Leap Fund Seeks Program Associate (P/T) (Brooklyn, NY)

Leap Fund is seeking a Program Associate, who is a self-starter looking to make a meaningful contribution to a social impact start-up at the front lines of the benefits cliff.

About The Problem: Millions of low income Americans are getting punished for getting a raise: the culprit is called a benefits cliff. Here’s a video that explains what a benefits cliff is in 20 seconds (Essentially, the point at which families make too much money to receive benefits, but not enough to sustain themselves and their household). This is a nationwide problem. Recently, Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce released revelations from their own study, showing that 20% of Ohio businesses have employees facing benefits cliffs. Given the recent proposal to force 3.1 million Americans off of SNAP benefits, leading directly to a benefits cliff, the time for action is now.

About The Solution: Leap Fund is focused on this problem by creating solutions for benefits recipients, and we’re running a pilot that is a workaround to what is a fundamental policy failure. Most of the policy work in the benefits cliff space focuses on the problem space: we’re unique in that we’re focused on actionable, in-the-real-world solutions.

P/T Program Associate Position Description:

We’re looking for Part-time Program Associate who can work 20 hours/week with us over a 10 week period (temp-to perm, funding dependent). Compensation is between $15-$18/hour depending on experience. We need your help to run our pilot program, recruit and onboard an employer, collect and report on data and proof points, and other duties as they arise. Specific deliverables will be developed and agreed upon with ideal candidate.


  • Some experience working with populations who earn (or receive) lower income, and utilize public benefits

  • Attention to detail, great communication skills, and detail-/deadline-oriented

  • Location: NYC, some remote work possible. Ability to work with clients on-site within Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx

  • Excitement to ask questions, give feedback, and learn together

  • Ideal for a college student, recent graduate, or someone with similarly relevant experience

  • Nice to have: Bilingual (Spanish and English)

To apply

  • Please email info@myleapfund.com with the subject: Program Associate Application: [your name]

  • In the body of the email, include a few paragraphs on why you think you’d be a good fit for this position and with the mission of Leap Fund.

  • Attach a PDF of your resume, and/or link to your LinkedIn profile within the body of the email.

Leap Fund is fiscally sponsored by Henry Street Settlement, and supported by the Robin Hood foundation. Leap Fund is an equal opportunity employer, and we enthusiastically encourage any underrepresented folks to apply. We are focused on our solutions-oriented, employer-based financial products – help us make that magic happen with actionable, useful financial counseling!