International Executive Director

Job description

Permanent* / full time

*offered on 2-3 year contract basis initially, with possibility of extension / move to permanent contract

Preferred location: Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We offer competitive NGO level salary and benefits. We aim to share this information with candidates early on in the application process.

Greenpeace International (GPI) is looking for an International Executive Director – to be an inspiring and visionary leader for Greenpeace and our 100 million supporters and grassroots allies who work throughout the world to sustain the planet and its people.

You will provide strategic leadership, foster a unified vision, and build the capacity of the Greenpeace global network to protect our planetary boundaries while confronting unjust power structures and challenging mindsets. You’ll also build collaboration with other organisations working towards a healthy, peaceful planet, acting as an ambassador for Greenpeace on the international stage.

In this role you will:

  • Provide vision and strategic leadership for the achievement of the global mission and objectives of the Greenpeace network.
  • Oversee the work of the SMT in guiding and ensuring: effective operations of GPI and the programmes; approaches to risk; central operational functions and systems; fundraising and engagement; impactful use of the Greenpeace fleet.
  • Act as an International Chief Spokesperson and Ambassador with world leaders and relevant international stakeholders.
  • Champion and inspire Greenpeace’s iconic campaigns, initiatives and programmes through empowering others.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of a strategy for a strong and cohesive Greenpeace network that maximises global effectiveness and impact.
  • Report directly to the Greenpeace International Board.
  • Assist with high level fundraising activities.

Job requirements

What we're looking for:

  • Vision, passion and a deep personal commitment to social and environmental justice.

  • The ability to lead a complex organisation and international network, bringing different stakeholders on a journey of change.

  • A consultative yet decisive leadership approach, demonstrating courage and assertiveness as well as empathy and humility.

  • A positive attitude towards Digital Transformation, with the ability to champion our Technology Vision.

  • A strong understanding of intersectionality and decolonisation, in order to champion Greenpeace’s values and commitments to Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Safety.

  • A good grasp of different campaigning approaches, including non-violent direct action, and innovative methods of rallying support.

  • Fluency in English, preferably with good knowledge of other languages.

About us:

Greenpeace is a global campaigning network. It comprises 26 independent national/regional organisations, and a coordinating organisation, Greenpeace International. Greenpeace uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future.

Our goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. That means we want to:

  • protect biodiversity in all its forms

  • prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water

  • end all nuclear threats

  • promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence

Please click HERE to visit the careers site, to learn more about working for Greenpeace.

To Apply:

HR is retained by Greenpeace International to undertake this assignment.

If you share our vision, please click 'apply for this job' below, to be redirected to the Oxford HR website to find out more and to begin your application.

If you would like to have an informal discussion, have any queries, or need additional information please email at in the first instance.

Closing date: 2nd June 2023, 23:59 (CEST)

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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