Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Number of Positions:
2
Duration: 30 hrs/wk for 8 weeks beginning as soon as possible
Wage: $11.25/hr
Location: Canada
Deadline to apply: June 10, 2016

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is a grassroots network of autonomous chapters made up of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact current drug policies have on individuals and communities. CSSDP considers drug use to be a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and advocates for appropriate government and agency responses to reduce and prevent harm associated with drug use. CSSDP provides education and resources to empower young people to make informed decisions about illicit substances, while simultaneously creating a compassionate and non-judgmental space for discussion. CSSDP mobilizes its members to participate in the political process at all levels and to push for government policies grounded in evidence, which will help Canada achieve a safer and more just future.

Position Summary: The Community Organizing Intern will be responsible for assisting CSSDP chapters in coordinating a nationwide action, using social media and blogs to engage youth, and helping develop alternative funding strategies for CSSDP. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about drug policy reform and are highly motivated. These positions are supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Responsibilities:
  • Work with CSSDP chapters and partner organizations to coordinate actions and events for “Support Don’t Punish” day of action on June 26
  • Update social media platforms with relevant developments, particularly those pertaining to Canada
  • Create email newsletters to update CSSDP membership
  • Produce unique content for CSSDP’s website and other relevant publications
  • Stay up-to-date on drug policy developments and respond with social media and unique content as the story develops
  • Update organization resources and website content
  • Develop strategies for alternate sources of funding
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications:
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Was registered as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Intend to return to school as a full-time student for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Be aligned with the mission and values of the organization and with a harm reduction approach
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Experience with management or graphic design is an asset

Priority will be given to applicants that have disabilities or who are from minority groups.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send your CV and cover letter to Amelie Roulet (amelie@cssdp.org) at your earliest convenience. If you have any other questions or comments, don’t hesitate to email amelie@cssdp.org.

To learn more about CSSDP, visit cssdp.org.
To learn more about the Canada Summer Jobs program, visit youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/csj.shtml

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