Position: Chief Counsel for New Venture Fund project
Location: Washington, DC or New York City
Status: Exempt; Full time
Reports to: Project President
A new project of the New Venture Fund seeks a Chief Counsel to oversee the legal activities of numerous public interest initiatives focused on exposing unethical and corrupt behavior by government officials. The Chief Counsel will manage the project’s current litigation docket and will be tasked with identifying new opportunities to expose government malfeasance through litigation. The ideal candidate will have a proven litigation track record, familiarity with both the Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws, and an understanding of laws and regulations covering governmental ethics. A flexible personality, sense of humor, and positive attitude are also essential.
This position is based in Washington, DC or New York City. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
Manage a robust litigation docket, working with outside counsel and non-profit partners.
Develop and oversee standards for Freedom of Information Act and state agency open records requests.
Litigate routine Freedom of Information Act records requests, drafting court pleadings as necessary.
Review research to spot potential legal issues.
Work with communications teams on messaging materials and press outreach.
Represent the project in partner and ally meetings.
Draft reports and letters to legislative and executive bodies.
Perform other duties as necessary.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
10+ years of litigation experience;
Demonstrated knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws;
Strong legal research and writing skills;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Outstanding communicator that works collaboratively with others;
Proven leader with experience in managing employees and consultants;
Talent for developing and maintaining strong partner and coalition relationships;
Demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy; and
Impeccable professional ethics and integrity.
Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
Understanding of the legal framework in which 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations operate; and
Proven track record of managing and cultivating donor relationships.
Exceptional communications skills;
Smart political judgement and acumen;
Handles herself well under pressure;
Extremely well organized with strong attention to detail;
Sense of humor; and
Works well in and contributes to a collegial environment.
The New Venture Fund (NVF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
About New Venture Fund
About New Venture Fund
The New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity, supports innovative and effective public interest projects. NVF was established in 2006 in response to demand from leading philanthropists for an efficient, cost-effective, and time-saving platform to launch and operate charitable projects. We execute a range of donor-driven public interest projects in conservation, global health, public policy, international development, education, disaster recovery, and the arts. More than half of the 50 largest US grantmaking foundations have funded projects hosted at NVF, including 8 of the top 10.
NVF is overseen by an independent board of directors that has extensive experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. NVF is managed under an administrative agreement with Arabella Advisors, a leading national philanthropy services firm that helps philanthropists and investors find innovative ways to achieve greater good with their resources. NVF has collaborated with Arabella on successful projects for many of philanthropy’s leading players and institutions, and the two organizations share a commitment to evaluation and measuring impact.
To date, NVF has... run over 280 projects across a range of issues, both domestically and abroad. In 2016, NVF managed over $325 million in funding for over 150 projects. Each project operates with guidance from a project advisory board, under the supervision of NVF’s board of directors.