Job Opportunity: National Field Director, Marijuana Policy Project 9/30/05

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The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a National Field Director to spearhead MPP's grassroots organizing efforts in targeted congressional districts and nationwide. This is an excellent opportunity to play an exciting role in a fast-paced, well respected lobbying organization.

The National Field Director, based in MPP's main office in Washington, DC, is the primary liaison to grassroots supporters and allied organizations for MPP's Federal Policies Department. The National Field Director is responsible for inspiring and organizing these individuals and groups to take action in support of legislation such as the upcoming Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment.

Applicants should have political, legislative, or campaign experience and excellent oral and written communications skills, and be hard- working and highly organized.

The National Field Director is charged with the following tasks:

1) Build long-term relationships with national and local organizations, with an eye toward:

  • establishing coalitions favoring marijuana policy reform;
  • encouraging representatives of supportive organizations to meet with or contact members of Congress, as well as to energize their grassroots bases;
  • encouraging organizations to use the MPP grants program to advance or initiate their work on issues relating to marijuana policy reform; and
  • encouraging organizations to develop positive position statements on marijuana policy issues.
2) Serve as the online link between MPP and its grassroots supporters by:
  • writing alerts that urge MPP's e-mail subscribers to take action in support of pending federal legislation;
  • writing sample letters for subscribers to send to their members of Congress, as well as sample letters-to-the-editor; and
  • maintaining and updating the content on MPP's web pages that relate to federal legislative activity. (No web or programming experience is necessary, as the process is automated and user-friendly.)
3) Manage field organizers and coordinate grassroots lobbying activities by:
  • managing seven remotely-based field organizers who conduct campaigns to pressure members of Congress to support medical marijuana;
  • recruiting community leaders, medical marijuana patients, and other individuals whose lives have been harmed by marijuana prohibition to lobby their elected officials; and
  • helping to arrange meetings between MPP supporters and their members of Congress in their home district offices or in DC.
4) Inspire grassroots activism in target congressional districts for the purpose of focusing extra pressure on select members of Congress to support MPP's medical marijuana legislation. Specifically, the National Field Director encourages MPP supporters to:
  • distribute flyers outside of congressional offices and elsewhere;
  • coordinate the writing and placement of op-eds and letters-to-the- editor in local newspapers in the district;
  • attend town hall forums and other events where members of Congress are featured; and
  • organize protests or demonstrations when appropriate.
The annual salary of the National Field Director is $40,000 to $45,000, depending on experience. Full health insurance and an optional retirement package are included. The National Field Director reports to MPP's Director of Government Relations, who in turn reports to MPP's Executive Director.

See MPP's application guidelines at http://www.mpp.org/jobs/process.html for information on how to apply. Applications are due by October 20. Note that interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis, and interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as the position may be filled before the deadline.

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