Koya Leadership Partners Seeks Chief Program Officer for Greenpeace USA

April 24, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm Koya Leadership Partners, which specializes in serving non-profit organizations, has been chosen to find a chief program officer for Greenpeace USA. Managing director Nicole Kamaleson and principal Turner Delano are leading the assignment.

Greenpeace USA is searching for a dynamic and fearless leader to join its senior management team as chief program officer, said Koya Leadership Partners. This highly visible role will report directly to the executive director and currently has five direct reports. This is a full-time role based in either Washington, D.C. or San Francisco, CA.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide visionary leadership, strategic direction and oversight for program department, said the search firm. Responsibilities include partnering collaboratively with the executive director and the senior management team to ensure a strategic, clear and coherent organizational plan and managing its implementation. The individual will also ensure that campaigns, communications and all associated program areas are well planned, funded and conducted in the context of U.S. and global Greenpeace’s vision and strategy.

The chief program officer must also provide world-class leadership for the programs department by motivating, coaching and developing future leaders committed to leading the organization. The individual must be a proven successful operational manager whose responsibilities will include overseeing and continually developing the direction, prioritization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Greenpeace USA program operations. He or she will also be charged with ensuring a healthy and effective balance between ambitious long-term campaigns and nimble rapid response campaigning. In addition, the new chief program officer will manage program deputy teams (engagement, campaigns operations) on strategic and operational plans to ensure alignment and cohesion with organizational plans and objectives.

Transformational Leader

The ideal candidate will provide transformational leadership, change management and strategic delivery of Greenpeace USA programs and campaigns, said Koya Leadership Partners. Candidates must have a strong understanding of how justice and equity issues impact program planning and execution; demonstrated experience with progressive, political movements and issues of environmental, organizational, and social change both nationally and internationally; and in-depth knowledge of U.S. politics, culture, social movements and socio-economic environments.


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Prospects should also be proven and effective operational managers with a track record of leading high-performing teams that are diverse across race and gender and prior experience managing complex budgets. Candidates must also be complex management and campaigning systems leaders with proven leadership within large, complex organizations. They should also be proven communicators and external engagement leaders with excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present complex issues with clarity to a wide variety of audiences.

Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For over 50 years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of climate change, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans and the threat of a nuclear disaster. As an independent organization, Greenpeace accepts no funds from any corporations or government entities. The organization is headquartered in the Netherlands with offices around the world in over 50 countries.

Top 50 Firm

Boston-based Koya Leadership Partners is a national executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. This year, the firm was again recognized by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas.

Ms. Kamaleson has over 20 years’ experience working with global and local mission-driven organizations advising in governance, human capital, organizational development and a variety of C-suite leadership transitions. She has expertise across many sectors, including philanthropy, impact investing and inclusive finance, international NGOs, think tanks/research, human rights and sustainability/the environment. Her work has spanned the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Based out of Chicago, she is focused on expanding Koya’s work for organizations with a global emphasis whether in the U.S. or abroad.

Ms. Delano specializes in recruiting executives to non-profits nationwide. She is focused on all aspects of the search process, from project management to client support. Ms. Delano specializes in candidate development while supporting Koya leadership. Prior to joining Koya, she served as managing producer of a weekly news show on Bloomberg TV Africa and Al Jazeera English where she worked to produce, research and pitch one-on-one profiles globally.

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