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.


Counsel

American Oversight is dedicated to holding the 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.

Litigation and legal work are central to our efforts, and we’re looking for innovative, aggressive attorneys to join our rapidly growing team. Our legal counsel 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, and reports to the Chief Counsel.

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.
  • At least two 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.


Digital Director

American Oversight is dedicated to holding the 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.

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 Director 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 Director 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.
  • Create awesome content. From infographics to short video clips to livestreams, you’re going to be finding the right way to communicate a particular piece of information to the world – and then making it happen.
  • Manage the website – and make it into an invaluable resource for journalists and researchers. We’re generating a lot of documents, and the flow of information is only going to increase. Your mission will be to help figure out how to package and present all of these documents in a way that makes it possible for others to find what they’re looking for.
  • Help build this organization and define how digital can shape its mission. You’re an expert in digital communications and you have good ideas about ways that digital can advance our goals – and we want to hear them. This is an opportunity to help build something new and really show off what you can do.

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 at 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’re interested in government ethics and accountability.
  • You have fairly strong skills with most of the following: website management (both through a CMS and with HTML), Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, video streaming, graphic design, basic video production, and the usual office and email platforms.
  • You have a college degree and 3-5 years of work experience, allowing you to point to examples demonstrating the above 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.