Investigative Research Associate at Fama | Powderkeg

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Employment Type: Remote - Full-time

Team: Remote

Fama is the innovator in online screening that makes hiring great people easy. Combining Fama’s groundbreaking AI technology and ability to integrate across the HR Tech stack, the solution compliantly searches over 10,000 online public sources to help companies avoid workplace misconduct, prevent costly legal action and ultimately, make better decisions. By modernizing candidate screening and due diligence, Fama helps organizations, agencies, and investors improve the quality of hires, make the most of each investment and build successful businesses.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, Fama has raised over $30M and is backed by some of the world’s leading venture capitalists and institutional investors. We’re FCRA, EEOC, and SOC2 compliant, and integrate with major HRIS, ATS, and background check solutions. To learn more, visit

Position Overview:

Fama is currently seeking an Investigative Research Associate to oversee the fulfillment of Fama’s Press Check reports. This is a unique opportunity to help our company scale. We’re looking for an individual who is confident in their research ability and organization that is comfortable being the subject matter expert within the team. We expect that the individual will be a mentor and strong communicator within a team of researchers.

The Investigative Research Associate is responsible for the creation and fulfillment of a variety of Press Check reports to meet unique client needs. Press Checks are a news and litigation background search focused on identifying client-relevant content for executive hiring. You will be collaborating with a team of researchers and will participate in the training, scalability, and quality of Fama’s Press Check product.

Primarily, this role will be working in Fama’s web application creating Press Check reports using a variety of third party databases, machine learning, and report summarization. Specific databases include various LexisNexis tools and PACER. We are looking for a skilled researcher with strong writing and verbal skills. You will work with the Operations team on feature enhancements and scalability. This entails quality assurance, bug reporting, assistance in feature requirements, and knowledge of expected functionality.

This is a challenging role that requires an individual able to multitask, clearly communicate with team members, and maintain a quality deliverable. At the same time, this role provides an opportunity to collaborate and participate in building the foundation of a scalable product.


  • Collaborate with a team of researchers for both individual and joint report fulfillment including: Comprehensive search and analysis of news and litigation content
  • Executive summarization of relevant news and litigation content
  • Perform a quality control process maintaining Fama’s high report quality standards
  • Maintain process documentation for training purposes
  • Communicate directly with management on product requests and feedback
  • Be in tune with client expectations and use cases to deliver customized reports
  • Collaborate with the team to develop valuable product enhancements that anticipate client needs


  • 1-3 years of experience as a research experience in executive search, due diligence, or related industry preferred
  • Deep understanding of database research and custom queries/boolean searching
  • Specific experience with LexisNexis or PACER is a plus
  • Experience with Google SuiteExcellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Degrees well-suited for this role: English, History, Library Sciences, Criminal Justice, etc. (anything that involves intensive research and writing)

We believe that becoming an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace makes us a more successful and resilient organization. We embrace equal opportunity for all applicants and seek to foster and preserve a culture of belonging for our employees. We recognize and appreciate that the more inclusive we are, the better we will function as a team. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or family status, disability, military veteran status, and any other status or background.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Investigative Research Associate
  • Company
  • Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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