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Executive Director UK

Closing date
20 Oct 2021

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Marketing & PR
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Executive Director UK
ca. £90k subject to experience

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Greenpeace is one of the longest-established and most effective environmental campaigning organisations in the world. Our global network of 28 country offices works together to defend the natural world and stand for a green and peaceful future. For many people, Greenpeace is the most hopeful idea in a threatened world.

Unfortunately, that world is changing incredibly fast. With catastrophic weather events now much more frequent, and underlying global systems looking increasingly unstable, humanity is coming to terms with the realisation that irreversible climate change and ecological crisis is no longer on its way: it's here.

So our new Executive Director will take up the leadership of the UK office of this globally-respected and effective organisation at a point where its work has never been more needed. The challenge is significant - from influencing policymakers to act with the radicalism and urgency that's needed, to changing the conversation about adaptation across whole societies, and keeping the issues of biodiversity and climate firmly on the radar of anyone who can materially improve the chances of maintaining a survivable biosphere. It's the most important job you'll ever do.

We're looking for someone with experience of a leading role in a campaigning organisation, the wisdom to understand where best to deploy our resources and people in the coming years, and the personal courage to stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Candidates need to be highly competent in a range of fields: strategy and system change, organisational development, fundraising, communications, risk and finance. Moreover, your instinctive skills of decision-making, engagement, influence and persuasion will set you apart.

You'll be excited by the chance to work cross-culturally as part of the international Greenpeace network, and this must include an assured and nuanced understanding of the fundamental importance of intersectionality in the context of decolonisation. Personally outgoing, engaging, and able to powerfully express your own passion for our work, you will appreciate the importance of your role as an advocate and ambassador; but it's no ivory-tower role, and you'll be just as happy on board the Rainbow Warrior as in our offices.

Greenpeace UK is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other category protected by law.

Please visit in the first instance. For an informal and confidential conversation, please call Shani Newbold or Alex MacLeod at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or by email

Closing date: 9am, 18 October 2021.
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