Policy and Strategy Director
Location: Virtual, DC strongly preferred.
Experience: Ten years of relevant experience
Term: full-time employee


Documented seeks a Policy and Strategy Director to help lead the organization’s expanding democracy project. This person will work in partnership with the Executive Director to lead cutting edge investigations into voter suppression, captured courts, and other efforts to undermine our democratic institutions.

An ideal candidate would have demonstrated leadership in directing work and developing innovative strategies aimed at protecting the pillars of democracy, including the right to vote and democratic representation. This is a senior position, and this person will ideally have an existing public media profile and relationships with journalists, campaigners, and policy makers in the democracy space. The Policy and Strategy Director would be joining a team committed to investigating and exposing the actors that seek to undermine our democracy.

About Documented:

Documented is an investigative watchdog and journalism project committed to holding accountable the powerful interests that undermine our democracy. Started in 2017, Documented has conducted groundbreaking and award-winning investigations into politicians, industry trade associations, political networks, and front groups. Our work has influenced congressional hearings, national media coverage, and corporate behavior. In 2021, our work exposing the groups behind the events of January 6th, documenting the right-wing opposition to HR1, and revealing the coordinated efforts to spread voter suppression legislation, has had significant national impact. For more on our work, see our About Us page.

Role & Responsibilities

While the exact job responsibilities are fluid day to day, the Policy and Strategy Director will be a senior leader within Documented and the national democracy movement as a whole. They will represent the organization in national media, develop a diverse network of allies and sources, conduct original research, and lead project teams.

Ideal candidates should have:

  • A strong track record of impactful work to support democracy.
    Expertise in investigative research methods including public records requests and human source development.
  • At least five years of staff and project management experience. This person will routinely manage sensitive projects with news outlets, coalition partners, sources, and other stakeholders, while directly managing staff.
  • Proven ability to analyze complex material and identify unique stories. Experience working with journalists as a subject matter expert.
  • History of successfully cultivating and liaising with sources and whistleblowers (private sector or government).
  • Experience writing for publication, ideally including for news outlets (opinion or news).
  • National television and radio experience, and existing relationships with politics/election journalists.
  • Relationships with individuals and organizations working to protect democracy, including campaigners, policy makers and their staff, and experience collaborating across entities.
  • Desire to collaborate with allies and teammates in a fast-changing environment. Willingness to take on any task when needed to support the team.

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 transferrable 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 in the range of $100,000-$140,000 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.

We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, November 22nd.