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Full Stack Web Developer & Administrator

Students for Sensible Drug Policy - Oakland, CA

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.

Mission Statement

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug misuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society.

SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.

Core Cultural Values

Efficiency - Transparency - Humility - Optimism - Inclusiveness - Light-Heartedness - Diligence - Objectivity - Consistency - Compassion

Organizational Management

SSDP uses Holocracy, an organizational management system, to define and organize roles and accountabilities for staff. Work is conducted using the Getting Things Done time management system, and all staff capture their work in Asana, promoting a very high degree of transparency. Responsibility is distributed throughout the entire team and successful team members are driven, accountable self-managers who are open to constructive feedback, enjoy iterative processes, and embrace well-managed risk.

The Position

SSDP is seeking a skilled web developer to join our team in a part time role managing our web properties. The successful candidate will provide day-to-day support to the SSDP staff as requested to maintain a functional online presence. Ideal candidates will be familiar with SSDP and the drug policy reform movement, but that is not required for a candidate who understands that the War on Drugs is a destructive set of policies which must be reformed.

SSDP maintains and relies on several web properties, including WordPress installations and static landing pages and custom-built Ruby on Rails and python applications running in the cloud. Because of the range of projects, problems, and legacy code to work with, the successful candidate will be excited about learning new (and old) technologies, solving unique problem sets, and running SSDP’s digital department with tremendous freedom to implement your own ideas and direction. Our passionate staff of change-makers who may need some patience and assistance while articulating project requirements and bug reports, so strong communication skills are a must.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Front-end web development experience (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)

  • WordPress experience (server management, theme development, administrative tasks)

  • Experience using Hugo, Jekyll, Gatsby, or some other static site generator

  • Ruby on Rails experience (full stack)

  • Experience working with git (and ideally GitHub)

  • Experience working with Heroku applications

  • Experience working with Customer Relationship Management software

  • Experience working with vendor APIs

  • Experience working with Google Suite

  • Experience configuring DNS

At a minimum, we are seeking a person who has:

  • An understanding of how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript work together to create a website

  • An understanding of how to manage a web server

  • An understanding of how DNS works

  • An understanding of e-mail protocol

  • A willingness to learn a variety of programming languages and frameworks, and work with legacy code.

Web properties

  • Currently a WordPress installation, hosted with DreamHost, and implemented primarily with a paid-for theme and WordPress plugins which have failed and rendered much of the WordPress site inoperable or slow. A preliminary rebuild in Hugo to build out a static front end of the website and replace the broken WordPress theme has begun.

  • Skills required to service: HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Experience working with administering WordPress Websites. Experience working with WordPress themes. Understanding FTP and how to backup WordPress site files and databases.

  • Goals: rebuild this website either as a working WordPress site, a static site that hooks into external APIs for interactivity, or some other full-stack solution. The rebuild work should have an eye towards sustainability, maintenance, and as much future-proofing as possible.

SSDP Chapter Activity Tracker (CAT)

  • Currently a Ruby on Rails app with basic create, read, update, and destroy functionality. Hosted on Heroku.

  • Skills required to service: experience with Ruby on Rails, understanding git and github, experience managing Heroku web applications and command line interfaces.

  • Goals: fix errors, bugs, and database issues in the live web application as needed.

SSDP NationBuilder account

  • Enterprise level Customer Relations Management system which holds all our communications with the community and stakeholders.

  • Skills required to service: Understanding CRMs and basic database operations, understanding how to use APIs (we pull data from the NationBuilder API), understanding custom email design and sending best practices.

  • Goals: Improve email deliverability and best practices, improve CRM database management, continue to build out tools on top of the NationBuilder API.

SSDP Google Suite account

  • Full Google Suite account, including AdWords

  • Skills required to service: experience working with Google Suite or a basic understanding of how SMTP works.



Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women or non-binary people, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the War on Drugs.


Posted On: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Compensation: $25-$32/hour DOE

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