About Root Cause

Career Opportunities

Root Cause is made up of passionate, smart, and collaborative employees who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We combine our academic knowledge (in fields such as developmental psychology, international relations, sociology, and industrial engineering, etc.) with practical work experience in nonprofits, business, philanthropy, and/or government.

Root Cause works with both regional and national organizations. An increasing number of our projects are multi-year, multi-stakeholder engagements where we work hand-in-hand with our nonprofit, foundation, and/or government clients toward the creation of systemic and sustained social impact.

The fast-paced and entrepreneurial nature of our work creates many opportunities to learn and grow, positively affect the future direction of our clients, and contribute to the direction and success of Root Cause in meaningful ways. The small size of our firm also allows our staff to set stretch goals and receive increasing responsibility, with the support and guidance of their supervisors. New hires will join a small dedicated, group of people who are passionate, smart, and collaborative and come from a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Our work culture is collegial, entrepreneurial, and flexible. We host monthly social events, ranging from luncheons to after-work outings.

Root Cause is located at 50 Milk Street in Boston’s financial district. We are based in a dynamic co-working space called CIC Boston (, which brings together innovators from the fields of social enterprise, food, design, technology, health and more.


Open Positions

Manager, Advisory Services 

Root Cause seeks a Manager to help project teams deliver consulting services and drive systemic, sustained impact in the fields of education, health, and financial well-being. Managers play an active role in all stages of client service delivery – scoping projects; keeping Root Cause and client team members on track; researching questions with no easy answers; sharing insights with government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders; and identifying solutions to help organizations increase their impact.

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Associate, Advisory Services 

Root Cause seeks an Associate to play a critical role in our client engagements. Responsibilities of an Associate include collecting research and analyzing findings, developing insights and drafting deliverables, communicating with clients, and keeping Root Cause team members on track through effective coordination and project management. Associates are valued team members who own independent areas of work while also actively supporting the work of their colleagues.

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Director of Communications (Contract) 

We are currently accepting applications for a Director of Communications, a part-time, contract role. The Director will work to re-launch our messaging and brand and build our communications platform. We seek to hire a seasoned executive leader to provide communications expertise, help us to develop a strategy, and work with our staff to deliver our messaging clearly and concisely. We are seeking candidates to work with us on a contract basis for six months up to 20 hours per week through May/June 2018, with the possibility of extension or renewal of the contract. 

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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 social sector. 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. They also set learning goals and objectives for their time at Root Cause and work closely with their supervisors to achieve them. Open positions are posted on Northeastern University's web-based job search database myNEU COOL. Please go to to apply.

Volunteer with Root Cause

Root Cause welcomes inquiries of interest from volunteers who would like to explore the nonprofit research and consulting space and learn more about Root Cause's work in creating systemic and sustained social impact. Volunteers may be undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates, or professionals in transition.

The number of hours worked per week and the length of service required 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.