Staff Attorney

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – K – Exempt
  • 02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
Full/Part Time:


Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is seeking a licensed Attorney or law school graduate with experience in Pennsylvania agricultural law and Pennsylvania shale law to work in the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law on a variety of research, writing, and outreach projects. This position reports to and provides support for the Director of the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. This position is responsible for conducting legal research and disseminating legal information to outside stakeholders through a variety of methods including the preparation of written, verbal, and electronic work product. Additional responsibilities for a level 2 position include providing assistance in the development of policies, procedures, and programs for the management of the Center operations and work product, as well as assisting in the identification of internal controls and mechanisms to monitor compliance with applicable requirements associated with the receipt of external funding by the Center. This job will be filled as a level 1 or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a J.D. or L.L.B. from an ABA-accredited law school or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Candidates should be knowledgeable about current issues and the relevant stakeholders within Pennsylvania’s agricultural and shale communities. This position requires excellent communication, writing, public speaking, and research skills, as well as the ability and desire to develop relationships with, and programs for, external stakeholders and Penn State colleagues. Moderate travel within Pennsylvania may be required. The position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job responsibilities. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to other background check requirements. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088