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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 Center for Defense Information (CDI) is looking for a talented Analyst to support the team by initiating, conducting, and managing research, analyses, and policy development activities that expose government waste, abuse, mismanagement, and corruption, with a primary focus on defense policy issues. The Analyst will identify subjects of investigation and analysis that will reveal systemic issues, and provide insights to their supervisor and the policy and civic engagement teams to develop policy solutions to identified problems. The Analyst reports directly to the Director of the Center for Defense Information.
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.
- Perform in-depth research and analysis utilizing the internet, Freedom of Information Act requests, whistleblower information, sources, government and non-government documents, and other resources. Independently monitor the beat, determine what new developments warrant further investigation, analysis, and advocacy, and bring ideas to supervisor.
- Publish original analysis and opinion pieces for a variety of publications – including POGO’s website and external outlets – and be a spokesperson for media inquiries on relevant issues
- Conduct original research to draft reports, letters to Congress, coalition letters, and other materials.
- Work collaboratively to advance CDI’s goals and ensure collaboration internally, including with POGO’s communication, investigation, research, policy, civic engagement and development teams
- Support the development team in writing grants, developing programmatic goals, and communicating with donors and POGO supporters
- Other duties as required to accomplish POGO’s mission.
- Minimum of 2 years of research or policy experience including positions in the military, Congressional offices, law enforcement, journalism, or civil society – or demonstrated equivalent experience
- Demonstrated ability to work with sources
- Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills including: writing clearly, organizing information in a compelling manner, and making effective arguments
- Strong media skills in addition to keen news judgment and a passion for reforming the Pentagon for more effective, affordable, and ethical national security policy
- Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and take initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances
- 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 with diverse stakeholders.
- Must be able to deal with confidential information using discretion and judgment.
- (+) Knowledge of how appropriations, budget and regulatory processes work a plus, but not required
- (+) Advanced data analytics skills and ability to write and run computer codes that would further research findings a plus, but not required
Compensation, benefits, and other information:
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC and includes the listed benefits.
- Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $69k
- 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 SmarTrip benefits participation available
- Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave