||December 19, 2019
||$120,000 to $140,000
Founded in 1981 in partnership with whistleblowers, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that works to expose waste, corruption, abuse of power, and other instances where the government fails to serve the public. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. POGO has an over $6 million annual budget that supports a staff of over 40 employees.
POGO’s executive team is looking for a talented Director of Investigations to take on the development, management, and leadership of POGO’s investigative priorities and team of investigators—helping to ensure the effective completion of meaningful investigations consistent with our mission. The Director of Investigations reports directly to POGO’s Editor-in-Chief.
- Oversee investigations from inception through the editorial process, ensuring consistency with the organization’s mission and investigative priorities.
- Contribute, along with the executive team, to the development and management of POGO’s investigative priorities.
- Set the investigation team’s editorial agenda for the day/week/month.
- Work closely with POGO’s investigators in developing story ideas, identifying new investigative avenues, and setting priorities.
- Take the primary role in substantively editing investigative pieces—helping to ensure consistent, effective, and persuasive storytelling—prior to organizational copy editing and fact-checking.
- Coach investigators with and without newsroom experience.
- Collaborate closely with POGO’s editing, communications, and policy teams to enhance the quality, reach, and impact of investigations.
- Work with investigators, our FOIA Coordinator, and the Editor-in-Chief to effectively execute FOIA efforts.
- Other duties as required to accomplish POGO’s mission.
- Minimum of 7 years of investigative experience working in journalism, editing, government, or a related field—or demonstrated equivalent experience. Strong preference for experience working in newsrooms and on congressional or executive branch investigations.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience managing a team or organization—or demonstrated equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated experience as a content creator and editor. Must be able to write at a high-level on short deadlines.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to working in a nonpartisan, collaborative, respectful manner with diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated track record of taking initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances.
Compensation and benefits:
- Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience, starting at $110k.
- Health, dental, and vision insurance.
- 403(b) employee investment plan available, with employer retirement contribution through a SEP IRA once eligible.
- Life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
- Metro SmartTrip benefits participation available.
- Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com, subject line: Director of Investigations, or mail application to: Project On Government Oversight, 1100 G Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. No phone calls please. The deadline to apply is January 13th, 2020.
POGO is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We encourage all interested and qualified individuals to apply.
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