Legal Research Associate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Full Job Description

SOG Library-375109
Career Area
Posting Open Date
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled
Position Type
Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Working Title
Legal Research Associate
Appointment Type
EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Number
Vacancy ID
Full Time/Part Time
Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week
Position Location
North Carolina, US
Hiring Range
$47,900 – $83,900
Proposed Start Date
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
A professional school of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the School of Government is the largest and most diversified of the university-based governmental training and research organizations in the United States. Since 1931, local and state officials in North Carolina have relied on the School of Government as a source of expertise in government affairs and public policy in order to make informed policy decisions.
The School’s core faculty and affiliates are national experts in fields of law and jurisprudence, courts, social services, economic development policy, and other issues of critical importance to North Carolina state and local government. Elected, professional, and appointed state and local government leadership are the School’s typical clientele, attending courses offered by the School’s faculty. In a typical year, the School offers over 200 courses, workshops and web-based events both in Chapel Hill and at other locations throughout the state for over 14,000 local and state government officials the School’s students representing over 163,000 annual contact hours. The School of Government serves as a technical resource to local and state government, fielding over 100,000 unique telephone inquiries from public officials annually. Publications bulletins, monographs, and books written by the School’s faculty serve as reference materials for government policymakers and professional administrators. The School maintains a wide-ranging publications program, including two quarterly journals, guidebooks, 14 specialized bulletins, books, and monographs. The School’s faculty also participate in a comprehensive range of consulting activities, offering technical assistance to governments statewide.
The School is unique among its peers at UNC-Chapel Hill, maintaining not only its traditional academic role through the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, but a vast array of training, publishing, and consulting activities uncharacteristic of a typical university academic unit. With its responsibilities in training state and local government officials the School also operates as a conference center and maintains an extensive departmental library the School functions as a state-of-the-art instructional facility.

The Joseph Palmer Knapp Library houses a large collection of material on state and local government, public administration, and management to support the School’s instructional and research programs and the educational mission of the Master of Public Administration program. Reference and research services are available to all residents of North Carolina, and additional assistance is available to state and local government personnel, both elected and appointed.

Position Summary
The Legal Research Associate works with other staff in the School of Government library to support short- and long-term research needs of SOG faculty. Work includes legal research, cite-checking, legal writing, article review, and other related kinds of assistance. The research associate will be supervised by the SOG Librarian and will support faculty in a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to local government law, employment law, criminal law, civil procedure, and judicial administration.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity or comparable background in independent academic or instructional activities, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. This experience may be related to the direction/oversight of programs that focus the academic and research resources of a higher education institution towards community or regional issues.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Strong legal research and writing skills, organizational skills, oral communication skills, and computer word processing skills are required. The ideal candidate will be meticulous and have demonstrated project management skills as well as experience in practical research. Interest and or experience in government is helpful.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The department prefers that the candidate has a J.D.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions
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Department Contact Name and Title
Faith Burks, Director Human Resources
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Office of Human Resources


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