Director of Harm Reduction (DOHR)

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About MAPS

The MAPS Group consists of a parent non-profit with 22 staff focused on fundraising, public education, advocacy, psychedelic harm reduction and operations, as well as several wholly-owned for-profit drug development subsidiary organizations with a combined additional 50 employees. These subsidiary organizations, the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) and MAPS Europe, are conducting clinical research to develop psychedelics and cannabis into regulatory-approved medications in the US, Europe and globally. Pending FDA and EMA approval, these medications would be sold by MAPS’ subsidiary organizations by prescription with all profits used in furtherance of MAPS’ mission.

About MAPS’ Harm Reduction Department and Zendo Project:

The Zendo Project is a project of MAPS’ Harm Reduction Department.


The Mission of the Harm Reduction Department is to provide psychedelic harm reduction services, education and knowledge for the public. Our Zendo Project provides a supportive environment and education to help transform people’s difficult psychedelic and emotional experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.


We envision a world where communities are engaged in providing safety and support for people experiencing psychedelic and emotional challenges; and harm reduction principles are used first and foremost to reduce the risks and increase the benefits associated with psychedelics.

Position Description:

The Director of Harm Reduction will direct day-to-day operations of MAPS’ Department of Harm Reduction with oversight from MAPS’ Chief Operations Officer (COO) and MAPS’ Founder and Executive Director. The Director’s duties will be focused on the functional operation of the Zendo Project Program and will include, but not be limited to; overseeing the two sectors of the Zendo Project: Direct Service, Education & Outreach, implementing organizational strategic growth initiatives, directly organizing and supporting a team of 3-4 full-time employees and numerous part-time employees, managing intradepartmental Human Resources, and coordinating organizational and departmental collaborations both within the department and interdepartmentally within MAPS.


Oakland, California (preferred)
Santa Cruz, California (will be considered)

Position Roles and Duties:

  • Provide oversight and support to the staff, projects and programs of the Harm Reduction Department: Direct Service, Training and Education, Volunteer Coordination, and Operations sectors
  • Facilitate agenda for harm reduction governance and operations meetings
  • Attend weekly MAPS all-staff meetings
  • Attend and provide operational oversight at festivals and events where the Zendo Project provides services such as Burning Man
  • Co-create and implement the strategic growth plan of the Zendo Project
  • Oversee the harm reduction education and training programmatic objectives, and focus efforts to implement these objectives
  • Refine, and approve core messaging guidelines along with MAPS Director of Strategic Communications
  • Coordinate resource allocation and project prioritization within the department
  • Monitor department program and project timelines
  • Pursue standardization of approaches to streamline and simplify workflows
  • Implement systems of organization and standard operating procedures.
  • Help to define organizational, departmental, program and project budgets and to manage the related expenditures effectively
  • Work with Human Resources department to cultivate a safe, diverse and inclusive environment for staff, and oversee Performance Improvement Plans
  • Oversee hiring, onboarding, and offboarding processes for new employees
  • Clarify roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities of harm reduction staff
  • Serve as the primary media contact for the harm reduction department, fielding and responding to media inquiries in collaboration with strategic communications
  • Engage in public speaking at events and conferences
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances
  • Develop, update, and approve internal protocols
  • Develop effective feedback mechanisms for staff and volunteers
  • Engage in and support professional development of harm reduction staff
  • Serve as point person for field (event) staff and leads, assisting in situations where extra support needed
  • Serve as a point person/contact for on-site event liaisons at festivals
  • Support and manage harm reduction fundraising and development initiatives, in collaboration with the MAPS Development department
  • Create and approve contracts and agreements
  • Weekends and occasional overtime required.

Ideal Candidate:

Background in mental health (L.P.C., L.M.F.T., L.C.S.W., Psy.D., Ph.D., M.D.) with experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness. Three or more years of relevant experience which includes managing, directing, and scaling an organization or department within an organization, managing staff, knowledge and experience in harm reduction, moving controversial issues from the fringe to the mainstream, as well as familiarity with a mission-driven work environment. Experience working in the event safety field. Desire to work in fast-paced festival and event environments. Experience working in the non-profit industry.

Additional Competencies:

  • Personal passion for the MAPS mission of creating legal contexts for psychedelic use
  • Personal passion for psychedelic harm reduction
  • Ability to lead, work independently, and liaise with related individuals/functions
  • Strong evidence of overseeing development projects or multiple smaller projects that are timeline oriented and require careful management
  • Ability to effectively manage competing and overlapping priorities
  • Solution-oriented and inspired to work in an environment that is mission-driven
  • Open and clear communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible, responsive and creative as well as efficient, pragmatic and organized
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to quickly problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and leadership capacities
  • Technical literacy in common office software programs and computer hardware
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Willingness and ability to work overnight hours at festivals
  • Willingness and ability to work weekends and be travel for periods of up to 2.5 weeks


Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2020: Apply Now