Project On Government Oversight

Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Date Posted October 26, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


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 $7 million annual budget that supports a staff of over 50 employees.

POGO’s Investigations and Research team is looking for a talented Investigator to help identify and explore previously underreported issues in federal policy and oversight, with an emphasis on centering the experiences of historically marginalized communities and highlighting unique challenges they face in achieving a more effective, accountable government. The Investigator reports directly to the Director of Investigations and Research.

We encourage potential applicants to apply even if they only have experience or familiarity in some of the areas described below. We fully recognize that many great candidates will not have experience in all of the areas we list, or may have relevant experiences and skills that we have not listed or considered.

Responsibilities include:

  • Cultivating sources who can provide investigative leads.
  • Work with the Executive Team, Director of Investigations and Research and other program teams to identify prospective investigations.
  • Conduct preliminary investigations into promising leads, including leads obtained from POGO’s tip lines.
  • Develop and execute thorough investigative plans.
  • Strategically develop and conduct intensive investigations using sources, the internet, the Freedom of Information Act, and other information, records and interviews.
  • Author accurate, concise, objective, and balanced persuasive short and long form pieces and other works based on investigative leads to be published on POGO’s website and on/in third party websites/publications.
  • Authors clean, well-written, and persuasive analysis pieces on topics in which the investigator has knowledge.
  • Participates in check-ins with the Director of Investigations and Research to report investigative leads, topics, work progress, and deadlines, and, if necessary, receives new direction within the scope of the project.
  • Presents findings to the Policy team, and identifies the systemic changes needed to correct the abuses uncovered during the investigation.
  • Helps develop strategies for disseminating and publicizing investigatory findings to the media, public, government officials, and peer organizations.
  • Engages in follow-up activities, which may include testifying before congressional committees and federal agencies, disseminating information to Congress and the Executive Branch staff and/or allied organizations.
  • Assists in developing funding proposals to support investigations.
  • Adheres to timelines, editorial requirements and policies, and other organizational obligations
  • Other duties as required to accomplish POGO’s mission.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of three years of experience as an investigator, journalist or demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively .
  • Well-developed time, resource, and project management skills.
  • Ability to deliver clean, grammatical pieces.
  • Ability to develop and maintain sources of information and knowledge about assignments.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including interviewing and editing skills.
  • Strong editorial judgment while following journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with colleagues, other organizations, and government officials and employees.
  • Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with POGO staff, i.e., a strong commitment to POGO’s justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, take direction, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Must be well organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Limited travel required for meetings.
  • Sound judgement in handling sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a nonpartisan manner.


Compensation, benefits, and other information:

This position is eligible for remote work from anywhere within the United States provided you are available during POGO's core working hours in the Eastern Time Zone. Otherwise, the position and POGO are based in Washington, DC.?This is a full-time position and includes the listed benefits.

  • Competitive nonprofit salary starting at $65K
  • 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 SmarTrip benefits participation available
  • Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave


To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: November 10th