enthusiasm for CLF’s mission to protect New England’s health and environment for all.


  • CLF offers a competitive non-profit salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply

  • If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please click "Apply" below to email 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”).
  • Please make “Program Director, Senior Fellows Program” the subject of your e-mail.
  • The position will remain open until filled.
  • No phone calls please.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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