Officer, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel
The Pew Charitable Trusts 5 reviews - Washington, DC

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Legal Affairs Department

The Legal Affairs department of The Pew Charitable Trusts is responsible for a wide and growing variety of general corporate legal and risk management matters, plus overseeing relationships with outside counsel. The department’s work continues to grow based on Pew’s change from private foundation to public charity status in 2004, which not only permitted a dramatic expansion of Pew’s charitable activities but also increased the amount and complexity of the unit’s work. Legal Affairs provides legal advice to the board, senior management, and staff regarding all of the institution’s activities, from directly operating projects to lobbying, fundraising, and grantmaking. The department is also involved in the design and development of new policies and procedures affecting Pew’s operations. The Legal Affairs department is currently comprised of 18 individuals, including 14 legal staff and four compliance staff.

Position Overview

Pew is seeking a full-time attorney for the position of Officer, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel. This Officer’s primary duties will be to serve as a legal resource to Pew employees; review and negotiate contracts and agreements; and conduct legal research and analysis. Supporting Pew’s advocacy work, the responsibilities for this position will include providing advice to Pew staff engaged in policy advocacy at all levels of government, nationally and internationally; helping to manage Pew’s ethics review process; assisting in drafting and reviewing program and administrative agreements; and conducting relevant legal research and analysis with respect to legal requirements applicable to Pew’s expanding activities.

  • Counsel Pew staff on legal issues; provide guidance by educating staff on relevant legal issues and offer solutions to help staff achieve desired organizational outcomes
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and agreements with third parties for Pew’s program and operations departments, as needed
  • Assist in managing Pew’s key processes intended to ensure compliance with laws and regulations with respect to government ethics and lobbying, including reviewing lobbying disclosure reports, government event forms, and other materials for compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as with Pew’s internal policies
  • Conduct research and analysis of specific legal questions and prepare memoranda and opinions setting forth research results, recommendations, and conclusions
  • Review and revise, as needed, Pew legal document templates, such as grant agreements, consulting contracts, permission and license agreements, and legal policies
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant developments in the areas of non-profit advocacy, prohibited campaign intervention, tax-exempt organizations, and contract law, among others
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned; participate in Pew-wide projects as requested


A minimum of eight years of legal experience at a law firm, in-house corporation legal department, and/or non-profit organization. Government ethics compliance and transactional experience is strongly preferred.
  • Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or eligible for such admission upon hiring
  • Familiarity with the federal and state laws regulating public charities and non-profit institutions desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to succinctly summarize the essence of issues and options available to address them; exemplary attention to detail in all written communications essential
  • Attention to detail imperative
  • Ability to understand Pew goals and to counsel staff how to achieve those goals consistent with acceptable levels of legal risk
  • Proficiency in identifying legal and business issues, as well as identifying and developing effective solutions to staff and institutional needs
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, organize time, and identify resources for projects
  • Ability to make decisions, to clearly articulate and justify recommendations, and to be responsive, in both a timely and diplomatic manner, to Pew staff needs for legal guidance
  • High integrity and a strong sense of ethics
  • Collegial personality, ability to work cooperatively with diverse teams of professionals, and well-developed sense of humor


Occasional travel between Pew’s D.C. and Philadelphia offices; minimal other travel to conferences and meetings

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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