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Associate I, Legal Affairs and Assistant Counsel

Pew Charitable Trusts
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Government Relations and Advocacy
Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Washington, DC (901 E)

Position Overview:

The Associate I, Legal Affairs and Assistant Counsel is a new entry-level position that will support senior attorneys in providing legal support and advice on programmatic projects and initiatives; conduct legal research; contract review; and legal analysis of and advice on compliance with relevant laws for ethics involving Pew's work with government officials. We seek an applicant who has an interest in learning new areas of the law.

This position reports to the Director, Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel and will be based in Pew's Washington, DC office.


  • Support senior attorneys in providing legal advice and guidance on programmatic projects and initiatives.
  • Perform legal research and assist department in answering legal requests from various internal clients.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of agreements in connection with Pew's work and mission (e.g. fee-for-service contracts, non-monetary agreements and incoming/outgoing grants).
  • Support the lead contract attorney in processing all programmatic contracts, and in the development and implementation of templates for monetary and non-monetary agreements.
  • Review and provide legal advice on the relevant local, state, federal and international laws for ethics involving government officials and assist with trainings on Pew's ethics approval process and procedures.
  • Develop knowledge base and potential expertise in legal topics relevant to Pew's programmatic work (e.g. government ethics, antitrust, defamation, open access, lobbying, etc.).
  • Support and/or manage other projects for the Legal Affairs department as assigned.


  • Minimum of one year of relevant work experience.
  • J.D. required. Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or eligible for such admission promptly upon hiring.
  • Exemplary written and oral communications skills, including the ability to summarize issues and the means to address them.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse and equitable workplace.
  • Ability to develop client service skills and the ability to: resolve problems creatively and effectively; issue spot; and apply relevant expertise and experience to diverse legal questions.
  • Interpersonal skills and the capacity to develop productive relationships at all levels, establish trust and provide thoughtful counsel.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, and collegially with diverse teams of professionals.


This position requires occasional travel between Pew's Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices.

Total Rewards

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.


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