About Root Cause

Career Opportunities

At Root Cause, we cultivate a fast-paced, intellectually curious, and dynamic culture. Our team is passionate about improving the performance of organizations-and the funders that invest in them.

We achieve this through a variety of challenging work. Whether consulting with innovative organizations that need the right tools to reach their next level of impact, researching the best practices for tackling tough social issues, or analyzing program performance for funders and nonprofits that wish to deepen their impact, our team works hand in hand with our client partners to increase social impact.

Every Root Cause team brings together practitioners with hands-on experience running nonprofits or small businesses and experts in management consulting and research with strong analytical skills-offering a potent blend of the conceptual and the pragmatic.

Root Cause employees are high achievers from a variety of professional backgrounds. Associates have studied subjects ranging from linguistics and economics to cognitive science and international relations. They often go on to top graduate schools including Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan. Senior managers come with graduate degrees in business administration, education, social work, and other related fields, combined with extensive work experience in nonprofits, business, philanthropy, and/or government. What we share in common is a passion for shaping the future of social problem solving.

We take pride in our fun and collegial office environment. As a small organization, we are fortunate that we can work closely across departments and build lasting friendships. Our Culture Committee hosts professional development workshops, happy hours, sporting events, our annual Thanksgiving potluck, and an annual holiday party to foster a collaborative culture.

Root Cause offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. We have an inclusive and diverse work environment. Based at 11 Avenue de Lafayette in Boston's bustling Downtown Crossing, our office is easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, theater, and recreation.

If you are passionate about accelerating sustainable social impact and want to work in a team-oriented, energetic, and entrepreneurial environment, please apply for one of our open positions. See below.

Open Career Opportunities

Root Cause/Northeastern University Co-op Partnership

Root Cause partners with Northeastern University through the University's unique co-op program. The Root Cause Co-op Program is designed to give Northeastern undergraduates a broad overview of Root Cause's work and introduce them to the field of social innovation. Co-ops work as full-time, stipended Root Cause employees for approximately six months. Co-ops actively participate in the day-to-day work of Root Cause as integral team members in many different departments. Open positions are posted on Northeastern University's web-based job search database myNEU COOL. Please go to to apply.

Root Cause Fellowships

Root Cause Fellowships give recent college graduates/young professionals the opportunity to learn about and contribute to improving the performance of nonprofit, public and philanthropic institutions. Fellows work on projects that help Root Cause advance its vision; receive guidance and support to develop skills in project management, professional relationship development and communications, and research; meet and network with leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and business sectors; and join a dynamic group of team members who are all working passionately towards social change. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process and work for 12-18 months as full-time salaried employees at Root Cause. Past fellows have gone on to top graduate school programs, nonprofit and for-profit careers, and permanent positions at Root Cause.

Volunteer with Root Cause

Root Cause has a number of volunteer positions available for those who would like to explore the research and consulting space in the nonprofit sector and learn more about Root Cause's role in the social impact market. We welcome all candidates who are interested in learning about and helping nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business work together to advance solutions to today's toughest social issues. Volunteers are exposed to a diverse array of projects and work closely with senior staff within and outside of their appointed department. They are also able to attend various events, meetings, and networking opportunities.

Volunteer positions have been developed at two levels with particular responsibilities and qualifications in mind. Root Cause Residents are graduate students or seasoned professionals, and Root Cause Interns are undergraduate students or recent college graduates. In both cases, volunteers have the opportunity to build upon their current experiences and expertise to further develop their skillsets and expand their networks.

The number of hours worked per week and the length of service are flexible, but we would prefer that volunteers make a commitment between 3-12 months. Root Cause may be able to provide a small monthly stipend and/or cover public transportation costs. Root Cause is also happy to assist students with any necessary paperwork and comply with any guidelines for programs and/or scholarships that provide additional funding. We do not have any open positions at this time. Active searches will be listed below as they become available.