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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 student-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 in countries around the globe.
The Development Director envisions, oversees, and executes SSDP’s ethical fundraising practices and philanthropic relationships to generate and sustain support (approximately $700,000 in FY20) for chapter members’ education, development, and grassroots change-making. They are primarily responsible for developing and executing the annual fundraising strategic plan, collaborating with the Executive Director to cultivate individual donors, managing the grants portfolio, and supporting and supervising the Development Associate in their work. This position holds fiscal management responsibilities. Additional roles and responsibilities will be assigned based on experience, training, interest, organizational need, and competence.
The successful candidate is likely to be an SSDP alumni member but regardless has demonstrated deep commitment to the principles of drug policy or adjacent reforms, particularly those which are driven by youth or other impacted communities. They are committed to ethical and grassroots fundraising practices and dedicated to continual improvement rooted in experience, best practices, and effectiveness. Strong communication skills are essential and a solid sense of humor helps.
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 $50,000-$60,000 with team performance 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.
Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing “Development Director” in the subject line. Applications should include your résumé or your thorough LinkedIn profile, work samples, and a letter or other form of case for support detailing why you should be SSDP’s next Development Director. Applications will be reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled.