Democracy Campaigns Director

Overview

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 almost 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 US – the US office of our global organization - has four campaign areas: Climate, Oceans, Forests and Democracy. While we are first and foremost an environmental organization, we believe that a healthy democracy is a precondition for a healthy environment. Our democracy should be our best tool to advance climate solutions, ensure environmental equity and hold corporations accountable, but it’s not working. The corrupting influence of money in politics thwarts real solutions. Obstructions to participation exclude scores of voters from engaging. And a new wave of crackdowns on activism  - including some targeting Greenpeace - seeks to shrink democratic spaces and silence the dissent that makes a democracy thrive. 
 
If you’re excited about throwing down with us, and bringing Greenpeace’s unique and formidable assets to the struggle to fix our democracy, Greenpeace needs you. We are in search of a bold, strategic, passionate and fun Director for our Democracy Campaign.  This innovative and forward thinking leader who’s familiar with today’s geopolitical and movement landscape and understand the urgency of the moment. They will be experienced in online organizing/digital mobilization and fired up to engage Greenpeace’s supporter base in creative strategic campaigns to make our democracy more accountable, participatory and inclusive. 
 
Reporting to the National Campaigns Director, the Democracy Campaign Director is responsible for the development of the long-term GPUS Democracy campaign strategy and implementation, focusing on issues that intersect with Greenpeace campaigns. Our current Democracy work includes exposing and combating the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, defending and expanding voter participation, and protecting the right to non violent protest. The  Democracy Campaign Director will develop this campaign portfolio, ensuring our work is focused, strategic and impactful – and that it expands our supporter base by providing meaningful opportunities to engage with us. Because the need for climate action is so urgent, and our corporate-hijacked democracy is the primary obstacle to progress, our Democracy Campaign Director will work closely with our Climate Campaign and embrace the necessity for climate action to be interwoven with our Democracy work.
 
This is a full time, exempt position based in Washington, DC and reporting to the Chief Program Officer. Travel within the US, and globally is required.

Responsibilities

The Democracy Campaign Director will:
 
Lead Greenpeace US’ Democracy work by:
  • Working with a multi-functional team to develop and implement medium and long term campaign strategies
  • Providing regular hands-on support during project inception and launch, while empowering project teams to drive implementation
  • Managing a team of campaign staff and supporting them to develop in their roles and to implement their individual and collective priorities within the campaign strategies
  • Collaborating with Greenpeace US’ Grassroots, Online and Engagement staff to identify and act on strategic opportunities to mobilize Greenpeace’s network of supporters and activists and engage new audiences to simultaneously grow our base while advancing campaign goals
  • Partnering closely with project leaders to develop a culture of testing and evaluation, and iterating as we work
  • Developing and communicating a compelling rationale, vision and strategy for our democracy work to staff, supporters, donors, media, and allies
  • Overseeing democracy campaign financial processes including annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting
And they will be a part of the broader organization by:
  • Providing strategic guidance to project teams, Program Management and organizational leadership on democracy-related issues
  • Ensuring Democracy projects are aligned with long term organizational campaign strategies and goals
  • Working with other campaign directors (Climate, Oceans, Forests) and senior leaders to create a compelling and cohesive narrative for Greenpeace’s overall work,  and  specifically how the Democracy  campaign contributes to that broader narrative
  • Maintaining awareness of issues and trends in environmental, racial justice, social change, and democracy movements to identify emerging opportunities
  • Maintaining an increasingly broad network of allies, experts, and high level contacts to inform and support our work
  • Building relationships with foundations and other donors, with support from our Development Dept
  • As needed, working with international colleagues in the global Greenpeace organization to develop projects that fit global and US goals

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements of the Democracy Campaign Director include:
  • At least 8-10 years of organizing and campaign experience, with a track record of having engaged lots of people in issue campaigns via online and conventional organizing strategies, including 3-5 years of  experience supervising and leading diverse, complex teams to achieve ambitious results.
  • Familiarity and experience with the progressive social change sector, including having successfully collaborated with a range of civil society actors (issue groups, base building community orgs, labor, social justice, etc.)
  • Experience with a wide range of campaign approaches, including with corporate campaigns, legislative campaigns, and/or electoral politics. If not previous experience with non violent direct action, then must have enthusiasm to learn and use this strategic tactic to advance campaigns.
  • Experience and proven track record of building relationships with foundations  to ensure funding
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, and social justice.  
  • Excellent writing skills and regular experience in public speaking.
  • Sound judgment and willingness to make tough and strategic decisions. 
  • Able and willing to travel and work outside normal business hours as needed
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
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 us.
 
Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.

Benefits

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.

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