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Cannabis Commission begins search for managing director

(Office of the Governor) — Following the inception of the newly organized CNMI Cannabis Commission, order of business has begun, and among the commission’s priorities are not only to promulgate the rules and regulations, but to initiate staffing to effectively operate the CNMI’s newest industry.

The commission is in search of individuals either already residing in the CNMI or residents who have gone abroad to obtain post-secondary education and/or enrich their skillsets through gaining workforce experience to fill the job vacancy of managing director. Upon hire, the selected applicant must reside on the island of Saipan in order to carry out duties necessary to efficiently run industry operations.

The commission looks forward to providing a platform for entrepreneurs to partake in the islands’ economic system as well as create jobs for local residents. “Ensuring adequate controls for daily operations of the new industry are in place to enhance public safety and build community trust through fair administration and enforcement are high on the commission’s initiatives,” says Nadine Deleon Guerrero, newly elected chairwoman for the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, left, speaks before swearing in the members of the CNMI Cannabis Commission at the governor’s office on Sept. 12, 2019. From 2nd left, Rota’s Thomas Songsong, Northern Islands’ Valentin Taisacan Jr., Saipan’s Nadine Deleon Guerrero, Tinian’s Journie Hofschneider and Saipan’s Matt Deleon Guerrero.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoGov. Ralph DLG Torres, left, speaks before swearing in the members of the CNMI Cannabis Commission at the governor’s office on Sept. 12, 2019. From 2nd left, Rota’s Thomas Songsong, Northern Islands’ Valentin Taisacan Jr., Saipan’s Nadine Deleon Guerrero, Tinian’s Journie Hofschneider and Saipan’s Matt Deleon Guerrero. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The managing director will be the head of the administration of the commission and will be responsible for the overall administration and supervision of the cannabis and hemp licensees and others including the management and supervision of staff. Compensation will be commensurate with education and work experience; however, pursuant to Public Law 20-66, and as amended by Public Law 21-5, compensation may not exceed $70,000 per annum. The commission is aiming to hire a managing director at the onset of the first rollout of rules and regulations in order to ensure involvement from the beginning and to allow for the ability to provide input as they see fit.

Interested applicants for the managing director position are required to have the following minimum qualifications:

1) A bachelor’s degree from a United States accredited educational institution; and

2) Five years of work experience in professional, administrative, or management in government or private sectors; and

3) Good ethical and moral character; and

4) Not having been convicted of a crime in any jurisdiction of the United States, or any foreign country carrying a minimum sentence of imprisonment of more than six months, excepting traffic offenses.

Additionally, those applying for the managing director position shall not have any interest, directly or indirectly, in any business under the jurisdiction of the commission.

“The commission’s goal is to provide jobs for our local people and generate revenue to improve our standard of living in the CNMI. The only way we can accomplish this is to come together as a community and work towards building an industry that can sustain itself not only through the presence of tourism but through the participation of our local community. By educating our youth, and as adults, by using responsibly through adhering to regulations and the law, we can succeed,” states Deleon Guerrero.

All interested and qualified individuals are asked to submit a cover letter with an updated resume to hr@cnmicannabis.org.

Deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Screening of applications are expected to begin immediately.