Jobs at CREW

CREW currently has openings for the following positions:

 

 



Litigation Counsel

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit government and politics watchdog organization dedicated to improving our political system – seeks an experienced Litigation Counsel to lead its cutting edge civil litigation efforts.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Development: Develop CREW’s litigation strategy and brainstorm new and innovative lawsuits to compel enforcement, disclosure, and transparency in order to reduce corruption and the influence of money in politics.  Work closely with other like-minded organizations to ensure that CREW’s litigation efforts advance shared policy goals and strategies.
  • Active litigation: Prepare lawsuits, motions, briefs, and other filings; argue motions and appeals; negotiate with opposing attorneys; and otherwise manage complex civil litigation.
  • Case management: Track pending litigation, assure that all case responsibilities are taken care of, and manage outside attorneys and other CREW attorneys helping with litigation. 
  • Policy: Work with the policy team to develop and advocate for policies that support CREW’s litigation efforts and the goal of reducing the influence of powerful interests on politics.
  • Communications and writing: Work with the communications team to coordinate media responses and web presence on litigation issues, and write reports and other products explaining our goals and methods. 
  • Complaints: Develop, prepare, and file complaints with agencies and ethics committees.

Qualifications:

  • At least five years’ civil litigation experience required; ten years’ experience preferred;
  • Law degree;
  • Experience managing complex litigation;
  • Experience with administrative law and standing issues strongly preferred;
  • Extensive writing experience and comfort with writing in a variety of contexts and formats;
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively;
  • Creativity and a sense of humor;
  • Familiarity with and interest in government reform issues;
  • Experience with Freedom of Information Act litigation a plus;
  • Experience with ethics issues and campaign finance law preferred.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@citizensforethics.org by May 18, 2015.  Salary commensurate with experience.  CREW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 



Policy Counsel

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit government and politics watchdog organization dedicated to improving our political system – seeks a Policy Counsel to lead its policy initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Policy Development: Develop CREW’s policy agenda and long-term policy strategy to change laws, rules, and enforcement to reduce corruption and the influence of money in politics.
  • Legislative Advocacy: Keep apprised of relevant legislation, committee activities, White House actions, and agency consideration.  Work with congressional offices, executive branch staff, and agency personnel to encourage positive policy action. 
  • Writing and communications: Write reports, articles, blog posts, hearing testimony, letters, and comments on rulemaking.  Work with communications team to coordinate media responses and web presence on policy issues. 
  • Collaboration: Represent CREW in coalitions working to combat corruption, promote transparency, and reduce the influence of money in politics.  Coordinate with CREW’s litigation, research, and communications teams to ensure a consistent policy message.
  • Complaints and Litigation: As needed, assist with CREW’s filing of complaints with agencies and ethics committees and/or with civil lawsuits.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years’ policy experience in non-profit, executive branch, Capitol Hill, or comparable setting;
  • Law degree;
  • Extensive writing experience and comfort with writing in a variety of contexts and formats;
  • Experience working effectively within coalitions and with diverse teams, and strong ability to work collaboratively;
  • Creativity and a sense of humor;
  • Familiarity with and interest in government reform issues;
  • Experience with ethics and campaign finance issues and with civil litigation, administrative law, or campaign finance law preferred.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@citizensforethics.org by May 18, 2015.  Salary commensurate with experience.  CREW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 



Communications Director

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit government and political watchdog organization dedicated to improving our political system – is hiring an experienced communications professional to serve as communications director.

Duties include:

  • Developing proactive communications strategies and new tactics to drive coverage for CREW projects, campaigns, and legal actions;
  • Developing knowledge of key strategies to fight corruption and the influence of powerful interests in Washington and to highlight the need for reform;
  • Cultivating relationships with national and local reporters and pitching stories regularly;
  • Managing the communications team;
  • Participating in strategy sessions and working on overall message development;
  • Facilitating CREW's response to media inquiries, including commenting on the record;
  • Drafting, editing, and supervising production of news releases, weekly email updates, blog posts, and op-eds;
  • Working with partners and allies to drive messaging in support of broad campaigns;
  • Developing and overseeing concepts, strategy, and content for websites and social media. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least 5 years of communications experience in non-profit, executive branch, Capitol Hill, or comparable setting with demonstrated interest in national politics;
  • Have a firm grasp of today’s traditional and social media environments;
  • Have extensive writing and editing experience;
  • Have a proven track record of developing and maintaining press contacts and on-the-record experience;
  • Have creativity and a sense of humor;
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with coalition groups and diverse teams;
  • Be familiar with and interested in government reform issues;
  • Work well under pressure and on deadline.

How to apply
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@citizensforethics.org by April 30, 2015.  CREW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 



Research Associate

CREW seeks a research associate. CREW’s research team works to identify, research, and produce reports about unethical, illegal, and otherwise questionable behavior by members of Congress and other government officials, as well as inappropriate influence exerted by powerful interests.

Responsibilities:

  • Research/Investigation: Researchers exhaustively research and investigate government corruption, including reviewing and analyzing government documents, news reports, databases, public information and other resources and extracting all relevant information.
  • Synthesis: Researchers synthesize information into accurate, concise written reports for the media and the public and create databases and online resources for public use.
  • Producing Reports: Researchers draft blog posts, press releases, and brief reports for distribution, and edit and fact check reports.
  • Generating ideas: Researchers generate innovative project ideas and investigative report proposals.
  • Team support: Researchers collect news clips to distribute internally and work with the legal team on preparing lawsuits as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science or related field
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational abilities
  • Excellent writing, editing and fact checking skill
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Must work well under pressure, adapt to changing situations, and prioritize numerous projects and tasks
  • Must be a self-starter who can recognize emerging trends and generate creative content ideas

How to Apply
Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@citizensforethics.org by April 30, 2015. No phone calls please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



Undergraduate Interns

We seek undergraduate students to serve as unpaid interns during the summer of 2015. Undergraduate interns will assist with research and operations alongside CREW’s research team, including conducting in-depth investigations into government corruption.

Interns will learn and use various sources of public information to track special interest spending, campaign spending, and political contributions, and review lobbying records. Additional duties include following up on investigative tips, conducting background research of elected officials, drafting content for reports and blogs, and generating innovative project ideas and report proposals. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, enthusiastic, resourceful, detail-oriented, and interested in legal or ethics issues.

How to Apply
This position is based in Washington, D.C. Interested applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter and availability to John Morgan at crewinterns@citizensforethics.org . Please place your name and “Undergraduate Intern Application” in the subject line. Please note that we can only respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview.

 



Policy Intern

CREW seeks undergraduate or graduate students to serve as unpaid policy interns during the summer of 2015. Interns will support policy development and advocacy alongside CREW’s policy director by drafting position papers and blogposts, researching federal government activities, facilitating lobbying efforts, and participating in coalition activities. In summary, interns will learn how a small advocacy shop functions.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is a skillful writer and interested in the nuances of policymaking on government transparency and accountability issues. He or she will have an appetite for information and an interest in trying new approaches and thinking creatively about problem solving.

How to Apply
This position is based in Washington, D.C. Interested applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter and availability to Daniel Schuman at crewinterns@citizensforethics.org A brief writing sample is welcome but not required. Please place your name and “Policy Intern Application” in the subject line. Please note that we can only respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview.

 



Legal Interns

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is seeking unpaid legal interns. Responsibilities include legal and related research, analyzing emerging issues, and assisting in the preparation of complaints, reports and other written products. Interested applicants must have completed at least one year of law school and must possess strong written and analytical skills. The legal intern position offers law students an opportunity to participate in a current hot-button issue of great public importance.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to crewinterns@citizensforethics.org. Please place your name and "Legal Intern Application" in the subject line. Please note that we can only respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview.

 


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