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This job with the state of Minnesota is currently open and now includes a pretty decent-sized raise as well.

No matter which job you have, getting a raise is always a good thing, right? It shows that your employer values you and the service you provide, and is willing to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

But THIS job working for the Land of 10,000 Lakes now comes with a massive raise-- before you even put in one minute's worth of work. That's because it's a pretty specific, high-level job as the director of a new stage agency, which reports directly to the governor.

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Specifically, we're talking about the currently vacant position as the executive director of the state of Minnesota's new Office of Cannabis Management. And should you secure that job, you'll earn between $133,000 and $190,000 a year. Which is a nice little increase from the $105,000 to $150,000 range the position paid when it was originally posted last year.

This MPR story explains that the position is still open because the original choice left the job last September after 'questions about her business background' surfaced. After that, state leaders then decided to boost that pay range to bring it more in line with what similar positions earn in other states.

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According to the official state of Minnesota website, here's how the position is described:

The Director of the Office of Cannabis Management will have the responsibility for building a new state agency from the ground up and play a key leadership role in establishing and regulating an emerging new cannabis market in Minnesota. The Director will lead planning and policymaking; regulatory functions including compliance, enforcement, and licensure; social equity; legislative relations and operations management. This position will ensure office activities align with statutes, rules and legislation governing the Agency.

As you might guess, if you're going to be the director of a state agency, there's a pretty long list of requirements you'll need to meet if you'd like to be considered for the job:

  • Eight years of professional experience in regulatory oversight, public administration, business, or law enforcement. A bachelor’s degree or higher in public administration, business administration, or a related field can substitute for two years of experience.
  • Two years of managerial experience over one or more functional areas that include overseeing professional and high-level management staff.
  • Experience must include planning, development, and implementation of budgets, policies, procedures, and objectives necessary to achieve the goals of an organization or program along with the development of a strategic plan.
  • Experience in a regulatory agency or other regulatory compliance experience.
  • Knowledge of the cannabis and/or hemp regulatory environment or another highly regulated environment where skills may be transferable to the cannabis industry.
  • Excellent management and communication skills, including strong writing skills and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and/or experience implementing equitable policies and practices throughout the organization.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.
  • The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Applications are open through February 26th, and the state hopes to have a new director hired on board by late spring or early summer. You can get more information about the position HERE.

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