Rss test description en-us Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:24:51 GMT Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:24:51 GMT Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[National Canvass Director]]>


Greenpeace’s Frontline Canvass operation brings in over half of the organization’s income by recruiting more than 75,000 new members every year, increasing both the financial strength and political impact of Greenpeace by recruiting members who give automatic monthly donations.

The National Canvass Director is responsible for the management of Greenpeace’s street and door-to-door canvass offices to ensure that each office achieves its financial and member recruitment objectives.

The best candidate for this position will be an experienced fundraiser, a seasoned manager, a strategic program planner, a motivating trainer and will have a deep understanding of the power the canvass builds for Greenpeace and its campaigns.

This is a senior level position responsible for a multi-million dollar fundraising program.



Performance: Create annual budgets with the Development Director that set objectives for total money raised, total members recruited, net income, gross income and expenditures, and attrition.  Set regional and office-level goals and parameters for the program, including quotas, staff number objectives, and more.  Manage the program to achieve these objectives.

Staff Development: Manage the recruitment, training and development of Regional Directors, the Training Director, operations staff, and office managers.  Ensure that the team is diverse across many different group identities and that the workplace is inclusive to all regardless of group identity.

Evaluation: Analyze national, regional, and office-by-office reports each week assessing performance with an eye on income, attrition, new members, members per hour, average donation, and other key factors. Highlight any key positive or negative trends and make changes to the program to maximize the income for the organization.  

Supporter Management: Ensure that all member data is collected and secured centrally within 24 hours of receipt and that all membership data is secure at all times, that members are being debited in a timely manner signing up on the street, that all members are receiving thank you post cards and welcome calls, and that complaints are dealt with in a timely manner.

Innovation: Create, test and implement new methods of accomplishing programmatic goals while mitigating risk. Support staff in creating, testing and implementing innovative ideas.

Program Management:

  • Ensure that systems for developing and tracking fundraising locations are managed in each office and centrally.

  • Work with Regional Directors to develop recruitment, retention, staff development plans and performance plans week to week.  Manage the Regional Directors to those plans.

  • Work with Regional Directors, Human Resources and Legal to enforce performance standards in offices, which may include issuing warnings and dismissals.

  • Work with Regional Directors to ensure that all staff, offices, and regions meet minimum fundraising standards.

  • Perform regular site visits to offices to support and train offices.

  • Ensure Frontline materials, letters and general information are factually accurate and up to date.  Work with internal campaign and communications staff to keep information up to date.  Coordinate regular campaign briefings and provide other motivational materials for Frontline staff.

  • Work with supporter services to monitor comments and feedback, track cancellation trends for indications of performance problems, and provide timely answers for supporter service staff on possible donor questions related to the canvass.

  • Write, test and adopt “face to face” fundraising scripts to maximize effectiveness.

  • Organize and facilitate national trainings for Regional Directors, City Coordinators and other canvass staff.

Campaign Work:

  • Collaborate with the Grassroots team to ensure that agreed upon campaign work in offices reaches campaign objectives and supports fundraising.


  • Other assignments provided by Development Director.






Excellent interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to manage and motivate a large team of staff; ability to identify, recruit, train and retain staff; short-term and long-term strategic planning skills; ability to analyze data, make recommendations and turn those recommendations into on the ground action; and proficiency in Excel, Word, e-mail and database programs.


High levels of integrity; commitment to grassroots organizing and civil disobedience as a way to make change; interest in innovative process design; commitment to protecting the environment; committed to working towards making the workplace more diverse and inclusive; and goal oriented.


  • Regional or National Canvass management experience required

  • A minimum of 3-5 years face-to-face fundraising experience, preferably in a canvass or other solicitation technique

  • Candidates with directly similar experience in national-level field management or political mobilization will be considered.

  • Experience using appropriate data analysis to inform decision making

  • Proven ability to train and manage staff; ability to manage remote staff

  • Proven ability to inspire teams with proven leadership skills

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects effectively

    Experience in handling and resolving customer service issues in a timely manner
  • Experience analyzing data including affects of programmatic changes, scheduling, scripting and other program elements



Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.


Commitment to Diversity:

Greenpeace welcomes and values diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives. Through our campaigning, we create solutions that promote environmental sustainability rooted in social justice. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that is a reflection of the global campaigns and missions that we champion.

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:12:28 GMT
<![CDATA[Program Assistant]]>



The Program Assistant is a unique high-level administrative position that works directly with the Campaigns Director, an active Executive Team member. The Campaigns Director, in collaboration with the Director of Public Outreach, manages the Program Department at Greenpeace USA. The Program Assistant manages and facilitates the Campaign Director’s time, correspondence, travel and speaking engagements, and other logistics.  The Program Assistant is also responsible for administrative duties related to the operations of the 5 Program Departments (Campaigns, Communications, Grassroots, Online, Actions.)


To be successful in this position, a candidate would be a highly motivated, multi-tasking person who can think and plan ahead, and work independently.  This position has access to highly confidential information and the Program Assistant must guarantee the confidentiality of this information at all times.

  • Coordinate and manage the Campaign Director’s schedule, meetings, travel and speaking engagements, including help with the preparation of materials and presentations for such engagements;
  • Establish and maintain relationships as required with external coalition partners, committees, boards, consultants and other vendors;
  • Manage external and internal meeting requests and schedule meetings as needed, ensure time spent in meetings reflect priorities;
  • Communicate regularly with the Governance Coordinator and other Executive Assistants to ensure transparency and collaboration across all organizational departments and ensure governance and reporting deadlines are met;
  • Oversee logistics for trainings, retreats, and events across all 5 Program Departments, including catering procurement, venue arrangement, note taking, information sharing and more;
  • Submit and track reimbursements, invoices and credit card statements for the Campaigns Director;
  • Track Program and other cost centers managed by the Program Directors;
  • Help manage internal communications and other processes between all 5 Program Departments;
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Campaigns Director.


Ideal candidate characteristics:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft correspondences and other communications quickly with minimum direction;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate the completion of complex administrative tasks in a timely manner, including meeting strict deadlines;
  • Flexibility in dealing with urgent requests and projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, and Prezi
  • Excellent judgment, discretion and diplomacy;
  • A high level of energy and enthusiasm;
  • Ability to build and nurture working relationships with staff at all levels;
  • Takes extreme pride in quality of work;
  • Commitment to environmental issues and principles of non-violence central to Greenpeace’s mission
  • 2-3 years of Executive Administrative experience;
  • 2-3 years of experience in social change or related organizations;
  • Ability to track and manage multiple projects at one time;
  • Experience developing systems;
  • Familiarity working with organizational budgets and tracking systems;
  • Highly motivated person, interested in working in a fast paced, values driven environment with the flexibility to do what’s needed to get the job done;
  • Experience with event planning is a plus.


Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:49:28 GMT
<![CDATA[Advancement Director]]>

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for providing administrative and strategic oversight for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Marketing, Fundraising, Development and Communications efforts. The Director of Advancement is responsible for the planning, implementation, management, and oversight of development activities with a primary focus on cultivating relationships and understanding donor’s needs and their capacity to give. Individual must be able to work collaboratively with the board of directors, Advancement Committee members, ambassadors and staff.  Responsibilities include developing and implementing a strategic fundraising and development plan to meet organizational goals. Position demands timely and accurate tracking of donor relations efforts. Advancement Director will oversee, coordinate and implement marketing and fundraising events, appeals, targeted grant writing, and effectively oversee the financial administration and fiscal reporting associated with Advancement activities.  


·         Cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors, small and large local foundations, as well as small and large national and international foundations.

·         Develop, implement and track a development and communications strategy that includes multi-media, mail, web and social marketing appeals as well as special events.

·         Manage donor relationships including strategic follow up and personalized engagement strategies.

·         Serve as the staff liaison to the volunteer Board of Directors Advancement Committee, and assist in the coordination of all meetings, agendas, and working group efforts.

·         Lead strategies to identify, prioritize, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospects.

·         Coordinate at least one large annual fundraising event and oversee third-party events benefiting the organization.

·         Coordinate with the Grants Development Team and its process to assure integration of organization’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Initiatives into grant pursuits.

·         Assist with strategy development and oversee all external communications, including website and social media, e-newsletters, press releases and printed materials.

·         Manage organizational database – create profiles and track donors, gifts, and prospects.

·         Oversee organizational marketing and rebranding efforts.

·         Work closely with team managers and all areas of the organization to effectively identify revenue producing and friend-raising opportunities that  align with Riverkeeper’s interests and priorities, i.e.) tours, rain barrel sales, tabling events, volunteer experiences, etc.) 

·         Represent Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at community functions and activities.

·         Live and represent the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper mission, vision and values.

·         Participate in mandatory meetings and training programs to enhance knowledge.

·         Attend mandatory organizational, departmental and committee meetings and trainings as directed.

·         Engage in job-related travel to designated meetings, conferences, and events.

·         Maintain established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.

·         Perform general office duties and assist with other business operations as needed.





·         Minimum Bachelor’s level degree, and preferred 3-5 years advancement/development experience or equivalent transferrable skills.

·         Strong relationship building skills.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Superior public speaking skills.

·         Demonstrated experience cultivating, soliciting and securing gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations and in meeting annual fund goals.

·         Grant writing and event planning experience.

·         PC proficiency- knowledge and expertise with contact management systems, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel;  Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.

·         Proven ability to create and execute successful business plans that have engaged and deepened relationships with donors/clients.

·         Passion for water and Great Lakes protection, regular recreational interaction with water such as paddling, boating or fishing a plus.

·         Demonstrated ability to work in a cross functional team environment.

·         Positive attitude and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

·         Ability to work autonomously, be self-directed and proven ability to meet deadlines.

·         Commitment to maintaining donor confidentiality.

·         Must possess a valid driver’s license and a reliable automobile.



  • Internal:  Maintain contact with the Executive Director, Team Directors, Marketing and Development Manager, Advancement and Communications Committee, Board Members, and Ambassadors.
  • External:  Maintain close contact with numerous donors, external community groups, partners, grant funders, collaborators, and others as required.



The majority of the work time is conducted in an office or social setting.  Local travel is required, e.g., donor visits.  Some flexibility in schedule is required; occasional work in the evening and weekends, and some out of the area travel.



Demonstrate the ability to:

·         Maintain a high energy level; must be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.

·         Regularly required to speak clearly and act as an engaged listener.







Apply by mailing or emailing a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and references to:  


Joy Knowlton, Operations Manager

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

721 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203


Application Deadline:  Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Midnight




Make sure you put the job title “Advancement Director” in the subject line of your email or cover letter. 


Wed, 13 May 2015 10:55:37 GMT
<![CDATA[HR Assistant/Coordinator]]>

Under the general direction from the Human Resources Operations Manager, the Human Resources Assistant will be responsible for working on day-to-day activities and key projects for the Human Resources team in all personnel-related areas to include payroll and benefits administration, policies/procedures communications, project management and employee relations. 


1.         Customer Service and Administration (50%)


  • Support the Human Resources Department in communicating, administering and enforcing policies and procedures for the general operation of the department
  •  Maintain a high level of customer service to the organization at large by facilitating and coordinating special HR projects (e.g., HR events; Benefits and Compensation Market Studies; Intranet and development of HR Newsletter)
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining individual employee files
  • Distribute internal documents and materials according to department procedures
  • Perform clerical duties to include filing, photocopying, scanning and faxing
  • Handle requests through responsiveness, follow-up and escalation
  • Prepare miscellaneous Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents as needed
  • Assist in the development and delivery of the Health and Wellness program
  • Work proactively with other team members to ensure requests are  resolved appropriately
  • Maintain and expand knowledge and understanding of existing and proposed federal and state laws/regulations affecting human resources management
  • Manage employee paperwork submission process to ensure that documents are correctly completed and routed to the correct individual for processing
  • Responsible for the on-boarding of employees, including I-9s, coordinating new hire paperwork and ensuring a smooth transition into the organization
  • Coordinate data entry for all new employees in ADP HR & Benefits, PayExpert, and Time and Attendance
  • Run routine and special reports using ADP, Excel and Internal Databases


2.         Benefit Administration (30%)


  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate new hire benefits orientation and serve as a point-of-contact for new and existing employees
  • Administer all benefits plans at Greenpeace, including answering staff questions and managing enrollments
  • Assist in the annual renewal process for all medical, dental and visions insurance
  • Make recommendations for policy, procedure, and plan document changes to ensure compliance with Health Care Reform
  • Coordinate leaves of absence including FMLA, Sabbatical, Parental, Worker’s Compensation
  • Assist in reconciliation of benefit invoices with Finance
  • Develop, implement and conduct regular benefit audits
  • Assist in the development and implementation of employee benefits education program
  • Assist in developing and implementing wellness initiatives
  • Assist in Worker’s Compensation Administration



3.         Project Management (10%)

  • Manages organizing and scheduling virtual and face-to-face meetings with HR team members and organizational stakeholders.
  • Conducts research and prepares background materials for meetings and takes notes during project meetings
  • Establishes project communication schedule to update HR team members and organizational stakeholders.
  • Collects and organizes project deliverables and assists in reviewing and editing project reports.
  • May assist with job analysis and classification studies; and audits technical personnel-related work including but not limited to salary and wage administration, performance test development and validation and performs human resources related research.


4.        Other (10%)

  • Works with other teams, particularly Frontline, IT, and Finance, to improve operational efficiencies
  • Serves as a backup for the payroll department
  • Other duties as assigned by the HR Director or HR Manager



  • Associates degree in HR, Business or related field or equivalent experience. 



  • 0-2 years of experience in an Administrative Supportive position
  • Experience with ADP HRIS, PayXpert, EZLabor Management, & Time & Attendance desired
  • Experience handling high-risk administrative tasks successfully
  • Proven ability to work independently and handle confidential information
  • Non-profit experience a plus


  • Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience with Excel spreadsheets and proven ability to quickly learn new database systems
  • Excellent presentation, project management, and facilitation skills
  • The ability to managing multiple and changing priorities effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within teams
  • Capacity to effectively establish relationships and build rapport within all ranks of the staff
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex and detailed policies, programs, to the staff and general public
  • Detailed orientated, administratively strong
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills


      Travel Required:


  • ≤10% travel required for recruitment activities, conferences, etc.
Wed, 13 May 2015 10:09:04 GMT