Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy 7/29/05

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The responsibility of the Outreach Coordinator is to increase SSDP's base by providing support to students starting chapters, as well as to students trying to grow and strengthen existing chapters. Additionally, the Outreach Coordinator must track and maintain information on all of the organization's chapters. To that end, the Outreach Coordinator will:

  • Assist students starting chapters, as well as students trying to grow and strengthen chapters. The Outreach Coordinator not only responds to students who request to start chapters, but proactively inspires students to want to start chapters as well. Accordingly, the Outreach Coordinator must develop strategies and tactics that are forward-thinking and innovative in inspiring students to start chapters, especially students at schools in districts and states important to SSDP's legislative campaigns. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the development of trainings, materials, literature, and other resources which will benefit students working to start, grow, or strengthen chapters.
  • Track and maintain information on SSDP chapters, activists, and other supporters. The Outreach Coordinator tracks and maintains accurate and current information on the status of student attempts to start chapters, as well as on the status of already active, committed chapters, including information on chapter programs and goals, membership, leadership, etc. The Outreach Coordinator oversees the organization's Alumni Network by tracking and maintaining information on members who graduate.
  • Help SSDP's Campaign Director execute SSDP grassroots campaigns and actions. The Outreach Coordinator carries out tasks as assigned by the Campaign Director to execute various grassroots campaigns and actions.
A qualified applicant will have succinct, persuasive, inspiring writing, plus a close attention to detail. The applicant will communicate orally with comfort and conviction, and exceptional interpersonal skills are essential. The ability to be assertive is a must, as is comfort working with people of all ages. A qualified candidate will be a self-starter who's creative in developing outreach strategies and tactics. A demonstrated dedication to reform of drug laws and policies is valuable, but not necessary. SSDP places a premium on experience working with and managing volunteers, especially in the context of student organizing and activism. The Outreach Coordinator reports to the Campaign Director who in turn reports to the Executive Director. Both the Outreach Coordinator and Campaign Director work closely with the Legislative Director.

SSDP is a national network of students committed to an open, honest, and inclusive dialogue on alternatives to our country's current approach to drug use, abuse, and addiction. Through youth involvement in the political process, we work to reform drug laws and policies that have a negative impact on youth. Specific SSDP campaigns have included efforts to repeal the federal financial aid ban on students with drug convictions and to restrict federal funding for student drug testing. Visit http://www.ssdp.org for information on SSDP's mission and campaigns.

Salary is $30,000+, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health care. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an equal opportunity employer, located in Washington, DC near Dupont Circle (on the Red Line). SSDP has a fun yet professional work environment.

Interested applicants should e-mail a one-page cover letter and one-to-two page resume by August 19 to Scarlett Swerdlow at [email protected]. In your cover letter, please indicate (1) how you learned about SSDP's job opening, (2) why you are interested in working with SSDP in particular, and (3) whether you have any experience in drug policy. Feel free to include any additional information you deem relevant, not to exceed one page. Please do not call the SSDP office at this time. If you submit a cover letter and resume, SSDP will respond to you within seven working days with either a notice of rejection or a request for additional documentation.

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