Employee Relations Specialist (6 Month Contract)

Website Greenpeace USA


Greenpeace is  known for its creative communications, non violent direct action — and for the people behind them. As part of our People & Culture (P&C) Team, you will work closely with our Director of People & Culture  to ensure a just and equitable  work culture  as they work toward a green and peaceful future.

Reporting to the Director of People & Culture, the Employee Relations Specialist will administer and provide guidance, support, training and counsel to staff and managers in matters of employee relations, compliance, policies & procedures, performance management and other employment legal matters.  You will work to find solutions that reduce risk,  and ensure a fair, consistent approach to employee relations practices.   Additionally you will create programs and initiatives that help to support positive relations between staff and the organization with the goal of promoting employee engagement and satisfaction within the organization. The responsibilities of this role are 80% reactive employee relations, working on workplace investigation, consultations, mediations, and challenging employee situations. Balancing time between the reactive and proactive elements, training, policy development  & culture cultivation will be critical for success in this role. 

 Greenpeace values justice, equity & diversity, both internally and throughout our efforts worldwide.  You  will be a great fit if you are experienced in employee relations  with a strong work ethic and passion for fostering a positive  organizational culture of justice, equity, and continuous improvement.

Our ideal candidate will  be adaptable and approachable with significant employee relations experience, deep subject matter knowledge, and strong communications and interpersonal skills that enables them to work with a variety of different personalities, communication styles and expectations on a broad spectrum of employee relations issues and projects. They  will be able to balance competing priorities and use sound judgement in making recommendations as appropriate. They will have high emotional intelligence,  problem solving capability,  strong conflict management skills, and integrity in upholding Greenpeace values.  

This is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position based in Oakland, CA  or Washington, DC.


The Employee Relations Specialist  is responsible for:  

  • Assisting in the design and administration of P&C  policies and procedures
  • Managing Employee Relations  efforts to ensure that employment related information, processes, and procedures meet internal and external audit requirements.
  • Investigating  and resolving employee complaints while providing long term solutions to address areas of tension or disagreement 
  • Providing guidance and participating  in the resolution of employee relations issues which may include investigations, employee disciplinary actions , leave administration and conflict resolution.  
  • Managing corrective action processes which may include providing recommendations, written documentation, and administering corrective action
  • Working with the Director of P&C  to administer, follow-up and support; a measurement strategy to address organizational risks or culture 
  • Ensuring  organizational  compliance with federal/state laws and consistent application of organizational policies and procedures including  leave of absence programs
  • Maintaining knowledge of Greenpeace US and Greenpeace International  policies, programs, laws, and issues
  • Establishing credibility throughout the organization with management and employees through creative problem solving and coaching
  • Promoting  a high level of employee engagement, morale and motivation
  • Partnering  with  Legal leadership to design, cascade and promote standardized processes, templates, tools and/or technologies for use in managing employee relations activities, corrective action administration and escalated issue resolution protocols.
  • Supporting the onboarding and coaching of managers 
  • Developing and recommending core People & Culture training programs for managers and supervisors that advance organizational values and ways of working
  • Collecting and analyzing  data,  in audits and other assessments to identify trends, recommend direction, and provide guidance needed to adjust unfavorable trends and meet the needs of the organization.
  • Partnering with People & Culture Leadership and other stakeholders to  develop and execute a proactive employee  relations strategy focused on building leadership skills to promote employee engagement


 Minimum requirements for the Employee Relations Specialist include:

  • A minimum of 5  years of experience in a Human Resources with 1-2 years of experience in Employee Relations 
  • Knowledge of employment law and practices (with an emphasis on ADA, the interactive process for accommodation requests, and leave of absence requirements); understanding of Company policies, procedures, state and federal laws, with the ability to apply the knowledge to multiple situations
  • Ability to independently conduct a thorough investigation
  • Strong mediation and conflict resolution skills 
  • Experience administering , leaves of absence, and legal compliance (COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, ADA)
  • Exceptional written and verbal/nonverbal skills, along with finely tuned interpersonal skills and professional judgment. You must be able to demonstrate empathy toward employees and serve as their trusted resource
  • Have a track record as a successful change agent who can  transform culture through people
  • A highly collaborative leadership style with the ability to partner with and influence key organizational leaders and build high functioning teams
  • Ability to develop and execute a proactive employee and labor relations strategy focused on building leadership skills to promote employee engagement


Additional qualifications for the Employee Relations Specialist  include, but are not limited to:

  • Curiosity and an interest in continual learning
  • Excellent judgment, discretion, and diplomacy
  • A high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Ability to  communicate effectively across cultural differences
  • Strong commitment to the organization’s values on racial and social justice.
  • Commitment to environmental issues and principles of nonviolence central to Greenpeace’s mission.


If you are passionate about helping activists succeed in our fight against climate change  and are passionate about cultivating a just and equitable work culture, 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 underrepresented communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact resumes@greenpeace.org.



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.