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Type: Full-time permanent, exempt
Location: Washington, DC preferred, but can be flexible for exceptional candidates
SSDP is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a member-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses and communities in countries around the globe.
SSDP is an international grassroots network of students and young people who are concerned about the impact drug misuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.
Hiring and Compensation Policies
SSDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women or non-binary people, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply, particularly those who have been adversely affected by the War on Drugs. We understand that unraveling the harms of the War on Drugs requires us to engage in practices and adopt policies aligned with the values we seek to engender in the world. We leverage our opportunity to create a more just and equitable workplace through our Hiring and Compensation Policies. We do not conduct drug testing of candidates or employees.
SSDP uses Holacracy to define and organize domains, roles, and accountabilities for staff. Work is conducted using the Getting Things Done time management system, and all staff capture their work in Asana, promoting a very high degree of transparency. Responsibility is distributed throughout the entire team and successful team members are driven, accountable self-managers who are open to constructive feedback, enjoy iterative processes, and embrace well-managed risk.
Shared power and authority
Collaboration and partnership
Diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism
The Executive Director will provide leadership, management and coordination of the organization’s overall mission and vision. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the daily operations of the global organization, which presently includes the immediate supervision of 6 staff members and 4 major contractors based in 4 different countries. Pursuant to the organization’s objectives and strategic plan, the Executive Director devises and implements specific strategies, tactics and activities to accomplish the organization’s overall mission. The Executive Director must take ultimate responsibility for fundraising, programs, management and administration for the organization.
The successful candidate has demonstrated deep commitment to the principles of drug policy or adjacent reforms (particularly those which are driven by youth or other impacted communities), and is likely to have been an SSDPer or had previous engagement with or awareness of SSDP’s work. They are committed to ethical and grassroots fundraising practices and dedicated to continual improvement rooted in experience, best practices, and effectiveness. Strong communication as well as transparent and reflected conflict resolution skills are essential and a solid sense of humor helps.
Proficiency in at least one language other than English is preferred, but not required. Due to nonprofit laws, the successful candidate must be a resident of the United States, or otherwise permitted to work in the U.S.
Once travel and events are permitted again, which we realize might not be for some time, the Executive Director will be expected to travel often, (approximately 25% or more of work hours).
SSDP offers a salary commensurate with experience and similar positions in the local market and ensures a living wage to all full-time employees. The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000 with team performance bonuses, fundraising bonuses, and annual salary adjustments available according to the Hiring and Compensation policies. The benefits package includes health, dental, vision and life insurance, a generous paid time off policy, and an Employee Assistance Program. SSDP offers flexible work scheduling and observes all federal holidays except Columbus Day, instead closing the office the day after Thanksgiving.
Applications will be reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled, however it is our strong preference that applications are submitted before September 30. Our ideal candidate will be able to start as soon as is reasonable, but no later than December 1.
Please submit your resume, list of references, and a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position through this form. Note: you must be logged into a Google account to submit the form.
Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.