Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeks an aggressive, detail-oriented research director to manage CREW’s research department.

As a nonpartisan non-profit government watchdog, CREW is dedicated to rooting out government corruption and fighting the influence of money in politics through legal action and bold communications grounded by in-depth research. From tracking the conflicts of interest of the new administration to combing through campaign finance reports to identify legal and ethical violations, CREW’s research team is busier than ever. The ideal candidate will be able to make an immediate impact fighting for an ethical, accountable government.


  • Research/Investigation: The research director supervises a team of researchers who 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. The research director works with researchers to generate project ideas and investigative report proposals. The research director also works with CREW’s Chief Investigator to develop special projects.
  • Editing: The research director works with researchers to synthesize information into accurate, concise written reports for the media and the public and create databases and online resources for public use. With oversight from the research director, researchers draft blog posts and reports for distribution. Everything produced by CREW’s research team is vigorously fact-checked and the research director is responsible for managing the fact-check process.
  • Monitoring: The research department is the eyes and ears of CREW, and the research director is in charge of implementing systems for monitoring the news as it develops. The research team also collect news clips to distribute internally
  • Interdepartmental Communication: The research director is the lead interface between the research team and other departments at CREW. Researchers provide support to CREW’s legal, policy, and communications teams as necessary, from drafting FOIA requests to tracking down information for journalists.

A great candidate has:

  • Management and editorial experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, 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 [email protected]. No phone calls please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.