Job Vacancy: Communication Officer

Location: Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver

Reports to:  Head of Media

Closing date for applicants: March 1, 2019

Duration of Contract:  10 months (Maternity Leave cover)

Salary Range: $47,360 – $50,320 CAD

Greenpeace Canada is an independently funded, nonprofit 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 and is a non-profit organization not a registered charity. Greenpeace relies on individual donors and creative partnerships to fund our environmental campaigns.

Greenpeace Canada is seeking an experienced communications strategist who works closely with campaign, digital, mobilization, and other Programs and Fundraising staff at Greenpeace Canada to develop and implement communications strategies to enable GP to build its profile, increase its supporter base, and win campaigns.

The major focus of the position is to deliver impactful Greenpeace campaign and organizational communications by identifying media, public relations, and engagement opportunities; providing strategic communications advice related to those opportunities; and using story-telling, audience analysis, media analysis and other techniques to craft effective cross-platform outputs.


  1. Use storytelling techniques to raise the profile of the organization, engage and mobilize supporters, and shift framing around campaign issues.
  2. Lead the development of comprehensive communications strategies within the assigned campaign area, crafting objectives and creating frameworks that include the use of traditional, digital, and multi-media channels.
  3. Develop productive relationships with a wide variety of outlets and journalists.
  4. Advance GPC’s mobilization strategy by proactively seeking opportunities to highlight and amplify the work of Greenpeace and its supporters nationally and internationally.
  5. Provide strategic advice, materials, and media relations for reactive and crisis communications as needed. Write press releases, statements, op-eds, blog posts, and other media and social media materials as needed. Prepare key messages, backgrounders, Q&As, and other materials to support our communications.
  6. Proofread and edit a wide variety of materials for grammar, style, tone, messaging, and accuracy.
  7. Manage design and translation requests and proofread/edit translated copy, as required.
  8. Stay up to date with Greenpeace projects, programs and campaigns as well as relevant external developments (e.g. political, scientific) in order to ensure the accuracy of materials and participate in the strategic development of the assigned campaign.
  9. Assist in the organization of public events, including press conferences, rallies, supporter events, and non-violent direct actions.
  10. Act as organizational spokesperson when required.
  11. Provide media and public communication training, support, and guidance to Greenpeace staff and supporters.
  12. Lead cross-functional, national and global projects as needed as per established GP project management processes. Act as task managers within project management framework. Oversee approved project budgets.
  13. Participate as a member of the broader Communications and Digital Mobilization team, supporting the overall goals and needs of the team as required, including working outside of the area of expertise (e.g. mobilization or volunteer projects).

Required skills and experience: 

  1. Effortless ability to address fluctuating priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  2. Strong ability to work effectively within diverse teams, across departments and with global colleagues.
  3. At least three years experience developing communications strategies and accompanying materials; writing, editing and distributing a wide range of communications materials to traditional and new media outlets; facilitating relationships with journalists.
  4. Ability to evaluate information, plan strategies and anticipate ramifications and risk.
  5. Function effectively within a highly charged atmosphere, under public scrutiny.
  6. Advanced digital skills.
  7. Fluency in both official languages strongly preferred.

Knowledge Requirements:

  1. In-depth understanding of communications strategy and activities.
  2. In-depth understanding of local, regional, national, and global print, radio, television and digital media.
  3. In-depth understanding of and experience with social media and public engagement communication tools.
  4. Knowledge of the overall goals and intent of Greenpeace
  5. Knowledge of a wide range of environmental issues.
  6. Knowledge of corporate and government structures.
  7. Knowledge of Indigenous rights, the history of colonization in Canada and its present day impacts, anti-oppression theories.

You will work with colleagues in Canada and around the world and you must be able to travel, including internationally. The ability to work weekends and evenings is sometimes required.

Candidates should understand and support the Greenpeace campaign tactics, including the use of peaceful civil disobedience.  All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

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.