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 http://myneu.neu.edu to apply.
Root Cause Fellowships
Root Cause seeks young professionals who are eager to learn about and contribute to the field of social innovation for fellowship positions ranging from 12-18 months. Fellows are typically recent college graduates with one to two years of postgraduate work experience. Fellows join Root Cause for 12-18 months as full-time, salaried employees with benefits. Current fellows work on cross-sector collaborations such as the Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative and the Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement.
We currently have one fellowship position open. To learn more, please go to:
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.