Job Posting 64691

Program Manager
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
WORK FROM HOME (Telecommute)
closing today (Mon, 21 Sep)
full time - term / contract


Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is an independent grassroots network of chapters made up of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact current drug policies have on individuals and communities. CSSDP considers problematic drug use a health and human rights issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and advocates for appropriate government and agency responses to reduce and prevent harm from 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 on evidence which will help Canada achieve a safer and more just future. 



CSSDP is launching a two year national cannabis education project to engage young people across Canada in sensible, evidence informed cannabis education and support. Building from an extensive, evidence-based resource titled, “Sensible Cannabis Education: A Toolkit for Educating Youth”, which aims to guide educators and parents in having non-stigmatizing, informative, and mutually beneficial conversations with young people about cannabis, this two year project will engage English and French speaking young people aged 17-25 through a series of workshops and other engagement activities. We also seek to expand the assets related to the dissemination and utility of the toolkit (e.g. website, social media messaging, posters, pamphlets, etc.), and provide a platform to hear, learn from and educate young people across the country. Additionally, CSSDP is looking  to update and translate the toolkit into languages other than French and English, as well as host an additional seminar series to engage relevant stakeholders such as parents and teachers. 



  • Formulate, lead and coordinate all aspects of the national project, including strategy, timelines, contractors and managing and evaluating employees (1-2)
  • Decide on suitable strategies and objectives for national project and execution of youth roundtables across Canada.
  • Develop and track budget in conjunction with the external accountant; ensure we hit targets as necessary, adjust when needed. 
  • Assess project performance and adjust to maximize impact and reach where necessary.
  • Resolve higher scope issues that may come up in regards to the project’s management and team.
  • Prepare reports and presentations when needed for Board of Directors, external audiences and stakeholders, etc.
  • Responsible for managing the Project Facilitator in regards to the organization of workshops and other related outputs. Operates as a liaison between the accountant, facilitator, board members, chapters, and other moving bodies in this project. 
  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects, including attention to resource availability and allocation.
  • Acts as a spokesperson and contact for externally facing organizations and media.
  • Create content such as blog posts, newsletter updates and social media shareables.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Prior experience in a program or project management position, or leading a national campaign.
  • Experience assembling, leading and organizing teams, including employees, contractors and volunteers.
  • Familiarity with CSSDP’s Cannabis Education Toolkit and organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving ability and flexibility.
  • Experience developing a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress.
  • Ability to meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and viewpoints. 
  • Experience working with youth and young people; networks with youth and post-secondary organizations. Networks and prior organizational relationships are an asset. 
  • Demonstrate a particular interest in working towards drug policy reform, grassroots social change movements, and youth organizing.
  • Successful completion of post-secondary degree or diploma in an applicable field. Masters degree is an asset.
  • Computer proficiency required (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to travel.
  • French is an asset.


This is a two-year,  full time contract position. Salary range is $60-70,000  per annum, to be assessed depending on prior experience. 


CSSDP is an anti-oppression based organization that values diversity. We encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, trans people, people of colour, people who use drugs, queer folks and youth with other identities that are often marginalized. CSSDP is committed to being an accessible employer. Please let us know of any accommodations you might require throughout the application process or while working at CSSDP.


How to apply: 

Please send your resume and cover letter to by September 21st, 2020. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email. Thank you for your interest in this position.

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