UNC Chapel Hill School of Government — Local Government Procurement, Contracting, and Emergency Management

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. For nearly 90 years, the School of Government’s mission has been to improve the lives of North Carolinians through nonpartisan, engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit https://www.sog.unc.edu/about/mission-and-history.

The School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member to work in the fields of (1) local government procurement and contracting law and (2) emergency management law.

With respect to procurement and contracting law, responsibilities of this position will include teaching, advising, research, and publication regarding:

(a) legal issues related to local government procurement and contracting (including procurement laws and regulations, bidding rules, construction contracting, interlocal government agreements, public-private partnerships, and contracting with private entities to perform public functions); and
(b) conflicts of interest and ethics issues that arise in the local government procurement and contracting context.

The faculty member will have lead responsibility for designing and teaching the School’s existing certification curriculum for local government purchasing officials. In addition, the faculty member will be involved in developing new courses and teaching in programs organized by others.

With respect to emergency management law, responsibilities include teaching, advising, research, and publication regarding the authority of local governments to manage responses to natural disasters and other emergencies under state law. Over time, the faculty member is also expected to gain expertise in the federal regulations that govern local government eligibility for federal reimbursement after an emergency.

Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the nine-month academic year).

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page: https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/diversity-and-inclusion.