Senior Writer

American Oversight, Washington, District of Columbia

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Date Posted June 24, 2020
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary The salary range for this position is $65,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience.


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. 


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:


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


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.


Please send application materials, including a résumé, a one-page cover letter, and copies of two clips of your writing to 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.

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