Activist Training & Development Program Manager

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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 loom large. As an independent organization, Greenpeace does not accept funds from any corporations or government entities. Greenpeace is headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices all around the world in over fifty countries.

Greenpeace USA (GPUS) is hiring an Activist Training & Development Program Manager to be responsible for coordinating and implementing a comprehensive, dynamic and energetic activist program that identifies, trains, and develops capable volunteers for participation in Greenpeace non-violent direct actions.

This position will be located in Washington, DC or Oakland, CA and will report to the Action Unit Head Director.

This role will:

  • Provide direct line management for Activist Program staff and maintain a high standard of performance for staff and hold staff accountable to work-plans and Program
  • Manage the Activist Program core budget. Develop and manage project budgets
  • Oversee the Activist and Training and Development Program
  • Responsible for logistical planning, preparation, coordination and execution of direct actions, direct communications, protests, investigations, tours, ship-based actions and other interventions
  • Ensure that all personnel in direct actions strictly apply to health and safety procedures
  • Conduct thorough risk assessments and risk mitigation plans for field activities. Manage risks (life and limb, organizational, budget, and reputable) in real-time through development and deployment of activities
  • Maintain and develop excellent relations with the direct actions staff throughout all Greenpeace offices and across the progressive movement
  • On occasion represent Greenpeace to the media, authorities, allies or opponents
  • Perform any other job-related duties as assigned by the Actions Director.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Five years of working in a campaigning organization.
    Experience working with and managing activists and/or activist networks
  • Experience as a trainer in one or more of: non-violent direct action, boat driving, climbing and rope access, blockades, art in activism/prop building, field research, anti-oppression/collective liberation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to connect with cross section of society/diverse groups: cultures, age groups, etc.
  • Experience in coordinating and/or team leading in direct actions and/or experience in managing large teams of people in complex and stressful situations
  • Commitment to non-violence and skilled in conflict resolution
  • Current driver license
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience facilitating meetings effectively
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track, prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time
  • General computer literacy – Especially proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint as well as the Google suite of products
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate the completion of complex projects in a timely manner, including meeting strict deadlines and budgets
  • Familiarity working with organizational budgets
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience building strong working relationships with team members at a variety of levels in an organization
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Physical Requirements include:
    Lifting/Pushing/Pulling/Carrying: Often: must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Bending/Kneeling: Often required to navigate and maintain the warehouse effectively
  • Mobility: Active Position: Will be required to move about the warehouse to maintain vehicles, fabricate campaign materials, climb, drive boats and other physical activities
  • Continuous Standing: This role requires standing for long periods of time
  • Climbing Stairs: Climbing required
  • Driving: Occasional driving will be required
  • Hearing: X Critical ___ Moderate ___ MinimalRequired to deliver training sessions and action coordination
  • Vision: X Critical ___ Moderate ___ MinimalRequired to deliver training sessions and action coordination

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 review 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

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 pretax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 6% 401K matching. New staff members receive 3 weeks vacation, 10 sick days, 2 personal days in their first year. Additionally we are closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

After 1 year of service staff members receive 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave and after five years, staff are eligible for a 12 week 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.

Salary for this position starts in the $70k’s and is commensurate with experience.

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