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 other instances where the government fails to serve the public. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. POGO has an over $6 million annual budget that supports a staff of over 50 employees. POGO does not accept donations or other revenue from for-profit corporations or the government.

POGO’s Research and Investigations team is looking for a talented Research Fellow to work in a cross-cutting capacity to help the organization investigate waste, fraud, corruption, and abuse and advocate for a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. The Research Fellow reports directly to the Director of Investigations & Research.

Responsibilities include:

● Perform in-depth research across all facets of POGO’s work – from government spending and contracts to lobbying and influence – including on the revolving door, Constitutional issues, and whistleblower protections

● Produce written research summaries that distill complex topics and finding into easily digestible internal work products

● Help organize, draft, file, and track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records requests

● Collaborate with senior investigators and analysts to produce original investigatory and analytical pieces for POGO’s website, including the opportunity to take the lead in drafting an analysis, investigation, or other writing product with a by-line

● Regularly update POGO’s public databases, including the Pentagon Revolving Door Database, the Supreme Court Livestreams Database, and the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database

● Track and attend relevant hearings and events on POGO issues

● Assist with fact-checking POGO’s written products to ensure they meet the highest standards for accuracy and fairness

● Assist with some administrative activities, including preparations for meetings, data entry, and event set up

● Other duties as required to accomplish POGO’s mission.

    Qualifications include:

    ● Interest in and enthusiasm for good government

    ● Prior research experience (academic or professional)

    ● Excellent writing skills and an openness to editorial feedback

    ● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on internal teams, across external organizations, and independently when necessary.

    ● Demonstrated commitment to working in a nonpartisan, collaborative, respectful manner.

    ● Demonstrated track record of taking initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances.

    ● Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

    ● (+) Familiarity with US Federal government policy, structure, and operation a plus but not required.

    ● (+) Familiarity or experience with statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis, and/or data visualization a plus but not required.

      Compensation, benefits, and other information:

      The job is a full time year long fellowship and includes the listed benefits. This position is available for remote work and includes the listed benefits.

      • Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $40k.
      • Health, dental, and vision insurance
      • Life insurance and long-term disability coverage
      • Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave

      To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

      Application Deadline: Dec 1st