Policy Analyst Opportunity

We are looking for an entrepreneurial, motivated Policy Analyst to uncover and coordinate opportunities to influence federal policies that advance openness for accountability.

Open the Government, the only nonpartisan coalition dedicated to advancing openness for accountability, seeks to strengthen democracy and empower the public by advancing policies that create a more open and accountable government.

OTG engages in a variety of efforts to influence federal policy. The Policy Analyst will be responsible for monitoring and advancing federal openness policies in the Executive Branch and Congress, coordinating coalition partners to take appropriate action, such as direct communication with government officials, joining sign-on letters or comments, drafting testimony, etc. In addition to leading the organization’s efforts on traditional anti-corruption issues such as FOIA, the Policy Analyst will work closely with OTG partners on advancing openness within specific issue areas such as immigration, criminal justice, and/or private contractor accountability.

The policy analyst will also lead OTG’s Freedom of Information Act work.  This work may include drafting FOIAs on behalf of OTG or with partner organizations, providing training and guidance to partner organizations on crafting FOIAs, and coordinating advocacy on FOIA policy in Congress and the administration.

Policy Analysis and Advocacy

  • Coordinate a strategic, systematic government relations program to advance the policy priorities of the Open the Government coalition
  • Identify and develop relationships with Hill allies and link OTG’s coalition partners with them
  • Monitor changes in federal openness policies in the Executive Branch and Congress
  • Formulate policy proposals and advocacy strategies on OTG’s issue areas, in coordination with coalition partners
  • Draft and circulate sign-on letters, policy memos, and other communications about policy issues
  • Organize and run meetings, briefings, town halls and other convenings to educate coalition partners, stakeholders and congressional staff and other government officials on core issues
  • Develop, research, and write substantive reports
  • Represent the organization at coalition meetings, and cultivate relationships with coalition partners, and other organizations with which OTG works
  • Participate in media interviews and press calls

Freedom of Information Act

  • Manage OTG’s FOIA project to request and report on documents that contribute to the organization’s mission
  • Lead FOIA trainings, develop resources, and ensure that OTG remains a trusted resource for coalition partners engaging in their own FOIA work
  • Provide journalists resources, including FOIA documents, and coordinate joint FOIA efforts with media outlets
  • Identify topics for potential FOIA requests, develop investigation strategies, craft effective FOIA requests, and identify issues in records produced in response to our requests
  • Draft FOIA and state open records act requests
  • Work with communications and investigations teams on messaging materials
  • Review and research current events to identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct. Work with investigations team to research and develop investigation strategies

Qualifications

  • BA, BS in public policy or related field and at least 3-5 years in relevant work experience in nonprofit advocacy, journalism, or on Capitol Hill.  Masters or JD a plus
  • Familiarity with government record-keeping and FOIA laws. Experience filing or responding to FOIAs
  • Highly organized, with strong attention to detail
  • Strong communicator (written and oral); Comfort with public speaking a plus
  • Commitment to and familiarity with open government issues
  • Collegial team player with a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy
  • Ability to learn quickly and work independently

Salary commensurate with experience. OTG offers a generous benefits package.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to lrosenberg@openthegovernment.org

OTG is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our team.

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