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, (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:

Developer (part-time/contract)

Contract Web Developer (

About LittleSis (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.


We are seeking a developer to work on contract for 3 months to help bring 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.

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.