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The Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) is a nonprofit watchdog research group that investigates power and corruption at the intersection of business and government. We publish high-impact research; collaborate with journalists, academics, and activists who are investigating and challenging powerful individuals and institutions; and build and maintain our flagship research site, LittleSis.org (the opposite of “Big Brother”). LittleSis is a free, online wiki database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government that is used by activists, journalists, and academics researching networks of power and influence.

We currently have openings for the following jobs:

LittleSis Community Manager
Developer (part-time/contract)

LittleSis Community Manager

Do you get excited about data AND organizing? We are seeking an energetic person to develop and maintain relationships within the LittleSis community under our new Map The Power project! This position covers two related areas; LittleSis community management and support for the Map The Power project.

The community manager will work under the direction of Molly Gott, director of the Map The Power project, and Gin Armstrong, PAI’s deputy director. Remote work is acceptable, though we are based in Buffalo and Philadelphia and we would prefer to work with someone based in one of those cities.

Responsibilities

LittleSis.org (the opposite of Big Brother) is a free, open source power mapping database and research wiki. The site publishes data on the political, financial, and social networks of over 200,000 powerful individuals and organizations, from corporate executives and politicians to banks and think tanks. By bringing transparency to these networks, we work to challenge the excessive influence of billionaires and corporations in our democracy.

As the manager for the LittleSis research community, you will be primarily responsible for reviewing editing activity, engaging with users, and offering demonstrations of the site’s functionality. See more detail on each responsibility below.

  • Engage with the LittleSis community!
  • Be the first point of contact with new users
  • Field questions and assist with editing
  • Follow up with new users on their progress with the site
  • Talk research and organizing!
  • Provide assistance and demos
  • Connect users in similar geographic and interest areas
  • Discuss new research ideas

Map the Power is a project to train and support activists and organizers interested in carrying out power research. We’re building a network of activist-researchers capable of doing strategic, investigative research that strengthens organizing and creative resistance, helping to challenge the most powerful individuals, corporations, and organizations in our society.

As support staff for the Map The Power project, you will engage with a wider community of activist-researchers that LittleSis supports through trainings and online resources.

This piece of the position is subject to change as the project expands. Initial responsibilities include:

  • Conduct intake conversations with potential activist-researchers and activist-research teams
  • Help coordinate and lead monthly research webinars
  • Continue developing toolkit and other written resources for activist-researchers
  • Lead in-person power research/LittleSis trainings
  • Support emerging activist-research teams by helping them troubleshoot, coordinating joint research projects

Qualifications

The nature of this position will require a high level of multitasking and engagement. The applicant should be enthusiastic about research and organizing and enjoy interacting and speaking with others regularly. Other qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with LittleSis.org database and mission
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Focused, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic about research
  • Experience with grassroots, member-based organizations a plus
  • Spanish language skills are a plus

This is a full-time, salaried position with health benefits and optional retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with experience and will fall in the $40k to $45k range.

Location: Buffalo or Philadelphia ideal, though remote work is possible.

To apply, write to [email protected] with your resume and cover note.

Applications for this position are due August 4th, 2017. Expected start date is August 28th, 2017.

We are committed to a diverse workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contract Web Developer (LittleSis.org)

About LittleSis

LittleSis.org (the opposite of Big Brother) is a free, open source power mapping database and research wiki. The site publishes data on the political, financial, and social networks of over 200,000 powerful individuals and organizations, from corporate executives and politicians to banks and think tanks. By bringing transparency to these networks, we work to challenge the excessive influence of billionaires and corporations in our democracy.

Responsibilities

We are seeking a developer to work on contract for 3 months to help bring LittleSis.org to the next level of functionality, visibility, and data coverage. We are looking for someone who wants to put their coding skills to work to challenge the power structure, in tandem with a growing community of watchdog researchers, journalists, and activists.

The developer will work under the direction of Kevin Connor, one of the site’s founders, and Ziggy Mintz, LittleSis’s full-time developer. Additionally, the developer will often work closely with journalists, activists, and LittleSis research staff. Remote work is acceptable, though we are based in New York City and Buffalo and we would prefer a developer based in the Northeast.

The goals of this 3-month position are twofold. The first task is to help create new tools for the site including a bulk-data uploader and a research toolkit. The second task will be to assist our current developer in modernizing and updating key site functionality by moving our aging PHP code-base into Rails.

Knowledge of Ruby/Rails is required. Familiarity with other technologies we use — PHP, WordPress, SQL, Javascript, React — is desirable.

How To Apply

Before applying for the job you should spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the LittleSis website, its API, and its network visualization tool.

http://littlesis.org

https://github.com/skomputer/lilsis

https://github.com/skomputer/oligrapher

Pay is generous for a non-profit.

To apply, write to [email protected] with your resume, cover note, pay requirements, and a link to your github account or a relevant code sample.

We are committed to a diverse workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.