Job Opportunity: Field Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Washington, DC 4/14/06

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy is hiring a Field Director. The responsibility of the Field Director is to expand SSDP's base by providing support to students starting chapters, as well as to students trying to grow and strengthen existing chapters. Additionally, the Field Director must track and maintain information on all of the organization's chapters. To that end, the Field Director will:

Assist students starting chapters, as well as students trying to grow and strengthen chapters. The Field Director not only responds to students who request to start chapters, but proactively inspires students to want to start chapters as well. Accordingly, the Field Director 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, as well as legislative campaigns of allied drug policy reform organizations. The Field Director is responsible for the development of trainings, materials, literature, and other resources that will benefit students working to start, grow, or strengthen chapters.

Track and maintain information on SSDP chapters, activists, and other supporters. The Field Director tracks and maintains accurate and current information on the status of student attempts to start chapters, as well as on the status of active chapters, including information on chapter programs and goals, membership, leadership, etc. The Field Director oversees the organization's alumni network by tracking and maintaining information on members who graduate.

Help SSDP's Campaigns Director execute SSDP grassroots campaigns and actions. The Field Director carries out tasks created by the Campaign Director to execute various grassroots campaigns and actions.

Assist SSDP's Publications Coordinator in compiling stories for the monthly SSDP newsletter. The Field Director is responsible for identifying chapter projects that worthy of inclusion in the monthly SSDP newsletter, summarizing these projects, and putting the Publications Coordinator in contact with chapter leaders for more information.

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. An applicant must be extremely comfortable with phone communication, as the Field Director will be required to spend a great deal of time on the phone communicating with chapter leaders and potential chapter leaders. An ability to be assertive and inspiring is a must, as is comfort working with people of all ages.

A qualified candidate will be a self-starter who is creative in developing outreach strategies and tactics. A demonstrated dedication to drug law reform 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 Field Director reports directly to the Executive Director.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health care. Interested applicants should email a one-page cover letter and one-to-two page resume to Executive Director Kris Krane 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, (3) whether you have any experience in drug policy, and (4) why you are interested in this particular position. 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. Application Deadline is May 12. Visit http://www.ssdp.org/jobs/ for further information.

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