American Oversight is growing, and we’re looking for great people to join the team and help ensure that the government is held accountable to the public.

Current openings and applications are listed below.


Digital Associate

American Oversight is dedicated to holding the Trump Administration accountable to the people and conducting the oversight that Congress has refused to do. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we are working every day to uncover corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct and to hold the administration up to public scrutiny.

That’s where you come in. Digital communications are a vital part of our work to inform the public and the media of the information we uncover. From actively engaging with the discussion on social media and generating informative content, to developing our website into a powerful research tool, the Digital Associate will be a key part of our team.

This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Communications Director.

What we’re looking for the Digital Associate to do:

  • Run the social media accounts. Not just queuing-up content and pushing it out, but actively staying on top of what’s happening, engaging in the conversation, and identifying new opportunities for us to contribute.
  • Write quickly and well. We’re handling a lot of information every day – outgoing FOIA requests, incoming responses, court filings, breaking news – and we need you to help identify the most relevant points and translate them into compelling blog posts, social content, and email updates.
  • Assist with the website – and help build it into an invaluable resource for journalists and researchers.

We don’t have a hard and fast checklist, but here are some attributes that will probably describe the person who ends up in this job:

  • You’re a great writer who can produce clear, compelling prose that makes complex legal arguments accessible to everyone.
  • You’ve excelled in fast-paced work environments before (maybe a campaign or a start-up) and you’ve shown the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • You’re creative, may have been described as “scrappy,” and you’re good at figuring out how to solve problems without falling back on “the way things are usually done.”
  • You get politics and have a good sense of the issues and dynamics in play in the national debate right now.
  • You’ve worked with social media before – not just used it personally – and have an intuitive sense of how it fits into the intersecting worlds of politics, policy, and journalism.
  • You like working collaboratively and do well in a team-based workplace.
  • You have fairly strong skills with most of the following: website management (both through a CMS and with basic HTML), Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and the usual office and email platforms.
  • You have a college degree and 1-3 years of work experience where you can point to examples of how you’ve demonstrated these attributes.

American Oversight is an equal opportunity employer; minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Salary commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send your application materials, including a cover letter and résumé, to jobs@americanoversight.org


Staff Attorney

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people and conducting the oversight that Congress has refused to do. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we are working every day to promote accountability and to uncover corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct and to expose the administration to public scrutiny.

Litigation and legal work are central to our efforts, and we’re looking for innovative, aggressive attorneys to join our rapidly growing team. Our attorneys creatively use the law to promote governmental accountability and to uncover unethical and abusive government conduct. We use all available legal tools to identify, investigate, and reveal ethical problems and malfeasance in the federal government. This requires initiative, skill, and creativity in identifying and crafting legal strategies.

The ideal candidate will have legal research and litigation experience, and, ideally, familiarity with government record-keeping and/or government ethics laws. Familiarity with the operation of the federal government would also be helpful.

We are a small team in a fast-paced environment. Collegiality and ability to work effectively on multiple projects, balance priorities, and excel in a team-based environment essential.

This position is based in Washington, DC.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Review and research current events to spot potential legal issues.
  • Identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct.
  • Engage in legal and factual research, discovery, depositions, motions practice, brief writing, appellate work and amicus briefs.
  • Draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records act requests.
  • Draft court pleadings, including complaints, motions, and briefs.
  • Interact with executive branch FOIA and state agency open records personnel.
  • Track FOIA and open records request deadlines.
  • Prepare reports, letters, and speeches.
  • Work with communications and development teams on messaging materials.
  • Represent American Oversight in meetings with allies and coalition partners.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy.
  • One to four years of litigation experience.
  • Law degree and admission to practice in at least one state (DC preferred, or eligibility to join).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and/or government ethics laws.
  • Exceptional legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational and project-management abilities.
  • An interest in government ethics and accountability.
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • Outstanding communications skills.

American Oversight is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and veterans encouraged to apply.

Salary commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, resume, and writing sample to jobs@americanoversight.org.