Job Location: University of Oregon School of Law
Reports to: ENR Director
Term: 0.5 FTE Position is renewable each year, based on performance, funding, and need. The FTE may go up to 1.0 in the future, depending on performance, funding, and need.
Rank: Research Associate; Officer of Research
Salary Range: Minimum of $55,000 (based on 1.0 FTE)
OPEN UNTIL FILLED: To ensure consideration, all requested documents should be received by September 5, 2012
The University of Oregon School of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program (ENR) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individual for a newly created Research Associate position. The ENR Research Associate will carry out independent research as part of one or more of the flagship ENR interdisciplinary projects: The Conservation Trust Project, The Energy Law and Policy Project, The Food Resiliency Project, The Global Environmental Democracy Project, The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project, The Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project, and The Sustainable Land Use Project.
The ENR Research Associate will supervise ENR law student fellows, as necessary, team student energy with faculty expertise, and partner across UO and the OUS system, with government organizations, and with nonprofit organizations to provide research, analysis, and solutions to environmental problems in Oregon, the nation, and around the globe. The ENR Research Associate will assist in securing full or partial funding for the projects, as appropriate, and create deliverables projected to result in transformational change.
The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Research Associate reports to ENR Director.
ABOUT OREGON LAW
For more than 125 years, the University of Oregon School of Law has served the state, the nation and the world through a continually renewed commitment to excellence in legal scholarship, classroom teaching and public service. For four years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked three Oregon Law programs in the top ten nationally, including, Legal Research and Writing, Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. The National Jurist recognized Oregon Law in 2012 as among the top ranked public interest law schools in two categories: prosecutors and public defenders and public interest lawyers, illustrating continuing legal academic excellence. Oregon Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school and the only public law school in the state of Oregon.
ABOUT OREGON LAW’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW CENTER
The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at Oregon Law (ENR) educates the next generation of public-interest environmental law practitioners to be advocates and agents of change by combining cutting-edge innovations in legal theory and practice with a passionate commitment to bringing solutions to today's most difficult environmental challenges. ENR serves as a laboratory for active problem-solvers developing interdisciplinary approaches to law and policy that bring all of our resources to bear to transform our world. One of the nation's oldest and most respected programs, ENR has pioneered the creation of legal curriculum taught by some of the nation's leading environmental law scholars as part of a world-class research institution. U.S. News & World Report has ranked ENR a top ten environmental law program for nine years.
The Research Associate position will be a 12-month renewable, fixed-term, funding contingent, non-teaching position. There is an expectation that this position will continue beyond one year contingent on performance, funding and need.
85% Research: Execute ENR research projects and supervise law student fellows working on the seven interdisciplinary projects.
Execute cutting-edge research and policy projects to further the mission and goals of the ENR program
Translate research into actionable items and transmit to policy makers, business and community leaders
Coordinate with Managing Director to build out interdisciplinary projects into longer term, broader research efforts aimed at producing a array of deliverables, including white papers for legislators and regulators; guides and model codes for state and local actors, and journal articles and books for academic audiences and think tanks
Work closely with ENR faculty and fellows to develop constructive approaches to pressing environmental issues and overcoming challenges to effective law and policy making
15% Grant Writing/Development: Project specific grant writing to secure full or partial funding for the projects.
JD from an ABA-accredited law school and a record of academic excellence
Demonstrated strong interest and propensity for ENR law scholarship and policy writing
Professional recommendations from law professors, judges and practitioners
Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with diverse group of clients, students, and faculty members
Strong problem solving and project management skills with proven ability to strategize, prioritize, and to meet goals and deadlines with minimal supervision
At least two years of professional experience in environmental law or a related field (i.e., working in a legal or other capacity for a non-profit or public interest organization with an environmental focus) OR two years of general or academic legal experience (private practice, clerkship, post-law school externship, legal research/writing instruction, etc.)
Professional or volunteer experience in one or more of the following areas: fundraising, grant writing, public interest environmental advocacy, writing for general (i.e., non-legal) publications, meeting facilitation, public speaking
Experience in or familiarity with computer spreadsheets, data management and creating data reports
Experience in or familiarity with the use of new and social media in a public relations and/or advocacy context
Deep experience in sustainable lifestyle practices
Note: Final candidate must successfully complete a criminal background check.
This position is contingent upon funding.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: Debbie Thurman, Human Resources Coordinator, Attention ENR Research Associate Search, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1221. For more information about University of Oregon School of Law, please visit our website at www.law.uoregon.edu.
The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution strongly committed to cultural diversity.