Program Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, School of Law
Job location: Charlottesville, VA
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-31
The University of Virginia School of Law seeks a Program Director for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. This position has a fixed-term appointment of two years. The position is classified as Professional Research Staff (“Postdoctoral Research Associate”) and offers compensation of $60,000 plus benefits.
The Karsh Center is a nonpartisan legal institute at the Law School. The Karsh Center’s mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices necessary for a well- functioning, pluralistic democracy. These include civil discourse and democratic dialogue, civic engagement and citizenship, ethics and integrity in public office, and respect for the rule of law. The Center supports these essential features of our democratic life through rigorous and cutting-edge legal and interdisciplinary scholarship. Its aim is to advance the values of law and democracy within the academy and in public discourse.
As the key administrator for the Center, the Program Director will work closely with the Center’s faculty director to develop the Center’s strategic plan and implement its goals. The Program Director will lead development and implementation of the Center’s programming, such as guest lectures, research collaborations, conferences, seminars, and workshops. The Program Director will provide support for visiting scholars and fellows. The Program Director will also interact with other democracy-related programs at the University of Virginia.
The expectation is that the Program Director will pursue a career in the legal academy as a law professor. The Program Director will be expected to produce legal scholarship and participate in the academic life of the law school.
Job duties will include:
- Develop, plan, and administer the Center’s academic conferences, lectures, workshops, and events. This may include identifying topics, speakers, and participants for events, engaging in collaborative programming across the law school, and participating in special projects.
- Represent the Center to the Law School, the broader University, and externally.
- Create content for the Center website and related publications, such as reports, proposals, and newsletters.
- Manage the budget for the Center, including forecasting and reporting on all activities and financial issues from year to year.
- Work cooperatively with Law School faculty and personnel to advance the intellectual profile and educational missions of the Center and the Law School.
- Participate in the academic life of the Law School.
Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school or foreign equivalent degree. Experience in legal practice or a judicial clerkship strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong potential for success as a legal scholar, as evidenced by an outstanding academic record, recommendations from legal scholars, and a clear academic agenda. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing and orally, and strong managerial and organizational skills are also required.
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***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***
Visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search on posting number R0021657, complete a candidate profile, and attach the materials noted below.
- A cover letter
- A curriculum vitae
- academic agenda
- Contact information for three references
The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.
For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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