Chief of Staff

Job description

Permanent / full time

Location: The successful candidate may be based in a country where one of the independent National/Regional Greenpeace organisations (NRO’s) is located (subject to agreement). See the locations here. We offer competitive NGO level salary and benefits, the specifics of which depend on location where the successful candidates will be based.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation, which uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future.

The crises our planet is facing are urgent and existential. Greenpeace aims to create a green and peaceful world through fundamental systems change: changing mindsets, changing power dynamics to address the climate and biodiversity crises.

To achieve this vision, Greenpeace International (GPI) is seeking a new Chief of Staff to provide strategic guidance and cross-cutting organisational support and leadership. As a member of the Strategic Management Team, the Chief of Staff plays a key strategic role to help the International Executive Director (IED) in shaping and managing top priorities for Greenpeace International. The Chief of staff is a strategist, consultant, and implementer, supporting the IED in both external and strategic work and providing oversight and management on internal organisational priorities.

Our new Chief of Staff will be a dynamic, highly strategic organisational leader with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders across the Greenpeace network and externally. They will bring a proven ability to think strategically about complex challenges and create and execute plans to and deliver against strategic imperatives. They should also bring a proven track record of relationship-building and a strong understanding of climate and biodiversity issues. Moreover, the individual’s values and mission must align with Greenpeace International.

Job requirements

  • Substantial relevant experience as a chief of staff, senior manager, or comparable position within a substantial and complex advocacy organization, government agency or for profit / non-for- profit corporation.
  • Proven ability to think strategically about complex challenges and create and execute plans that deliver against strategic imperatives.
  • Execution strength with demonstrable achievement in moving from strategy to action and in creative problem solving.
  • Experience and strong understanding of GPI’s work, including climate change and biodiversity.
  • Proven track record of relationship-building, including setting and managing priorities as well as change management processes.
  • Experience working in a complex environment with people from different backgrounds.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, pushing to meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to identify organizational and strategic gaps and offer creative solutions.
  • A results-driven leader who can inspire all staff, providing constructive feedback and coaching to achieve the goals of strategic initiatives.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, with the ability to engage effectively and precisely and built trusting relationships.
  • Strong commitment to, and experience in, shared values around equity, inclusion and justice preferred.
  • Self-reflective personality with a growth mindset, learn from mistakes and searching for improvement contributing to the bigger picture.
  • Ability to demonstrate support for and belief in the core aims and values of Greenpeace.

To Apply:

If you are passionate about our mission and you fit our profile then we would love to hear from you!

Perrett Laver is retained by Greenpeace International to undertake this assignment.

If you wish to be considered for this position, please click ‘Apply for this job’ below, to be redirected to the Perrett Laver website to begin your application.

The deadline for applications is 9.00 am (CET time) on Wednesday 9th February 2021.

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at Please note that all applications must be filled out via the Perret Laver website and can't be submitted via this email.

Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!

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