MPP legislative counsel play an integral role in legalizing marijuana.
The overarching goal of the legislative counsel is to pass marijuana policy reform bills through state legislatures. Legislative counsel will also be responsible for compliance with state ethics laws in their states, some legislative drafting, and occasionally reviewing contracts.
Candidates should either live in — and telecommute from — Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, or South Carolina, or work out of MPP’s D.C. office.
MPP legislative counsel are each assigned eight to 12 states for which they serve as MPP’s lead staffer. In one to three of those states, MPP will be engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to pass medical cannabis, decriminalization, or adult-use legalization.
- Coordinating with MPP’s lobbyists, contract organizers (where applicable), allied organizations, and opinion leaders to advance marijuana policy reform legislation or defeat regressive legislation. This includes:
- direct lobbying (meeting with state legislators)
- testifying in writing and in person before state legislative committees
- developing relationships with local media and conducting interviews
- developing informational materials
- identifying and preparing other witnesses for legislative testimony, lobbying, and press events
- recruiting coalition members, including organizations
- speaking at and possibly organizing educational events
- strategizing and coordinating pressure tactics such as mailings, grassroots phone calls and emails, and ads
- drafting letters-to-the-editor and opinion pieces
- tracking vote counts
- creating and promoting voter guides
- Monitoring legislation in assigned states, using an online legislative tracking software
- Writing email alerts and maintaining state webpages for all assigned states
- Drafting legislation, occasionally reviewing contracts, and reviewing and complying with lobbying, campaign finance, and other ethics laws
- Preparing and filing all relevant ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance reports
Candidates for this position must have a law degree and exceptional oral and written communication skills. Candidates should also be highly organized, self-motivated, and able to accomplish an ambitious set of goals. Previous public policy or campaign work is strongly preferred.
Candidates must be willing to travel, including by plane and car. (Candidates do not have to own their own vehicle, but they must be willing and able to drive rental cars.)
The salary will be commensurate with experience. Compensation includes employer-paid health insurance (plus a $50 monthly contribution to the employee's Health Savings Account) and a dollar-for-dollar employer match to the employee's Simple IRA retirement plan.
The position requires working at least 1,920 hours per year, with the benefit of being able to choose one's hours, within reason. The employee gets to choose which days he or she wants to take off, as long as those days don't interfere with the employee's work. However, the position requires longer hours in the first five to six months of each year —including some work on evenings and weekends — when most legislatures are in session. Leave time should only be taken during that time when it is necessary.
Reports to: MPP's director of state policies (Karen O’Keefe), who reports to MPP’s executive director (Steve Hawkins)
Application: To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are not able to respond to every one. We will contact applicants we want to invite to advance to the next stage of the process, which will involve a written exercise. Phone, followed by in-person, interviews will be the final stage of the process. No phone calls please.