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Staff Attorney

Company: University of Arkansas
Location: fayetteville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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Type of Position: Administration - Legal

Workstudy Position:

Job Type: Regular
Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:

Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nations top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nations strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department: IFAI | Associate Director IFAI

Department's Website:

/> Summary of Job Duties: The University of Arkansas Staff Attorney is a member of the School of Law IFAI team. This position is responsible for collaborative development, execution, and maintenance of a regulatory portfolio and tribal governance/tribal economic development strategy for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative located within the University of Arkansas School of Law. The Staff Attorney will work directly with tribal governments on matters of governance and economic development, tribal colleges, intertribal organizations, and federal government agencies as well as the partners to the Initiative in the execution of Initiative programs. This position reports to and is evaluated by the Director of the Initiative and works in collaboration with colleagues throughout the campus. The Staff Attorney is also responsible for research, resource material drafting and development, and educational outreach for targeted stakeholder groups pursuant to grant-related deliverables. This position may be required to travel long distances by air or vehicle on behalf of IFAI for various events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  • JD Degree from an accredited law school or an international law degree

  • At least six months of legal experience (legal internships will be considered to meet experience criteria)

  • At least six months experience working with tribal policy and agriculture

  • Experience working with Native American populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience between American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian governments and communities on complex issues related to agriculture and food, rural economic development, business development and related areas

  • Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a complex team of professionals on issues related to supporting Native farmers and ranchers

  • Experience interfacing with Native American organizations, tribal governments and intertribal organizations

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding working with issues and law and policy issues affecting Native populations

  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams

  • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and evaluate problems as well as devise effective solutions with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage workloads

  • Demonstrated ability to handle law and policy matters, interface with the public, and seek answers and solutions to matters

  • Demonstrated ability to use critical thinking skills to find solutions to policy issues facing native communities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues

  • Ability to speak effectively one on one in small groups or in large groups across a variety of formats including in-person and virtual presentations

Salary Information:

$60,000 - $75,000 to (commensurate with education and experience)

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Carly D. Griffith-Hotvedt, Associate Director of IFAI, hotvedt@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Special Instructions:

Please upload Proof of Law Degree or Bar Admission in the field indicated under required documents.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements: Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity: Talking
Frequent Physical Activity: N/A
Occasional Physical Activity: N/A
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Keywords: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville , Staff Attorney, Other , fayetteville, Arkansas

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