Project Leader

  • Greenpeace
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • Jun 30, 2017
Full time Climate Change/GHG Management

Job Description


Project Leaders will lead the planning and design process for Greenpeace campaign projects; build and task manage their multidisciplinary project teams and ensure close coordination with other Project Leaders, and the global organization, as appropriate.

Project Leaders will need to be able to balance strong listening skills with a decisive and efficient approach to delivery ambitious campaign projects. They will set and deliver specific and ambitious objectives, including supporter engagement objectives, and task manage a multidisciplinary team to inspire and generate creative, innovative and risk-taking output to deliver on them. They will need to create a supportive and trusting environment within their team that encourages collaboration, honest feedback and high levels of ambition.

Project Leaders will be adept at responding to real world events and opportunities that affect their objectives, while not losing track of long-term strategy. They will develop their projects with an eye toward public engagement at all levels (online, offline, fundraising, etc.) looking to empower people and reach diverse audiences. They are strategic advisors to the Program Director and Projects Director.


  • Develop strategy and work plan for ambitious, high impact, and well-researched campaign projects that use the power of people and has the courage to confront politicians and corporations;
  • Maintain clear and sustainable timelines, clear roles and responsibilities (through a DARCI chart) and a strong and positive team culture
  • Ensure the project’s strategy supports Greenpeace’s long-term organizational and campaign goals;
  • Task manage a team of staff (up to 12)as agreed with Program Leadership
  • Line manage 1-4 people including staff development and performance reviews
  • Hire new project staff
  • Take final decisions on all project output, except in specific instances where decisions related to organizational risk will be escalated
  • Identify, delegate and task manage project team members to develop and implement key pieces of work;
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Greenpeace colleagues around the world and external stakeholders in relation to your project and ensure the wider org retains and benefits from them;
  • Proactively communicate successes and learnings to the entire national and global organization
  • Work with the Development Department to maintain and expand Greenpeace’s relationship with donors;
  • Manage a significant project budget, ensuring all necessary monitoring, evaluation and reporting expectations are met;
  • Perform other job-related duties as required and assigned by Projects Director and Senior Management


  • Minimum of 10 years experience in public interest campaigning with environmental organizations preferred;
  • Experience at a management level in nonprofit organization.
  • Strong commitment to ensuring the organization is an equitable, diverse and inclusive space.

Desired skills/experience:

  • Inspirational and strategic leadership skills;
  • Desire to learn and become the most effective you
  • Fire in the belly for radical action on environmental issues
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • Strong project leadership and project planning skills to enable the delivery of projects to time, to budget and to deliver clear objectives;
  • A belief in creating a ‘culture of feedback’
  • Experience of empowering others in order to build secure, trusting and effective teams;
  • Track record of developing creative campaign content that engages diverse communities and deepens relationships with existing supporters
  • Excellent communication skills, including both written and public speaking skills;
  • Track record in effective budget management
  • Ability to represent Greenpeace and our work effectively with the media;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including willingness to facilitate conflict resolution and offer direct feedback
  • Able and willing to travel as needed;
  • Willingness to work outside normal business hours;
  • Commitment to progressive values and peaceful direct action as a means to effect change
  • Excellent spoken and written English; Fluency in another relevant language desired


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

Commitment to Diversity:

Greenpeace welcomes and values diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives. Through our campaigning, we create solutions that promote environmental sustainability rooted in social justice. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that is a reflection of the global campaigns and missions that we champion.

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO