SSDP ED Search Accepting Applications 10/17/03

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy is seeking a responsible, proven leader committed to drug policy reform and grassroots activism, with vision and confidence, to lead the nation's leading student drug policy reform organization. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the ideal candidate to take Students for Sensible Drug Policy to the next level of growth and sustainability. The executive director is responsible for the continuation of productive relationships with student chapters, staff, the board of directors, board of Advisors, supporters and the drug reform community, and to continue to develop new relationships.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems. SSDP is a nonviolent youth-oriented organization that neither encourages nor condemns drug use. Rather, SSDP seeks to reduce the harms caused by drug abuse and drug policies. SSDP believes that in order to protect the autonomy of individuals' minds, bodies and spirit, drug laws and policies must always respect personal choice and freedom so long as a person's actions do not infringe upon another's freedoms or safety. SSDP focuses on drug issues with the greatest impact on young and underrepresented communities. SSDP strives to achieve sustainable policies that foster civil rights, health and safety through the exploration of alternatives to the current drug war.

Job responsibilities will include developing, leading and managing projects; leading the development program; grant writing and research; individual and member-based fundraising; managing staff and assisting student activists with the highest degree of respect; preparing the budget, maintaining financial records and managing programs within those parameters; working with the board of directors to develop SSDP; and acting as spokesperson. Additional qualifications include proven track record as fundraiser; excellent oral and written skills; experience in public speaking; ability to work with diverse communities; and savvy political understanding.

Application deadline is November 1, 2003, start date is January 2004, location is Washington, DC. To apply, visit or send resume and short writing sample (press release, fundraising letter, event announcement, etc.) to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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