Corporate Presidency Research Director

Washington D.C.
Apr 11, 2017
May 16, 2017
Full Time

President Trump has handed control of the government to an extremist faction of the corporate class, making a mockery of Candidate Trump’s claim that he would end corruption in Washington, D.C. He has appointed cabinet members and advisors with deep and pervasive ties to corporate America and Wall Street, while rejecting any meaningful disclosure or compliance with ethics laws and regulations. They are driving forward an anti-regulatory, corporate-friendly set of policies that will be a disaster for America. At the same time, it has become abundantly clear that there will be no meaningful division between the Trump family businesses and the Trump White House, and Trump family conflicts have become a defining narrative of the administration. Against this backdrop, Public Citizen is launching the Corporate Presidency Project that aims to:

  1. Highlight ongoing and emerging conflicts of interest involving the President and pervading the administration, investigating and identifying problems and amplifying those already discovered;
  2. Communicate the dangers to the public of these conflicts, focusing especially on these dimensions:
    • Revealing how the conflicts, corruption and revolving door abuses related to key staff, cabinet officials and advisors drive policies that hurt America;
    • The use of the presidency for self-enrichment of the Trump family and how the conflicts will affect policy to the detriment of the American people;
  3. Investigate, uncover and publicize the vast array of corporate favors doled out by the Trump administration, focusing especially on policies, subsidies and deregulatory moves otherwise escaping attention;
  4. Use all available advocacy tools, including litigation, grassroots organizing, lobbying and more, to limit abuses of power related to Trump’s conflicts of interest.

The Corporate Presidency Project will work to ensure that the conflicts and swirl of corruption remain a prominent political issue, curb abuses, and insist on holding the President and his administration accountable. This is a grant contingent position.


The research director for the Corporate Presidency Project will play a key role in leading our efforts to monitor and expose the conflicts of interests and corporate ties for both President Trump and the Trump administration.

These are extraordinary times and we are seeking an extraordinary candidate with exceptional writing skills, ability to work fast and on deadline, demonstrated investigative skills, tenacity, drive and relentlessness and a deep passion for this project.   

Specifically, the research director will be responsible for:

  1. Developing and implementing a strategic research agenda based on a rich understanding of President Trump’s domestic and international businesses, the revolving door conflicts of his cabinet, and the corporate-friendly policies of the administration.
  2. Researching and writing reports, op-eds, blogs, fact sheets and other research products on a wide variety of issues.
  3. Developing a rapid response system for quickly and accurately disseminating information in response to breaking news;
  4. Identifying and executing short- and long-term research and investigative opportunities;  
  5. Potentially managing a team of researchers and investigators associated with the project;
  6. Working closely with the communications office to develop an aggressive and ambitious plan to disseminate and publicize the research products through social and traditional media.
  7. Work collaboratively with other researchers across the organization;
  8. Serving on occasion as a media spokesperson.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Education: College degree required. Law or other advance degree preferred. Deep and demonstrated commitment to the project and work of Public Citizen required.

Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of and experience with diverse research techniques such as interviews, legal research, and use of government agency, NGO and academic sources; knowledge of a range of public policy issues; familiarity with using research as a public education and advocacy tool. Quantitative experience, including statistical analysis, a plus.

Work Experience: Minimum of five to ten years of research, investigative and writing experience with one or more of the following -- investigative journalism, corporate analysis, think tank and legislative and electoral campaigns.

Skills: Excellent written, including copyediting, and oral communication skills; excellent analytical skills; strong computer and database skills; strong supervisory and planning skills.

Capabilities:  Must be able to thrive under pressure, juggling multiple short- and long-term projects, and able to meet frequent deadlines, including deadlines with little lead time. At the same time, the work must meet the highest quality standards. We want this very same person to work well with colleagues and to have a sense of humor.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Good medical and dental coverage. Three weeks paid vacation for new employees.


Send cover letter, resume, references, and 2-3 writing sample to Margrete Strand Rangnes at  Please no phone calls.

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.


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