The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.
We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.
Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.
With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.
Legal Affairs Department:
The Pew Charitable Trusts is tackling some of the most pressing challenges we face today, whether it is conserving the natural environment and the rich array of life it supports, improving the efficiency of government and the services it provides, or reducing the effects of extreme weather events on homes, businesses, communities, and the economy. As a key member of Pew’s Legal Affairs team, you’ll work closely with Pew’s world-renowned team of experts, providing them with crucial legal guidance as they develop, support, and communicate scientific research and technical analyses that explain critical emerging issues, inform policy, and advance solutions to these and other problems. For nearly 15 years, Pew has been surging ahead with a dramatic advancement of its charitable activities. In this role, you’ll be at the center of Pew’s efforts, supporting the organization as the Legal Affairs department's work grows in volume and complexity.
The Legal Affairs department is currently comprised of 33 individuals, including 20 legal staff, five compliance staff and eight board services staff. Your astute legal insights will be put to good use, as this position is responsible for a wide and growing array of general corporate legal and risk management matters, including helping oversee relationships with outside counsel.
Success in this position will require providing legal advice to senior management and staff regarding all of the institution's activities, from operating projects to grantmaking to lobbying. You’ll also collaborate with your Legal Affairs peers on the design, development and implementation of new policies and procedures improving Pew's operations.
Pew is seeking an intellectually curious, hands-on, and highly-skilled attorney for the position of Officer, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel. The primary responsibility of this position is to support Pew’s domestic and international program units on a wide variety of legal issues. Day-to-day duties of this position include drafting and reviewing program agreements (such as fee-for-service and grant agreements); advising internal clients on lobbying activities and compliance; conducting relevant legal research and analysis on the requirements that apply to Pew's expanding activities; supporting corporate transactional projects for Pew’s programmatic teams; and liaising between the Legal Affairs department and other Pew staff. Given the fast-paced and complex duties of this position, a comprehensive understanding of tax-exempt organization law, specifically the laws applicable to public charities and entities engaged in non-profit or association advocacy, is required. This position is based in Washington, DC’s office.
Abilities to multi-task, organize time and identify resources for projects.
Proficiency in Spanish or French preferred, but not required.
Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or eligible for such admission promptly upon hiring.
Collegial personality and ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams of legal and non-legal professionals.
Minimal travel to conferences and meetings; occasional travel to Pew’s Philadelphia office.
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.