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Job Vacancy: Program Director

Location: Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver

Reports to: Executive Director

Contract Duration: Permanent, full-time

Closing date for applicants: July 26th, 2019

Starting salary and benefits: $91,920 CAD

Our benefits package includes: generous holidays; dental and extended medical insurance for you and your family; and contributions towards a fossil-fuel-free pension plan equal to 5% of your gross salary.

Greenpeace Canada (GPCA) is currently seeking a Program Director to provide leadership in the development and implementation of our national and global campaigns. GPCA’s current major campaign initiatives seek to:

  • combat climate change and transform our energy systems,
  • protect critical nature and biodiversity, and
  • promote sustainable living and reduce single-use plastic consumption.

The selected candidate would be joining the senior leadership team, driving our new approaches to engagement and integration, and lead a pan-Canadian programs team. They will possess strong leadership qualities, be knowledgeable about the scale of the environmental issues currently facing the world today and be a motivated and encouraging team player. The ideal candidate will possess both humility and strong ambition to make the biggest change in the world for our mission, and be a powerhouse of innovation in the Greenpeace family.

This is an exciting and critical time for GPCA as work to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis. The ideal candidate will embrace the need to mobilize and involve people in campaigning in order to win, and to work with and support others working for change. As an organization Greenpeace Canada recognizes and supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and is committed to collaboration and consultation with Indigenous Peoples to ensure our campaigns and positions respect their rights.


  1. Provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development and implementation of Greenpeace Canada programs (including campaigns, communications, actions, and offline mobilization);
  2. Manage, motivate, train, evaluate and facilitate the work of managers leading our program teams;
  3. Provide strategic advice to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors as needed on program issues and plans. Provide input with respect to overall strategic planning initiatives.
  4. Represent the Canadian office at an International level within the organization and initiate and maintain external partnerships in work with other NGOs, allies, media and government officials to advance campaigns.
  5. Plan, develop, recommend and control the budget for the Programs Department and for individual campaigns.
  6. Participate as a member of the Directors’ Council for Greenpeace Canada. Ensure integration of GP programs and campaign priorities with our mobilization, fundraising, and operational priorities.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.



The ideal candidate will have the following:

  1. Minimum 8 years progressive management experience in a not-for-profit or mission-driven organization.
  2. Experience managing local and remote teams in a senior management capacity, including experience working internationally with diverse cultures and across time-zones.
  3. Proven strategic operations experience, spearheading complex campaigns with well developed, large-scale communications (including digital) and supporter mobilization components.
  4. Display sound judgment, sometimes making decisions on a very short timeline or responding quickly to external events.
  5. Ability to problem-solve, coach, mediate and resolve staff performance and other complex, highly sensitive issues. Proven track record of building, assessing and leading high-performing teams.
  6. Highly developed emotional intelligence as a consensus-builder with significant experience providing leadership on culture change initiatives within a national organization.
  7. Strong writing and story-telling skills.
  8. Deep commitment to the overall goals and intent of Greenpeace with respect to peaceful confrontation as a critical theory of change and the principles of non-violent direct action.
  9. Ability to be decisive, a risk-taker and be able to manage stressful situations.
  10. Bilingualism (English and French) and other languages is highly desirable.

You will work with colleagues in Canada and around the world and some international travel may be necessary. Evening and weekend work is sometimes required.

All candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

More About Greenpeace Canada:

Greenpeace Canada is an independently funded, non-profit organization that works to protect the environment. We challenge government and industry to halt harmful practices by negotiating solutions, conducting scientific research, introducing clean alternatives, carrying out peaceful acts of civil disobedience and engaging the public. To maintain independence Greenpeace does not accept donations from corporations or governments. Greenpeace relies on individual donors and creative partnerships to fund our environmental campaigns.

Greenpeace Canada embraces equity and diversity and is committed to a workplace that is enriched by the people, needs and desires of Canada’s diverse community. We thank all applicants, but only those invited for interviews will be contacted.