Senior Coal Campaigner (DC)

Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA

Job - August 17, 2014
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Senior Coal Campaigner will be an integral part of the Greenpeace US Energy Team, responsible for designing, implementing, and coordinating activities that block the development of new coal export and mining infrastructure and reduce the political and social capital of the US coal industry. This position will also include engaging with the global Energy Team to communicate market risks, challenge financing, and support a growing international effort to keep coal in the ground. The Senior Coal Campaigner will report to the Greenpeace US Energy Campaign Director. This position is currently slated for a 12-month contract with the possibility of extension.


1. In conjunction with the Energy Campaign Director, develop and execute a work plan in line with both short term and long term goals for the campaign.

- Coordinate information flow within campaign, between departments and across the global organization
-Facilitate strategic and tactical decision-making on a day-to-day basis
- Participate in strategic planning of the campaign
- Build alliances and/or support relationships with constituencies identified in strategic planning
- Maintain a working knowledge of political, legislative, regulatory and economic framework relevant to the campaign
- Coordinate and conduct research and analysis to further campaign goals
- Maintain a working knowledge of climate and energy issues and be able to present the information to a variety of audiences in language they can understand
- Develop or assist in the development of written materials
- Write or assist in writing press releases and in planning media strategies.
- Act as spokesperson for campaign to the media and develop pro-active relationship with media
- Represent Greenpeace and the campaign at public events, grassroots activists groups, local citizens/town forums and the environmental community at large.
- Keep director up to date on the campaign and recommend changes in strategies or tactics if necessary

2. Manage a sub-component of a campaign or project independently, with guidance from the campaign director, including leading & managing a cross programmatic team, and generally ensuring good communications between the sub project team and other GPUS teams or departments as well as other GPUS offices.

3. Lead engagement, including negotiations, with stakeholders such as government agencies and corporations

4. Manage campaign budgets as assigned by the Energy Campaign Director

5. Mentor junior campaigners and other staff to teach the fundamental skills of Greenpeace campaigning.

6. Direct, organize and participate in non-violent direct action events to support the campaign goals and national objectives.

7. Contribute to building and maintaining a strong, diverse and inclusive campaign team

5. Perform other job related duties as requested or assigned.


- Strong project leadership and project planning skills to enable the delivery of projects to time, to budget and to deliver clear objectives
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral
- Proven ability to develop and implement campaigns
- Ability to think creatively and innovate
- Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
- Ability to travel
- Leadership ability


- A minimum of seven years experience in campaigning, on climate and energy issues and/or on market based strategies
- A bachelors degree and/or equivalent experience in a relevant field
- Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team
- Well-rounded with ability to work with a variety of people and groups
- Proven experience in directing a project from conception to completion and clear track record in overseeing effective campaigns
- Strong skills and experience in public speaking/lobbying and/or organizing people around an issue
- Commitment to non-violence as a means of affecting change and supportive of non-partisan approaches to advocacy
- Willing to travel as required


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.

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.


Please send cover letter and resume to . Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in Greenpeace’s mission and the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity. Please use the email subject line: Senior Coal Campaigner Position – YOUR NAME. Application deadline is September 2, 2014. No phone calls please