A man sports a marijuana leaf lapel pin at the Colorado Symphony's Classically Cannabis private fundraising event May 23, 2014 at the Space Gallery in Denver. (Denver Post file)

State of Colorado is hiring: Deputy Director of Marijuana Coordination

The state of Colorado is looking to hire someone with 'optimism that Colorado’s social experiment with marijuana can be effectively and efficiently implemented in a way that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado'

The state of Colorado is looking to fill a major marijuana policy position — perhaps you’re the right fit for the job?

The position: Deputy Director of Marijuana Coordination.

The application deadline: Wednesday, a.k.a. Nov. 18 — so hurry.

The job description: “To aid the director, however needed, in ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of Colorado’s recreational and medical marijuana laws — and the state’s education, prevention and treatment efforts.”

The person who will become the new Deputy Director — replacing outgoing Deputy Skyler McKinley, who is moving into a more senior role with Governor John Hickenlooper’s team — will report to the state’s director of marijuana coordination, Andrew Freedman. The new hire will be responsible for organizing and staffing the state’s Office of Marijuana Coordination. The individual will also write memos, meet with concerned stakeholders, monitor cannabis legislation, coordinate marijuana communications across state agencies and more, according to the job posting.

“Skyler did an amazing job as Deputy Director of Marijuana Coordination, and now I am looking for who will follow,” Director Freedman wrote on his Facebook page. “Interested in being at the forefront of one of the most interesting topics in state government? Care a lot about good government, and how to do things right?”

Applicant requirements include “top-notch organizational skills,” “proven ability to treat diverse issues with a professional neutrality and distance” and “proactive engagement on difficult and/or time-sensitive issues.”

One of the position’s “critical competencies” stands out from the job posting, especially for a state gig: “Enthusiasm — optimism that Colorado’s social experiment with marijuana can be effectively and efficiently implemented in a way that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado.”

The full job posting is below — but interested parties can send a cover letter and resume to outgoing Deputy Director McKinley at John.McKinley@state.co.us by Nov. 18 with the subject line, “Deputy Director Application Materials.”


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