The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.
We have played a pivotal role in transforming the national conversation about drug policy. We heightened conversations at the federal and state level around the role of race in shaping drug policy and moved vital issues – like legalizing cannabis, ending mass incarceration, and prioritizing health and harm reduction responses to the overdose crisis – from the fringes of U.S. politics to the mainstream.
We are ambitious risk takers and unrelenting advocates with radical imaginations, ﬁghting to change hearts and minds and build a world that centers justice, communities, and dignity. With more than 35 staff in New York, California, New Mexico, and Washington, DC, we have an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million, 12,000 dues-paying members and 170,000 active online subscribers.
The Policy Manager, Civic Engagement and Strategy implements and operationalizes political, electoral, and civic engagement strategy in California to advance an all-drug decriminalization and other drug policy reform agenda. Their role is simultaneously strategy and project coordinator. Working with the California State Director, Senior Director, Criminal Legal and Policing Reform, and Managing Director of Policy, the Policy Manager will drive, manage, and execute advocacy campaigns with a substantial Drug Policy Action component and will coordinate and assist with legislative work in support of all-drug decriminalization reform.
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Terms of Employment
Applicants must reside in Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto); availability to work evenings and weekends and to travel periodically throughout the state (COVID-permitting) is required including Central Valley, Central Coast, and other surrounding areas.
The salary range for this role is $65,000 - $75,000 annually. DPA's benefits package includes health, dental, long-term disability and life insurance; a generous 403(b) plan; and 25 days paid time off.
Applicants must send a cover letter and resume to drugpolicy.bamboohr.com/jobs.
Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.
No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.
The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.
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