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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 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 policy team is looking for a talented Policy Analyst to help set legislative priorities based on POGO’s investigative work as well as developments in the Executive and Legislative branches. This position is responsible for working with investigators to help craft recommendations in response to investigative findings and leading legislative or regulatory campaigns to advance those recommendations. The Policy Analyst reports to the Director of Public Policy.
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.
- Organize advocacy campaigns based on POGO’s policy recommendations. This includes, but is not limited to, setting short and long term policy goals related to the campaign, identifying key civil society allies and opponents, identifying targets for advocacy (either on Capitol Hill or in Executive Branch agencies), setting up advocacy meetings, recording the progress of advocacy meetings in Quorum, and reporting back to the Director of Public Policy throughout the campaign.
- Independently monitor a portfolio of policy issues to determine what new developments warrant further advocacy.
- Recommend policy positions for POGO to take on emerging issues, based on POGO’s mission, POGO’s previous work, and your own independent research.
- Analyze legislative text to determine whether POGO should offer an organizational endorsement and/or offer suggestions to improve the language.
- Disseminate POGO’s investigative work to Congressional offices and various coalitions and listservs POGO participates in.
- Write public facing statements of policy positions, such as letters to policy makers or Congressional testimony.
- Work with Congressional staff to draft hearing questions, oversight letters, and legislative text.
- Represent POGO at high level meetings with Executive Branch officials and Congressional staff.
- Support the development team in writing grants, developing programmatic goals, and communicating with donors and POGO supporters.
- Work closely with the rest of the Policy team to ensure effective information sharing.
- Other duties as needed or required.
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant policy experience including Congressional offices or committees, federal agencies, or civil society—or demonstrated equivalent experience. Background in either public lands or financial services a plus but not required.
- Ability to apply previous work / policy positions to new issue areas, with an eye toward identifying the systemic reform angle.
- 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 manner with diverse stakeholders and policy makers.
- Demonstrated track record of working independently and taking initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Compensation and benefits:
This full-time position is located in Washington, DC and includes the listed benefits. Limited travel required for meetings outside of DC (less than 5% of time).
• Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $68k.
• 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.
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.