Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Wanted: Greenpeace Needs a Chief Program Officer

Organization: Greenpeace USA
Position Title: Chief Program Officer
Location: Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA

Greenpeace seeks a Chief Program Officer to plan and execute all of the organization’s campaigns through managing the campaign, digital, grassroots, communication, and action departments. Greenpeace USA is part of a global organization working on global campaigns. The Chief Program Officer is also responsible for ensuring Greenpeace USA campaigns relate to US audiences as well as work within the global program being executed throughout the Greenpeace global network. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Program Officer leads a team of sixty plus staff to deliver Greenpeace’s core function—running and winning campaigns—and in so doing, building the organization’s grassroots power, reputation, and supporter base so as to position Greenpeace to tackle greater challenges in the future. The position has a seat on the four-member executive team at Greenpeace, charting organization-wide strategy in partnership with the Fundraising Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Washington, D.C. or San Francisco, CA.


* Running Powerful, Public Campaigns – The Chief Program Officer is responsible for the design and execution of campaigns that are well packaged, motivate and mobilize activists, inspire people online, and make a measureable impact.
* Campaign Design and Evaluation – Provide strategic guidance and support to the Research and Campaign teams to create ambitious, high impact, and well-researched campaigns. Create a culture of innovation in which people are allowed to try things and fail, as long as they fail fast and ultimately win big.
* Building Power – Through campaigns and other initiatives, ensure the maintenance and growth of the organization’s relationships with activists, corporate and government decision-makers, coalition partners, reporters, bloggers, and other key influencers.
* Operations Management – Ensure the operational integration of the five program departments. Using automation, online tools, business processes, and investment in new programs, increase the organization’s capacity to exert pressure on corporate and government decision-makers per dollar spent.
* Executive Leadership – As a member of executive team, advise and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic direction and help ensure its successful execution.
* Organizational Leadership – Greenpeace U.S.’ 450 staff, including 250 street canvassers, work hard to win campaigns. Provide leadership through establishing a shared vision and strategic direction and communicating it through speeches, briefings, and written communication.
* Global Leadership – Actively play a leadership role in strategically planning and inputting into the global program priorities and objectives.
* Budget Management – Set and manage the annual departmental budget. Develop, manage, and review project budgets and expenditures ensuring team members meet their financial responsibilities.


* Strong understanding of global environmental issues and desire to leverage Greenpeace’s global resources to win campaigns at the global scale
* 10-15 years of successful experience in planning, running and winning major national and/or international campaigns, including experience with strategy formulation, campaign design, communications, political strategy, policy formulation, and grassroots organizing
* 5-10 years of experience as a senior executive or senior manager
* Planning skills, including the ability to allocate work, set and manage by objectives, risk analysis and mitigation, and the ability to create and manage projects
* Crisis management and clear decision-making ability
* Effective negotiation skills in a national and international environment
* Experience with non-profit financial management
* Experience with and commitment to cultural diversity
* Languages: Excellent spoken and written English; fluency in Spanish desirable

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Greenpeace USA has engaged Koya Consulting to help in this hire. Please send a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan at .

Greenpeace is an equal opportunity employer

Andrea Cimino,  Recruitment Fellow
Greenpeace USA, Washington DC

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