Feb 25, 2019

Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs

  • PETA Foundation
  • Washington, DC, USA
Legal Animal Rights

Job Description

Position Objectives:

To direct the operations and business affairs of the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department, including the supervision of staff


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• Manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department

• Supervise attorneys and staff members assigned to matters under the areas of responsibility, including assigning, prioritizing, and reviewing projects

• Serve as the point of contact on corporate law matters when the general counsel is unavailable

• Provide legal advice and assistance on a wide range of issues that arise during the conduct of the organization's and its affiliates' charitable programs

• Represent and present on behalf of the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department to donors, public bodies, and the media

• Maintain and oversee the organization's and PETA's insurance and risk management programs

• Supervise maintenance of the organization’s trademark registrations in the U.S. and international jurisdictions

• Coordinate and ensure compliance with corporate governance requirements for the organization and all domestic and international PETA-named affiliates

• Conduct legal research and provide advice on corporate issues pertaining to day-to-day operation including contracts, intellectual property, real estate, insurance, employment law, and tax-exempt organizations

• Research, interpret, and apply state and federal statutes and regulations, and applicable case law

• Communicate with prosecutors, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of legal issues

• Assist PETA caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners with a wide array of legal issues that arise in their cases

• Draft correspondence, contracts, and applications

• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor



• J.D. and a minimum of six years of relevant legal experience, including with tax-exempt organizations

• Member in good standing of a state bar

• Previous supervisory experience

• Proven effective leadership skills

• Proven excellent organizational, legal research, and writing skills

• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints

• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate the organization’s and PETA's positions on issues

• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

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