Chief of Research
The Investigative Fund is seeking an impressive researcher to join our small but growing editorial team in New York City as Head of Research. This is an editorial job with lots of growth potential, involving close collaboration with our team of investigative reporters and editors on deeply reported projects.
Our new Head of Research will manage all the research and fact-checking needs of the organization, oversee our fact-check guidance and training, and work closely with reporters, research interns and freelance researchers and checkers. The person in this position will coordinate deadlines and maintain our roster of freelance checkers. The head of research will also personally handle our thorniest fact-checks and take on reporting and research tasks for some of our major investigations.
We are looking for someone with substantial experience fact-checking complex investigations, comfort working independently, precise organizational skills, and experience managing sources who need to be treated sensitively. We want a team player with excellent communications skills who can guide reporters through the rigors of an investigative fact-check.
The right candidate will also have the opportunity to take on some editing duties. Depending on this candidate’s strengths, that could mean serving as a data editor on data-heavy stories or serving as an associate editor overseeing a handful of investigations a year.
We are looking for candidates with:
- At least three years of work experience as a fact-checker
- Solid experience with such databases as Nexis and Accurint
- Experience finding and wading through court records and financial records
- Comfort manipulating Excel and using databases to fact-check data-heavy projects
- Familiarity with public records requests
- The ability to work independently
- The ability to juggle diverse projects and meet deadlines
- Comfort communicating with a range of reporters, sources, and colleagues
A plus, but not required:
- Strong data reporting skills
- Editing experience
- Fluency in Spanish or another language
This is a full-time, unionized position based in our New York City offices, with generous health, retirement, vacation, parental leave and flex-time benefits.
The Investigative Fund is a nonprofit newsroom for independent journalists, dedicated to incubating investigative reporting with the potential for social impact. Our investigations are published or broadcast in partnership with a wide variety of print, broadcast and online outlets. Investigative Fund stories have sparked FBI investigations, Congressional inquiries, federal indictments, the resignation of public officials, and more; they have also won many of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Medal.
The Investigative Fund is a project of The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center that is also home to a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; the syndicated website TomDispatch; and a Journalism Fellowship program that supports dozens of reporters every year.
The Nation Institute is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.
Please send a resume, two strong writing samples, and a cover letter that lays out your journalism background, tells us why you want to join The Investigative Fund and walks us through one of your thorniest fact-checks and what was challenging about it.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 9, 2018.