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Program Associate (Congressional Oversight Initiative)

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 other instances where the government fails to serve the public. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. POGO has an over $6 million annual budget that supports a staff of over 40 employees.
POGO’s Congressional Oversight Initiative (COI) works to enhance Congress' ability to conduct effective oversight and investigations, with a focus on bipartisanship and adherence to best practices.
Our COI team is looking for a talented Program Associate to support the team’s ongoing work and efforts, including the planning, coordination, and execution of trainings, briefings, and other sessions. The Program Associate reports directly to POGO’s Director of COI.
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.
Responsibilities include:
  • Provide administrative support to the COI team—including distributing resources, communicating with internal and external parties, and maintaining records of engagements and activities—and otherwise facilitate COI’s programming, program development, planning, and reporting.
  • Coordinate and manage event logistics, including staffing, scheduling, promotion, post-event reporting, and ensuring that each task necessary for an event is done properly and according to the relevant timelines
  • Support the development of e-course offerings related to COI’s issue areas, and assist with the production and dissemination of COI’s Paper Trail newsletter and other digital communications
  • Provide input on the development of new training materials, topics, and approaches to support Congressional accountability efforts
  • Maintain and update COI’s online resources, training materials, handbook, and other informational work products
  • Other duties as needed or required
Qualifications include:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of professionalism, timeliness, and effective communication with all professional contacts
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a nonpartisan, collaborative, respectful manner with diverse stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs.
  • Government, public affairs, or other experience in a professional environment is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with Quorum or other public affairs management software is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with HTML/CSS or email coding is a plus, but not required.
Compensation benefits, and other information:
This full-time position is located in Washington, DC and includes the listed benefits.
  • Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $39k.
  • 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.
No phone calls please. Application Deadline: November 25th, 2020
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.