Careers

American Oversight is always looking for new team members to help us hold the Trump administration accountable through Freedom of Information Act 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 jobs@americanoversight.org. We check it all the time.

See our current openings and job descriptions below:

Researcher

American Oversight is a non-partisan, non-profit ethics watchdog that uses public records requests backed by aggressive litigation and communications to promote transparency and to hold public officials accountable.

Since our launch in 2017, our 1,000+ public records requests and 60+ lawsuits have exposed multiple cases of misconduct and mendacity in the Trump administration, including the failure of Trump’s “voter fraud” commission to uncover evidence of voter fraud, the full cost of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $43,000 secret phone booth, and the FCC’s false claims about a hacking attack on its Net Neutrality comment systems. We have represented high-profile clients including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the secretary of state of Maine, and our investigations have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, CNN, NBC and numerous other outlets.

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

The positions are located in Washington, DC, and report 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 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 the Freedom of Information Act 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, and corporate or government investigations. 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’ previous experience in journalism, opposition research, or another investigative or research field
  • A voracious appetite for political news and 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
  • Outstanding communications skills
Additional Information

American Oversight is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and veterans are strongly 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, résumé, and a brief writing sample 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.

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.
Additional Information

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

How to Apply

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

Counsel

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, 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 five 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.
Additional Information

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.

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 an innovative and inquisitive law student to join our team for the 2018 fall semester. 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.

Our intern will be exposed to a wide range of legal activity within this active startup, including brown bag luncheons discussing current litigation and ethics topics, attending court hearings, and active mentoring.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in legal investigations, government ethics, and/or government oversight; will be self-motivated and dependable; and will possess excellent research skills (of both the legal and cybersleuthing kind). 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.

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.
  • Draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records act requests.
  • Draft court pleadings, including complaints, motions, and briefs.
  • Prepare reports, letters, and speeches.
Qualifications

This legal internship is open law students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy.
  • Exceptional writing, research, and oral communications skills.
  • 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.
Additional Information

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

Benefits

Legal interns who are not receiving course credit will be paid $15/hour for a 35-hour week.

How to Apply

Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, resume, and writing sample to jobs@americanoversight.org with the subject “Legal Internship – Fall 2018.”

Intern

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.

We are looking for an innovative and inquisitive college students or recent graduates to join our team on a rolling basis to work alongside our investigations, communications, and legal teams. Our attorneys use the law creatively to promote accountability and uncover unethical and abusive government conduct. Our communications team works with journalists and uses new media to bring public attention to our legal work and public scrutiny to the ethical problems and malfeasance we find in the federal government. And the backbone of accountability is investigating issues to pursue and understanding the evidence we uncover. All of this work requires initiative, skill, and creativity.

Our interns will be exposed to a wide range of research, communications, and legal activity within this active startup, including factual research and analysis, legal writing, communications strategy, and active mentoring.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in government accountability; be an avid and curious consumer of the news; be self-motivated and dependable; and possess excellent research and writing skills. Familiarity with content management systems is a plus. This is an ideal opportunity for a student or recent graduate interested in pursuing journalism, political communications, public interest law, or government oversight work.

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

Core Responsibilities
  • Research current events to identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct.
  • Support the investigations team in reviewing government documents produced through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • Draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records act requests.
  • Draft press releases and blog posts.
  • Work with American Oversight’s staff to identify potential targets for investigation and organizational priorities.
Qualifications

This internship is open to current college students and recent graduates. Interns should possess the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy.
  • Exceptional writing, research, and oral communications skills.
  • An interest in government ethics and accountability.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to analyze situations and information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
Additional Information

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

Benefits

Interns who are not receiving course credit will be paid $15/hour for a 35-hour work week.

How to Apply

Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, resume, and writing sample to jobs@americanoversight.org with the subject “Internship.”

Director of External Affairs & Outreach

American Oversight is a non-partisan, non-profit ethics watchdog that uses public records requests backed by aggressive litigation and communications to promote transparency and to hold public officials accountable. Since our launch in 2017, our 1,000+ FOIA requests and 60+ lawsuits have exposed multiple cases of misconduct and mendacity in the Trump administration, including that President Trump lied about being wiretapped, that Jeff Sessions lied on his security clearance form, and that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt largely turned the EPA over to industry interests. We have much more in store for the future.

We are seeking an individual to lead our networking and outreach efforts on the Hill and with peer organizations. The individual will help identify opportunities for collaboration, pro bono representation, and amplification. For example, the documents American Oversight receives may be highly relevant to congressional investigators or to civil rights advocates. Those same external contacts may be interested in having American Oversight launch parallel, independent investigations. We need an individual to build and maintain those bridges. This isn’t lobbying or coalition building; it’s connecting advocates and investigators to ensure that bad actors do not escape accountability.

The position is located in Washington, DC, and reports to the executive director.

Essential Responsibilities & Characteristics
  • Build and maintain relationships with key congressional committees, member offices, and staff involved in conducting oversight of the Trump administration.
  • Work with Executive Director to forge and build partnerships with other non-profit groups or coalitions working on oversight and accountability issues.
  • Stay in close contact with the above stakeholders and groups to identify opportunities for American Oversight to share its work or to conduct independent investigations to amplify the work of others.
  • Follow oversight-related developments in Congress and in the media to identify priorities, events (such as upcoming hearings), trends, and opportunities.
  • Speak on behalf of American Oversight in meetings and other group settings.
  • Exercise good judgment and diplomacy at all times.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact to respond to inquiries from the Hill and other organizations.
Qualifications
  • 2-5 years working in external affairs, government relations, or on Capitol Hill
  • Comfort or familiarity with the Freedom of Information Act and/or litigation a plus
  • Experience working in a team and handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders and organizations
  • Familiarity with congressional committee jurisdictions and experience working with congressional investigations or hearings.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, highly organized, and exceptional attention to detail
  • A strong interest in government ethics and accountability
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
Additional Information

American Oversight is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and veterans are strongly 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, résumé, and a brief writing sample to jobs@americanoversight.org.