Assistant Professor, Human Services Law

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Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant Professor, Human Services Law

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Tenured/Tenure Track

Salary Range:

Dependent on Qualifications


Full-Time Permanent

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Open Until Filled:


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Position Summary:

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government’s mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through nonpartisan, engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit

The UNC School of Government seeks a tenure-track assistant professor who will work in the field of human services law, with a particular focus on the law governing local social services and consolidated human services agencies. Public officials, rather than degree-seeking students, are the principal audience for the School’s work. This position will be responsible for educating and advising state and local officials such as agency directors, social services and county attorneys, governing board members, and local elected officials. In addition, this position is likely to interact with the media, legislators, judicial officials, advocates, and others.
This position will require development of expertise in various aspects of human services law, including confidentiality of social services information, organization and governance of local agencies, powers and duties of local agency directors, and the relationship between the state, county, and county agencies. This position will also be responsible for developing expertise in the administration of local child support enforcement programs.

The duties of the position include:
•Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, programs and conferences for public officials;
•Advising public officials and others by telephone and email about legal and policy issues affecting social services and consolidated human services agencies;
•Writing practical scholarship that helps public officials do their jobs accurately, fairly, and efficiently. Such scholarship may include books, articles, reports, and blog posts, and may build on existing resources or may represent entirely new resources.
Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than the nine-month academic year).
The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Educational Requirements:

J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required.

Qualifications and Experience:

Experience, demonstrated interest, and/or advanced training in social services, public health, or a related field is desirable. Because this position is for a junior faculty position, recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions:

Preferred start date is January 1, 2021, but law students who are graduating in May 2021 are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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