The purpose of germ cells is to ensure the faithful transmission of genetic material to the next generation. To develop into mature gametes, germ cells must pass through cell cycle checkpoints while maintaining totipotency and genomic integrity. How germ cells coordinate developmental events while simultaneously protecting their unique fate is not well understood. Here, we characterize a novel nuclear protein, Oocyte-Excluded Factor-1 (OEF-1), with highly specific germline expression in Caenorhabditis elegans OEF-1 is initially detected early in embryogenesis and is expressed in the nuclei of all germ cells during larval stages. In adults, OEF-1 expression abruptly decreases just prior to oocyte differentiation. In oef-1 mutants, the developmental progression of germ cells is accelerated, resulting in subtle defects at multiple stages of germ cell development. Lastly, OEF-1 is primarily associated with the bodies of germline-expressed genes, and as such is excluded from the X chromosome. We hypothesize that OEF-1 may regulate the rate of progression through germ cell development, providing insight into how these critical maturation events are coordinated.