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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:

Research Analyst (Puerto Rico)

Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Research Analyst (Puerto Rico)

The Public Accountability Initiative (PAI, also known as LittleSis) is a nonprofit watchdog research group that investigates power and corruption at the intersection of business and government. We publish high-impact research on corporate power; collaborate with journalists, activists, and academic researchers who are investigating and challenging powerful individuals and corporations; and build and maintain our flagship research site, LittleSis.org (the opposite of “Big Brother”), a wiki database that tracks information on powerful people and organizations.

We are seeking a research analyst who will conduct strategic research on corporate power in Puerto Rico, with a major focus on hedge funds and other Wall Street firms that are speculating on Puerto Rican debt and the privatization of public assets. This research will be done in close collaboration with and support of the Hedge Clippers campaign (hedgeclippers.org), a transparency and accountability campaign that challenges the extractive practices of hedge funds and other Wall Street firms. Hedge Clippers and PAI/LittleSis have been at the forefront of work to expose and challenge the role Wall Street profiteers are playing in Puerto. Some examples of our work:

Hedge Fund Vultures in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Harvard
How Seth Klarman, One of Puerto Rico’s Biggest Debt Vultures, Was Exposed

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conduct strategic research on hedge funds and other Wall Street firms speculating on Puerto Rican debt and the privatization of public assets
  • Work closely with organizers at Hedge Clippers and allies to develop research plans and strategy
  • Write reports, memos, and other materials communicating research findings to a variety of audiences, including activists and journalists
  • Compile and update data sets for use by journalists, policy advocates, and organizers
  • Monitor ongoing developments in Puerto Rican debt crisis in a variety of channels (Puerto Rican press, English language press, social media, etc)
  • Conceive, plan, and execute strategic research projects that lay the groundwork for and support high-impact journalism and campaigning

Qualifications include:

  • 3-5 years of experience doing strategic research for unions or grassroots organizations
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Proficiency in internet-based research, word processing, and spreadsheet/database programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with organizers and journalists
  • Strong commitment to and passion for social change in Puerto Rico and deep familiarity with political and economic pressures on the island
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple competing priorities, tasks, and deadlines
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Baseline knowledge of Wall Street, municipal finance, and Puerto Rican debt crisis strongly preferred
  • Ability to travel, as required

Location is flexible, though Puerto Rico or New York City are strongly preferred.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience and will be in the $45,000-$50,000/year range.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 8th, 2018.

Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

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 are seeking an administrative assistant to provide operations support in the PAI headquarters in Buffalo, NY.

Administrative assistant primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain office operations
  • Pay organization bills, send out invoices, file paperwork
  • Organize and file receipts in Quickbooks
  • Arrange travel and track reimbursement requests
  • Onboard new staff and contractors
  • Assist the Executive Director

Qualifications include:

  • A strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice, a familiarity with the issues that are central to PAI’s work and a passion for PAI’s vision and mission
  • Experience working in administration or office management, experience in non-profit offices a plus
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks, Google Drive, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, and strong attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with light supervision
  • Ability to respond quickly to requests

Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This is a flexible, part-time position based in PAI’s main office in Buffalo, NY. Hourly rate of $18-25 commensurate with experience.

To apply please submit your resume with three references to [email protected] by July 6th, 2018.