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Office of Research Paralegal

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians, Institutional & Business Affairs, Legal Affairs
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Job Title: Office of Research Paralegal
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 49970

The Office of the Vice President for Research seeks to fill the position of Paralegal to assist with Research Legal Counsel.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:

Responsibilities This position will provide complex administrative and legal support services for RAMP Agreements, including reviewing legal documents, assigning as appropriate to individuals, contacting individuals for information to complete various RAMP tasks. Maintains RAMP Legal Agreements through monitoring of documents status and following up as appropriate with internal and external parties. This position also will also provide legal, administrative and analytical support to Associate General Counsel for Research with a minimum of oversight. Drafts contracts, agreements, reports, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, License Agreements, and other legal documents/correspondence, using templates and guidance of attorneys, with appropriate formats, accuracy, completeness and timeliness, including subject matter that is sensitive and confidential in nature.

Employee will Assists with reviews for Sponsored Research Administration of contract and grant agreements and unfavorable terms memorandum and assists with review for Florida State University Research Foundation of contract and grant agreements and other various legal documents. Will be responsible for designing, implementing, organizing, and maintaining an electronic and hardcopy filing system to ensure easy reference and retrieval of Research Legal mail, cases, contracts, etc. Identifies and determines retention schedules, storage and destruction of office files per University Records Management.

This position will assists with problem solving for day-to-day operations of the Research Legal office, including independent research on a variety of administrative and legal matters. Will attend workshops, training sessions and other meetings to remain current on functions relative to the University and Department operations. Will facilitate administrative services provided by Research Legal, such as organizing seminars and webinars; securely and confidentially transporting legal documents to courts, law firms, vendors or other FSU departments; assisting attorneys with processing Bar Dues and CLE credits; serves as a Public Notary for Research Legal, assists with Purchasing & Travel as needed by the Office of Research, and other duties as assigned as it relates to Research Legal services at FSU.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree and four years of related experience, or a high school diploma or equivalent and eight years of experience in paralegal services. (Note: Post-high school education may substitute for required experience at the comparable rate.)

Support requires familiarity with legal documents and terminology, and the ability to research, analyze, understand and apply laws, rules, regulations and policies.


A degree in paralegal studies.

A minimum of 5 years of experience serving as a paralegal.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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Soft Money Funded Position

This is a soft money funded position, with renewal based on available funds and the needs of the University.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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