Overview

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people. 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.

 

Communications and media relations are essential to our mission. Over the past two years, our work has helped drive investigative journalism at the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, NBC, NPR, and more. American Oversight’s investigations helped uncover Ivanka Trump’s personal email usage, the lax work schedules kept by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s heavy focus on industry groups, the prevalence of unqualified and politically connected appointees across the administration, and dozens of other significant stories.

 

We’re looking for a Communications Manager to join our team. This position is based in Washington, D.C., and reports to the Communications Director.

   

What we’re looking for the Communications Manager to do:

  • Write and edit. This includes standard things like press releases and pitch emails, but you’ll also be working on blog posts and investigation reports.

  • Media relations. From pitching reporters and booking interviews to fielding incoming inquiries and managing media contact lists, much of this job will be communicating with both local and national media about the work that American Oversight is doing and finding opportunities to share our work with journalists.

  • Stay up to date on American Oversight’s ongoing litigation and investigations. At any given time, we have dozens of active cases and hundreds of open Freedom of Information Act requests. When reporters have questions about our work, they’ll often call you — so maintaining a working knowledge of AO’s wide array of investigations is essential.

  • Stay on top of the news. Yes, some of it is clips and media monitoring, but a bigger component of this is keeping track of the host of issues and agencies that we’re covering. If something new happens that could affect an investigation, we need to make sure we know about it.

  • Develop investigation ideas and help guide research. We’re a collaborative workplace, and you’ll be part of the team helping to come up with new ideas for us to pitch, new avenues to investigate, and different ways to promote our findings.

  • Coordinate with legal and investigations teams. From working with our lawyers to determine when to file a lawsuit to strategizing with our investigators about what kind of patterns to look for in our records, much of this role will involve collaborating with other departments and understanding their priorities.

 

We don’t have a hard and fast checklist, but here are some attributes that will probably describe the person who ends up in this job:

  • You’re a great writer who can produce clear, compelling prose that makes complex legal arguments accessible to everyone.

  • You’ve excelled in fast-paced work environments before (maybe a campaign or a start-up) and you’re good at staying organized while managing multiple projects at the same time.

  • You’re flexible and take the occasional last-minute decision or change of plans in stride.

  • You understand politics and have a good sense of the issues and dynamics in play in the national debate right now.

  • You like working collaboratively and do well in a team-based workplace.

  • You have strong skills with the standard office productivity and email software, and you’re also familiar with social media and web publishing platforms.

  • You have a college degree and 2-4 years of political communications, media relations, or journalism work experience where you can point to examples of how you’ve demonstrated these attributes.

 

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

 

Salary for the Communications Manager is $65,000 – $75,000 commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits package.

 

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and résumé to jobs@americanoversight.org

 

Tagged as: Communications & Media Relations, Non Profit

About American Oversight

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people.