Full Time
Posted 1 month ago

Organization and Role Background: 

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Research indicates that psychedelics have the potential to be a breakthrough in treating PTSD, depression, addiction, and other conditions.  

MAPS has worked for over 35 years toward paving the way for education and legalization of such breakthrough medicines.  MAPS is committed to bringing these healing modalities to the world and providing them in such a way that communities that most need mental health resources have access to them. This shift has the potential to unlock previously unavailable resources for the investigation of psychedelic-assisted treatments applied to our most critical mental health challenges.  

MAPS is seeking an Equity Officer. This is a newly created position designed to support the integration of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (“JEDI”) principles into the work of MAPS. The Equity Officer will partner with a wide range of stakeholders to implement initiatives at both the MAPS non-profit organization and the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.

The Equity Officer will lead the JEDI Council, a standing committee composed of staff and Board members from both organizations, to oversee the integration of JEDI into the organizations as well as JEDI Working Groups which will implement JEDI-related initiatives. The Equity Officer is a matrixed role with solid line reporting to the MAPS Deputy Director and dotted-line reporting to the MAPS PBC CEO.

The primary goals of the Equity Officer are:

  • Lead the JEDI Council and Working Groups to develop and operationalize JEDI initiatives across MAPS and MAPS PBC
  • Oversee the approved Health Equity budget, conserve organizational resources with innovative solutions to drive strategic JEDI objectives
  • Work with MAPS leaders to create strategies to drive JEDI outcomes in the commercialization of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, including funding delivery structures for therapist training and patient access funds
  • Work with MAPS leaders to integrate JEDI into the cultural and public perception of psychedelics for the psychedelic community and BIPOC communities
  • Increase awareness of our programs in underserved communities and support recruitment of diverse participants in our programs (e.g., Therapy Training Program)

Why Work For MAPS?  

At MAPS, we value transparency, autonomy, experimentation, and kind, direct feedback. We welcome applicants who thrive in a growing organization that values science, justice, and healing.    

We believe in diversity and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, arrest or conviction record, military and veteran status, religions, abilities, and perspectives. MAPS values and seeks applicants who are people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid. MAPS strives to continually improve upon the supportive, equitable, and accessible work environment.    

MAPS is a dispersed workforce that offers full-time employment in a remote work environment. We are committed to conscious leadership and an inclusive team dynamic. Our culture is one of mutual respect, responsibility, and trust. Our employees’ health and happiness are priorities, and we treat our staff like people, not numbers on a spreadsheet.    

MAPS is at the forefront of changing the way mental health issues are treated and is committed to bringing dignity and access to overcoming mental health challenges through the conscious use of psychedelics. We believe we are changing the world, and we want you to be a part of it.  

Learn more about MAPS: 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead JEDI Council to develop and implement JEDI initiatives and goals across the organizations (e.g., clinical operations, therapist training program, patient access efforts)
  • Prepare regular updates and reporting for Senior Leadership Teams, Boards, and Donors on progress towards JEDI goals
  • Develop a data-driven approach to monitoring the effectiveness of JEDI initiatives
  • Collaborate with relevant teams to develop on-going funding mechanisms related to JEDI initiatives
  • Oversee the JEDI / Health Equity budget and work collaboratively with the relevant teams to execute funding approval and payment operations for that budget
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Education teams to ensure messaging and programming actively support and strengthen JEDI goals (e.g., improving equitable access through our websites)
  • Collaborate with relevant teams to design outreach strategies to increase awareness of our programs in underserved communities and support recruitment of diverse participants in our programs (e.g., drive efforts to recruit a diverse group of therapists for our therapist training program)
  • Collaborate with relevant teams to ensure our patient-facing operations integrate JEDI principles (e.g., work with relevant functions to make our expanded access sites more equitable)


  • Experience with JEDI program development
  • Implementing JEDI initiatives (5-10 years experience)
  • Project management
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and managing conflict
  • Ability to take complex ideas and synthesize them
  • Asana (or similar project management platform)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Working in fast-paced work environments
  • Ideally: Good understanding of pharmaceuticals, drug policy and/or the field of psychedelics
  • Ideally: experience managing patient assistance programs in pharmaceutical companies

Additional Competencies: 

  • Leadership skills that inspire collaboration and innovation
  • Empathetic listener
  • Strong and clear communicator
  • Ability to effectively build partnerships and engage stakeholders
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal reflection and accountability
  • Ability to give and receive critical feedback in a compassionate manner
  • Practicing humility and right use of power
  • Group facilitation
  • Ideally: Knowledge of trauma informed communication

Compensation and Hours: 

  • 100% employee sponsored Health Insurance/ FSA/ HRA/ Vision/ Dental for employees and 50% sponsored for dependents
  • $50k Life Insurance and AD&D
  • $500 mental health stipend (HRA)
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays/ Floating Holidays
  • Retirement contributions
  • Paid sabbatical for long term employees
  • Virtual setting, flexible hours
  • Dedication to creating a culture with work life balance.
  • Dedicated employees and strong org culture
  • Trauma informed workplace with a dedication to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Location and Logistics: 

  • This is a remote position that will require you to have a suitable workspace with secure internet and reliable phone reception. This position requires frequent phone and internet meetings. Certain home office expenses may be reimbursed. A work computer will be provided. 
  • We are a West Coast-based company and applicants must be available during standard business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday through Friday). The exact schedule may be arranged upon hire. Occasional weekend hours may be required with advance arrangement and travel a few times per year may also be required. 
  • Regular travel may be required (with COVID-19 precautions).

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