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Roc NORML Leadership Application
Roc NORML's mission is to educate the public about the benefits of responsible cannabis use, while working to reform the laws surrounding cannabis prohibition. We advocate that consumers have access to high quality cannabis that is safe, convenient, and affordable in a normalized and de-stigmatized environment.

We focus on the intersection of racial and social justice with legalization of cannabis and bringing awareness to the cannabis community about how this relates to being a responsible cannabis consumer. We are a member of the Start SMART Alliance, Equity First Alliance, and partner with local social justice organizations to bring racial and social justice to the forefront of the conversation.

We are currently seeking leaders as committee members who will work to advocate for our community as well as fill four spots on the chapters official Board of Directors.

If you are interested in being on the Board of Directors, you should anticipate spending 8-10 hours per week (give or take) volunteering to complete your duties. See below for open positions and descriptions for each.

If you aren't sure you can commit to this - no problem! You can always join as a committee member, which only asks for 8-10 hours of your time per month (give or take). We are ALWAYS looking for more folks to join our "Outreach Committee"; see below for a description of what this involves.

We aim to have at least one of each of the following events every month:

1. Roc NORML Monthly Member Meeting - open to the public: 2 hour monthly meeting, beginning January 2019 it will occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except November will be the first Tuesday). The first hour of the meeting will be spent discussing recent federal, state, and local changes to cannabis policy reform, completing important action alerts for legislation and initiatives, preparing for that month's Rochester City Council Meeting and other political events, and discussing and learn about different "Cannabis 101" topics (ex. What is CBD? What are terpenes? What is vertical integration?). The second hour of that meeting will be a Board of Directors meeting to plan the months upcoming events, which the public is welcome to attend.

2. Rochester City Council Meeting: the 3rd Tuesday of every month the Rochester City Council has their public meeting; Roc NORML has a presence at these meetings every month to make sure our voices are being heard on important issues discussed in the municipality

3. Fundraising/Social Event: anything from a movie night to a potluck dinner to yoga; anything to help the chapter raise money in a fun, social setting

4. Political Lobbying: anything from going to Albany to meet with legislators to doing a presentation for a police department

5. Community Outreach: anything from having a table at a concert or festival, or going to the public market to promote or educate different projects and initiatives

Board of Directors and "Outreach Committee" Descriptions:

Roc NORML Board of Directors Position Descriptions

These​ ​are​ ​descriptions​ ​of​ ​duties​ ​and​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​guidelines​ ​for​ ​Chapter​ ​leadership.​ ​There are​ ​no​ ​specific​ ​limitations​ ​or​ ​obligations​ ​of​ ​responsibility​ ​or​ ​authority.​ ​The​ ​Board​ ​shall​ ​act​ ​as​ ​a​ ​team​ ​and​ ​be​ ​ready​ ​and​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​share​ ​information​ ​and​ ​duties.​ ​Board​ ​members shall​ ​cross-train​ ​and​ ​assist​ ​wherever​ ​possible.

(Vacant) will appear next to a position currently open; (Director Name) will appear next to a position currently filled:

[1] The​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ (Mary Kruger) ​provides​ ​the​ ​main​ ​leadership​ ​role​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chapter.​ ​The​ ​Executive Director​ ​is​ ​central​ ​to​ ​the​ ​strategy​ ​and​ ​overall​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Chapter,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​the following​ ​duties:
● Point​ ​of​ ​contact​ ​for​ ​all​ ​internal​ ​communications;
● Planning​ ​and​ ​execution​ ​of​ ​short-term​ ​and​ ​long-term​ ​goals;
● Maintaining​ ​the​ ​Chapter​ ​email​ ​account;
● Facilitation​ ​of​ ​board​ ​meetings;
● Maintaining and filing​ ​taxes and 501c4 documentation​ ​with​ the ​Treasurer;
● Promotes effective connections with other organizations, politicians, the media, the public, and national office of NORML.

​​[2] The​ ​Deputy​ ​Director​ (Steve VanDeWalle) ​is​ ​2nd​ ​in​ ​command​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organization.​ ​The​ ​Deputy​ ​Director​ ​assists​ ​the Executive​ ​Director​ ​with​ ​all​ ​primary​ ​responsibilities​ ​when​ ​needed​ ​and​ ​is​ ​also​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​the following​ ​duties:
● Serves as acting director when the Executive Director is unable to do so;
● Assists the Executive Director in his or her duties;
● Works with Executive Director to plan meeting agendas;
● Participation​ ​on​ ​monthly​ national chapter ​conference​ ​call;
● Preparing​ ​of​ ​meeting​ ​agendas;
● Facilitation​ ​of​ ​membership​ ​meetings.

[3] The​ ​Treasurer​ (Vacant) ​is​ ​the​ ​financial​ ​manager​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Chapter,​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​money​ ​is accounted​ ​for​ ​and​ ​ensuring​ ​that​ ​the​ ​chapter​ ​is​ ​raising​ ​money.​ ​The​ ​Treasurer’s​ ​duties​ ​are​ ​the following:
● Balances the books utilizing​ ​the​ ​monthly​ ​bank​ ​account​ ​statement;
● Maintains accurate financial records including accounting, banking, budget tracking for purposes of reconciliation of grant and gift funding as required and disbursement of funds;
● Planning​ ​and​ ​execution​ ​of​ ​short-term​ ​and​ ​long-term​ ​fundraising​ ​strategy;
● Accounting includes expense and income reports by category on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, and as needed;
● Oversee the placement of orders for supplies and merchandise.
● Maintaining​ ​financial​ ​records​ ​of​ ​merchandise​ ​and​ ​membership​ ​dues;
● Maintaining and filing​ ​taxes and 501c4 documentation​ ​with​ ​the Executive Director.

[4] The​ ​Communications​ ​Director​ (Reverend Sam Lovetro) ​is​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​chapter’s​ ​public​ ​image​ ​and​ ​outreach​ ​to​ ​the community​ ​and​ ​local​ ​media.​ ​The​ ​Communication​ ​Director​ ​is​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​duties:
● Serves as administrator, managing the chapter’s online presence (including website, e-commerce, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc);
● Oversight of press releases, newspaper op-eds, media appearances, brochures, flyers, logos, and other printed/digital media.
● Regular​ ​communication​ ​with​ ​Chapter​ ​membership;
● Distribution​ ​of​ ​chapter​ ​materials​ ​and​ ​monthly​ ​newsletter;
● Sends out meeting reminders to members.

[5] The​ ​Secretary​ (Nicole Johnson; per By Laws, currently in 60 day probation until 2/17/19) ​is​ ​the​ ​record​ ​keeper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organization,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​intrinsic​ ​to​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​of the​ ​chapter.​ ​The​ ​Secretary​ ​is​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​these​ ​duties:
● Takes and posts minutes of Board meetings and public meetings;
● Updating​ ​and​ ​organizing​ ​Chapter​ ​calendar;
● Sends membership records, press releases, news articles, etc to the national NORML office;
● Maintaining​ ​Chapter​ ​Bylaws,​ ​Articles​ ​of​ ​Incorporation​ ​and​ ​Mission​ ​Statement;
● Works with Executive Director to maintain membership roster.

[6] The Director of Development (Vacant) oversees the acquisition of new and innovative ways to raise money for the chapter. The Director of Development is in charge of these duties:
● Submit to the board a plan for the yearly NORML fundraiser;
● Coordinates raffles, auctions, and other similar events at public meetings;
● Promotes sponsorship via public relations with industry associations and professional groups;
● Manages the liaison between the chapter and potential sponsors;
● Designs sponsorship packages for industry sponsors;
● Recommends achievable quarterly fundraising goals for the chapters.

[7] The Lead Political Researcher (Vacant) is in charge of these duties:
● Keeps up-to-date on all local, state and national bills/laws relating to marijuana, relaying this information back to the board;
● Identifies key political players and organizations whose affiliations represent an opportunity for lobbying on behalf of cannabis legalization;
● Discovers all political candidates positions on marijuana issues in election years;
● Advises the board with the National NORML PAC for any and all potential political endorsements.

[8] The Volunteer Coordinator (Vacant) is in charge of these duties:
● Sends out text messages (or email) to all NORML volunteers before events;
● Manages the volunteer event sign-ups for public meetings;
● Submit volunteer rosters and hours to the Executive Directive;
● Works with Event Coordinator to find volunteering opportunities with the local community;
● Coordinates street outreach committee to promote the organization in the community

Outreach Committee Members are in charge of these duties:
● Helps promote the chapter via their own personal social media page;
● Distributes promotional materials for the chapter at various community events (ex. concerts, festivals, parties, etc.)
● Helps coordinate chapter events, when available (ex. work sign-in tables, setup venues, pickup donations, etc.)

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Please share your favorite aspects of Cannabis.
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Have you volunteered in the past? If so, what was your experience like?
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What brings you to have interest in being a chapter leader?
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What do you envision this chapter working on?
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What are your strengths that you want to bring to Roc NORML chapter?
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Are you willing to make the commitment to work with others who step up to create a vibrant and inclusive chapter?
Please list any community groups in which you are involved in (past and present) and your role.
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Please describe any prior experience with fundraising, development, or community outreach.
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If you're interested in formally joining the Board of Directors, please indicate which open positions you would be willing to fulfill the fiduciary responsibility to in accordance with your skill set and experience in a management role. Or, indicate if you're interested in joining the Outreach Committee, or select 'Other' if you want to get involved in a way that isn't listed here; see beginning of form with descriptions for each position.
If you are interested in being on the board, are you able to attend bi-monthly board meetings? One meeting is a conference call and the other is the Roc NORML Monthly Member Meeting.
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Please share anything else you'd like us to know about your interest in Roc NORML.
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Under New York law, it is illegal to sell marijuana without a license for distribution. Do you agree to not use Roc NORML functions or branding to associate with any illegal activities, including those that are described as part of the "illicit market"?
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