Manager, Community Research

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Conservation Law Foundation

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Boston, MA, United States

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11 days ago

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Manager, Community Research to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Manager will work primarily with CLF’s Healthy and Resilient Communities team to lead day-to-day management of the Healthy Neighborhoods Study (HNS) in our Boston office, with some opportunity for remote work. The Study has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2015 and uses a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach where residents and community advocates work together with researchers and planners. With our research in greater Boston, we develop resources and test strategies for equitable, community-led development that promotes the well-being of residents and advances racial justice. The Manager will also provide limited support for other community research that supports CLF’s advocacy with community partners. We invite you to learn more about the work of HNS and CLF’s involvement here: and

What you’ll do:

  • Lead, manage, and collaborate with the 45-50 member Healthy Neighborhoods Research Collaborative (HNRC), including co-facilitators at MIT, Resident Researchers, organizational partners in nine communities, and institutional partners;
  • Take responsibility for planning and implementing the co-design of participatory research methods and mixed-method analysis models;
  • Design and oversee partners in data collection, ensuring research compliance and quality;
  • Work with partners to disseminate research findings to a wide array of audiences including grassroots, academia, philanthropy, public health, local government, urban planning, housing, economic development, transportation and community through community based events and activities, scholarly and editorial writing, web, case studies, storytelling, news media, conference presentations and workshops;
  • Support communities in translating the research findings into local and regional actions to help improve neighborhood conditions, housing development and health;
  • Oversee management of the HNS budget, contracts, and invoicing;
  • Communicate regularly with Resident Researchers and community partners via phone, email, text message, and zoom and in person meetings, including evenings and occasional weekends;
  • Support translation of findings, learnings, and PAR methods within CLF to inform other matters, programs, projects;
  • Participate in the building and evolution of a research practice within CLF.

What you’ll need

  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity, social justice and inclusion, required along with a deep understanding of the relationship between health and place;
  • Master's degree or equivalent in urban planning, public health, or related fields preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive applied or community-based research required; S trong command of community-based participatory research approaches (including but not limited to CBPR, Participatory Action Research, popular education, social participation, civic engagement, ) required;
  • Experience designing research to advance social justice;
  • Experience in the design and management of qualitative and quantitative data analysis processes, including data entry, coding, cleaning, modeling and analysis preferred;
  • Experience using research in an applied/translational manner to drive systems transformation and/or social justice;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, facilitation, and relationship building skills; Demonstrated ability to lead diverse cross-disciplinary teams that include academic, institutional, and community partners;
  • Genuine enjoyment working in teams and with partners from various backgrounds in a long-term collaborative manner required;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Experience with survey data management systems (i.e. RedCap, Qualtrics) required, and other data analysis systems such as, but not limited to: SAS, STATA, Tableau, R, GIS, Altas, is a plus;
  • Ability to travel to HNS communities across metro-Boston via public and personal transportation, including evenings and occasional weekends.

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 and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The base salary for the position is $86,250; 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.