Democracy Researcher
Location: Virtual
Experience: 2 - 3 years relevant experience
Term: Full-time employee


Documented is seeking an early-career researcher to support our expanding investigations into threats to our democracy. The job necessitates someone who is adaptable to a fast-changing environment, and doggedly interested in protecting and strengthening our democracy. You would be joining a motivated team of senior researchers, journalists and policy experts who are committed to exposing bad faith actors in politics. This is a position that will be supporting the Documented senior research staff, with genuine room for growth and advancement within the organization.

About Documented:

Documented is an investigative watchdog and journalism project committed to holding the powerful interests that undermine our democracy accountable. Started in 2017, Documented has conducted groundbreaking and award-winning investigations into politicians, industry trade associations, political networks, and their front groups. We are a small and dedicated team, and our work has influenced congressional hearings and has shaped national media coverage. In the past 18 months, Documented has had a significant national impact exposing the groups behind the events of January 6th, the dark-money opposition to HR1, and the networks behind coordinated voter suppression efforts. For more on our work, see our About Us page.

Role & Responsibilities

This person will help the Documented investigative team expand our democracy project ahead of the 2024 elections. The exact job responsibilities are fluid day to day, require creative thinking, and both collaborative and independent work.

Day to day responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting research using a variety of databases such as campaign finance tools, lobbying and ethics disclosures, and legislation trackers.

  • Helping to draft state and federal public record requests.

  • Reviewing, organizing, and analyzing large volumes of material and data to identify and summarize key research findings.

  • Balancing multiple projects and responsibilities at once while maintaining strong time management skills.

  • Work with the research team to develop content for publication across Documented platforms, including our website, newsletter, as well as preparing research memos.

  • Assist others in the research team on a variety of projects.

Ideal candidates should have:

  • A passion for protecting democracy.

  • A deep interest in U.S. politics.

  • 2-3 years research or investigative journalism experience.

  • Some familiarity with investigative research methods.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in research, writing and editing.

  • Ability to collaborate with teammates in a fast-changing environment.

  • In a safe-to-travel environment, willingness to travel for events or other research needs.

  • Ability to articulate and communicate a clear process for completing assignments, with timelines, and then sticking to deadlines.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.

  • Experience using various research databases such as LexisNexis, state and federal campaign finance tools, ethics and lobbying disclosure databases is a plus.

  • A willingness to dive in, make mistakes, learn quickly, and have some fun. Our team will be here to support you.

Please note the qualifications listed in our job descriptions are only guidelines. We encourage candidates who meet some, not necessarily all, of the requirements listed to apply. We value transferable skills, including unpaid and volunteer experience. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

Documented is committed to creating an inclusive community and strongly encourages those who identify as women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, people of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.

If interested, please apply here. Please direct questions to [email protected]

The compensation for this position is $56,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience. We are a family-friendly organization. We offer a generous and competitive benefits package, including health insurance, which includes vision and dental care. We also provide life insurance and disability coverage, as well as parental leave, sick and vacation time.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.