Fields: health, policy, racial justice, correctional system, poverty
Location: NYC or Oakland, California
About the Organization: The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes against others; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.
About the Position: The Leaders in Drug Policy Fellowship is a 12-week program designed to expose a diverse network of future leaders, directly or indirectly impacted by the harms of drug prohibition, to the many facets of drug policy reform. The fellowship will offer exposure to the multidisciplinary nature of our work, including legislative and policy advocacy, communications strategy, research, and development (fundraising). The fellow will engage in a project that encompasses each of these areas, and will end the fellowship with a broader understanding of what is required to craft policy and run a successful campaign. This fellowship is ideal for people with a passion for advocacy and an openness to working in different sectors of nonprofit work, from fundraising to policy formulation and communication strategies.
This interdepartmental program aims to provide fellows theoretical and practical understanding of drug policy, criminal justice reform, harm reduction, and reparative justice, and further develop leadership skills of fellows. The fellow will have a supervisor and two staff mentors from one of several departments at DPA (development, communications, or policy). They will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with staff members at DPA offices across the country, and will be presented with numerous mentorship and networking opportunities during their time at DPA. At the close of the fellowship, the fellow will have a chance to present a summary of their work to the entire organization. Efforts to develop writing samples and other useful skills, such as grant writing, will be built into the program.
This is a paid part-time fellowship position running from June 2019 through August 2019. Fellow will be expected to complete 20-hours a week.The fellow will be based in New York, NY or Oakland, CA, and may have opportunities to travel.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: We are looking for individuals directly or indirectly impacted by the war on drugs, mass criminalization, and/or incarceration with a dedicated interest in reforming punitive drug laws and a passion for social, racial, and economic justice. There is no formal educational requirement for this fellowship, and we encourage people with nontraditional education and work experience to apply. In addition, we seek the following in potential fellows:
- A willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs or preconceived notions about drug use and overdose.
- An interest in working across departments to achieve a shared goal.
- An eagerness to learn and engage in new experiences.
- A desire to work with diverse individuals and communities.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- Some comfortability with speaking before audiences, both large and small.
- An openness to working in a fast-paced environment where one’s work may be driven by news headlines.
- A willingness to synthesize large amounts of information into digestible form.
- An ability to self-start.
Estimated Salary: $22/hour, 20 hours/week, 12 weeks
Deadline: Rolling until March 15, 2019
Drug Policy Alliance