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The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to
make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.

Our vision is for technology to enable more complete, equitable and
effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve
changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for all
government information. And, while our work began in 2006 with only a focus
on the U.S. Congress, our open government work now takes place at the local
<http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/local/>, state, federal
<http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/federal/> and international
<http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/international/> levels.

We believe that information is power, or, to put it more finely,
disproportionate access to information is power. We are committed to
improving public access to public information by making it available to the
public, online.

As a project of the Sunlight Foundation, The *Web Integrity Project
<https://sunlightfoundation.com/web-integrity-project/>*’s mission is to
monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable
by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as
well as changes in stated policies and priorities. WIP’s monitoring work is
amplified by working with journalists who *cover WIP’s findings
<https://sunlightfoundation.com/web-integrity-project/coverage/>* and the
production of policy analyses
to evaluate and recommend changes to Web governance practices and help
ensure access to valuable Web resources.

WIP has worked extensively to *report on removals of public information
from health and healthcare websites, with early work on immigration-related
websites and plans to expand into other topic-matter areas.

*The Web Integrity Project’s new Director* will report directly to
Sunlight’s Executive Director and will transition into the role after
training in WIP’s core technical and investigative functions over a period
of time working closely with WIP’s founders and team of directors.

*Location: *Washington D.C.

*Compensation:* This is a full-time position, with competitive compensation
commensurate with experience and with *full benefits
<https://sunlightfoundation.com/jobs/>*. This is not an entry-level

The Director will be responsible for stewarding WIP’s mission, managing the
work of WIP’s 3-5 full-time staff, and leading WIP’s communication with
journalists, partners, members of Congress, federal agencies, and
funders. *Core
roles and responsibilities include:*

   1. Leading WIP’s staff, including the Director of Research, the Senior
   Investigator, and one or more Website Monitoring Analysts, in WIP’s core
   functions, which include:

●     Researching and scoping agency websites for monitoring.

●     Using WIP’s software to monitor key websites on a regular basis and
using public archives to identify past changes.

●     Researching changes to, removals of, and discrepancies in public
databases and information or document repositories.

●     Writing and vetting reports based on investigations of important web

●     Working with journalists and civil society groups to disseminate
WIP’s findings.

●     Updating and maintaining WIP’s website change tracker.

   1. Building new partnerships with journalists and advocacy groups to
   better understand and disseminate WIP’s findings.
   2. Leading WIP’s *Web governance policy portfolio
   including drafting analyses (as described further below), communicating
   with federal agencies, and engaging members of Congress and their staff
   about WIP’s work.
   3. Working with Sunlight’s leadership to fundraise for new and expanded
   4. Developing a strategy for how WIP’s monitoring and investigations can
   expand into new topic-areas and implement new methodologies.
   5. Leading public communications about WIP’s work, including writing
   op-eds and blog posts, and speaking at events and conferences, to create
   public awareness and explain particularly significant findings.

One of WIP’s major goals is to ensure that its work is impacting
government’s behavior, informing how the Web is managed and the way
information online is controlled. WIP’s *policy portfolio
which is a key part of the Director’s focus, may include:

   1. Working to understand the decision-making process leading up to
   changes at agencies.
   2. Analyzing how agency website practices may be in violation of Web
   records guidelines, regulations, or laws, like those issued by the National
   Archives (NARA) or the Office of Management and Budget.
   3. Drafting recommendations on best practices for how agencies should
   provide notice for website changes, as well as how to log and archive them.
   4. Analyzing how changes to Web resources impact the public's capacity
   to benefit from or understand governance and engage in democratic processes
   such as notice-and-comment rulemaking.
   5. Analyzing trends of changes that may affect the public’s access to
   public information, resources, and/or benefits.

*Preferred qualifications, experience, and skills:*

●     Strong experience leading organizations, small teams, and/or projects

●     Strong experience in research, policy, or investigative work

●     Detail-oriented with demonstrated experience of planning and leading
meetings and production timelines

●     Proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects and changing
priorities that span team members’ work

●     Good written and verbal communication skills, some experience editing
written work products

●     Comfort learning and using new software

●     Proactivity in organizing, documenting, and communicating effectively
with stakeholders

●     Some experience speaking on the record and collaborating with

●     Some experience writing grants and fundraising

*To apply:  *We have enlisted DRi Consulting to assist with this search.
Send an email to sea...@driconsulting.com with the subject line: “Director,
WIP”, indicating how you heard about this position and including the

   1. Resume.
   2. A cover letter.
   3. A separate submission briefly addressing the prompts: 1) describe a
   time you used a new means of investigation that you hadn’t in the past to
   write a story or conduct an analysis (use of a FOIA request, new data
   analysis method or software tool you developed, etc.), and 2) describe a
   time that you synthesized a policy analysis for a public or private
   audience, from new research you did as part of a team -- either you led or
   were a part of. And,
   4. Sample(s) of a significant research, policy, or journalistic product
   you produced as a team lead, with a brief description of the team (feel
   free to include additional samples for which you are the sole author or one
   of multiple authors).
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