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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

Arnold Ventures’ Public Finance initiative aims to advance tax and budget policies that promote fiscal stability for government – with a focus on the federal level – and economic opportunity, mobility, and security. We invest in developing high-quality research that helps policymakers craft smart, evidence-based legislative and administrative solutions to some of our biggest fiscal challenges. We advance our agenda through grantmaking to academic and nonprofit researchers, in-house policy analysis, and advocacy.

The Program Integrity Fellow will pursue reforms in specific federal administrative departments to improve the financial efficiency of specific programs. The Fellow will guide and execute research to identify inefficient policies and practices within those departments and propose reforms. Examples of such practices may include the design of federal policies in areas such as economic development, insurance programs, small business supports, transfer programs and disaster relief funding. The Fellow will pursue solutions to address the identified opportunities and execute on proposed reforms.

Program Integrity Fellows will be located in our Washington, DC, office and report to the Vice President of Public Finance.

Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Executive Vice President and Vice President of Public Finance, identify areas for policy development, and lead the research and drafting of policy white papers and legislative or regulatory analyses.
  • Lead the drafting of public comments in response to regulatory actions, Requests for Information, or legislative proceedings on program integrity matters.
  • Provide technical assistance to policymakers as they craft program integrity controls.
  • Provide thought partnership to AV grantees on policy development.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees.
  • Support the Public Finance team by providing input on strategy, investments, and communications.


Program Integrity Fellows will be regular, full-time positions and eligible to participate in Arnold Ventures’ benefits plan. We anticipate that the Public Integrity Fellow will be appointed for a two-year fixed term. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience either within federal government agencies or in a legislative capacity of oversight of such agencies.
  • A unique understanding of the inner workings of specific government agencies, and concrete ideas of ways to improve the execution of programs within those agencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to craft concrete policy solutions and communicate those solutions both to content experts and to diverse, nontechnical audiences.

Application Materials

  • Summary of proposed focus area. A short statement describing potential projects of interest, as well as their significance and potential impact. 
  • Writing sample. A piece of work that you were an active participant in preparing and that is related to the focus area you would like to advance as a Public Integrity Fellow.

The salary range for this position will be $145,000-$200,000.

Benefits Overview

Arnold Ventures is committed to providing a robust and comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees. Our current benefits package includes 100% paid employee premiums for medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short- and long-term disability insurance; 20 days of paid time off, 16 paid holidays (including a winter break from December 24 to January 1), and a 980 schedule from Memorial Day to Labor Day; paid parental leave; a 401k retirement savings plan with an employer match, profit-share contribution, and immediate vesting; pre-tax transit benefits; a professional development stipend; a charitable giving stipend; and an employee assistance program.

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you will find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity. 
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback.
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals involved in the systems we seek to reform. 

Arnold Ventures’ values are integral to our work. They genuinely reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.