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The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply. Below, please find our current openings:

Director of Individual Giving
Data Fellow

Director of Individual Giving

The Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis, is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission is to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

We are looking for a talented Director of Individual Giving to work with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and senior staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual prospects and donors capable of making major gifts (with a focus on gifts of $10K+).  Building on a current list of prospects who have been identified and cultivated over the past few years, the Director of Annual Giving will secure and expand support for the Center’s investigative journalism. The Director of Individual Giving will also will be part of a dynamic, successful fundraising team and collaborate with other team members in identifying and stewarding mid-level donors from the Center’s membership program, online giving, and event planning.

The ideal candidate will bring at least five years of demonstrated success as a front-line fundraiser, particularly in the area of major giving. S/he must have established skills identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects, as well as the creativity, collegiality, energy and integrity to be part of a highly-motivated development team. Support from the organization’s CEO and board members makes this an ideal time to expand the organization’s burgeoning leadership giving program.  The Director of Individual Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a lively, friendly workplace, an extraordinarily compelling mission, and a setting filled with dynamic ideas and game-changing journalism.

Responsibilities and Expectations Include:

  • Build a major gifts program, starting with an existing prospect list of 40-50 high net worth individuals, steward major donors from the organization’s mid-level donors
  • Research, rank and organize the current list of major donor prospects. Identify and solicit new major donor prospects who support similar causes.
  • Offer strategic counsel to the CEO, CDO, and development colleagues, on major donor relations.
  • Plan and participate in fundraising visits and calls with the CEO, CDO and board members, as appropriate
  • Develop creative, cost-effective strategies for researching and cultivating individual prospects.
  • Prepare proposals and cultivation/solicitation materials and correspondence for prospects and donors.
  • Work with Development Operations to fully utilize the department’s Salesforce database track prospects and manage existing donors.
  • Identify and cultivate top prospects from the Center’s membership program.
  • As appropriate, and in coordination with the CDO and board members, promote and solicit planned gifts.
  • Plan and grow an online fundraising program in collaboration with the Sr. Manager of Development Operations and the Chief Development Officer.
  • Plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Work toward the goal of ensuring that the revenue stream of major gifts ($10k and above) is between $1-$2 million annually.

Qualifications Include:

  • Strong commitment to the role of a free press in a democratic society and enthusiasm for the basic watchdog mission of the Center for Public Integrity.
  • At least five years of professional experience in fundraising or closely related field.
  • Experience with event planning and ability to produce events for major donors and VIPs.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise large gifts.
  • Practical knowledge of major giving and an understanding of the major gifts cycle.
  • Demonstrated ability to move four-figure donors to higher, consistent, sustained giving.
  • Superior communication, presentation, organizational and writing skills.
  • Ability to be a front-line representative of the Center for Public Integrity, to external constituencies such as prospects, donors, and the board.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office, Mailchimp, and Salesforce fundraising software or equivalent.
  • Experience using social media to communicate, influence and fundraise.
  • Proficiency with prospect research techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A voracious reader who likes to laugh.

Conditions:  Non-supervisory position. Travel as needed

To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to:, subject line: CPI, Individual Giving.


Wanted: Communications Director

The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC

The Center for Public Integrity is undoubtedly great at investigative reporting. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, we partner with the biggest names in national media, including The New York Times,  The Washington Post, USA TODAY, and others.

But unfortunately, we’re not so great — OK, we’re rotten — at selling ourselves.

To remedy this, we seek a visionary communicator to make the Center for Public Integrity’s journalism and journalists ever-more visible. This is a high-level management job that will report directly to the CEO.

Our dream candidate has boundless energy, saint-like patience and admirable social dexterity.

  • You talk with television and radio show producers as if they’re family.
  • You harbor a reservoir of ideas for videos and podcasts and promotions.
  • You have a superhero’s passion for righting wrongs, shining light into darkness and kicking the tails of those who abuse their power and betray the public trust.

Most importantly, you’re a conduit that helps amazing work reach diverse audiences hungry for meticulously reported, deep-dive journalism in an age when the very notion of what’s true and what’s fake is under assault.

If you’re that kind of communicator, we want to communicate with you.


  • Understand the importance of a muscular, credible brand and help strengthen our identity as a leading investigative newsroom — whether through design, digital media or other creative channels.
  • Work with a booking agency to spread our experts in politics, campaign finance, environment, immigration, law enforcement, national security and government corruption all over radio and TV on major cable news networks and the Sunday shows.
  • Engage media writers, media critics and media thought-leaders so that they are intimately familiar with the Center for Public Integrity’s work, personalities and impact, and eager to write about it.    
  • Help us improve our partnership strategy.
  • Pitch reporters for media appearance and speaking engagements.
  • Liaise with membership team and audience engagement editor for member-directed communications.
  • Develop branding and style guide for a cohesive voice for organizational communications.


  • At least five years’ experience as a communications professional, preferably in the media business.
  • Demonstrated ability of audience development, major media placements.
  • An acute appreciation for the critical role investigative media plays in society.
  • Experience and comfort with analytics/metrics tools and social media or a willingness to learn.
  • Nonprofit experience desired but not required.

Salary commensurate with experience.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please send resume and cover letter to



Internships and Fellowships 

Knight Data Journalism Fellowship

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for an eager-to-learn, early career data journalist to join our team of investigative reporters for a paid, one-year fellowship starting this fall at our Washington, D.C. offices.

The Center is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nonpartisan nonprofit news organization that is renowned for its data-based investigative projects. The fellowship is part of the Center’s commitment to developing a pipeline of talented data journalists from diverse backgrounds. 

The Center will train and mentor the fellow to elevate his or her data journalism skills.

The fellow will join the data team, which uses data, technology and design to investigate powerful special interests. The team’s goal is to do inventive, hard-hitting, data-backed journalism and improve how journalists use data to report and tell stories.

The fellow will work in one of the nation's most prestigious investigative newsrooms to do data and interactive journalism centered in one or more Center coverage areas: federal politics; state politics; the environment; workers' rights; economic inequality and national security.

The fellow’s work will appear on the Center’s website and may appear in digital, print and broadcast platforms associated with our media partners, such as USA Today, NBC News, The Washington Post and TIME.

The fellowship is funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Who should apply?

We are seeking candidates who have had experience with data, code, design and/or journalism who want to go further. Candidates possessing at least some of the following experience are encouraged to apply:
•    Proficient in one or more programming languages
•    Designed or developed visual or interactive projects
•    Published data analysis or reporting
•    Produced journalism in any format

Also, we encourage people to apply who are:
•    From diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in technology or journalism
•    Enthusiastic about their work and willing to take direction
•    Eager to apply their skills to public-interest journalism


The fellow will receive a salary of $45,000 and full benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply

All applications should include a resume and at least three examples of journalism, visual or programming work (personal projects are fine), along with a description of what the candidate did on those projects. Send to and include “Knight Fellow” in the email subject line. 

Deadline to apply: Oct. 29, 2018.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Our mission is to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.