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17 May 2021

Full-Time Chief Counsel

kchoudharyhart – Posted by kchoudharyhart Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeks a passionate and creative attorney to lead our legal team, help us secure our democracy and build a better Washington. This position is a unique opportunity to be on the front lines of the fight for a more ethical, equitable and accountable government, while working alongside smart, dedicated and kind people.

As a leading nonpartisan nonprofit government watchdog, CREW is dedicated to defending our democratic institutions, rooting out government corruption and fighting the influence of money in politics through legal action and communications grounded by in-depth research. CREW is looking for a creative, results-driven leader who is committed to our mission and cares deeply about protecting our democracy. We welcome diverse skills and experiences.


  • Direct and oversee all of CREW’s legal actions, including litigation, administrative and legal complaints, and open records requests.
  • Develop innovative and creative approaches for CREW’s legal and litigation strategy, and take the lead on brainstorming and evaluating new lawsuits and actions.
  • Supervise a diverse and seasoned legal team, consisting of in-house attorneys, a paralegal, interns, fellows and outside counsel.
  • Develop and execute new legal approaches to fostering a more equitable ethical democracy.
  • Engage in depth in legal and policy analysis.
  • Help develop policies for the organization to advocate at the federal and state levels to advance CREW’s mission.
  • Work with the senior management team to help determine organizational strategy and management approaches.
  • Significant editing and writing responsibilities.

A great candidate has:

  • J.D. (required).
  • A minimum of 10 years legal experience.
  • An interest in ethics, money in politics, government transparency and equity in democracy.
  • Litigation experience, potentially including Freedom of Information Act, campaign finance, or administrative law litigation.
  • Outstanding communication and editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills and sound judgment.
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior management.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across departments.
  • Interest and experience in mentorship and leadership development.
  • Interest and experience in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • The position is based in Washington, D.C. but may begin remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Extensive and competitive benefits package including generous paid holidays, vacation time and sick leave, full health, dental and vision insurance coverage, contributions for dependent care, as well as a generous 401(K) program, student loan contribution plan, and top-notch parental leave policy, all of which you’d be included in on day one.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to Please include your last name and “Chief Counsel” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We are only able to respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in our workplace and in our work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: anti-corruption, ethics, Legal, nonprofit, and watchdog. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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