Join the Workforce

Since our founding, volunteers have been tremendous in advancing our mission. They are our most valuable asset.

Safest Drug (SD) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2019 that is dedicated to saving lives by reducing the risk and occurrence of medication-related morbidity and mortality (medication harm) in communities across the United States. In a short period of time, the organization has launched numerous initiatives and has recruited volunteers in over 15 different states. SD is approaching medication harm as an urgent public health issue in need of greater detection, support, education, and advocacy work at the local level, with a particular emphasis on at-risk and vulnerable populations and communities. Our work is reliant on building a flexible, remote, and diverse volunteer workforce who is passionate about our cause and helping others in need. 

There’s so much to get involved in. For example, volunteers have helped us:

  • create education campaigns
  • conduct research
  • build relationships with community partners
  • compile data and statistics
  • develop operational strategy
  • design graphics and other materials
  • assist with events
Join the team and help make medication harm prevention more possible…

Current Openings

***NOTE: All positions are remote and require access to a reliable computer, internet, and phone***

Volunteer Engagement Associate/Manager

To deal with the growth of our volunteer workforce, we are seeking to bring on a part-time (2 to 4 hours/week) volunteer who can help with volunteer recruitment, interviewing, training, and cultivation activities. Must have good people and communication skills. The position will work in collaboration with Safest Drug leadership. No prior experience required, but those with Human Resource experience or aspirations are encouraged to apply. For any questions prior to applying, email contact@safestdrug.org

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants

50,000 Safer is a pharmacogenetics (PGx) testing support program to help thousands of people gain access to life-saving PGx testing. The goal of the program, with the support of our certified lab partners, is to help reduce adverse drug reactions, medication-related hospitalizations, and to be a charitable catalyst for overall safer medication outcomes for at-risk populations. To operationally improve the program, we are looking for volunteer nurse practitioners or physician assistants to help order tests for participants who sign up for testing support on our website. ***This is a remote volunteer position where you would work in collaboration with a growing team of volunteers who are supporting other aspects of program delivery. Must have an active license in good standing, prescribing authority, and an NPI #.*** Flexible volunteer position. 100% remote.

Medication Safety Screeners

As part of a community health pilot project, we are looking for volunteers who can help screen older adults for potential adverse drug reactions. Training/orientation will be provided. Current pharmacy/clinical students are encouraged to apply (these positions may be eligible for college credit). Must have good oral and written communication skills, including access to a reliable computer/internet/phone. To apply, please fill out a volunteer application. For questions prior to applying, please email contact@safestdrug.org

Social Media Coordinators

To help expand our communication outreach and messaging, we are looking for more than one person to join our social media team. Individuals would help with a variety of tasks associated with our social media presence. This is a flexible part-time position. Must have experience and comfortability with Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. To express interest, please fill out a volunteer application or email contact@safestdrug.org with the subject “Social Media”.

Committee Members

Safest Drug is governed by a Board of Directors. We also have 4 committees that report to the Board and help us to strategically execute our work. Currently, 2 of our committees are in need of new members (the Fundraising Committee, as well as the Public Relations/Communications Committee). For more information about joining either committee, please email mika@safestdrug.org. All committees meet monthly for 1-hour. Committee members must be willing to take on small tasks to help advance their assigned committee work. Estimated monthly commitment: 2 to 5 hours. Serious inquiries only.

Field Operations Associates (Multiple states – CA, NJ, MO, OR, TX, NC, PA, NY, OH)

Every day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch program carries an enormous responsibility to protect public health by collecting reports of adverse drug reactions from healthcare patients/consumers, healthcare providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The program relies largely on voluntarily submitted reports and, as a result, has been estimated to collect less than 10% of actual medication harm cases. This severely limits the comprehensive and timely ability to understand, and respond to, the scope of medication harm. Meanwhile, through a joint effort, the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aim to collect vaccine adverse drug event reports from consumers and healthcare providers around the country. To help improve harm detection and reporting, we are in need of multiple Field Operation Associates to serve as critical team members who will be working in their local area to improve local harm detection & reporting. Field Ops Associates will be assigned to a defined territory with primary responsibility to ensure adverse drug event reporting forms are made available to the consumer public.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Help research and identify organizations (i.e. pharmacies, churches, etc) who would be ideal “sites” and where reporting forms/resources can be disseminated 
  • Orient partner organizations to Safest Drug, sharing the purpose of our work and the value of garnering their support to help with drug safety surveillance at the local community level
  • Help ensure adequate initial reporting supplies are available at partner sites 
  • Manage and escalate any site issues to senior leadership
  • Help disseminate 100 to 200 reporting forms per month

Position is remote and does not require travel. Must reside in one of the following states: California, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio. Good organizational, communication, and people skills are required.

To apply, please fill out a volunteer application. For more information about these roles, email contact@safestdrug.org

Program Managers

We are looking to expand our operational leadership by bringing on volunteers who can serve as program managers assigned to one or more initiatives. To learn more or to express interest, please email mika@safestdrug.org.

Persons of all backgrounds and skillsets are encouraged to apply for our volunteer openings. For college students seeking to earn college credits through volunteer service, please be sure to note that in your application.

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About

Safest Drug is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2019.

EIN/Tax ID# 83-3185362

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Mailing address: 325 Ellington Blvd. #308 Gaithersburg, MD 20878
contact@safestdrug.org (919) 945-6875

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