Policy and Political Director

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago


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.


The Policy & Political Director is the project lead for Greenpeace USA's political project and serves as our lead on high level D.C. relationships and strategies. Our political project engages Greenpeace's unique capabilities and our robust volunteer base to shift the public debate toward a fossil fuel phaseout and a just transition away from fossil fuels. As our lead in D.C. the Policy & Political Director will help connect Greenpeace campaign teams to key policy makers and allies and inform our strategic engagement with them. The Policy & Political Director is a member of the leadership team in the Campaigns Subdepartment, part of the Program Superdepartment and reports to the National Campaigns Director.

The Policy & Political Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Leading our Political Project Team and developing its strategic project plan, including goals, objectives, and key results
  • Managing the project budget
  • Establishing, tasking and leading the project team
  • Ensuring the project output contributes to achieving expected outcomes, including through movement building, fundraising and engagement metrics
  • Calling, planning and managing project meetings and ensuring timely decisions are made
  • Conducting monitoring, evaluation and learning processes throughout the project
  • Managing communication to and from the project team and integrating across the organization, building bridges that strengthen the project
  • Managing the relationship with any 'satellites' to the project, e.g advisory groups, outside experts, and other stakeholders
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with key policymakers in the Administration, key leaders on climate and the environment among Members of Congress and their staff, and allies in Washington, D.C.
  • Serving as Greenpeace's lead at D.C. based tables and convenings
  • Other tasks as assigned by the National Campaigns Director

Minimum Requirements of the Policy & Political Director include:

  • Significant experience (8+ years) in political, legislative, policy and/or regulatory campaigns
  • Deep and broad relationships in Washington, D.C. among policymakers and change-makers
  • Experience developing and executing strategic campaign plans
  • Campaign leadership experience. Experience leading people-powered or public engagement campaigns preferred
  • Strong relationships in the climate and environmental justice movements
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities at once, including both short-term responsiveness and long-term capacity-building
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, progressive values and the principles and practice of peaceful non-violent direct action as a means to effect change
  • Demonstrated commitment to the organization's values on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety
  • Commitment to addressing the root causes of environmental and climate issues

Additional qualifications for the Policy & Political Director include, but are not limited to:

  • At least eight (8) years of experience in environmental, climate or related campaigning
  • Strong project leadership and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including both written and interpersonal
  • Positive attitude and excellent relationship building skills
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack, Asana, Zoom
  • Excellent spoken and written English

If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate.

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 resumes@greenpeace.org.

COVID - 19:
  • As of Q1 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.

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.

Salary for this position starts at $110,400 and is commensurate with experience.