The executive director directly supervises the chief of staff and department heads, with responsibility for day-to-day decision making for the organization. The position develops and implements the organization’s political strategy and goals in conjunction with the staff and Board of Directors. Fundraising is a major part of the job. The position is responsible for the financial stability of the organization and requires a substantial amount of time be dedicated to raising millions of dollars for the organization and campaigns.
Specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Leading efforts to change laws through political organizing, lobbying, and ballot initiatives
- Negotiating with a broad range of stakeholders with interests in policy outcomes
- Raising capital from high net worth individuals, companies, and foundations
- Creating and executing a fundraising plan with specific outreach goals, timelines, and prospect lists
- Managing staff and improving individuals’ effectiveness, productivity, and job satisfaction
- Fostering and maintaining a positive work environment for all staff
- Communicating with the media to shape public opinion
- Leading a diverse movement of passionate individuals and organizations with interests in public health and individual liberty
The ideal candidate will have a track record for fundraising and a demonstrated ability to run a fast-paced, mission-driven organization of 20+ employees with a primary focus on changing laws.
- Ten or more years in a professional capacity with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably in politics, public policy, fundraising, or organizational management
- A track record of executive leadership in growing organizations
- Excellence in verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to motivate teams and to participate in and facilitate group meetings
- Experience in strategic planning and execution; knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and political deal-making
- Ability to adapt and respond to a rapidly changing environment and to encourage and motivate others to do so
- Interest in or personal commitment to marijuana policy reform and individual liberty
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the largest organization in the U.S. that’s focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition. The organization is hiring a new executive director for the first time since its founding in 1995. MPP works to create a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. Marijuana reform is one of the country’s most popular and bipartisan issues, with public support more than doubling over the last 20 years.
MPP has played a leading role in more than half of the current medical marijuana and adult-use legalization laws in the country, and the executive director should be able to help the organization build on its history of concrete reforms. MPP is lobbying to regulate marijuana like alcohol via several state legislatures: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. In Michigan, MPP’s coalition is working to legalize and regulate marijuana by voter initiative in 2018. Meanwhile, MPP is also working with patient advocates to advance medical marijuana-related bills in several other states, including Kentucky and South Carolina, while supporting a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah. In Congress, MPP has already helped secure protection from federal law enforcement for medical marijuana patients and businesses in the 2018 spending bill and is increasingly lobbying for expanded reforms to banking, research, patient access, and criminal justice.
Role: Executive Director
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