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:

Investigative 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 700+ FOIA requests and 30+ 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 Scott Pruitt has largely turned the EPA over to industry interests. We have much more in store for 2018 and the future.

American Oversight is hiring investigative researchers to help us identify and develop investigative targets and analyze the records we uncover to drive accountability in the Trump administration and beyond.  

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

Essential Responsibilities

As investigative researcher, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with the research and investigations team to identify issues and individuals to investigate with transparency tools;
  • Review incoming records that we obtain via FOIA or litigation to identify follow-up inquiries, potential news stories, and opportunities for further research;
  • Leverage public sources and other resources to develop additional information and context for the documents we uncover;
  • Work with the legal team to assess public officials’ violations of ethical standards and other laws;
  • Draft public records requests in consultation with the legal team;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to convey the results of our work to the public;
  • Execute short- and long-term research plans to support organizational goals and strategies;
  • Participate in rapid response research efforts to complement legal and communications efforts.
Qualifications

This position is open to individuals with diverse backgrounds, including investigative journalism, opposition research, corporate or government investigations, and strategic communications. The ideal candidate will have proven research and writing experience, as well as familiarity with the Freedom of Information Act and commonly used research databases. Fluency in federal government operations is also important.

We are seeking individuals with the following qualifications:

  • At least three years’ previous research or investigatory experience;
  • Experience working as a team and handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proficiency with the Freedom of Information Act and public records requests;
  • Familiarity with congressional and executive branch disclosure filings, FEC data, Lexis-Nexis, and commonly used-research databases;
  • Understanding of the current political media landscape in Washington, DC and nationally;
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • An interest in government ethics and accountability;
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information;
  • 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 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.