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Deputy Program Director

Job Vacancy: Deputy Program Director (Parental Leave Replacement)

Location:   Anywhere in Canada. Greenpeace Canada staff are working flexibly from home or our office locations in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Reports to: Program Director

Details: Full-time, 18 month contract (4 day work week, Monday to Thursday, 28 hours/week) 

Salary: $82,689 (this amount will be prorated for partial years of service)

Closing date for applicants:  May 17, 2023 

About Greenpeace Canada:

Greenpeace Canada is an independently funded, non-profit organization that works towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our 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 is committed to a workplace that is enriched by the people, needs and desires of Canada’s diverse communities. We believe in having representation from many communities to effect change and will prioritize applicants from equity-seeking groups.

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.

About the role:

Greenpeace Canada (GPCA) is seeking an experienced leader and manager to empower our engagement and media teams to expand the reach and impact of Greenpeace Canada’s campaigns through traditional media and public mobilization both online and offline.

As Deputy Program Director, the selected candidate will work closely with the Program Director in steering the development and implementation of Canadian and global campaigns aimed at stopping the climate and biodiversity crises. They will support  managers overseeing specialized teams focused on media and digital and offline mobilization. The Deputy Program Director is also a member of Greenpeace Canada’s senior leadership team, ensuring the integration of public engagement through the implementation of our next three-year strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will possess both humility, emotional intelligence and a problem-solving mindset  to overcome the inevitable obstacles one encounters when trying to create social change. They will be motivated to foster collaboration and embrace the need to engage people in campaigning in order to win. 

In this position you will benefit from having supportive and engaged colleagues spread across Canada, as well as a global network of experienced colleagues in the more than 26 countries that Greenpeace currently works in, who work together to strengthen and develop Greenpeace’s engagement with the public and advocacy for a green and peaceful future.


  • Provide leadership and oversight in the development and implementation of plans and strategies to boost campaign impact with public engagement.
  • Supervise, motivate, coach and manage performance of reports engaged in leading specialized teams focused on media communications, digital mobilization as well as offline mobilization and actions.
  • Lead recruitments when relevant and support hiring processes within the Program Department as needed. 
  • Support organizational communication and media strategies, including oversight of our Credible Communications Policy.
  • Make recommendations related to and oversee controls on budgets within the Program Department. 
  • Provide support and strategic advice to the Program Director on department issues, such as strategy, team resourcing and planning.  Replace the Program Director in their absence. 
  • Participate as a member of Greenpeace Canada’s Directors’ Council, ensuring the implementation of our three-year plan and the integration of campaign, engagement, fundraising and operational priorities.             


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Progressive management experience in a not-for-profit or mission-driven organization with an understanding of Greenpeace’s structure and operating model as highly desirable.
  • Experience managing local and remote teams, including experience working internationally with diverse cultures and across time-zones.  
  • Proven experience leading strategy development and project implementation with communications and supporter mobilization components.
  • Solid understanding of risk as related to public activities, communications and public relations is a strong asset. 
  • First-hand knowledge of trends related to the traditional media landscape in Canada as well as volunteer program management are strong assets.
  • Experience in digital communications, marketing, and mobilization strategies and tools are highly desirable for this position.
  • Ability to problem-solve, coach, mediate and resolve conflict, staff performance or other sensitive issues.  
  • Emotional intelligence along with a track-record of decisiveness in stressful situations 
  • Bilingualism (English & French) and other languages that reflect the diversity of Canada’s many communities are highly desirable.

You will work with colleagues across Canada and collaborate with other Greenpeace offices around the world. 

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 has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees, supporters, and the community at large. Prior to commencing any employment with Greenpeace Canada you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccination. Current and future employees in need of an exemption from this policy for medical reasons, sincerely held religious beliefs, or other grounds to the extent they are protected by applicable human rights legislation may request exemption. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Greenpeace Canada undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.


Our benefits package includes: generous holidays; dental and extended medical insurance for you and your family, contributions towards a fossil-fuel-free pension plan equal to 5% of your gross salary, and a 4-day (28 hour) work week.


Please use the link above  to apply for this position. Tell us about yourself by attaching your CV and cover letter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!  

If you require assistance or accommodations for illness or disability when applying to this opportunity, please email for support. We thank all applicants, but only those invited for interviews will be contacted.