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Job Opportunity: Field Director, SAFER, Denver

Submitted by dguard on (Issue #512)
Consequences of Prohibition
Politics & Advocacy

As one of just two staff members (along with the executive director), the Field Director will be responsible for filling a variety of organizational and campaign roles. He/she will serve as 1) a membership and outreach director, 2) a campaign and volunteer coordinator, and 3) a general assistant to the executive director.

Campaign coordination duties include performing various organizational and campaign tasks (e.g. collecting signatures, distributing literature, waving signs, attending events), and recruiting and organizing volunteers to complete or assist in completing such tasks; scheduling volunteers to be at various concerts, festivals, and other events; designing and/or producing (copying/cutting) campaign materials and distributing campaign materials to volunteers and supporters; and creating and maintaining separate databases of volunteers and supporters for specific campaigns.

Membership coordination duties include maintaining a detailed database of supporters and corresponding with new supporters to gauge their level of interest in working with and/or supporting SAFER; tracking donations to SAFER and the SVEF and providing thank-you notes and receipts for contributions as necessary; communicating with supporters who are engaged in volunteer activities in their area and ensuring they have the necessary; and maintaining and improving SAFER's presence on the Web, including SAFER's site(s) and blog, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking sites.

General assistant duties include acting as liaison between volunteers/supporters and the executive director; answering the office phone, sending faxes, checking the P.O. Box, and completing other office tasks as necessary; coordinating press events (eg. mobilizing supporters to attend, purchasing/locating props or signs, etc.); and data entry (eg. adding press contacts to media lists, adding professional contacts to a database, etc.).

A qualified applicant will be willing and able to follow instructions and adhere to SAFER's strategy and principles (generating earned media coverage of the message that marijuana is safer than alcohol); will have a college degree and some form of relevant campaign or non-profit experience (such experience is not entirely necessary, but helpful); will be a clear writer and speaker with well-developed communication skills, who is comfortable using e-mail and speaking on the telephone; will have a thorough knowledge of basic computer applications, such as Word and Excel, as well as basic knowledge of social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook (experience with Web design, video production, and/or other forms of new media is a HUGE plus); will be a self-starter who is able to work independently and under limited supervision; must understand that initiative campaigns entail a fast-paced environment and require a passionate and dedicated staff (this position will -- not always, but at some points -- require work during evenings and weekends); and will be creative and able to think both within and outside the box. Finally, a thorough or basic knowledge of drug policy issues and politics is preferred but not required.

The salary is from the mid-twenties to mid-thirties depending on experience and abilities. Benefits include a monthly reimbursement for health care.

There is no application deadline -- this position will be available beginning January 1, 2008, and it needs to be filled immediately. Applicants should apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Mason Tvert at [email protected]. In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in working with SAFER and discuss any relevant experience. Applicants will only be contacted if we require further materials or wish to set up an interview. Phone and in-person interviews will be scheduled as necessary.

Please visit (and the previous campaign sites, and for more information on SAFER, its mission, and its accomplishments.

SAFER is an equal opportunity employer. Women, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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