About POGO

Chief Communications Strategist


The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan federal government watchdog seeking an experienced individual passionate about good government and nonpartisan advocacy to lead all aspects of our communications.  This person will be responsible for communicating the results and importance of POGO’s investigatory and advocacy work to its various audiences, from lawmakers to individual citizens. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of and experience in communications and content strategy, as he or she will be serving as the chief strategist for POGO's communications efforts. This candidate will have experience with strategic planning and thought leadership, superb communication skills, experience engaging a wide range of audiences, excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, familiarity with current technology and trends in the communications sphere, and a track record of leadership and managing teams.  This candidate will infuse the communications function with his or her personal passion and energy to drive POGO’s message out to the world.  This person will work in our Washington, DC, office.

Responsibilities include:

Communications and Strategy

Serve as the chief strategist for POGO's efforts to expand its existing audiences and scope untapped audiences; lead efforts to secure and cultivate new audiences

Set the vision for POGO’s communications, including developing and integrating marketing plans to promote messages on all of POGO's communications channels, including print, online and television

Ensure POGO's messaging is targeted, consistent, and coordinated across communications channels

Work closely with the senior leadership team to align communications strategy with organizational strategy and overall goals

Increase POGO's visibility, and strengthen and promote a coherent public identity and message

Stay current with trends and research related to POGO's mission

Work closely with the senior leadership team and Board to monitor, evaluate, and improve existing issue areas and identify new ones, as appropriate

Work with the Development team to execute campaigns to drive donor support, both from foundations and individuals


Manage and lead the Communications Team.  Be responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the duties of communications, including organizational development.  Inspire and lead the Team to new levels of excellence.

Develop and maintain procedures for planning, decision-making, delegating, reporting, and evaluation, and learning for the Team

Ensure ongoing professional development of the Communications Team and encourage staff to expand their credentials, knowledge base, and skills


Qualifications and skills:

Four or more years of communications experience in a leadership role involving strategy, preferably from a nonprofit

Substantial high-level strategic experience with a proven track record of success and accomplishment implementing these strategies

Extensive knowledge of current trends in communications, management, and content strategy

Experience with digital marketing strategy and tactics: including web site design and implementation, web traffic analysis, email marketing, social media marketing engagement

Outstanding communication (both written and spoken) and presentation skills, including the ability to produce quality written materials and to revise and edit materials written by others

Ability to craft content with a nonpartisan voice, with particular attention to nuance

Proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Knowledge about specialized communications software (experience with Blackbaud's Luminate Online or other email marketing and advocacy tools preferred, but not required).

This position is supervised by the Executive Director.

Compensation:  Competitive salary for a nonprofit commensurate with experience. Benefits currently include health insurance, dental plan, retirement contribution once eligible, life insurance, and short-term disability coverage, subject to the terms established by the insurance providers. Metro SmartTrip deferral and 403b investment plan available. Paid holiday and vacation leave provided.

POGO 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 welcome all interested and qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume to hr@pogo.org with “Chief Communications Strategist” in the subject line or mail to Project On Government Oversight, 1100 G Street NW, #500, Washington DC 20005. No phone calls please.