The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.
Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.
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 in addition to overseeing relationships with outside counsel and managing board communications and relations. The department’s work continues to grow based on Pew’s change from private foundation to public charity status in 2004, enabling a dramatic expansion of Pew’s charitable activities and increasing the amount and complexity of the department’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 grant making. 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 32 individuals, consisting of 19 legal staff, five compliance staff, and eight board services members.
The Director is responsible for managing the delivery of risk-informed legal counsel and legally-informed business counsel to Pew’s program, operations, and cross-cutting units regarding complex gifts, grants, collaborations and transactions, and on matters related to fundraising and philanthropy. The position requires significant experience advising section 501(c)(3) organizations on the appropriate structure, documentation, and execution of sophisticated charitable giving vehicles (such as legacy gifts, charitable trusts, and donor-advised funds) and complex transactions and collaborations (such as strategic partnerships, joint ventures and impact investments). The position also requires significant experience advising on laws unique to public charities and philanthropy, including charitable solicitation law, nonprofit corporation law, and federal tax laws regulating charitable giving.
The Director serves as the principal legal liaison to Pew’s Institutional Partnerships department and leads a small team of attorneys that supports the structuring, negotiation, and execution of complex transactions and partnerships and advises Pew on matters related to fundraising.
This position reports to the Senior Director for Operations and Tax and is based in Pew’s Washington, DC office.
Fundraising and Philanthropy
Partnerships and Transactions
We offer a competitive salary and 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 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.