The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Law & Economics Center (LEC), invites applications for a Henry G. Manne Program Fellow. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Organization:
The Law & Economics Center (LEC) of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is a national center for research and education that focuses on the timely and relevant economic analysis of legal and public policy issues. To fulfill its education mission, the LEC provides dynamic training programs in law and economics to audiences including federal and state judges, state attorneys general, congressional staff members, academics, and other legal professionals. The LEC's Henry G. Manne Program promotes law and economics scholarship by funding faculty research, convening research roundtables, and hosting policy-relevant academic workshops and conferences.
About the Position:
The Henry Manne Program Fellow is a two-year, presumptively non-renewable term appointment. While the principal responsibility of the Fellow will be to lead all activities of the Henry G. Manne Program in the Law & Economics Center, the Fellow will necessarily be expected to develop a network and skills that will enhance his/her position in the academic job market by the conclusion of the two-year term. The ideal candidate will have a desire to use the fellowship as a bridge to a career in academia. Working closely with the LEC Executive Director, this position has primary responsibility for supporting research by designing and running research roundtables, workshops, and conferences that promote the mission of the Manne Program. The Fellow will serve as the LEC's representative to the greater academic community across the United States, recruiting law and economics professors as authors, commentators, speakers, and attendees to LEC programs. The Fellow will serve as Co-Editor of the LEC's SSRN Research Paper Series.
The successful applicant will recognize and accept that work on his/her personal research agenda must be secondary to the Fellow's LEC responsibilities and must be completed on the Fellow's personal time. The position also has decision making authority and primary oversight responsibility regarding the funding of faculty research for the Manne Program's research roundtables and its academic workshops and conferences. The Fellow will be responsible for reviewing grant applications from professors and, in consultation with the LEC Executive Director and any relevant peer review boards, awarding grants to applicants. Also, the Fellow has primary oversight responsibility for budgetary compliance and financial control over Manne Program expenditures and for effective implementation of all Manne Program events to include planning and executing all aspects of its programs. This position involves supervision of the work of 1-2 LEC Program Assistants.
Design and organize Manne Program initiatives, including workshops, research roundtables, and academic conferences;
In consultation with the Executive Director, generate ideas for workshops and conferences that are public policy-relevant;
Commission scholarly papers for Manne Program workshops, research roundtables, and academic conferences on important and relevant policy topics;
Review grant applications from professors and, in consultation with the LEC Executive Director and any relevant peer review boards, award grants to applicants;
Review scholarly papers for quality of research and provide feedback to authors;
Research and evaluate current legal scholarship, both internally from Scalia Law School faculty as well as externally in quality publications, to identify prospective speakers for Manne programs;
Manage, in consultation with Scalia Law faculty member, the Larry E. Ribstein Law & Economics Workshop Series;
Facilitate discussion at workshops and roundtables;
Serve as Co-Editor and manager of the Law & Economics Center's research Paper Series on the Social Science Research Network. Work closely with the Scalia Law School library staff to ensure Manne Program scholarship is posted and published on SSRN and the LEC web page;
Develop, implement, and oversee a comprehensive recruitment strategy for the Manne programs;
Actively engage with scholars in law schools and economics departments to expand interest in LEC academic programming;
Maintain and update list of academic contacts in the LEC database;
Serve as the primary writer of the Manne Program's recruitment materials;
Oversee maintenance and tracking of data related to Manne programs;
Track data to comply with reporting requirements to LEC Leadership Team and to donors;
Oversee the day-to-day operations and work of the Program Assistant(s) assigned to Henry G. Manne Programs;
Coordinate with LEC Events staff to ensure program venues are suitable for program purposes;
Working with LEC Associate Director, track Manne program expenses to ensure program expenditures are within budget; and
Attend faculty workshops that are regularly attended by Scalia Law faculty members, including the Levy Workshop Series and the Ribstein Law & Economics Workshop Series.
Must possess a J.D. from an accredited US law school or foreign equivalent, a Ph.D. in economics, or both;
Demonstrated familiarity with law and economics as a field of study;
Ability to commit to a two-year, presumptively non-renewable term appointment; and
Ability to travel independently.
A published author in relevant legal and/or public policy outlets;
Past presenter or commentator at academic workshops;
Previous supervisory experience (at least one year preferred);
Previous budgetary responsibility;
Member of an editorial board for a scholarly journal or law review; and
Previous conference or other event organization and planning experience.
Demonstrated understanding of legal and economics scholarship and the academic environment;
Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, both oral and written;
Demonstrated high degree of comfort in dealing with all levels of legal, academic, public policy, and government officials;
Demonstrated organizational skills;
Demonstrated ability to display professional demeanor; and
Ability to work independently with limited supervision while also demonstrating skill at working in a collaborative team environment.
Salary: $100K-110K; commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Arlington, VA
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