MPP (Marijuana Policy Project), the foremost cannabis policy reform organization in the nation, is accepting applications for the position of communications director. Based out of our D.C. office, this high-impact, high-profile position is ideal for a driven and skillful team player who is motivated by the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of one of the most exciting policy areas today. When we change laws, we change lives, and being a part of MPP today means positively contributing to causes as diverse as criminal justice reform, patients’ rights, social justice, civil liberties, and good governance — with outcomes that are touching countless lives and transforming communities devastated by decades of misguided prohibitionist policies.
This position requires both short- and long-term planning skills, superior oral and written communication skills, and the ability to swiftly and effectively respond to new and/or changing information. The ideal applicant must possess the ability to: rapidly respond to simultaneous inquiries/requests; manage multiple projects; and work with a range of MPP and external stakeholders in an extremely fast-paced environment.
The position reports directly to the executive director and works cooperatively with senior leadership. The communications director is one of the principal on-the-record spokespersons for MPP, who works to support the vision, mission, and values of the organization and drive awareness of key issues in both medical and adult-use states.
The position requires the ability to travel (10%), work after hours as needed, and may require flexibility to work some weekends. The position will be paid a salary commensurate with experience and includes full benefits, vacation, sick days, and matching IRA options.
MPP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MPP complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
- Develop and execute strategic communications strategies to increase awareness around MPP’s current and future initiatives in the states and at the federal level
- Manage day-to-day media relations (proactive pitching, reactive handling) and identify and develop new reporter relationships, while maintaining existing ones
- Collaborate closely with internal and external stakeholders including partners, donors, agencies, outside organizations, and other team members to widely support initiatives across various channels
- Manage and coordinate key projects, plans, calendars, research, and insights with other team members at MPP and serve as a convener and resource for other teams and leaders
- Develop and pursue opportunities to position MPP leadership as thought leaders in cannabis and social justice policy reforms
- This individual will report directly to the executive director and may occasionally be assigned other duties to fulfill the organizational mission.
- Six to eight years of communications experience — political, agency, or in house. Experience supporting political or policy reforms and a belief that cannabis prohibition should end is essential.
- Proven ability to develop and deliver strategic communications plans and demonstrate successful outcomes from communications activities
- Deep knowledge of drug policy, criminal justice, or relevant social justice issues
- Previous experience managing professional teams
- Genuine communications savvy — must have strong media relations skills, a deep network (trade, political, business, and/or mainstream outlets), solid copywriting and editing skills, as well as strong digital content generation skills. Must be enthusiastic about proactively pitching on an ongoing basis.
- Superior presentation/advisory skills — clear, concise thinking and sufficient gravitas to deliver meaningful advice to senior leaders on communications strategy in a timely fashion
- Strong project management skills — must be able to organize work in a methodical and rigorous manner but equally comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- Exceptional self-starter who knows how to operate effectively within a complex environment and is eager to make their mark in a dynamic organization
- Team player — low maintenance, no job too big or small, humble. We’re looking for someone who is energetic, positive, and who does not mind helping out to get a job done.
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct reports: Social Media & Communications Coordinator, Web Content Manager
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, an op-ed length writing sample (600 – 900 words), a sample press release about a hypothetical cannabis policy-related situation, and at least one recording of yourself participating in a TV or radio interview to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to respond to every one, but will contact applicants we want to invite to interviews. No phone calls please.