Job Opportunity – Research Assistant, Office of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, California 5/21/04

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The Office of Legal Affairs of Drug Policy Alliance, based in Oakland, California, pursues drug policy reform goals through impact litigation, legislative drafting for local and state bodies, and advocacy on behalf of public health interventions which address the problems associated with substance abuse at the individual, family and community levels. The office works on a variety of issues, including reforming sentencing laws; increasing access to substance abuse treatment services instead of incarceration; increasing acceptance and implementation of harm reduction services; reducing drug testing and other pervasive surveillance technologies; increasing eligibility for public benefits for individuals with drug problems or prior drug convictions; providing for lawful use and supply of medical marijuana and sacramental cannabis; ensuring adequate treatment of severe and chronic pain free from federal interference; combating the criminalization of pregnant drug users; and addressing racial disparities in drug laws and sentencing.

The Research Assistant supports the work of the attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs through research, writing and editing, and a variety of other tasks. Responsibilities include:

  • Research: Compiling public health, medical and criminal justice resources in order to supplement briefs, legislative materials, website content, and talking points produced by the Office of Legal Affairs.
  • Project Management: Managing various projects and ensuring that tasks are completed and deadlines met, maintaining databases and contact information, organizing meetings, and providing regular updates to staff and constituents.
  • Litigation Support: Conducting witness interviews, editing briefs, interviewing potential plaintiffs for litigation, assisting in the production of briefs, and researching factual, medical and social science issues specific to litigation.
  • Community Outreach and Education: Drafting public presentations and educational materials, press releases and website content, collaborating with community based organizations, and attending community meetings or hearings.
  • Administrative: Responding to e-mail and phone requests for assistance, assisting with basic administrative functions, recruiting and supervising interns, and assisting office manager in providing technical support to the office.
Applicants should be self-motivated, detail-oriented and must have a strong commitment to the purpose and goals of the Drug Policy Alliance. Strong writing, editing and analytic skills are a must. Applicants must have a BA or equivalent degree. Drug Policy Alliance is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, and gays and lesbians to apply.

Salary DOE, benefits include full medical, dental, and vision, 403B plan, and a generous vacation package. Job begins July 2004. Applicants should mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of two references on or before June 11 to: Brenda Smeeton, Office Manager, Drug Policy Alliance, 717 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607, or by e-mail (preferred) to [email protected].

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