Job Opportunities: System Administrator and Grassroots Organizer at MPP 4/7/06

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SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR: The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a Systems Administrator to be based in MPP's main office in Washington, DC. The position requires the ability to perform exceptionally in a fast-paced, high-pressure campaign environment -- and is an excellent opportunity for someone who is meticulous and hard-working to become immersed in the technology aspect of a successful and good-sized nonprofit advocacy organization. The position starts as soon as possible and runs through the end of November 2006.

MPP uses multiple server platforms -- Mac OS X and Linux -- as well as Mac OS X almost exclusively on the desktop. Experience administering UNIX/Linux servers is essential to this position; Mac OS X Server-specific experience is a plus. A willingness to learn and ability to pick up new systems quickly are essential.

The Systems Administrator will have the following responsibilities:

Data Management: General database management and development using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, and MySQL; Coordinating and compiling various sets of data for data entry, mailings, analyses, and reports, ensuring data integrity and usability; Working with outside vendors on an as-needed basis to ensure MPP's data are up-to-date and to obtain applicable data such as compiled lists; Working with other MPP departments to ensure their data and database needs are met.

Networking: Ensuring daily back-ups of all MPP computers are conducted; Maintaining MPP's internal and external Mac OS X and Linux servers; Performing office networking and system maintenance; Setting up all new computers; upgrading all computers as necessary; implementing and maintaining all software; Providing help desk networking support for all MPP employees in the office and in the field; Ensuring installation and maintenance of office software, including but not limited to products requiring office-wide licensing; Ensuring all problems related to general office hardware, laser printers, fax machines, and video devices are handled.

Other: Aiding in managing the office-wide phone system, including handling the expansion of the system, performing maintenance, and handling any complaints; Providing inter-office solutions on a proactive and as-needed basis, including items such as an office-wide online calendar, etc.

The pay rate of the Systems Administrator is $40,000 - $48,000 annually, commensurate with experience. The Systems Administrator reports to MPP's Director of Information Technology, who in turn reports to MPP's Executive Director.

GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER: MPP is seeking an experienced community and/or political organizer to do grassroots organizing in Phoenix, Arizona through the end of June 2006. The organizer's goal will be to persuade area members of Congress to vote for medical marijuana legislation that will be brought up for a vote on the floor of the US House of Representatives in June 2006.

The grassroots organizer will need to execute the following tasks: Build a coalition of supportive community leaders and local organizations; Collect the names and e-mail addresses of hundreds of "rank-and-file" constituents who are interested in subscribing to MPP's e-mail alerts (which will ask the constituents to use MPP's Web site to e-mail or fax pre-written letters to their congressperson); Generate handwritten letters from constituents to the congressperson; Arrange meetings between medical marijuana patients, physicians, nurses, and other credible constituents with the congresspersons and/or his staff members; Organize "visibility" events, such as holding up placards at busy intersections or distributing brochures outside of the congressperson's local office; Promote the "visibility" events and other newsworthy developments to all local print, radio, TV, and Internet news outlets; Generate letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, and meetings with the editorial boards of all local newspapers; and Recruit and manage local volunteers to assist the grassroots organizer with all of the above activities.

Interested applicants must demonstrate exceptional oral communication skills, the ability to work independently, a high level of organization, and a professional appearance. Experience with managing volunteers is a plus. The grassroots organizer will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month and be paid as an independent contractor. As such, the position does not include health insurance or other benefits. The grassroots organizer will report to the National Field Director in MPP's office in Washington, DC. (Organizers who excel at their job will likely be offered other paid opportunities to work for MPP in their congressional district or another state after June 2006.) Application deadline is April 17.

Visit http://www.mpp.org/jobs/orgprocess.html for information on applying for either of these positions. Note that interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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