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Senior Associate, Compliance


Job posted by: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Job description

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

Legal Affairs:

The Legal Affairs department is responsible for a wide and growing variety of general corporate legal and risk management matters, as well as overseeing relationships with outside counsel. The department's work continues to grow based on Pew's change from private foundation to public charity status in 2004, which not only permitted a dramatic expansion of Pew's charitable activities, but also increased the amount and complexity of the unit's work. Legal Affairs provides legal advice to the board, senior management and staff regarding all of the institution's activities, from operating projects to fund-raising to grantmaking. The department is also involved in the design and development of new policies and procedures affecting Pew's operations. The Legal Affairs department is currently comprised of 17 individuals, including 14 legal staff and three compliance staff. The Compliance unit administratively reports to the Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel and also has a direct reporting line to the audit committee of the board.

Position Overview:

Pew's Compliance unit is comprised of a Director, Compliance; Manager, Compliance; and Senior Associate, Compliance. This is a new position that will be responsible for: 1) assisting the Compliance team with management of the organization's Enterprise Risk Management program (ERM); 2) performing control self-assessments and internal assessments throughout the organization; 3) reviewing current policies and procedures; and 4) coordinating and organizing an institution-wide policies and procedures manual maintained on Pew's intranet. The ideal candidate must have a strong background in risk management or audit focusing on the development and review of accounting, information technology, and business process internal controls. The candidate should possess strong report writing, communication, and business organization skills and be adept at working both independently and with cross-organizational teams. This position reports to the Manager, Compliance and will be based in Pew's Washington, DC office.

Job Requirements

  • Assist in the continued development and implementation of Pew's ERM program, including the development of control self-assessments and internal assessment review plans focused on identifying and reviewing areas of high risk within the organization.
  • Assist in the development of company-wide and department-specific policies and procedures as well as processes, including those relating to accounting, payroll, grants management, benefits, HR, contracts and consulting agreements. Evaluate and assist in the revision of policies and procedures to improve compliance and effectiveness. Assist Legal Affairs staff in developing and codifying policies and procedures in areas such as contracts, grant agreements, insurance, document retention and donor files.
  • Assist in assessments of all departments' internal controls and aid in the completion of reports that recommend improvements in the internal control structure.
  • Work with Legal Affairs staff to develop and implement risk management and compliance processes for Pew that will ensure that current policies are in compliance with the laws of applicable jurisdictions.
  • Assist in codifying policies and procedures necessary to ensure compliance in such areas as conflict of interest, whistleblower protection, document retention and respect in the workplace. Assist in the design and delivery of annual and as-needed trainings for staff to ensure their familiarity and compliance with these policies and procedures.
  • Participate in activities and meetings and perform other tasks as assigned, including, for example, serving on institution-wide committees.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks and special projects of Pew as assigned.
  • Attend professional development seminars and continuing professional education training to increase knowledge and remain properly informed of risk management, compliance and internal control issues.


  • Pew maintains a robust Enterprise Risk Management program that keeps pace with the changes in business processes, perceived risks and applicable laws. Appropriate policies, procedures and internal controls are in place to mitigate business risks.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required. Prior audit experience, Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in the field of risk assessment, evaluating internal controls, compliance and client audit, along with responsibility for project management, planning, research and analysis. Nonprofit audit experience a bonus.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. Able to set priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects.
  • Sound consultation and relationship management skills. Able to build and maintain strong relationships while coordinating potentially sensitive projects. Strong interpersonal skills. Able to quickly establish credibility and to develop and manage productive relationships with internal staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Able to conduct research, coordinate resources and synthesize in writing a broad array of information into an easy to understand, concise summary.
  • Able to manage the flow of information to Legal Affairs regarding issues and concerns. Able to assess and analyze situations, make wise decisions, and determine how best to present issues.
  • Mature. Assumes full responsibility for individual decisions and work, as well as for team projects.
  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential issues in a fast paced environment.
  • Possesses an understanding of finance, accounting and audit practices. Strong analytical skills. Experienced in evaluating various strategies to make solutions-oriented recommendations.
  • Skilled in software applications including databases, spreadsheets, and presentation media. Proficient in creating and manipulating Excel spreadsheets.


Minimal travel for occasional meetings and conferences.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks paid vacation and flexible benefits.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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Washington, DC, 20004, US


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