Detailed Job Description
The Staff Attorney will conduct and/or assist with all phases of legal advocacy for individuals and classes of persons including research, preparation of documents, interviewing and counseling, negotiations and appearing before administrative tribunals and courts at the trial and appellate level. The incumbent will make presentations to consumers and the public concerning legal rights and remedies. The incumbent will assist in the supervision of students from other disciplines.
Additional Department Summary:
This position brings a broad understanding of legal matters to the administration of sponsored grants and contracts and works directly with the primary official responsible for review and negotiation of sponsored agreements. This position works with faculty researchers, serving as a coordinator for all necessary review and communications between the researcher, the sponsor and the University offices involved in review and approval of the terms and conditions of sponsored agreements. This position provides significant support to the Director of Research Administration in overall management and administration of legal responsibilities and issues that relate to grants and contracts within the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) and other units within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. This position assists the Director of Research Administration in all aspects of sponsored contract review and administration including support for OSP personnel engaged in contract proposal submission. This position reports to the Director of Research Administration and receives general guidance and supervision, but is expected to work independently and to be a key contributor to the Research and Economic Development management team. This position requires knowledge and understanding of FAR clauses and federal regulations as well as intellectual property issues in higher education.
Required Minimum Qualifications
Juris Doctor and licensed to practice law in Alabama OR must become a member of the Alabama Bar within one year of the date of hire.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications:
J.D. Degree from an accredited law school.
Skills and Knowledge:
A high degree of problem solving and original thinking are required to successfully carry out the responsibilities of this position. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collegially with University faculty, staff and sponsors. Experience working with FAR clauses (including DOD, DOE and NASA); understanding of intellectual property issues and IP commercialization issues in higher education; understanding of EAR/ITAR regulations.
Licensed by the Alabama State Bar, experience working in an institution of higher education office for sponsored programs; experience with federal contract laws and regulations including FAR, HIPAA, Bayh-Dole, and EAR/ITAR. Knowledge of business organizations, intellectual property and technology commercialization laws. Based on Qualifications
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.