Program Assistant


The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a research and membership organization that develops the newest thinking on public safety and policing. PERF advances policing through policy guidance, research, training, and technical assistance. Our work has never been more important than it is today.

Based in Washington, DC, PERF’s staff is a dedicated group of leaders known for careful, practical research and responding to emerging crises with creative ideas and clear guidance. We work with a diverse group of police practitioners and policymakers across the country and the world to shape policy and provide technical assistance. PERF is funded by a combination of leading foundations, federal grants, and in-house programs, including leadership training, executive search, and management services.  Visit to learn more about the full range of PERF’s programs and their impact on the policing profession.

PERF is seeking a Program Assistant who will help plan our Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) program and other professional development programs. Over the past 30 years, SMIP has become the premier program for senior law enforcement to develop and hone their leadership and management skills. PERF is looking to expand its training capacity and the Program Assistant will play an integral role in this effort.



Position responsibilities include assisting the Program Manager in planning and administering PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). Duties will include organizing and monitoring program logistics, maintaining project files and registration databases, and drafting reports and updates. The successful candidate will help the SMIP Program Manager and other PERF staff plan and facilitate the training on-site. Other tasks may include contributing to survey development and dissemination, fielding incoming information requests, processing expense vouchers, monitoring project budgets, and coordinating travel for training and events.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Ability to present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Dynamic team members who are able to work constructively in a collaborative, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent time management, organization, and prioritization skills
  • Knowledge of and practitioner experience in policing is a plus


Applying for a position at PERF

PERF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Email your letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample to [email protected].

Application review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. PERF is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. For more information on PERF, please see our website at