Posted Date 1 month ago(12/20/2021 1:44 PM)
Executive Office
Job Function
Job ID
Commensurate with experience


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


The Office of the General Counsel supports the work of the Institution through facilitating the legal and ethical pursuit of its objectives, managing legal issues when they arise, and serving as a resource to Brookings stakeholders.


Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.  


Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.  


Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings. 


As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.     


Please note:  This position is based in Brookings’s Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. Once the Brookings office reopens, the person hired for this position will work in the Brookings Washington, DC office.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


 The Paralegal provides legal support to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The Paralegal is responsible for the initial review of funding agreements and supporting OGC staff in reviewing proposals and reports.  The Paralegal is also responsible for general support for the OGC and its projects.



 Donor Agreements, Proposals and Reports (50%)


  • Regularly review (and assist Associate General Counsel’s review of) funding agreements, partnerships, and other agreements;
  • Regularly support Associate General Counsel in the negotiation, drafting of agreements and documents as needed;
  • Draft development funding agreements;
  • Support the routing process for funding agreements, proposals and reports;
  • Maintain relevant sections of intranet site and regularly update templates;
  • Provide regular review process trainings on funding proposals, agreements, and reports;
  • Provide due diligence on funding and engagement prospects, including donors, partnerships, and other relationships;
  • Support regular OGC meetings with research programs and business departments to review funding proposals, agreements, and reports;
  • Serve as backup for review of contracts, MOUs, NDAs and other legally binding agreements.

General Support (50%)

  • Manage Brookings’s Conflict of Interest annual disclosure process, including overseeing annual form update, enrollment, sending reminders, tracking submissions, and responding to questions;
  • Maintain, manage and track the Institution’s state charitable registrations, including maintaining registered agents and coordinating the annual renewal process;
  • Assist with registering and renewing the organization’s trademarks and other intellectual property;
  • Assist with the design, creation, and distribution of OGC educational materials and resources such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, or other media as needed;
  • Manage specific Brookings policies, including responding to questions and helping oversee policy compliance;
  • Support General Counsel’s work with Brookings’s Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and Nominations and Governance Committee, including creating and distributing materials and information to Committee members;
  • Support the Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources department’s engagement with an employee union;
  • Partner with OGC team and HR to review and approve affiliate requests.
  • Support General Counsel’s work on Trustee policies, including updating and managing the Trustees Annual Questionnaire and Conflict of Interest Affirmation process;
  • Support Associate General Counsel with Brookings Press matters, including on rights and permissions approval process;
  • Support and project manage OGC’s international legal and compliance matters;
  • Serve as backup for duties on which the other OGC Paralegal is primary, including on contracts and visas;
  • Serve as a project manager for OGC projects;
  • Provide other duties, including special projects, as needed.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.  Minimum one year of related work experience in a fast-paced, professional work environment, preferably in a legal department/law firm, and/or professional services firm or nonprofit organization. Paralegal certificate and prior experience reviewing contracts preferred. Experience working on donor-related and/or intellectual property matters preferred. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Superior desktop personal computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook including the calendar feature, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) required. Experience with collaboration and Project Management tools or applications (SharePoint, MS Project, Office 365, etc.) highly preferred.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Requirements include: Experience reviewing agreements and contracts;  Excellent written and oral communication skills; acute attention to detail; tech savvy; high degree of professionalism with discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality of highly-sensitive information; excellent organization and coordination skills with a high commitment to customer service; ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines and work well under pressure;  a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with a team. 


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.







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