by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel
THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS (NORML)
NORML has advocated on behalf of cannabis consumers since 1970. The past 20 years have seen the adoption of medicinal marijuana programs in more than two dozen states, and the adoption of full marijuana legalization for all adults in four states, including the establishment of a legal retail market. NORML’s Board of Directors anticipates more states will be legalizing adult consumption this November by ballot initiative.
With fewer states criminally prohibiting cannabis, NORML’s consumer protection advocacy will be focusing more on products and services in the cannabis market. Further, as the nation continues to engage in this ongoing narrative regarding legalization, there will exist a greater need for politicians, media, and policy analysts to seek guidance and expertise from NORML with regard to the benefits of regulation as well as the health and societal effects of responsible cannabis consumption.
The Board of Directors seeks a dynamic and innovative Executive Director to lead our national organization based in DC, with more than 100 active, volunteer state, local, and student chapters in the U.S., as well as chapters in nine other nations. NORML also has an affiliated PAC, Legal Committee, and 501(c)3 Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible for the smooth operation and growth of the national organization, and maintaining NORML’s well-earned reputation as a trusted resource for accurate information about cannabis.
Advance NORML’s relevance to cannabis consumers in a rapidly-changing cultural and political landscape.
Oversee the everyday operation of our DC office and our Denver office, recruit staff and volunteer interns, hire, manage and dismiss staff.
Manage the finances of the organization.
Play a key role in advocating for and tracking ongoing and forthcoming legislative efforts to reform marijuana policies and penalties at the state and federal level, and at the ballot box.
Develop the means for the organization to become financially self-sustaining, with a predictable minimum annual income.
Publicly represent NORML in the media, in testimony to legislative bodies and in amicus briefs, to our chapters and members, and at conferences, conventions, and other events, requiring extensive travel.
Oversee NORML’s social networks and advise on strategies to increase NORML’s social media presence, and seek ways to harness revenue from these networks.
Ensure legal compliance with the requirements of both a 501(c)4 and a 501C3 nonprofit organization, an affiliated NORML PAC, including the timely filing of all taxes and reports.
Maintain a collegial, respectful relationship with the Board of Directors, staff, and Chapter leadership including transparency and open communication about NORML’s goals and achievements.
Develop alliances and strategic relationships between NORML and other drug policy advocacy groups, nonprofit and for-profit entities.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Deep knowledge of cannabis prohibition, politics, and current policies, both in the U.S. and globally. Familiarity with cannabis consumers, their values, and their cultures.
Demonstrated leadership working with and guiding nonprofit and/or volunteer organizations, including staff management.
A record of organizational development, budgeting and fundraising.
Effective verbal and written communication with experience in public policy advocacy, public relations, grant writing, and public speaking.
Social media fluency.
Planning and execution of public events.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
At least a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent, with ten (10) or more years experience working in nonprofit, public advocacy, or public policy fields, and a proven record of increased responsibilities and achievements.
A record of participation in cannabis or other drug policy advocacy is strongly preferred.
Please forward a Vision Statement for NORML and its role going forward into the 2020’s, your Resume, and Salary Requirements to: Randy@norml.org.