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Director of Operations- Boston, MA

Organization: The Conservation Law Foundation

Position Title: Director of Operations

Location: 62 Summer St, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, United States

Hours and Compensation: Full time, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: September 20, 2013


Organization Overview

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 also communities 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.

Founded in 1966, CLF is recognized nationwide for taking on complex issues, sticking with them and getting results that make New England a better place to live, visit and do business, including: cleaning up Boston Harbor, restoring New England’s cod population, blocking oil and gas drilling on Georges Bank, preserving wilderness areas in Vermont and New Hampshire, reducing emissions from cars and trucks, laying the groundwork for widespread implementation of renewable energy, and winning some of the country’s strongest protections for clean air and clean water. CLF is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks an experienced, strategic-minded, personable and team-oriented director of operations to advance our mission by effectively managing the functioning and professional growth of staff in our operations department and by improving operations across the organization.  Reporting to the president and serving on the management team, the director of operations will be charged with managing and continuously improving the operations of CLF’s human resources, facilities, office management, information systems, and administrative support.  The director of operations will lead, mentor, and build the capabilities of a four-person operations team, and work closely to the same end with five office managers and other administrative staff.  She or he will work closely with the president and other members of CLF’s senior management team to ensure that operational objectives are met and that they are seamlessly integrated with the business needs of the organization.  Additionally, this director will demonstrate strategic vision, strong systematic understanding in operational matters, and a commitment to the advancement of CLF’s mission of protecting New England’s environment for the benefit of all people.  As a member of senior management, the director of operations will help CLF become a more inclusive, equitable and diverse organization, to more effectively advance our mission.  She or he will be an effective team-builder with exceptional people and customer service skills.  Candidates will have experience in an operational management position ideally in the nonprofit sector.  This is a full time exempt position based in Boston, MA.


Supervise managers/coordinators of the operations department;

•Serve as the operations team leader and represent the interest and needs of the operations department to CLF management;

•Oversee and develop CLF’s policies and procedures pertaining to operations, informations systems, human resources, purchasing, and facilities management;

•Work closely with director of finance to develop operations budget, insurance policies, and lease and maintenance agreements;

•Serve on the management team along with vice presidents of development and communications & marketing, director of finance and executive vice president of programs;

•Provide assistance to executive vice president on improving operations relating to programmatic work;

•Manage human resource function as it pertains to recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance evaluations and training and development;

•Collaborate with advocacy center and program directors in CLF’s five states on operational planning and strategy;

•Define and recommend objectives in each area of operations, identifying both short-term and long-term plans and programs, together with supporting budget requests and financial estimates;

•Ensure that duties, responsibilities, and authority and accountability of all direct subordinates are clearly defined and understood;

•Oversee ongoing functionality of the time tracking system for CLF’s advocacy staff, particularly as it pertains to fee recovery cases;

•Perform other management and administrative duties as needed


5-7 years experience in a managerial position ideally in a nonprofit environment;

•MBA or equivalent advanced degree in management or nonprofit management;

•Solid background in information systems, office administration, human resources, and facilities management as well as a working knowledge of finance;

•Superior analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;

•Strong written and oral communications skills, attention to details and high level of comfort with deadlines;

•Proven ability to recruit, train, and motivate employees;

•Willingness to travel to state offices within New England with occasional nighttime and weekend work;

•An understanding of environmental issues and a background in environmental studies or advocacy are a plus;

•Experience and success working with communities of color and low-income communities highly desired;

•Ability to establish credibility and be decisive in sensitive and challenging situations;

•Well developed interpersonal and customer service skills coupled with a good sense of humor.

How to Apply

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to No phone calls please.

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