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At Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), we want to end the drug war. We’d love for you to be part of this movement and our phenomenal team! 

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To end the drug war and its harmful effects on people, particularly people of color, we seek creative, innovative professionals to implement our strategic priorities to:

  • decriminalizing drugs and building health-based alternatives; 
  • uprooting the drug war from civil systems (e.g. employment, housing, immigration); 
  • disempowering police in drug enforcement and response;
  • reducing punishments for people in the drug trade;
  • reinvesting drug war resources into the communities most harmed, and 
  • eliminating the poison drug supply through responsible legal regulation of all drugs.

At DPA, we care about people. Our culture includes a casual work environment, full benefits package, competitive pay, flexible work arrangements, and more. We have 40 staff across the US, including New York, California, and Washington DC, and an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million. Join us!


Benefits Working at DPA

  • Comprehensive health insurance and coverage (including dental and vision)
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 403b retirement plan with a generous employer matching contribution.
  • 100 % paid life & long and short- term disability Insurance
  • Paid time off (including 20 days of vacation, national holidays, sick days and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.)
  • Summer Fridays – Because don’t we all want to enjoy the sun? 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnicity, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibility, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction. 

We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

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