LEAP is Hiring a Development Director

Job Title: Development & Communications Director

Status: Full-Time Position – Exempt

Location: Remote Work

(Work authorization: I-9 requirements apply)

Applications Due By: Monday, March 13, 2023 at 12:00 Noon ET / 9:00 am PT

Expected Start Date: Monday, March 27, 2023 (flexible)

Hours of Work/Schedule: 40 hours per week / Monday – Friday

Overview: LEAP is an organization that strives to maintain quality employees through a focus on work-life balance and respectful management. The position offers a salary of $85,000 along with an employee benefits package that includes fully remote work; 20 days plus the employee’s birthday PTO; eleven federal holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurance; contribution to 403(b) retirement plan; and communications and technology allowances. There is also a possibility of an alternative workweek  after three years’ employment.

Position Reports Directly to: Executive Director Diane Goldstein

About Us: The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is a group of police, judges, and prosecutors who advocate publicly for ending the War on Drugs, investing in community-based alternatives to incarceration, and ensuring police accountability. Since 2002, LEAP has supported the work of hundreds of ally organizations to pass state and national policy reforms from marijuana legalization and drug decriminalization to ending qualified immunity. LEAP speakers bring change by delivering testimony, advising lawmakers, publishing OpEds, and speaking at in-person and virtual events. LEAP has also been advising cities around the country on how to send civilians to many low-risk 911 calls rather than armed police: our Community Responder Model.


LEAP is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting fairness in the hiring process. We support Second-Chance Hiring and Fair Chance Act legislation, and we strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and other justice-impacted individuals to apply.

Job Overview:

The Development & Communications Director oversees the organization’s development strategy, leads fundraising initiatives for individual donors, and leads grant writing and reporting initiatives for institutional giving. They establish fundraising goals and plans in accordance with the organization’s budgetary goals and work with the Executive Director to maintain relationships with the organization’s funders at all levels. They oversee the organization’s communication strategy to supporters/general public audience. They lead messaging for all communications to the organization’s email list, including appeals on behalf of the executive director and other official spokespeople, and work with the Development & Communications Associate to manage communications/marketing materials, including the LEAP website.

Responsibilities and Duties:


Oversees strategy and daily workflow of the development department
Manages and gives guidance to development staff/interns/volunteers
Oversees strategy and daily workflow of public communications and funding appeals to supporters
Creates and updates the annual development plan, including donor cultivation/retention, new funding acquisition, engagement opportunities, stewardship
Maintains in-depth knowledge of the organization’s strategic funding needs in relation to programming and operational budget
Leads grant writing and reporting initiatives
Leads creation of organization’s annual report and various communications materials
Ensures appropriate contact is maintained with funders at all levels (management of stewardship plan), in collaboration with the Executive Director
Works in collaboration with the development team to ensure database and online campaign platform are being fully utilized and maintained
Works in collaboration with development team to fulfill funding research responsibilities and maintain/prioritize list of potential funding sources
Other responsibilities as needed



Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Excellent time management skills
Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple time sensitive tasks simultaneously
Strong problem-solving skills
Eagerness to learn and willingness to accept feedback
High quality and professional standards
Good people skills
Strong values of respect and integrity.


Education and Experience Requirements:


At least three years of experience in development leadership.
Persuasive writing and communications experience.
Strong understanding of stewardship/funder relations.
Knowledge of contemporary criminal justice, drug policy, or policing issues.

Physical Requirements:

Must be physically able to work at a computer and make phone calls.

Application Requirements and How to Apply:

To apply please submit: cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample (detailed below) to Jobs@LawEnforcementAction.org. All applications must be received by Monday, March 13, 2023 at 12:00 Noon ET / 9:00 am PT.

Resume – List relevant professional, educational, and criminal justice-related experience, including three references with contact info.
Cover letter – Please explain why you are interested in our organization and the specific position, and provide examples showing why you would be a good fit based on the qualifications and responsibilities listed above. Do not simply repeat information contained in your resume.
Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted to complete a writing exercise

Our entire organization works remotely from multiple locations and communicates mostly by video conference, email, and telephone — not just during the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not gather in an office. On occasion there may be some in-person events and meetings that will require travel and attendance. Approved work related travel will be covered by the organization. We also offer funds to cover the tools necessary to perform the job remotely according to our technology policy, which will be communicated with candidates at the appropriate time.


More about our organization:

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) was founded in 2002 by five police officers who wanted to end the War on Drugs. Today, LEAP is a national nonprofit with more than 300 police, judges, prosecutors, and corrections representatives who support criminal justice and drug policy reforms to make communities safer. LEAP elevates the voice of law enforcement in support of reform by arranging media interviews and in-person presentations for our team of law enforcement speakers across the country. Our speakers work on policy change from drug decriminalization to restorative justice, bail reform, police accountability, and overdose prevention sites.

LEAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate against employees because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), national origin, age (40 or older), physical or mental disability, genetic information, or status as a covered veteran, or any other protected status under local, state, or federal law.