Job Opportunities: Psst... Wanna be the new UK Drug Czar? 8/15/97

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(From time to time, DRCNet passes along the employment opportunities that come to our attention. The following is not a joke. In fact it is, word for word, the release of the British Government in its search for a "Drug Czar". Please see our synopsis of the British Medical Journal editorial regarding this search under International News. Like the BMJ, DRCNet would certainly like someone who shares our perspective to apply for the job. Any takers?)

UK ANTI-DRUGS CO-ORDINATOR (Also known as "Drug Czar")
"A high profile role in the battle against drugs"

The government wishes to appoint a senior figure to coordinate its strategy against drugs in the UK. You will report directly to the President of the Council and the Cabinet Ministerial Sub-Committee on Drug Misuse, and will have direct access to the Prime Minister as necessary.

This is a challenging, high profile role operating within a sensitive and important area of public concern, which will involve working closely with government departments, agencies from the statutory, voluntary and commercial sectors, local action groups, the media and other key opinion formers. Key functions will include renewing existing government strategy and making recommendations for its development, so as to assure coherence at a national and international level and explaining government action to the widest possible audience through the media and other channels. The work will entail travel within the UK and occasionally overseas.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with proven leadership skills and substantial experience of coordinating policies and operations within the drugs field or comparable area of public policy. Strong powers of influence and the ability to communicate with and mobilise people from all sectors of the community will be essential. A key factor in your success will be getting added value from resources not under your direct control.

The post will be based in Whitehall, and is a three year fixed term, full-time appointment as a special expert adviser. Salary to be negotiated dependent on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

For further details and an application form (to be returned by 5 September, 1997), please telephone Recruitment and Assessment Services (01256) 468561 (24 hours) or Fax (01256) 383786/383787. Please quote reference #3402.

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