• Supervisor:  Deputy Director
  • Type:  Full-time
  • Location:  Washington, DC or Denver, CO
  • Timeline:  Applications will be accepted beginning May 24, reviewed immediately, and accepted until noon PST, Tuesday, May 30. Anticipated start date is on or before June 5, 2017.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (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. Mission Statement Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse 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.

Core Cultural Values

  • Efficiency
  • Transparency
  • Humility
  • Optimism
  • Inclusiveness
  • Light-heartedness
  • Diligence
  • Objectivity
  • Consistency

Organizational Management

SSDP uses Holocracy, an organizational management system, to define and organize 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.

The Position

The Outreach Coordinator is primarily responsible for developing strong student leaders and cultivating active, effective SSDP chapters in the Southeast and Southwest Regions; facilitating communication among chapter leaders; reporting regularly on the health of the chapter network; and collaborating with other staff, members of the board, alumni, and other members of the SSDP network to further the mission of SSDP.

Primary roles and accountabilities

Movement Building, Education and Advocacy

Chapter Builder

  • Coaching and guiding students through the process of establishing a chapter, recruiting new members, planning meetings & events, and identifying strategies for developing and sustaining a chapter of SSDP
  • Assisting students in researching campus-based drug policies and identifying opportunities for reform through engagement with student government association, campus administration or any other governing body associated with the school
  • Maintaining regular (at least monthly) communications and developing relationships with individual Chapter Leaders/Chapter Members, based on strong bonds of shared experience and desired outcome (end of drug prohibition and mass incarceration).
  • Facilitating communications between chapters at the state and regional level to pursue policy changes beyond campus at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • Guiding students through the process of affecting change through their student government and teaching students how to use student government as a means to achieve their campus objectives
  • Using our organizational  networks and connections to provide a bridge for students between their campus and the greater drug policy reform movement, in either their state, country, or internationally.
  • Supporting political ambitions/aspirations of chapter members
  • Connecting students to resources (ex. articles, individuals, organizations, etc) related to relevant drug policy reform issues of their interest
  • Encouraging chapters to participate with Chapter Activity Tracker (CAT) and featured campaigns/actions
  • Facilitating smooth leadership transition (including onboarding new officers)
  • Creating toolkits for campaigns and engaging student members in creating, developing, and updating toolkits and other such resources.
  • Maintaining & strengthening the health of current SSDP chapters through direct engagement and facilitation with and alumni
  • Generating collaborative partnerships between chapters
  • Linking students with regional and global days of action, such as Support Don’t Punish, 9/20 Day, and International Overdose Awareness Day, providing event support as needed

Data and Stories Tracker

  • Contributing to the development of annual objectives, tracking said objectives related to programs and outreach, and completing a quarterly analysis of our performance in striving to meet them.
  • Analyzing progress on objectives to see where we are succeeding and where we are falling short
  • Highlighting the work students do on their campus and community, for the purposes of giving students wide recognition and highlighting the major successes of our network
  • Maintaining accurate data on chapters
  • Capturing and accurately recording noteworthy accomplishments both internally (work related) and externally (chapter network related, Monthly FYI, Alumni, membership and supporters).

Event Organizer and Promoter

  • Working with students and alumni to plan, promote, and execute events relevant to SSDP’s mission including educational events, recruitment events, regional conferences, direct actions, and others
  • Promoting relevant events to the SSDP network and SSDP events to our allies/the public
  • Helping students work out plans to attend SSDP’s Fall regional conferences and Spring international conference and other events for which we are able to provide scholarships
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of the international SSDP conference every spring

Legislative Activator

  • Tracking current and future federal, state and local legislation related to drug policy reform and criminal justice reform
  • Curating online Action Centers related to various legislation and campaigns related to drug policy or criminal justice reform
  • Supporting students as they develop strategies for lobbying and policy change



  • Maintaining positive relationships with partners and allies
  • Representing SSDP at networking events
  • Connecting students and alumni with each other and with experts in service of their professional development and/or policy goals
  • Maintaining positive relationships with vendors, donors, and network members

Blog Author

  • Writing blog content including highlighting new chapter leaders, chapter highlights, and network updates
  • Receiving, editing, publishing content submitted from supporters
Efficiency Participant
  • Managing expenditures carefully, including careful analysis accounting for hard costs, staff time, and the value of the opportunity.
  • Managing finances and spending responsibly and according to nonprofit best practices and with an eye for efficiency
  • Seeking out opportunities to save through discounts, in-kind support, and efficiencies at every opportunity
Lifelong Learner
  • Seeking continuing education opportunities to build skills and develop professionally
  • Learning & reading about marijuana prohibition/the war on drugs
  • Engaging external resources in support of professional development
  • Prioritizing professional development needs in consultation with supervisors


Ideal candidates for this position have experience as a member of the SSDP student network, are friendly, outgoing, energetic, accountable, communicative, and display a strong desire to work with students to change drug policy around the world.

Necessary skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort with extensive phone and video chat communication
  • Demonstrated success in group leadership
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to adhere to strict data and record keeping practices
  • Familiarity with CRM (constituent relationship management) software, specifically with the Nation Builder platform (desired)

Terms of Employment

This position requires the candidate to live in either the Washington, DC or Denver, CO areas. Some travel is required. Evening and weekend hours will sometimes be required but are generally planned in advance.


SSDP offers a competitive salary* for an entry-level position with annual salary reviews each July. The benefits package includes health benefits and a generous paid time off policy. SSDP observes all federal holidays except Columbus Day and instead closes the office the day after Thanksgiving. *While we are not listing the salary publicly, we are happy to disclose it to any potential applicants who email stacia@ssdp.org.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter with your résumé by email to stacia@ssdp.org. The résumé and cover letter should be combined in a single PDF file and titled as follows: Last-First-Outreach-Coordinator. Reference “Outreach Coordinator in the subject line. Applications will be accepted beginning May 24, reviewed immediately, and accepted until noon PST, Tuesday, May 30. Anticipated start date is on or before June 5, 2017.   Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.   Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.