Friday, March 25, 2016

U of Arizona Law seeks executive director for new Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center

An interesting new position at U of Arizona Law.  From Christopher Robertson, who is heading the search committee.  Contact him if you have questions.  Link to the full position description here.


Title (UPDATED) Executive Director, University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center
Department Law Instruction (3603)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note that the review date for this position has been extended.

The University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) and James E. Rogers College of Law have partnered to create the University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center (NRULPC). The center will include a Law Practice Group to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners and others whose business involves the use of natural resources and whose business often takes place on “working landscapes.” The Center will also support research, education and outreach to the resource users community. The Executive Director will report to the head of Cooperative Extension for all non-legal functions and the Dean of the College of Law for all law related functions.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Implement, manage and provide leadership to the NRULPC, in three phases:
    • Phase 1. Engage stakeholders and the full range of CALS and university experts in natural resources to determine priorities for the NRULPC. The NRULPC will provide private and public lands natural resource users information and assistance when they face complex legal environments. The Executive Director will be tasked with determining which issues to focus on first based upon the needs of the industry.
    • Phase 2. Hire a Legal Director to establish a Public Interest Law Clinic within the Center that will offer College of Law and CALS students experiential learning opportunities by providing legal services and policy advice to resource users. The clinic will serve as a foundation to seek external funding to expand into the second phase.
    • Phase 3. Work with the Legal Director to establish a Law Practice Group, which is akin to a law firm, that will employ post-graduate legal fellows who can provide more advanced representation as full time lawyers and who will become a new source of legal expertise for the commercial world in this broad area, as well as CALS students whose expertise can inform policy work and research—this will be a clear contribution to Arizona’s and the nation’s economic development.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, internal and external to the University.
  • Design and implement a consultative structure to ensure regular feedback and input from intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.
  • Report quarterly to intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.
  • Work with the Development teams in Law and CALS, develop and implement a fundraising plan so that the NRULPC is self-sustaining within three years of inception.
  • Travel will include face-to-face meetings, conferences, law/policy meetings, workshops, etc. The person will coordinate and attend face-to-face meetings with stakeholders such as Mining, Ranching and Forestry businesses. Plus attend law/policy meetings with the following types of agencies: Farm Bureau, Family Farm Alliance, Agribusiness and Water Council, Arizona Cotton Grower’s Association, the Arizona Cattleman’s Association (travel will be state-wide, but also throughout the West, and perhaps DC). Selected candidate should provide their own transportation.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • At least 5 years of practice experience, including experience in many of the following fields: ranching, mining, forestry or other natural resource use law; environmental law, water law, public lands law and policy.
  • A deep demonstrated knowledge of Arizona’s economy with respect to ranching, mining, forestry, and other resource operations in the context of the Southwest including the current challenges facing the industry and a working knowledge of the agencies engaged with the various industries including, but not limited to, the Farm Bureau, Family Farm Alliance, Agribusiness and Water Council, Arizona Cotton Grower’s Association, the Arizona Cattleman’s Association, and similar agencies
  • A working understanding of the local, state and national politics of Arizona’ natural resources and their commercial use.
  • Demonstrated connections within the natural resource industry.
  • Ability to travel in-state.

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