LEAP is searching for two Program Assistants

This posting: community responder program assistant

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Job Title: Program Assistant

Status: Full-Time Position – Exempt

Location: Remote Work

(Work authorization: I-9 requirements apply)

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

Expected Start Date: Apr 10 – 24, 2021 (flexible)

Pay Level: Annual Salary of $50,000

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

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, 20 days Personal Time Off (waiting periods apply), all federal holidays off, allowances for cell phone and internet service and technology purchase

Position Reports Directly to: Program Director Amos Irwin

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. For over two decades, 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. Since 2020, LEAP has advised cities around the country on how to send trained civilian teams to many low-risk 911 calls rather than armed police – see our original Community Responder explanation, as well as our Amherst and Milwaukee city-level reports.


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 Summary: LEAP is seeking a full-time program assistant to expand the organization’s capacity in our local Community Responder work.


Dedication to drug policy, police reform, racial justice, and/or criminal justice reform.
Ability to organize and complete many simultaneous projects while working independently from a remote location with minimal supervision.
Strong writing and editing skills for work such as reports for city leaders.
Experience communicating with a wide range of audiences, from city officials and police to local activists and community members.
Direct personal or professional experience with the criminal justice system is a plus. Personal experience includes but is not limited to being a crime survivor or directly impacted by incarceration, or having a family member who is a crime survivor or directly impacted by incarceration.


Self-motivate and remain organized in a fast-paced remote working environment.
Track and manage notes, contacts, and next steps for simultaneous projects in several cities.
Conduct phone interviews and online research to tailor the Community Responder model to local communities.
Review 911 call narratives to identify call categories relevant to Community Responders.
Communicate professionally via email to persuade city leaders, local activists, and law enforcement to consider the Community Responder model.
Arrange logistics for Zoom meetings and presentations.
Function effectively as a team member, collaborating with and assisting other Program staff as needed.
Navigate computer applications: create and edit Google docs, schedule meetings on Google calendar, manage projects in Asana, record and find information in Airtable databases.
Other duties as assigned, including assistance for LEAP’s state and federal reform advocacy.
Optional: speak about your own experience with the criminal justice system.
Note: this responsibilities list is not all-inclusive; it is intended to serve as a guide. The Program Director retains the right to assign other tasks and determine changes to job responsibilities.

Education and Experience Requirements:

No required education or experience

Physical Requirements:

Prolonged periods of working on a computer

Application Requirements and How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Jobs3@LawEnforcementAction.org. All applications must be received by Mon, Mar 13, 2023 at 12:00 Noon ET / 9:00 am PT.

Resume – List relevant professional, educational, and criminal justice-related experience.
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.

We will follow up with selected applicants to request a writing sample.

Important Note:

Our entire organization works remotely from multiple locations and communicates mostly by video conference, email, and telephone — not just due to 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, testimony, 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. Our staff and speakers also assist individual cities in implementing a Community Responder model tailored to their jurisdiction.

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.

To apply for this job email your details to Jobs3@LawEnforcementAction.org