National Warehouse Program Manager

Oakland, CA

Greenpeace USA is hiring a National Warehouse Program Manager to join our energetic, innovative and bold Action Team at Greenpeace USA, which is responsible for designing, developing, and deploying direct actions and other field activities. It also runs a highly specialized technical training and development program to provide the skills Greenpeace activists need to peacefully protest in dynamic ways. The Action Team at Greenpeace USA is responsible for designing, developing, and deploying direct actions and other field activities. It also runs a highly specialized technical training and development program to provide the skills Greenpeace activists need to peacefully protest in dynamic ways.


The National Warehouse Program Manager oversees the management and operation of two 10,000 square foot mixed-use warehouses, currently one in Landover, MD and one in Oakland, CA, ensuring that facilities and equipment are maintained and insured, and the management, operation and care of the organization’s actions equipment, a fleet of boats and vehicles. 


The National Warehouse Program Manager line manages the National Warehouse Operations and Logistics Manager and the Warehouse Operations Officer, as well as fellows and a volunteer engagement program based in the warehouses, and is responsible for the health and safety of warehouse users, including evaluating the technical competencies of staff and contractors and providing advice and training as necessary.


This is a full-time, benefits eligible role based in Oakland, CA and will report to the Actions Director. Please note that this position requires flexibility and a willingness to work outside of normal operating hours and ability to travel extensively.


The National Warehouse Program Manager will:

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT:

  • Line management, direct and remote, of the National Warehouse Operations and Logistics Manager and National Warehouse Operations Officer, and other warehouse staff and volunteers. 
  • Build and maintain effective communication of expectation, staff leadership, mentoring and management skills and a feedback-rich culture.
  • Serve as a member of the Action Unit management core along with the Action Unit Director, the Deputy Action Unit Director and the Activist Program Manager.
  • Lead and manage teams of staff, volunteers, and activists in the field.
  • Oversee management of contractors, volunteers, fellows and interns.
  • Supervise staff and volunteers working in the Warehouse and/or with equipment as required.
  • Create and grow a robust volunteer program based in the warehouses themselves and support Greenpeace campaigns via fellowships, internships and volunteer positions.


MANAGE ALL ASPECTS OF THE WAREHOUSE AND OTHER FIXED ASSETS:

  • Ensure the Warehouses are kept in a state of operational readiness at all times, and that equipment is maintained to be safe and reliable.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day business of the warehouse in which the position is located. 
  • Develop and manage warehouse operating and enhancement budgets, fellowship budget, Action Tech R&D budget and related finance administration.
  • Manage and assess all warehouse-related finances and budgets (equipment procurement and maintenance, budget proposals, cost control. Bottomline responsibility for all warehouse related finances.
  • Maintain coherent national operations program across the warehouses and ensure evolution of the warehouses, systems, and equipment to meet the needs of the team and organization, maintaining a system-level view of the fleets
  • Identify and address trending issues of concern.


EQUIPMENT, SAFETY, MAINTENANCE:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience to use all equipment contained within the Warehouse to appropriate standards and to ensure third party use meets these standards.
  • Maintain adequate insurance coverage for the facilities, vehicle and boat fleets and equipment, as well as for on-site events and trainings.
  • Ensure development of and adherence to safety & security management plans for the warehouses and adherence of personnel, volunteers and visitors to health and safety procedures, safe use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials in the warehouses and adherence to the Greenpeace Vehicle Use Policy.


PROJECT / DIRECT ACTION SUPPORT:

  • Negotiate use of space and equipment with action team staff and managers.
  • Support action coordinators in all equipment-related matters in connection with the planning, preparation, coordination and implementation of events.
  • Keep track of equipment during activities and seizure, and ensure its safe return to the warehouse. Keep records of damage, wear and tear, and loss.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT / ACTION COORDINATION:

  • Implement logistics planning, preparation, coordination and execution of direct actions, direct communications, protests, investigations, tours, ship-based actions and other activities and interventions as assigned.
  • Ensure that all Action Team planning, debriefing and evaluative processes are adhered to.
  • Oversee administrative duties pertaining to Action Team procedures in the preparation, execution and follow-up of events, including updating action personnel data, loss/damage insurance claims, etc.
  • Manage financial aspects of action projects, including budget proposals, cost control, processing invoices and producing after-project budget reports.
  • Ensure that equipment, technical and logistical debriefs and evaluations are completed at the conclusion of any activity, event or project and that subsequent recommendations from staff are fed promptly into the evaluation process.
  • Ensure that actions are comprehensively reviewed and/or evaluated 
  • Inform Activist Program Manager of all personnel-related issues upon completion of an event, including legal issues and administrative issues.
  • Hire, supervise, and coordinate contractors and volunteers working on projects as required, including implementation teams in the field.


RISK MANAGEMENT:

  • Implement decision-making, especially in the field, related to organizational & reputational liability - ensuring that Greenpeace is well represented through the actions of staff, volunteers and activists.
  • Manage risks (life and limb, organizational, budget, and reputational) through development and deployment of activities.
  • Evaluate proficiency as related to safety and readiness aspects of action deployment and ensure that all personnel in direct actions strictly apply to health and safety protocols and procedures.
  • Assess activist and volunteer proficiency as it relates to technical skills (driving, boating, climbing, and aerial operations, etc.), the ability to safely and competently operate heavy equipment and proper use of personal protection equipment, exercising sound judgment, ability to represent Greenpeace in public settings, commitment to nonviolent principles, and ability to function calmly under extreme duress, including legal repercussions.


TRAINING:

  • Provide input into the development and implementation of the activist’ training program to the Activist Program Manager, and as needed act as a trainer, especially in one’s field of expertise.
  • Coordinate, in conjunction with the Activist Program Manager, to plan and execute training and rehearsal projects related to the preparation and planning for that action.
  • Supervise action participants working in the equipment center and/or with equipment related to the preparation of a specific action.
  • Serve as a trainer during action-related skills training, and work as part of the Actions Team to develop training programs and protocols.


OTHER:

  • Represent Greenpeace to the media, authorities, allies or opponents.
  • Maintain and develop relations with actions and operations staff throughout all Greenpeace offices including the Greenpeace Operations and Ships units.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Action Unit Director or Deputy.


Minimum requirements for the National Warehouse Program Manager include:

  • Five years experience working in a campaigning organization
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Knowledge and experience using & caring for actions-related & mechanical equipment
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors and service specialists
  • “On water” boating experience
  • Current driver’s license
  • Budget development and management experience
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment and to work well under pressure
  • Proven team leadership, management abilities, and personnel assessment skills
  • Understanding of insurance matters related to equipment and vehicles
  • Experience in coordinating and/or team leading in direct actions and/or experience in managing large teams of people in complex and stressful situations
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent project management and planning skills
  • Commitment to the ideals of Greenpeace, including a global perspective and a commitment to non-violence, understanding of environmental and peace issues
  • Understanding of health and safety issues relating to facilities, equipment and direct action 
  • Ability to work with confidential information
  • Flexible working hours, ability and willingness to travel extensively


Additional qualifications for the National Warehouse Program Manager include, but are not limited to: 

  • Experience in managing an equipment warehouse & systems
  • Extensive knowledge of safety and health practices
  • Forklift operation experience/certification
  • Proficiency in one or more of: boat driving, climbing, wilderness first aid, tactical communication, fabrication, working with heavy machinery
  • Experience as a trainer in one or more of: boat driving, climbing, NVDA, wilderness first aid, tactical communication systems
  • Diverse research skills
  • Experience working with ships or other vessels


If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate.


Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact resumes@greenpeace.org. 


COVID - 19 Notice:

As of Q1 2022, most Greenpeace employees are working from home due to COVID-19. In accordance with Greenpeace values to maintain a safe and healthy working environment, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees, supporters, and the community at large from COVID-19. 


Current and future employees in need of an exemption from this policy for medical reasons, or because of sincerely held religious beliefs may request exemption. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Greenpeace undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.


BENEFITS & COMPENSATION

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.


Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.


Salary for this position starts at $80,000 and is commensurate with experience.

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