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, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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 Legal Affairs department 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, 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 fund-raising to grantmaking. The department is also involved in the design and development of new policies and procedures affecting Pew's operations. The Legal Affairs department currently has just over 30 members comprised of legal, compliance and board services staff.
Pew is seeking a full-time attorney for the position of Officer, Legal Affairs. The primary duties of the officer are to: provide support to various Pew operations units, including facilities, real estate, information technology, and research services; draft, review and negotiate agreements, such as real estate leases in various domestic and international locations, vendor agreements, construction contracts, information technology agreements, consulting agreements, and subscription and licensing agreements; provide advice to internal clients on a variety of legal issues; and conduct legal research and analysis. This position will report to and help support the Director and Associate General Counsel, Legal Affairs. An understanding of real estate (owning and leasing) and construction law (build out and renovation of real estate), and IT contracting terms is strongly preferred. The position will be based in Pew's Washington, DC office.
Counsel internal operations clients on a wide variety of legal issues. Provide guidance by educating staff on relevant legal issues and offer solutions to help staff achieve desired outcomes.
Draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of agreements with third parties for Pew's operations units.
Lead training sessions for staff on topics of legal relevance to the organization, including internal policies and procedures and compliance with laws that apply to Pew.
Conduct research and analysis of specific legal questions, including those related to real estate and information technology matters and prepare memoranda setting forth research results, recommendations, and conclusions.
Review and revise, as needed, Pew legal documents, such as real estate leases; consulting contracts; construction contracts; software license and other information technology-related agreements; and subscription agreements.
Author new legal policies and procedures as needed, and develop and conduct new trainings around such policies on an as-needed basis.
Serve as a liaison to, and assist, the Director, Legal Affairs and associate general counsel and Senior Director, Legal Affairs for operations in managing the work of outside counsel to Pew.
Identify and assess legal and business risks to the organization; help identify business and reputational risks.
Stay up-to-date on relevant developments in the areas of contract law, non-profit law, and real estate law, among others.
Contribute to and participate in other tasks of the department and institution-wide initiatives as assigned. Participate in Pew-wide projects as requested.
Eight years of legal experience at a law firm or in-house nonprofit or for-profit legal department, including experience drafting and reviewing contracts (especially those relating to information technology or real estate), researching questions of law, negotiating agreements, and analyzing complex legal and factual issues.
A large law firm background or significant in-house experience at a large public charity or private foundation is preferred.
Experience in real estate, information technology contracting and related intellectual property is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to draft and negotiate a broad range of contractual agreements required.
Strong client service skills and the ability to resolve problems creatively and effectively; to identify underlying issues in complex situations; to recognize patterns and trends; and to apply relevant expertise and experience to diverse legal questions.
Experience advising clients.
Excellent written and oral communications skills, including ease with briefly summarizing in plain English the essence of issues and the means to address them. Highly attentive to detail in all written communications.
Ability to understand Pew goals and counsel staff in how to achieve those goals while being mindful of legal risks.
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple priorities, organize time, and identify resources for projects.
Ability to make decisions, to justify recommendations, and to be responsive to Pew staff needs for legal guidance in a timely and diplomatic manner.
Leadership skills, problem solving skills, seasoned judgment, high integrity and the ability to learn quickly, gain credibility and influence the organization. The successful candidate must be confident, with strong interpersonal skills and must have the capacity to develop productive relationships at all levels, establish trust and provide thoughtful counsel.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work collaboratively with staff within the Legal Affairs department and other units regardless of their position within the organization. Collegial personality.
High degree of ethics and integrity.
Successful completion of the Bar Examination and license to practice law in Washington, DC or eligible for such admission promptly upon hiring.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.
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 stimulate 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. From its first day in 1948, Pew's founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives. Early priorities included cancer research, the Red Cross and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges.