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Posted Job Title
Copyright Advisor/Assistant General Counsel (Hybrid Eligible)
Job Profile Title
Assistant General Counsel
Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks an experienced and strategic professional to coordinate support for copyright, information policy, and related scholarly communications activities on Penn’s campus. Working closely with library colleagues, the Copyright Advisor/Assistant General Counsel will offer training and consultative services for the university community about copyright and intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction. The incumbent will also train subject librarian colleagues to provide advisory services and will help to develop documentation and best practices. In addition, the Copyright Advisor/Assistant General Counsel will aid in writing policy and advising on issues of fair use, information policy, and patron privacy, particularly related to information resource contracts.
- Leads copyright activities for the Libraries and services as lead copyright and information policy advisor for the University community.
- Serve as the Libraries’ lead representative to coordinate with the University’s Office of General Counsel and as the Libraries’ expert on questions of copyright and information policy.
- Trains colleagues and maintains a robust program of author advisory services to campus and collaborates with fifty subject librarians to implement and teach education programs and curricula to faculty, students, researchers, and staff on issues of copyright, fair use, author rights, and information law.
- Establishes and implements a program to triage questions and issues around copyright and information policy from faculty and students up through subject librarians.
- Monitors national information policy issues, informs and educates the Penn community on their significance and participates in campus efforts to ensure that scholars, students and librarian retain the full benefits of the current and evolving intellectual property regime.
- Advises on issues of fair use, information policy, and patron privacy, particularly related to collections, access, and information resource contracts.
- A J.D. and three years of related experience is required.
- An additional graduate degree or formal training and/or experience in library and archives is preferred.
- The successful candidate will have a track record of progressively responsible and productive experience working in information policy or copyright law.
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Targeted Pay Range:
$160-168K commensurate with education and experience
Job Location - City, State
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.
Department / School
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.
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