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Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For over fifty years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster. Greenpeace does not accept funds from any corporations or government entities, safeguarding our independence and ability to speak the truth and act boldly. We recognize the importance of the moment: ours is the first generation to understand and experience the impacts of climate change and global scale ecosystem destruction, and the last generation with a window of time to do something about it.

If you are a world changer, Greenpeace needs you. The Climate Campaign Director is responsible for the development of the long-term GPUS climate campaign strategy, ensuring it aligns with the goals identified in the Greenpeace network's Global Framework and that relevant campaign projects advance that strategy in measurable ways. The Climate Campaign Director will serve as the public face and voice of climate work for Greenpeace US and as a strategic advisor and thought partner to program leadership and project teams across the organization. They will collaborate with colleagues across Greenpeace's global network to inform and advance an international climate agenda, and its link to domestic US climate policy and globally-important fossil fuel actors based in the US. They will understand the necessity for climate action to be interwoven with and translated across broader social movements, including inextricable interconnectedness to environmental justice, and to the right to protest and secure the democratic space for dissent.

The ideal candidate will be a bold, strategic and passionate visionary, who can implement innovative and forward-thinking leadership to identify and amplify the impactful connections between our climate work and our Anti-SLAPP Campaign and be able to take a hands-on approach to building the future climate program at Greenpeace USA. At Greenpeace USA, we know we cannot advance any of our campaigns to end fossil fuel hegemony or save our oceans unless we toxify and defeat this dirty legal tactic designed to silence our ability to fight for a green and just future. The Climate Campaign Director will understand the urgency of the moment, the geopolitical landscape, and avenues for driving change. They will be able to scan the environment for strategic opportunities that enable alignment of our climate work with our organizational priorities to have real impact through strategic campaigns, movement building and people power.

This Climate Campaign Directoris a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, hybrid position, based in any authorized Greenpeace state: CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, VA, WA, and ideally based in Washington, DC or Oakland, CA. This role will report to the National Campaigns Director.

The Climate Campaign Director is responsible for:

  • Developing and communicating a compelling vision and strategy for our climate work including medium- and long term (5+ years) campaign strategies, and ensuring the interconnectivity and coordination of this body of our work with our larger campaign portfolio.
  • Ensuring that Greenpeace staff, at all levels of the organization, have a clear understanding of our climate strategy, what we are trying to achieve, and how they can contribute to our work.
  • Cultivating the capabilities of teams and individuals for prioritization and data-informed decision making, with a sharp strategic analysis of how to leverage opportunities for the greatest impact.
  • Serving as a strategic adviser to project teams and senior management on climate issues. Ensuring projects are aligned with long term campaign strategies. Providing regular hands-on support during project design and launch, while empowering project teams to drive implementation.
  • Working closely with project staff to evaluate results and adjust approaches as appropriate.
  • Collaborating with other campaign directors as well as the colleagues in other departments to create a compelling and cohesive narrative for Greenpeace's work and specifically how the climate campaign contributes to a broader narrative about our identity and work.
  • Maintaining awareness of issues and trends in environmental, racial justice, social change, and democracy movements including their intersections with climate issues to identify emergent trends and disruptions within the context of ongoing campaign activities.
  • Maintaining a broad network of allies, experts, and high level contacts.
  • Building relationships with foundations, major donors and help achieve our fundraising goals.
  • Representing the organization publicly, including media interviews, speaking events, and writing.
  • Working with international colleagues to develop collaborative projects that amplify the impact of Greenpeace's work in the US and around the world.
  • Ensuring a strong commitment to the organization's values of embedding justice and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion both internally and externally.

Minimum requirements for the Climate Campaign Director include but are not limited to the following:

  • At least 8-10 years of experience in public interest campaigning with in-depth knowledge of the contemporary US and global cultural, political, and social economic issues related to climate change, with a proven track record of movement building and the ability to navigate complex policy landscapes
  • Able and willing to travel and as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead complex and diverse teams to achieve ambitious results, ideally in areas with a focus on climate change through a people power and social justice lens
  • Sound judgment and willingness to make tough and strategic decisions when confronted with difficult choices
  • Able to quickly build trust, credibility, and goodwill with a wide range of audiences, including staff, allies, supporters, and Board members, and across lines of race, gender, class and other identities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from other departments, demonstrated value for other organizational functions
  • Can thoughtfully navigate issues related to racial justice & equity and brings a deep commitment to advancing these values. Able to identify ways that bias impacts management and can develop processes that mitigate biased outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to think both strategically and creatively, using data and audience understanding to design people-powered campaigns and adapting to nimbly in responsive situations
  • Strong communication skills - ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people both verbally and in writing; public speaking skills; ability to make effective presentations and communication across different cultures and contexts
  • Strong project leadership and project planning skills to enable the delivery of projects to time, to budget and to deliver clear objectives; ability to build and manage teams
  • Demonstrated understanding of effective online communication to diverse audiences, across many channels; ability to represent Greenpeace and our work effectively to media, Greenpeace donors and others as needed
  • Ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Commitment to progressive values and peaceful direct action as a means to effect change
  • Commitment to the well-being and growth of team members. Through active engagement with the team, providing support, and creating opportunities for their professional development.
  • Ability to build strong authentic relationships, promote open communication, and foster a positive work environment
  • Commitment to the values and vision of Greenpeace and ready to roll up to their sleeves to contribute to making Greenpeace the highest impact organization possible

Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact

COVID - 19:

As of Q3 2022, most Greenpeace employees are working from home due to COVID-19. In accordance with Greenpeace values to maintain a safe and healthy working environment, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees, supporters, and the community at large from COVID-19. Current and future employees in need of an exemption from this policy for medical reasons, or because of sincerely held religious beliefs may request exemption. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Greenpeace undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pretax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 6% 401K matching. New staff members receive 3 weeks vacation, 10 sick days, 2 personal days in their first year. Additionally we are closed Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. For more information, check out our benefits plan. After 1 year of service staff members receive 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave and after five years, staff are eligible for a 12 week paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.

The starting salary for this position is anticipated to be $110,000 to $143,000 and is commensurate with experience.