The Marijuana Policy Project of New York is seeking a full-time political director to lead the organization's statewide organizing efforts. The initial campaign will seek to improve the state’s medical marijuana program; a later campaign will seek to end marijuana prohibition in New York by regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol.
The position offers an excellent opportunity to play a leading role in improving marijuana policies in one of the nation’s bellwether states. The political director will ideally be based in Albany, but candidates based in other parts of New York may also be considered.
MPP-NY is a new organization affiliated with the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest organization in the nation focused solely on marijuana policy reform.
Over the next year, the New York political director will work with grantees and other allies — such as clergy, medical professionals, and patients — to expand New York’s medical cannabis program, including expanding the list of qualifying conditions and types of cannabis products available and reducing onerous regulations that drive up prices. The political director will organize press conferences, public forums, debates, testimony at hearings, editorial board meetings, opinion pieces in newspapers, and in-district lobbying visits for constituents to meet with their two state legislators.
The political director will also be responsible for organizing grassroots volunteers to (1) assist with MPP-NY's outreach at town halls, debates, and other local events; (2) build MPP-NY's email list; and (3) generate phone calls and email messages from voters to their state legislators.
Other responsibilities also include coordinating the New York coalition’s social media presence; drafting legislative updates to be sent to MPP-NY’s email subscribers; and, on rare occasions, assisting with presentations to major donors in New York. The political director will be responsible for ensuring that they and all other agents of MPP of NY, such as grantees and contract lobbyists, comply with all New York lobbying and other ethics rules, including filing any necessary reports.
The New York political director reports to MPP-NY's executive director (who is based in D.C. and Austin) and (for administrative and day to day issues) to MPP-NY’s chief of staff, based in D.C. The political director will also consult with MPP’s director of state policies (based in L.A.), who supervises similar work in other states.
The salary for the New York political director position will be commensurate with experience, except that it will be increased to account for the fact that MPP-NY is unable to offer employee benefits at this time.
This position requires working at least 1,920 hours per year, with the benefit of being able to choose one's hours, within reason. Vacations should not be during the January through May legislative session. MPP-NY makes no distinction between federal holidays, vacation days, sick days, personal days, religious holidays, and so forth. The employee may choose which days he or she wants to take off, so long as those days do not interfere with the employee's work.
Candidates for this position should have experience in political campaigns in New York, exceptional oral and written communication skills, an understanding of New York public policy, and a professional appearance. Candidates must have a driver’s license and be prepared to travel throughout the state, including for some events on weekends and evenings.
Candidates must be highly organized, self-motivated, and able to accomplish a well-defined yet ambitious set of goals. Candidates with extensive experience leading campaigns; working in the state Legislature; and who have strong ties to influential organizations, reporters, and opinion leaders in New York are strongly preferred. Prior media experience is also preferred. Experience using social-media platforms is preferred but not necessary.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable; commensurate with experience and adjusted to reflect that MPP-NY cannot offer benefits at this time.
Marijuana Policy Project, which was founded in January 1995, is the largest organization in the U.S. focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition. Since 2000, MPP has been actively involved in a majority of the significant state-level marijuana policy reforms in the United States.
MPP’s mission is to change federal law to allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without federal ...interference, as well as to regulate marijuana like alcohol in all 50 states, D.C., and the five territories.