Sidley Austin LLP – Research Analyst

Position Description
The Research Analyst will provide high-quality, in-depth legal and non-legal research using online and print resources. S/he will liaise with assigned practice area teams by providing key actionable insights that can be used to support better decisions through topic-specific research and analytic results.

Standard hours are 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conduct high-level, customizable research and analytics in legal, business and other subjects.

Serve as practice, subject, and/or industry research specialist in areas aligned with the firm’s practice and business; use this expertise to proactively support Practice Area Teams (PAT) as the assigned liaison

Provide training on research strategies and resources as requested; develop, plan, coordinate and deliver presentations to assigned PAT and other groups, on recent developments, current awareness and research tools and other topics; contribute to the preparation of instructional and department marketing material.

Participate in collection development including new databases, websites and print material; prepare resource review report as assigned: coordinate user surveys, analyze usage, compare resource with other firm resources and competing products to make informed recommendations for renewal or cancellation.

Keep up to date on industry current trends and best practices.

Occasional evening and weekend coverage is required as part of team rotation.

Work on special projects or any other duties assigned to fully meet the requirements of this position.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

MLS from an ALA accredited university or 3 years experience in a research environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

JD from an ABA accredited law school or other advanced degree.
Strong technical skills, including familiarity with SharePoint, MS Office, social media, graphic editors, and other related technology tools.

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent attention to detail
Good judgment
Good interpersonal communication skills
Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
The ability to work harmoniously and effectively with others
The ability to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
The ability to work under pressure
The ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

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