Counsel and FOIA Manager

PETA Foundation | Washington, DC

Job Summary

Position Objective:

To provide legal advice on a wide range of animal protection issues that arise during the conduct of the organization's and its affiliates' charitable programs, with a focus on access to public records.


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct legal research and advise on federal and state public records acts
  • Draft and submit administrative appeals of public records act decisions by federal and state agencies
  • Draft and submit requests for assistance to federal and state public records ombudsmen
  • Liaise with federal and state public records personnel
  • Liaise with organizations with common interests in government transparency
  • Develop and manage internal database to track public records requests and administrative appeals
  • Monitor public records matters for potential litigation
  • Assist in the development and management of litigation of public records matters
  • Monitor developments in litigation under federal and state public records acts
  • Develop and manage internal database of developments related to federal and state public records acts
  • Conduct legal research and provide advice on a variety of animal protection-related statutes, regulations, and case law
  • Draft correspondence, letters of complaint, and other documents
  • Communicate with government agencies, law enforcement officials, and nonprofit organizations in furtherance of the listed responsibilities and duties
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • J.D. and a minimum of three years of legal experience with public records acts
  • Member in good standing of a state bar association
  • Proven excellent legal research, writing, and verbal advocacy skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints
  • Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

How to Apply

PETA Foundation


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations