*Please note: We are not actively hiring for this position at the moment but will keep applications from qualified candidates on file in the event that a research associate position becomes available*


Position: Research Associate

Location: Washington, DC or New York, New York

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Reports to: Research Manager

About Accountable.US

Accountable.US is a nonpartisan watchdog organization that shines a light on the corrupting influence of powerful corporations and special interests on public policymaking. Our work helps pave the way for policies that advance the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. If you're looking for a growing, fast-paced organization that invests in its people and strives to create more equitable and inclusive communities, then Accountable.US could be the place for you. We offer competitive salaries, exceptional benefits, and we encourage a healthy work/life balance for our staff.

Position Summary

Accountable.US is a nonpartisan watchdog group that exposes corruption in public life and holds government officials and corporate special interests accountable by bringing their misconduct to light. In doing so, we make way for policies that advance the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. Accountable.US seeks a Research Associate to support its work to root out corruption and malfeasance.

The Research Associate will be responsible for providing research support and capacity to Accountable.US’s various projects. The position is based in Washington, D.C. or New York City, though research projects may include travel on occasion. During the pandemic, all Accountable.US employees are working remotely. Some weekend work may be required.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Work as part of a team to produce research reports on government accountability issues.
  • Independently monitor relevant news and pitch larger research projects.
  • Draft and follow up on public records requests, as well as analyzing results of these requests.
  • Clearly report research findings to senior staff both orally and in written form.
  • Attend events on issues of importance to Accountable.US; any such attendance of events will be virtual throughout the pandemic.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • At least 2 years of experience in research or related field. This could include political advocacy, campaign or public policy research, and/or experience on Capitol Hill or in government;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Sound judgment and discerning eye;
  • Ability to work independently and juggle competing priorities and strict deadlines;
  • Proven track record of being a self-starter;
  • Immaculate attention to detail;
  • Commitment to government accountability; and
  • Demonstrates an interest in and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Compensation & Benefits

Minimum salary for this position is $50,000. Exact compensation package is commensurate with experience. Our excellent benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, a 401(k) match, generous paid time off, professional development opportunities, and more. During the pandemic, all Accountable.US employees are working remotely. Some weekend work may be required.

Accountable.US Careers

Accountable.US is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

A Note to BIPOC Candidates: Studies have shown that women, nonbinary folks, and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.