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.

Read more from our team about what it’s like to work here.

 

See our current openings and job descriptions below:

Senior Writer

American Oversight is looking for a talented, versatile Senior Writer to join our team and help us shine a light on government misconduct. We’re a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to expose evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest. 

American Oversight’s work exposed hundreds of pages of Ukraine documents that were withheld from Congress, we prompted the discovery of Ivanka Trump’s extensive use of a private email system, and we’ve investigated and uncovered widespread conflicts of interest across the cabinet. Through our State Accountability Project, we’re investigating voter suppression in multiple states, and our team is actively tracking the federal and state responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Part digital journalism, part anti-corruption advocacy, and part organizational communications, the Senior Writer will draw upon the records we uncover, as well as the expertise of our team, to tell important stories that help readers understand critical accountability issues facing our country — from the coronavirus response to the president’s continued abuse of his office. 

American Oversight is normally based in downtown Washington, DC, in an office that is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. Given the current pandemic, American Oversight’s team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. This position is open to candidates across the United States and could continue as a telework role even after the office reopens. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific tasks will shift day by day along with our work and the news cycle, but in a typical week, your job will probably include:

  • Writing news posts for American Oversight’s website, including analyses of government documents we’ve uncovered, updates on ongoing inquiries, and announcements of new lawsuits or investigations;
  • Writing longer-form pieces synthesizing information obtained through public records requests, open source research, and news reports to tell important stories about government misconduct or corruption;
  • Working with the investigations team to create online research guides highlighting key information we’ve uncovered and making it accessible for journalists and other researchers;
  • Reviewing primary source documents as well as notes compiled by the research and legal teams to pull out key points to feature in written content; 
  • Drafting email updates to American Oversight’s newsletter subscribers;
  • Working with the Senior Editor to develop new ideas for written content that makes American Oversight’s work more accessible to the public; 
  • Monitoring the news to identify opportunities for our current or previous work to inform the public on key issues;
  • Participating in regular planning meetings (typically scheduled during East Coast business hours) to help identify new opportunities to share the information we’ve uncovered to help inform the public on key issues;
  • Engaging in rapid response to current events, developments, and document releases in AO’s FOIAs and litigation; 
  • Occasionally (but definitely not most of the time) engaging after business hours or on weekends to promote new developments in American Oversight’s investigations or to respond to breaking news that relates to our work.

QUALIFICATIONS

We don’t have a hard and fast checklist of requirements for this position, but the following attributes will likely describe the successful candidate: 

  • Excellent writing skills with a focus on accuracy and detail, and the ability to rapidly synthesize complex legal and policy documents into clear, compelling prose;
  • 2–5 years previous experience in journalism, policy, or related work writing for a general audience about government, politics, public policy, or similar issues;
  • Strong news judgment and the ability to quickly assess information for relevance and newsworthiness; 
  • Integrity and commitment to high journalistic standards of quality and accuracy. It’s great to be first, and we like to get attention, but it is always far more important to be correct, honest, and trustworthy;
  • Experience fact-checking, or writing for a publication with a fact-checking process;
  • Adept at drawing upon multiple sources of information to connect the dots and help readers understand key points, trends, and patterns that may not be immediately obvious;
  • Can handle high-pressure, quick-deadline projects on high-profile, breaking news topics; 
  • Fluency in federal policy, current politics, and the way they are discussed in mainstream media, as well as the ability to quickly learn new topics as they arise;
  • Team player, comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment;
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, as well as the ability to keep track of American Oversight’s several and varying areas of investigation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and retaining 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 $65,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Also, we are biased, but we think American Oversight is a great place to work! Take a look at the testimonials from members of our wonderful team.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send application materials, including a résumé, a one-page cover letter, and copies of two clips of your writing to [email protected] with “Senior Writer” 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 next round of review by July 15, 2020.


Staff Writer – Coronavirus Investigations

American Oversight is looking for a talented, versatile Staff Writer to join our team and help us shine a light on the government response to the coronavirus pandemic. We’re a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to expose evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest. We’ve launched a wide-ranging investigation into the federal, state, and local responses to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ve filed more than 600 public records requests and seven lawsuits seeking answers. 

American Oversight’s earlier work has exposed hundreds of pages of Ukraine documents that were withheld from Congress, prompted the discovery of Ivanka Trump’s extensive use of a private email system, and uncovered widespread conflicts of interest across the cabinet. 

Part digital journalism, part anti-corruption advocacy, and part organizational communications, the Staff Writer will draw upon the records we uncover, as well as the expertise of our team, to help readers follow and understand the investigations into the coronavirus response, the latest developments, and the outstanding questions. 

American Oversight is normally based in downtown Washington, DC, in an office that is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. Given the current pandemic, American Oversight’s team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. This position is open to candidates across the United States and could continue as a telework role even after the main office reopens. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific tasks will shift day by day along with our work and the news cycle, but in a typical week, your job will probably include:

  • Writing posts for American Oversight’s website, including updates on news related to the coronavirus pandemic and investigations into the government response;
  • Writing longer pieces synthesizing information obtained through public records requests, open source research, and news reports regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing push for accountability;
  • Working with the communications and research teams to maintain online trackers of investigations into the pandemic and the government response;
  • Reviewing primary source documents as well as notes compiled by the research and legal teams to pull out key points to feature in written content; 
  • Working with the Senior Editor to develop new ideas for written content that makes American Oversight’s work more accessible to the public; 
  • Monitoring the news to identify opportunities for our current or previous work to inform the public on key issues;
  • Participating in regular planning meetings (typically scheduled during East Coast business hours) to help identify new opportunities to share the information we’ve uncovered to help inform the public on key issues;
  • Engaging in rapid response to current events, developments, and document releases in AO’s FOIAs and litigation; 
  • Occasionally (but definitely not most of the time) engaging after business hours or on weekends to promote new developments in American Oversight’s investigations or to respond to breaking news that relates to our work.

QUALIFICATIONS

We don’t have a hard and fast checklist of requirements for this position, but the following attributes will likely describe the successful candidate: 

  • Excellent writing skills with a focus on accuracy and detail, and the ability to rapidly synthesize complex legal and policy documents into clear, compelling prose;
  • At least 2 years previous experience in journalism, policy, or related work writing for a general audience about government, politics, public health, or similar issues;
  • Strong news judgment and the ability to quickly assess information for relevance and newsworthiness; 
  • Integrity and commitment to high journalistic standards of quality and accuracy. It’s great to be first, and we like to get attention, but it is always far more important to be correct, honest, and trustworthy;
  • Experience fact-checking, or writing for a publication with a fact-checking process;
  • Adept at drawing upon multiple sources of information to connect the dots and help readers understand key points, trends, and patterns that may not be immediately obvious;
  • Can handle high-pressure, quick-deadline projects on high-profile, breaking news topics; 
  • Fluency in public health issues related to the coronavirus pandemic as well as a working familiarity with current politics and the way they are discussed in mainstream media;
  • Team player, comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment;
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, as well as the ability to keep track of American Oversight’s several and varying areas of investigation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and retaining 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 $55,000 – $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Also, we are biased, but we think American Oversight is a great place to work! Take a look at the testimonials from members of our wonderful team.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send application materials, including a résumé, a one-page cover letter, and copies of two clips of your writing to [email protected] with “Staff Writer – Coronavirus Investigations” 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 begin our first round of review by July 10, 2020.


Special Project Associate

American Oversight is looking for an energetic and organized person to help support our larger special research projects, primarily our investigation into the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus. We’re a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to expose evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest. We’ve launched a wide-ranging investigation into the federal, state, and local responses to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ve filed more than 600 public records requests and seven lawsuits seeking answers. 

We need an exceptional person to help us keep track of those requests, work with the legal and research teams to identify gaps that we should be investigating, and monitor the work of other advocacy groups and congressional investigators working in this space. 

American Oversight is normally based in downtown Washington, DC, in an office that is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. Given the current pandemic, American Oversight’s team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. This position is open to outstanding candidates across the United States, but with a strong preference for candidates in the Washington DC area.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will report to our Chief Oversight Counsel and work closely with our research, legal, and communications teams, but will require significant autonomy so it’s important for the right person to be extremely organized, driven, and a self-starter. 

The special project associate will:

  • Work with the communications team to help build and maintain American Oversight’s coronavirus oversight tracker to track internal and external investigations related to the pandemic. 
  • Compile and maintain a database of congressional investigations related to oversight of the coronavirus and the government’s response.
  • Compile and maintain a database of coronavirus-related lawsuits by American Oversight and our partner organizations. 
  • Participate in regular meetings both internally and with our partner organizations to track coronavirus oversight efforts. 
  • Work with American Oversight’s legal and research teams to conceptualize and draft targeted, strategic, litigation-ready public records requests on the coronavirus, and identify potential gaps. 
  • Closely follow the news – including mainstream outlets, industry newsletters, and other sources – to identify opportunities to shed light on important stories related to the pandemic using public records requests.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are open to applications from individuals with a broad range of types of experience and experience levels, though we expect the best fit for this position may have between one and five years experience work and/or internship experience in journalism, political campaigns, government service or related fields. Successful candidates will have the following skills: 

  • Excellent organizational skills. Are you the kind of person who can find a receipt from two years ago and categorizes your books according to the Dewey Decimal System? If so, we want to hear from you! 
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to write on complex and nuanced topics for a broad, general audience; 
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work independently and on self-directed projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; 
  • Team player, comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and to represent those self-directed projects in the broader organization to further the mission of American Oversight; 
  • Proven ability to think strategically about and execute complex investigations with clear goals and a focus on outcomes; 
  • Fluency and interest in public health issues related to the coronavirus pandemic as well as a working familiarity with current politics and issues related to the coronavirus pandemic;
  • A wide-ranging news diet and an ability to spot important stories.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and retaining 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 $50,000-55,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Also, we are biased, but we think American Oversight is a great place to work! Take a look at the testimonials from members of our wonderful team.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send application materials, including a résumé, a one-page cover letter, and copies of two clips of your writing to [email protected] with “Project Associate – Coronavirus Investigations” 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 begin our first round of review by July 10, 2020.


Web Associate

American Oversight is looking for a Web Associate to join our team. We’re a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to expose evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest. American Oversight’s work exposed hundreds of pages of Ukraine documents that were withheld from Congress, we prompted the discovery of Ivanka Trump’s extensive use of a private email system, and we’ve investigated and uncovered widespread conflicts of interest across the cabinet. Through our State Accountability Project, we’re investigating voter suppression in multiple states, and our team is actively tracking the federal and state response to the coronavirus pandemic.

One part web publishing expert, one part graphic designer, and one part creative storyteller, the Web Associate will be an integral part of our communications team and will help us ensure that the American Oversight website is an effective and trusted resource for journalists, investigators, and members of the public seeking information about our government accountability work.

American Oversight is normally based in downtown Washington, DC, in an office that is easily accessible by multiple metro and bus lines. Given the current pandemic, American Oversight’s team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. This position is open to candidates across the United States and could continue as a telework role even after the main office reopens. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific tasks will shift day by day along with our work and the news cycle, but in a typical week, your job will probably include:

  • Formatting and posting content to American Oversight’s website through the WordPress CMS, including applying appropriate metadata tags;
  • Working with the Senior Editor and Content Manager to design and lay out pages for maximum impact and readability;
  • Selecting photos to accompany articles, and using graphic design software to create custom images for the website, email, and social channels; 
  • Researching and implementing new approaches, including animations, videos, infographics, and other ideas, to help American Oversight showcase our work and the public records we uncover;
  • Managing ongoing maintenance of American Oversight’s website, including security patches, updates, and serving as a technical liaison with outside vendors and developers;
  • Participating in regular team meetings (typically scheduled during East Coast business hours) to help identify new opportunities to share the information we’ve uncovered to help inform the public on key issues;
  • Engaging in rapid response to current events, developments, and document releases in AO’s FOIAs and litigation; 
  • Occasionally (but definitely not most of the time) engaging after business hours or on weekends to promote new developments in American Oversight’s investigations or to respond to breaking news that relates to our work.

QUALIFICATIONS

We don’t have a hard and fast checklist of requirements for this position, but the following attributes will likely describe the successful candidate:

  • Excellent graphic design skills and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite — including Illustrator and Photoshop;
  • Experience with publishing and managing content on a WordPress platform, as well as experience with Google Analytics, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and other web development tools and applications;
  • Strong writing ability with an obsessive focus on precision and detail;
  • Active, working knowledge of federal policy, current national politics, and the way they are discussed in mainstream media, as well as the ability to quickly learn new topics as they arise;
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, as well as the ability to keep track of American Oversight’s several and varying areas of investigation;  
  • Integrity and commitment to high standards of quality and accuracy;
  • Can handle high-pressure, quick-deadline projects as needed;
  • Team player, comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and retaining 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 $50,000–$55,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Also, we are biased, but we think American Oversight is a great place to work! Take a look at the testimonials from members of our wonderful team.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send application materials, including a résumé and a one-page cover letter, to [email protected] with “Web Associate” 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 begin our first round of review by July 10, 2020.


Notes from Our Team: Why Work at American Oversight

“Before joining American Oversight, I was working long hours at a stressful job. After the 2016 election, I was frustrated with the way things turned out and with my total lack of time for putting any thought into what I, personally, could do in response, let alone for taking any real action. I needed a change, and American Oversight’s mission — holding the government accountable and exposing corruption — was a great way to take my existing litigation skill-set and apply it to making a difference in the real world. In addition, while I had always cared about policy issues and their impact on people, I had never been tuned in to politics, nor did I feel like I had particularly useful or unique knowledge of any one policy issue. American Oversight was extra appealing, as it offered a means to participate and make a difference even without policy or political experience. Our work applies to all aspects of public policy, and it transcends the political, partisan system.” Katie, Counsel

“I wanted to use my law degree in a way that reflected my interest in public policy and ethics. American Oversight beautifully married those two interests and I feel that my work has a direct impact on the world around me. I am eager to see how some cases pending in litigation will pan out. I’m also really interested in our project with state records requests, seeing the organization expand beyond federal oversight… I really value the atmosphere here: collegiality and collaboration build a supportive environment. Even though the organization is growing, there’s a pervasive feeling that we’re part of a team.” Khahilia, Counsel