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California Project Lead

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$87,783 - $100,900 

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Aug 7, 2023

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Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful non-violent 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 loomed large. As an independent organization, 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 experience the impacts of climate change and ecosystem destruction, and the last generation with a window of time to do something about it.


Greenpeace USA is hiring a California Project Lead to join our California campaign team. This highly experienced campaigner will help Greenpeace develop and implement bold campaigns that build independent political power alongside our partners to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and create real solutions commensurate with the urgency of this planetary crisis. The California Project Lead will lead an ambitious campaign centered on people power, developing strategies based on informed analyses of power with an eye toward harnessing people power at all levels - online and offline - to move targets and reach diverse audiences to ensure politicians, agencies, and companies in California demonstrate real climate leadership.

This campaign will work to build public pressure for California to be a “first mover.” Stopping oil and gas expansion and implementing a phase-out, starting in the most impacted communities, in one of the largest oil-producing states in the country and fifth biggest economy in the world can redefine what is seen as possible and create political momentum for a broader fossil fuel phase-out, while Greenpeace continues to call for a responsibly managed fossil fuel phase-out, and an equitable transition nationally.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity with local or state-level issues in California and a proven track record of developing and delivering high impact, people-powered campaigns, sound political analysis and understanding of the policy and political landscape in California. The California Project Lead will also exhibit strong strategic campaign planning and team leadership skills, and will exhibit exceptional project management, relationship-building and coalition-building skills.

This California Project Lead position is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, hybrid position, based in California and will report directly to our Policy & Legislative Director.


The California Project Lead will:

  • Oversee development of strategy and work plans for ambitious, high impact, and well-researched campaigns that center justice and engage and inspire millions of people to take action to build long-term power for the organization and the California climate justice movement
  • Maintain clear and sustainable timelines, clear roles and responsibilities, and task manage cross-departmental team of up to 6 members to develop and implement key pieces of work
  • Lead a high functioning team of individual contributors through ongoing training, coaching and mentoring and attention to career development.
  • Directly line manage people, including staff development and performance reviews
  • Manage allocation of budget and staff resources and suggest shifts as needed to maximize impact
  • Serve as spokesperson with media and external audiences to advance our campaigns and enhance organizational profile
  • Lead big-picture strategic planning with an organizer’s mindset, informed by expert knowledge of state level policy issues and opportunities, including climate issues, and ongoing analysis of the progressive movement, politics, allies and opponents
  • Develop mutually beneficial internal and external relationships between the GP team, our global colleagues, our allies, and other stakeholders; including proactively communicating successes and learnings to the national and global organization
  • Collect and incorporate feedback that models an orientation toward learning and growth as an individual and in teams
  • Represent Greenpeace and the CA Climate campaign in funding proposals, funder reports, presentations to staff, donors, volunteers, and in coalitions, including the Last Chance Alliance, as well as key constituencies in California, including grassroots organizations, impacted communities, labor unions, and others
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of California climate, energy and related policy issues
  • Demonstrate unwavering commitment to advancing racial equity and economic justice both internally and in our external campaign work
  • Perform other job related duties as requested or assigned by program management

Minimum requirements for the California Project Lead include:

  • Minimum 7 years of environmental campaign experience; climate or energy advocacy strongly preferred
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed
  • Knowledge of California climate, energy and related public health issues, or desire and ability to learn quickly
  • Experience directly managing individual staff and task managing teams virtually
  • Proven experience building people power in campaigning contexts. Some digital marketing, engagement, grassroots or distributed organizing experience (at least familiarity) preferred
  • Excellent working relationships in California climate and/or progressive movement, especially with environmental justice, climate justice and labor groups and communities

Additional qualifications for the California Project Lead include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fluency in a non-English language, especially Spanish, a plus
  • Understanding of and commitment to human rights, especially the rights of Indigenous Peoples and climate-affected communities
  • Excellent communication skills, including both written and public speaking skills
  • A strong collaborative mindset and ability to work closely with cross functional teams include communications, organizing, fundraising, legal and policy experts from across the organization
  • 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 organizations, labor, social justice, etc.)
  • Strong project planning, management, and leadership skills to enable the delivery of projects to deadline, to budget and in-line with clear objectives
  • Proven ability to manage professional priorities, manage time and meet deadlines
  • Ability to identify, assess and mitigate risk
  • Commitment to non-violent direct action
  • Experience running successful direct action campaigns is a plus.

If you are passionate about helping activists succeed in our fight against climate change and are passionate about cultivating a just and equitable work culture, 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 underrepresented communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact:


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 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.


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


The salary range for this position is anticipated to be $87,783 - $100,900 and is commensurate with experience.

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