Founded in 1981 in partnership with whistleblowers, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that works to expose waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. POGO has an annual budget of more than $6 million, which supports a staff of over 45 employees.
POGO’s Investigations and Research team is looking for a talented Researcher to both drive and support work across the organization’s programmatic teams. The Researcher is responsible for monitoring current events across the federal government, executing original research projects using government and open-source data and writing up key findings for publication on the organization’s website. The Researcher reports to the Director of Investigations and Research.
We encourage potential applicants to apply even if they only have experience or familiarity in some of the areas described below. We fully recognize that many great candidates will not have experience in all of the areas we list, or may have relevant experiences and skills that we have not listed or considered.
- Monitor current events in key programmatic areas, and share insights with relevant staff
- Assist POGO Investigators with research projects, including vetting information from whistleblowers and other tipsters to determine whether an intensive investigation is warranted
- Assist POGO program areas with program-driven research projects
- Assist with the development of pitches for original investigations and research projects in consultation with the director of Investigations and Research
- Develop and maintain familiarity with a variety of governmental and open-source data resources
- Assist in the maintenance of POGO’s public-facing research databases
- Write FOIA and local open records requests, track and update the status of these requests, and review responsive documents.
- Write up key findings as analyses, investigations, and reports, and work with the editorial team to improve these products
- Work with the civic engagement, communications, and creative teams to develop talking points, social media, and data visualizations for the public facing products they produce.
- Other duties as needed or required.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience executing investigations or data/information-driven research projects for a non-profit organization or news media publication.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on internal teams, across external organizations, and independently when necessary.
- Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, nonpartisanship, and a rigorous attention to detail
- Demonstrated track record of working independently and taking initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Familiarity with US Federal government policy, structure, and operation preferred but not required.
- Degree with coursework in statistics or information science is a plus, but not required.
- Investigative journalism or policy research experience is a plus, but not required.
Compensation and benefits:
This job is full time. This position is available for remote work and includes the listed benefits.
• Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $57k
• Health, dental, and vision insurance.
• 403(b) employee investment plan available, with employer retirement contribution through a SEP IRA once eligible.
• Life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
• Metro SmartTrip benefits participation available.
• Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave.
To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: October 28th, 2021
POGO is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We encourage all interested and qualified individuals to apply.