Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs

PETA Foundation | Washington, DC

Job Summary

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

How to Apply

PETA Foundation