Job Opportunity: Network and Systems Engineer, Marijuana Policy Project, DC

The Network and Systems Engineer is a great opportunity to play a major role in the technology work of a successful and good-sized nonprofit advocacy organization -- while working for a good cause in a non-corporate, all-Mac environment.

MPP uses Apple computers almost exclusively, so experience with the Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server operating systems is essential. MPP's office network uses Open Directory computer management and authentication, so experience with these technologies, including experience setting up standard OSX images and software packages in Open Directory, is needed as well.

Additionally, candidates should be able to perform exceptionally in a fast-paced, high-pressure campaign environment and work with a high degree of autonomy.

Networking and systems management responsibilities of the Network and Systems Engineer include ensuring daily back-ups of all MPP computers are conducted; maintaining MPP's internal and external Mac OS X servers; performing office networking and system maintenance; setting up all new computers, upgrading all computers as necessary, and 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; and ensuring all problems related to general office hardware, laser printers, fax machines, and video devices are handled.

Data management responsibilities include 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; and working with other MPP departments to ensure their data and database needs are met.

Other responsibilities include managing the office-wide phone system, including handling the expansion of the system, performing maintenance, and handling any complaints; and providing inter-office solutions on a proactive and as-needed basis.

The Network and Systems Engineer reports to MPP's Director of Information Technology, who in turn reports to MPP's Executive Director.

The salary of the Network and Systems Engineer is $50,000 to $60,000. The position also includes full health insurance and an optional retirement package.

To apply, please visit and follow the instructions on that page. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as MPP is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible.

MPP has 33 staffers -- 23 staffers in MPP's DC headquarters, three in California, four in Minneapolis, one in Massachusetts, one in Michigan, and one in New Hampshire. With more than 23,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, MPP is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit its use -- and believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment.

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