Careers

American Oversight is always looking for new team members to help us hold the government accountable through public records requests backed by aggressive litigation, communications, investigations, and research.

We are actively hiring for the positions listed below; however, if you are interested in joining our mission please reach out even if there is not a specific job posting for your skillset.

Are you an attorney who wants to go to court to extract information from the administration? Get in touch. Are you a researcher or investigator who wants to help uncover misconduct? Email us. Are you in college or law school and want to spend a semester or summer working with us? Send us a note. Our email address is [email protected]. We check it all the time.

See our current openings and job descriptions below:

Communications Associate – Spanish Bilingual

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people. 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.

Communications and media relations are essential to our mission. Over the past two years, our work has helped drive investigative journalism at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, NPR, and more. American Oversight’s investigations helped uncover Ivanka Trump’s personal email usage, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s actions to promote her family’s business interests, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s heavy focus on industry groups, the prevalence of unqualified and politically connected appointees across the administration, and dozens of other significant stories.

This position is based in downtown Washington, DC, and is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. The Communications Associate reports to the Communications Director.

What we’re looking for the Communications Associate to do:
  • Write and edit. This includes standard things like press releases and pitch emails, but you’ll also be working on blog posts and investigation updates.
  • Media relations. From identifying media opportunities and fielding incoming questions, to developing media contact lists and booking interviews, much of this job revolves around sharing American Oversight’s work with national and state journalists.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and liaison with Spanish-language media. We’re expanding our engagement with Spanish-language media outlets nationally and in states where we’ve launched targeted investigations, including Florida, Georgia, and Texas.
  • Stay on top of the news and our investigations. Yes, some of it is clips and media monitoring, but a bigger component of this is keeping track of the host of issues and agencies that we’re covering – and knowing how they’re being covered.
  • Develop investigation ideas and help guide research. We’re a collaborative workplace, and you’ll be part of the team helping to come up with new ideas for us to pitch, new avenues to investigate, and different ways to promote our findings.
Required skills and experience include:
  • You’re a strong writer who can produce clear, compelling prose that makes complex legal arguments accessible to everyone.
  • You can speak and write fluent Spanish at the level needed to draft press materials and conduct media interviews about American Oversight’s work.
In addition, the successful candidate will probably have most of the following attributes:
  • You’ve excelled in fast-paced work environments before (maybe a campaign or a start-up) and you’re good at staying organized while managing multiple projects at the same time.
  • You understand politics and have a good sense of the issues and dynamics in play in the national debate right now.
  • You like working collaboratively and do well in a team-based workplace.
  • You’re flexible and take the occasional last-minute decision or change of plans in stride.
  • You have strong skills with the standard office productivity and email software, and you’re also familiar with social media and web publishing platforms.
  • You have a college degree and 1-2 years cumulative work or internship experience in political communications, media relations, journalism, or a related field.
  • You can speak and write fluent Spanish. This isn’t required, but it would definitely be a plus.
Additional Information

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team.  People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

Salary range is $50,000 – $55,000 commensurate with experience, and we offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter describing your relevant experience and a résumé to [email protected] Please indicate in your email how you heard about this opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will complete our first round of review by June 21, 2019.

Content Manager

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the government accountable to the people. Through thousands of public records requests, more than 100 lawsuits, and the extensive research of our investigations team, we’ve uncovered hundreds of thousands of pages of government documents — from cabinet secretaries’ calendars to Ivanka Trump’s emails — and more records are coming in every day.

We’re looking for an organized, detail-oriented Content Manager to help us continue to build our website into a powerful accountability tool used by journalists, congressional investigators, and the public. The Content Manager will be responsible for managing our online documents library, uploading and integrating new documents into the web database and the DocumentCloud platform, and making our work accessible to multiple audiences.

We’re also planning a major upgrade to the way we track ongoing investigations on our website — providing users with a more detailed view into our work on issues like family separation, voting rights, and Trump business interests — and you’ll have an opportunity to play a big part in building and growing that capability.

This position is based in downtown Washington, DC, and is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. The Content Manager reports to the Web Editor.

Core Responsibilities

In a typical week, the Content Manager will be responsible for:

  • Uploading dozens of new government documents, FOIA requests, and court filings to American Oversight’s website and document sharing platforms;
  • Ensuring that each record uploaded to the site is described and tagged correctly so that it is easily accessible for internal and external users;
  • Working with the Legal and Investigations teams to keep track of all incoming document productions from federal and state government agencies;
  • Assisting with the development and launch of the expanded website, drafting new content and organizing existing documents to highlight key investigations;
  • Drafting short blog posts, investigation updates, document descriptions, and other materials for the website and document sharing platforms;
  • Ensuring that website remains up to date. With the news constantly shifting, and officials continually entering and exiting the administration, certain pages will need updating each week.
  • And probably working on at least one ‘rapid response’ situation, in which we need to get new documents online quickly to respond to breaking news or sudden developments in one of our lawsuits.
Qualifications

There are a few ‘must have’ qualifications that are essential for the Content Manager to be successful:

  • You’re highly organized and pay meticulous attention to detail. Our web library contains thousands of documents that each relate to specific FOIA requests, government agencies, and investigations — and that information is only useful if people can find it.
  • You’re adaptable, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Things generally run smoothly around here, but they can often move quickly and require us to work together to get information online and out to the public.
  • You’re able to quickly learn new software platforms and tools — including web publishing, database, and document management software.
  • You can write accurately, precisely, and well. When we post new government documents to the website, we need to also explain what they are, how we got them, and what key details they contain so that users can find the information they’re seeking.
  • You have an interest in, and commitment to, government transparency and accountability.
  • You’re good at time management and keeping track of multiple ongoing projects and deadlines.
  • You have solid news judgment, and the ability to recognize when certain web pages need updating or when changing news relates to American Oversight’s ongoing or past work.
  • You have at least one year of cumulative work and/or internship experience.
In addition to the above, an ideal candidate for this job may also have the following qualifications:
  • Previous experience working with web publishing platforms such as WordPress and using basic HTML.
  • Working familiarity with the federal government, state governments, or ethics and accountability issues.
  • Fluent written Spanish.
  • Background in journalism or communications, either professional or academic.
Additional Information

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team.  People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

Salary range is $50,000 – $55,000 commensurate with experience, and we offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter describing your relevant experience and a résumé to [email protected] Please indicate in your email how you heard about this opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will complete our first round of review by May 31, 2019.

Counsel

Come join a team of extraordinary lawyers bringing accountability to bear on the Trump administration. Through open records requests, backed by aggressive litigation, American Oversight attorneys shine a light on corruption, malfeasance, and other misconduct. The organization is uniquely positioned to drive accountability in 2019 and 2020, working in parallel with congressional investigators to ensure that facts matter and bad actors are scrutinized.

If you’ve thought about jumping into the fight and putting your legal and litigation skills to work for the truth, American Oversight wants to hear from you. You can make a difference here. You can make administration officials answer for their conduct. You can help supercharge congressional investigations and investigative journalism. You also get to wake up in the morning feeling like you’re fighting the good fight alongside an extraordinary team of amazing and friendly professionals.

While working on a broad range of substantive issues — from EPA policy, to corruption concerns at DOJ, to interference with the 2020 Census — our lawyers are litigators first and foremost. They file pleadings, engage in extended meet-and-confers with opposing counsel, and battle to enforce the public’s right to transparency. The organization shares the fruits of our litigation with others, including the press, other nonprofits, Congress, and the public, to ensure they have an impact. Our litigators are key to the entire mission.

Lawyers also play a key role, in conjunction with our investigations team, in identifying ideas for potential FOIA requests, developing investigation strategies, crafting effective FOIA requests, and identifying issues in records produced in response to our requests.

American Oversight is looking for attorneys with varying degrees of legal experience. Our Counsels range in experience from one year of legal experience to more than six years of legal experience, with responsibilities and salary varying based on experience and skills.

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 is essential.

This position is based in Washington, DC, and reports to the Chief Counsel.

Responsibilities
  • Litigate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records act requests on behalf of American Oversight and other clients.
  • Draft court pleadings, including complaints, motions, and briefs.
  • Engage in legal and factual research, motions practice, and brief writing.
  • When appropriate, engage in drafting of discovery requests, appellate briefs, amicus briefs, and regulatory comments.
  • Draft FOIA and state open records act requests and administrative appeals.
  • Review and research current events to spot potential legal issues and to identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct.
  • Work with investigations team to research and develop investigation strategies.
  • Engage in frequent negotiations with executive branch FOIA and state agency open records personnel and with government counsel in litigation.
  • Prepare demand letters to advance ethics and transparency of executive branch.
  • Work with communications and investigations teams on messaging materials and blog posts as needed.
  • Represent American Oversight in meetings with coalition partners and congressional committees.
  • Participating in internal organizational development initiatives.
Qualifications:
  • Law degree and admission to practice in at least one state (with eligibility to join DC bar).
  • At least one year of legal experience, preferably in civil litigation.
  • Commitment to public interest advocacy.
  • An interest in American Oversight’s mission of government accountability and transparency.
  • Exceptional legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational and project-management abilities.
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and/or government ethics laws helpful but not required.
Additional Information:

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

The salary range for this position is $80,000 to $125,000, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please send application materials, including a one-page cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, resume, and writing sample to [email protected] with “Counsel Position” in the subject line. Please indicate in your email how you heard about this opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will complete our first round of review by May 31, 2019.

Researcher

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we are working every day to promote accountability; to uncover corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct; and to expose the administration to public scrutiny. American Oversight’s investigations helped uncover Ivanka Trump’s personal email use, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s heavy focus on industry groups and the lax work schedules kept by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and have led to dozens of other significant stories. As we expand, we’re bringing our model to the states and using transparency tools to hold state governments accountable.

American Oversight is hiring a researcher to help us identify and develop investigative targets and analyze the records we uncover to hold the Trump administration and state governments accountable.

The position is located in Washington, DC, and reports to our investigations director.

Essential Responsibilities

As a researcher, your responsibilities will include:

  • Investigation: You’ll use publicly available research databases, documents obtained through public records requests, and a broad range of news sources to identify corruption and other wrongdoing in the Trump administration and state governments and uncover avenues for future research.
  • Public records requests: You’ll work with the legal team to draft public records requests aimed at uncovering corruption and malfeasance and promoting government transparency.
  • Analysis: You’ll analyze records that American Oversight obtains through public records requests to identify underreported trends and stories.
  • Writing: You’ll work with the investigations and communications teams to tell the stories we find with blog posts, background documents, and other written products.
  • Rapid response: You’ll respond to breaking news by doing rapid-response research and drafting public records requests on tight deadlines.
Qualifications

This position is open to individuals with diverse backgrounds, including journalism, opposition research, policy analysis, corporate investigations, and government oversight. The ideal candidate will have proven research and writing experience, familiarity with the workings of the federal government, and an avid interest in politics and policy.

We are seeking individuals with the following qualifications:

  • One to three years’ cumulative work and/or internship experience in journalism, opposition research, or another investigative or research field
  • The drive to uncover hidden stories of corruption and wrongdoing
  • Exceptional attention to detail, with the ability to find the key detail in a mountain of documents
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to use documents to tell clear, compelling stories
  • Comfort handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
Additional Information

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team.  People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, résumé, and a brief writing sample to [email protected]. Please indicate in your email how you heard about this opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will complete our first round of review by June 7, 2019.

Research Interns – Fall 2019

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the American people. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we are working every day to promote accountability; to uncover corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct; and to expose the administration to public scrutiny. American Oversight’s investigations helped uncover Ivanka Trump’s personal email use, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s heavy focus on industry groups, and the lax work schedules kept by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and have led to dozens of other significant stories. We’re also expanding our focus and bringing our model to the states – using transparency tools to hold state governments accountable.

American Oversight is hiring research interns to support our investigative work and help us hold the Trump administration and state governments accountable.

The positions are located in Washington, DC, and report to our investigations director.

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2019 internships but will review applications for fall 2019 on a rolling basis.

Essential Responsibilities 

As an intern:

  • You’ll support the investigations team’s work by conducting creative, detail-oriented research using a wide variety of sources—including publicly available research databases, documents obtained through public records requests, and news reports.
  • You’ll work with research and legal staff to develop and write public records requests aimed at covering government corruption and malfeasance.
  • You’ll review documents that we receive from public records requests to identify newsworthy stories and opportunities for further research.
  • You’ll work with the communications team to write blog posts and other products synthesizing American Oversight’s research.
  • You’ll take on other tasks as needed.
Qualifications

This position is open to students and recent graduates who are interested in building their research skills in preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, law, policy analysis, campaign research, or government oversight.

The ideal candidate will have excellent research and writing skills, engagement in political news and interest in the workings of the federal government, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, comfort handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, and a positive, can-do attitude.

Additional Information

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team.  People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Internships are full-time or part-time temporary positions. Interns who are not receiving school credit for the internship are paid at $15 an hour. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted to fit the intern’s schedule.

How to Apply

Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, résumé, and a brief writing sample to [email protected]. Please indicate in your email how you heard about this opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will complete our first round of review for fall internships by July 12, 2019.