Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UCLA Law Seeks Executive Director & Teaching Fellow for Food Law &Policy Program

The newly-launched Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law is designed to bring world class policy analysis, research, and educational opportunities in food law and policy to UCLA, the broader community of Southern California, the nation and the world.  The Resnick Center is now accepting applications for two positions: Executive Director and Teaching Fellow.  Detailed descriptions of both positions follow.

Executive Director

The UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic, experienced individual to be the Executive Director of a newly-established Program for the study and practice of food law and policy located at the UCLA School of Law.  The Program is designed to bring world class policy analysis, research, and educational opportunities in food law and policy to UCLA Law School, the campus, the broader community of Southern California, the nation and the world.

The Executive Director will plan and oversee all aspects of the Program, which are designed to support and expand research, policy analysis, and teaching (including clinical teaching) about food law and policy at UCLA School of Law. The Executive Director will help to develop the food law and policy curriculum, including substantive courses, clinical classes and externships.  The Executive Director will also supervise fellows, policy consultants, research assistants, student interns, and volunteers; engage in fundraising; and organize symposia and other academic programs related to the advancement of food law and policy. The Executive Director will work closely with the members of the food law faculty, and the advisory board of the Program to advance the Program’s goals.

Minimum requirements include an excellent academic record; a J.D., M.B.A. or equivalent advanced degree from a U.S. school; at least five years of successful food law and policy practice or experience; demonstrated management, administrative and organizational skills, with successful prior experience in fundraising or coordinating scholarly or professional conferences preferred; prior successful teaching experience and a record of publications concerning food law and policy topics preferred; a strong record of established relationships with other food law and policy professionals and with professional organizations preferred.

The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This is a non-tenure track, academic position.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and addresses for at least two professional references to the attention of:

Edna Sasis,
Office of the Dean,
UCLA School of Law,
405 Hilgard Avenue
 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476.

Email applications may be sent to sasis@law.ucla.edu.

Food Law & Policy Teaching Fellowship

This fellowship is a full-time, year-round, one academic-year position (approximately July 2013 through June 2014) with the possibility of renewal for a second year (through June 2015).  The position involves law teaching, legal and policy research and writing, preparing to go on the law teaching market, and assisting with organizing projects such as conferences and workshops.  No degree will be offered as part of the Fellowship program.

    •    Fellowship candidates must hold a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be committed to a career of law teaching and scholarship in the field of food law and policy.  Applicants should have demonstrated an outstanding aptitude for independent legal research, preferably through research and/or writing as a law student or through exceptional legal experience after law school.  Law Teaching Fellowship candidates must have strong academic records that will make them highly competitive for law teaching jobs.

Fellowship Requirements

The Fellowship program is year-round, over one academic year (with the possibility of renewal for a second year), during which time the Fellow will:

    •    complete at least one substantial scholarly publication and present the publication as a work-in-progress to the UCLA School of Law faculty;
    •    teach at least one class per academic year of the appointment;
    •    work closely with UCLA law faculty in order to observe and participate in teaching, as well as to complete a publishable scholarly piece;
    •    assist the Resnick Program’s Executive Director with other projects relating to the Program’s work, including organizing conferences and other events, research, publications, public education and outreach efforts;
    •    permit the Resnick Program to publish any article(s) resulting from the Fellowship—as long as such publication will not interfere with the Fellow’s ability to publish such articles in a law journal; and
    •    acknowledge the Resnick Program’s assistance in any published work that is facilitated by the Fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits
The unique features of this Fellowship include opportunities to:

    •    participate in the development of the newly launched Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law
    •    develop expertise in food law and public policy;
    •    work with a faculty mentor;
    •    develop expertise in food law teaching;
    •    complete a published piece of research before entering the law teaching market;
    •    obtain faculty recommendations and support for law teaching jobs;
    •    participate in the rich mixture of scholarly symposia, invited lectures, and conferences of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy; and
    •    participate in UCLA School of Law’s rich interdisciplinary scholarly symposia, lectures, and conferences.

Application Material and Deadlines
To apply for the 2013-2014 Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Teaching Fellowship, please submit the following materials by March 18, 2013:

    •    Cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualification for the Fellowship
    •    Detailed research proposal, no more than 10 pages in length
    •    Description of teaching interests (course abstract and plan for class or seminar preferred)
    •    A list of published works, if any
    •    Resume or CV
    •    Official law school transcript
    •    The names of and contact information for three individuals who would be willing to provide written letters of reference (at least two must be academic references that focus on the applicant’s scholarly potential)

The salary is $59,000 per year, plus a competitive benefits package, and limited research and travel support.

Applications should be sent to:

Edna Sasis
Office of the Dean
UCLA School of Law
Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

Email applications may be sent to sasis@law.ucla.edu.


Equal Opportunity Employer
The law school is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.  UCLA seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.