Job: Assistant General Counsel

Department: HQ – Headquarters


Location: Washington, DC

Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private institution headquartered in Washington, DC. Founded in 1902 by Andrew Carnegie as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in five scientific departments on the West and East coasts under three divisions of Earth, Life and Space. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. Carnegie is an endowed, independent, nonprofit institution.

This position is primarily located in Washington, D.C. Carnegie Science is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. Candidates who will foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Assistant General Counsel position will provide an exciting opportunity to provide legal guidance at a large science nonprofit institution. This position will work closely with scientists to understand their work, apply appropriate legal protections, and leverage revenue potential. The individual will be called upon to resolve numerous legal issues that arise while conducting business with a focus on transactional matters. This is a full-time, exempt position.


  • Draft, review, negotiate, and advise on contracts and grant agreements on a wide variety of subjects
  • Collaborate with and advise human resources to help interpret the law and provide guidance related to benefits, organizational policies and procedures and employment issues
  • Advise staff and scientists on legal matters
  • Conduct general legal research
  • Stay current on federal, state, and local laws and regulations, specifically as they apply to nonprofit institutions
  • Manage Institution’s patent portfolio and technology transfer

 Required Skills: 

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Superb organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide accurate and timely oral and written advice
  • Ability to identify underlying issues in complex situations and resolve problems creatively and effectively
  • Ability to learn quickly and gain credibility through use of good judgment, high integrity and collegial attitude.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities and organize time
  • Ability to work in team-based environment
  • Ability to effectively interface with all levels of Carnegie’s management and external contact constituents.
  • Ability to self-manage and proactively address all areas of legal risk.
  • Periodic travel may be required

 Education and Experience: 

  • JD required, licensed to practice law in Washington, DC or eligible to waive into DC to practice.
  • 2 to 5 years of relevant experience required
  • Experience working with universities, scientific, or nonprofit organizations strongly preferred


Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please.

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.