Talent Acquisition Team Lead

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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.


Greenpeace is known for its creative communications and non violent direct action - and for the people behind them. As part of our Talent Acquisition team, you're charged with finding highly skilled candidates who bring an activist spirit, strong leadership capabilities, a hunger for engagement with people and have a wide diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences. Reporting to the Deputy People & Culture Director, the Talent Acquisition Team Lead is responsible for collaborating with managers and external partners to attract, recruit, develop and retain the best talent; ensuring that Greenpeace can seamlessly achieve its mission now and in the future. The Talent Acquisition Team Lead will lead the implementation of our talent acquisition strategies and align them with organizational objectives, often reengineering processes and procedures or building them from the ground up. This role works very closely with Greenpeace leadership and is responsible for providing consistent and proactive leadership and direction on recruitment and onboarding procedures, practices, policies and benefits.

Greenpeace values equity and diversity, both internally and throughout our efforts worldwide. This role will serve as a champion for equity and diversity in recruitment, hiring, and selection, and in the development, implementation, and evaluation of internal practices and policies. Your role is not only to find the most highly-skilled talent in the market, but also ensure representation of the highly-skilled talent that has been historically excluded in the environmental movement.

We are looking for a people-centered Talent Acquisition or Diversity, Equity & Inclusion professional who has a knack for identifying, recruiting and retaining highly skilled talent. This role will be a good fit if you are a self starter, creative and driven, with communication savvy that allows you to develop lasting relationships across a wide diversity of people and networks. You are passionate about justice and equity and unafraid to disrupt recruitment and selection processes to challenge our staff and managers to prioritize equity and overcome implicit bias. Most importantly, you have the intellectual curiosity, problem solving capability and courage to challenge the status quo to ensure equitable outcomes in all of our talent acquisition operations.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC.

The Talent Acquisition Team Lead will:

  • Manage the Talent Acquisition team, providing timely feedback, coaching, and mentoring, fostering an environment of continuous evaluation and learning
  • Develop and operationalize efficient recruitment strategies that will attract quality and candidates from historically excluded backgrounds and lived experiences
  • Track and analyze key metrics for consideration to drive continuous improvement and to make better recruitment decisions to improve quality of hires
  • Partner with hiring managers to create accurate job descriptions that include the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for each role
  • Provide training and coaching to hiring managers on just recruitment practices and hold them accountable to ensuring policies and timelines are followed
  • Develop and implement strategies that define and articulate Greenpeace USA's image, organizational culture, employee value proposition, and key differentiators
  • Develop a robust online career center and social recruitment presence that will attract diverse and qualified talent
  • Work to advance the market position of the organization to attract quality candidates through community outreach, social media, professional engagement, and networking
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with vendors, external training partners, community networks, special interest groups, and allied organizations
  • Proactively identify a diverse pool of strong talent for current and future leadership positions through candidate relationship management
  • Champion talent acquisition policies and practices rooted in justice
  • Responsible for managing, improving and deploying the organization's onboarding program ensuring a consistent and highly effective onboarding experience for new employees
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensure organization's compliance
  • Perform special projects and other responsibilities as assigned

The Minimum Requirements for the Talent Acquisition Team Lead are:

  • 4+ years of full cycle recruitment and talent acquisition experience
  • 2+ years of designing and executing diversity and equity strategies to achieve strategic goals and objectives
  • Experience with Applicant Tracking systems, social media, and recruiting process workflows

Other qualifications include:

  • Knowledge, expertise, and creativity in developing targeted sourcing plans including social networking sites, college campuses, driving internal referral programs, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, judgment and integrity coupled with high degree of integrity and trust; able to successfully partner with managers and leaders across the organization to effectively address issues, develop solutions and implement programs
  • Excellent presentation, project management, and facilitation skills
  • Managing multiple and changing priorities effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within teams
  • Capacity to effectively establish relationships and build rapport with senior leadership.
  • Ability to navigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and bring a deep commitment to advancing these values
  • Ability to identify ways that bias impacts hiring and retention and implement solutions to lead to equitable outcomes
  • Identification with Greenpeace goals and commitment to Greenpeace values
  • Demonstrated expertise in selection/assessment skills and critical thinking/problem-solving abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and integrity
  • Detailed orientated, administratively strong
  • Solid understanding of Human Resources standards, employment laws and policies that affect talent acquisition


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 pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a 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.

If you want to join the fight against 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.

Salary for this position starts at $80,000 and is commensurate with experience.

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.

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

COVID - 19 Notice

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.