law enforcement action partnership

Welcome Qualified Applications from Formerly Incarcerated Candidates


We Promote Second-Chance Hiring!


Job Title:​ Program Assistant

Status:​ Temporary Assignment – Non-Exempt – Assignment expected to last for 2 Years (*This assignment may extend beyond the 2-year end date depending on funding and performance of the individual. Ideally, ​as the organization expands, the assignment should provide growth potential. We encourage promoting qualified talent from within.)

Location: ​Remote Work
(*Preference given to applicants located in the Baltimore, MD area, but applicants outside of this area are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Work authorization: I-9 requirements apply)

Applications Due By​: Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 12 noon ET/9am PT

Expected Start Date:​ Mon, Nov 2, 2020 (flexible)

Pay Scale Between: ​$18.27 hr. – $20.19 hr. (Based on Experience & Skill Level)

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

Benefits Include: ​Medical, Dental, 20 days Personal Time Off (PTO) – (waiting periods apply) in addition to​ federal holidays off

Position Reports Directly to: ​Program Director Amos Irwin

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. LEAP is a nonprofit advocate for policing, criminal justice and drug policy reforms. Our organization is committed to promoting fairness in the hiring process. Our goal is to hire the best qualified individual for the job: therefore we support Second-Chance Hiring and Fair Chance Act legislation. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated applicants to apply. We hope to attract the right candidate, by doing so you can be a part of the team that helps bring about necessary change in the criminal justice system.


  • ●  Relevant experience with the criminal justice system. Personal experience is considered relevant, it can derive from being directly affected by incarceration, by having a family member who has been directly affected, or by being a crime survivor.
  • ●  Dedication to drug policy and/or criminal justice reform.
  • ●  Strong writing and editing skills for work such as criminal justice op-eds, talking points, and

    sign-on letters for LEAP speakers.

  • ●  Experience in grassroots campaigning a plus.
  • ●  Demonstrated ability to carry out the following responsibilities.


  • ●  Conduct independent projects with minimal supervision.
  • ●  Cold-call police and prosecutors to arrange phone calls with LEAP speakers.
  • ●  Lead calls with newly recruited speakers to identify which reform issues they support.
  • ●  Communicate professionally via email and phone with potential ally organizations to identify

    opportunities for LEAP speakers to support their work.

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  • ●  Arrange logistics for speaker interviews and appearances.
  • ●  Plan webinars for law enforcement and ally organizations.
  • ●  Self-motivate and remain organized in a remote working environment.
  • ●  Navigate computer applications: Google docs, Airtable databases, calendar.
  • ●  Analyze articles and reports about criminal justice issues.
  • ●  Conduct internet research to identify and profile law enforcement implementing innovative

    addiction and mental health diversion programs in key states.

  • ●  Effectively speak about own experience with the criminal justice system.
  • ●  Note: this job posting is not all-inclusive; it is intended to serve as a guideline. Management

    retains the right to determine additions or changes to the job content.

    Application Requirements and How to Apply:

  • ●  Please email a cover letter, resume, and Op-ed writing sample to Jobs@LawEnforcementAction.org​ ​with your name in the subject line. All applications must be received by​ ​Mon, Oct 5, 2020​ ​at 12 noon ET/9am PT​. ​No phone calls, please.
  • ●  Cover letter – ​We value diversity in the workplace and encourage candidates that are applying for this position to include insight as to why you are interested in the position, why we should hire you, and why you think you would be the best candidate. Describe your experiences with the criminal justice system, professional or personal, that may apply. Do not simply repeat the information in your resume. Include pay requirements.
  • ●  Resume – ​List relevant professional, educational, and criminal justice-related experience. Include the contact information for ​three references​.
  • ●  Op-ed writing sample -​ ​Please write an op-ed for publication in a local newspaper in support of the upcoming ​Oregon ballot initiative​ (Measure 110) that would decriminalize low-level possession of all drugs and increase funding for addiction recovery services. Write as if you were ​one of our speakers​ trying to convince people who are unsure about the initiative but who listen to law enforcement. Please sign the op-ed as that speaker, and feel free to use some creative license – within reason – about their experience. Word count: 500-750 words.

    Important Note:

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

    Description of 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 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other attribute protected by law.

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