Legal Advisor for Datatbase Management

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/02/2018

Application Deadline

11/16/2018

Address

1400 I St., NW
Suite 1200
Washington
DC
20005
United States

Description

Introduction


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is one of five coordinating partners for the Bloomberg Initiative for Tobacco Control. The aim of the initiative is to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, where more than two-thirds of the world’s smokers live. As part of this initiative, CTFK has established a global advocacy resource center.  This center provides accurate public information about tobacco use and effective tobacco control interventions. The center also helps advocates, governments and researchers utilize policy, research, communications and specialist-legal resources and technical assistance to achieve policy change and the adoption of strong tobacco control laws. The international legal team at CTFK, also known as the International Legal Consortium (ILC), maintains two databases as a part of TobaccoControlLaws.org. TobaccoControlLaws.org is an interactive website containing legislation and judicial decisions related to tobacco control from around the globe, together with in-depth analyses of tobacco control policies of over 100 countries.


Job Summary

                                                                           

The Legal Advisor for Database Management, as a member of CTFK’s International Legal Consortium (ILC), will be responsible for overall management and the further development of TobaccoControlLaws.org including legislation and litigation databases and related materials. The Legal Advisor for Database Management will serve as a resource within the ILC for litigation and legislative legal research on specified topics, will ensure both databases contain the most accurate, up-to-date information, and will work with ILC consultants to further populate the databases. S/he will report to the director of the ILC and will work directly with other ILC attorneys to stay current on developing legislation and litigation in various countries and to fulfill any legal research related needs. S/he will also be responsible for the ILC’s section of the CTFK website which includes additional legal resources as well as information about the ILC and its work.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to rigorously and rapidly understand other countries’ laws, legal standards and legislative processes, have the ability to think creatively about presenting complicated facts and law to a wide audience online, and be able evaluate laws and determine whether legal standards have been met.




Responsibilities

·        Analyze new legislation and judicial decisions to provide summaries and highlight key issues

·        Develop, maintain, update and edit the ILC’s legislation and litigation databases

·        Collect new legislation and judicial decisions and manage translation when needed

·        Supervise and monitor legislative analyses and judicial summaries submitted by legal consultants contracted to perform these tasks

·        Analyze the content in the databases to make sure the entries provide current information

·        Conduct regular analysis of the databases to find areas for enhancement and/or future focus

·        Maintain, update and edit the ILC’s section of the CTFK website

·        Maintain an index of legislation and share with external partners

·        Monitor appropriate list-serves, news, and publications for new content relevant to the databases

·        Develop resource materials and tools to be used in global legal training seminars

·        Conduct and assist other ILC attorneys and other CTFK staff in legal and factual research

·        Conduct periodic reviews of new and existing electronic resources with an eye toward improved service and research efficiencies

·        Promote TobaccoControLaws.org to staff, departments, and external stakeholders

·        Coordinate technical services and troubleshoot technical issues such as accuracy and efficiency of search and compare functions

·        Perform topical research for lawyers’ forums, newsletters, tobaccocontrollaws.org and other ILC needs


Qualifications

·        Juris Doctor Degree (or the equivalent first-level legal degree awarded by a law school accredited by the national authority responsible for accreditation)

·        5 to 7 years’ experience practicing law and legal research

·        Excellent analytical skills and legal writing and research ability

·        3 plus years’ experience with the practical application of creating, accessing, and managing legal information, including databases, software, and electronic information resources

·        Substantial knowledge of legal research databases

·        Experience creating and managing institutional repositories

·        Experience conducting legal research and searching for documents internally and externally

·        Experience in tobacco control, public health, environmental, consumer, human rights, or similar legal fields preferred

·        Demonstrated excellence in communication and in working with peoples from diverse cultures and countries

·        Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines

·        Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision

·        Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

·        Proficiency in a second or third language is a plus

·        Masters in Librarianship or Information Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution; concentration and/or coursework on law librarianship preferred


This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jobs@tobaccofreekids.org
http://tobaccofreekids.org

TO APPLY


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume and salary requirement to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org . Please reference the position code: LA/DM/10 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. 


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