• Public Health Law Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

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    Executive Director

    The Public Health Law Center (the Center), at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is seeking nominations and applications for its next Executive Director. Founded in 2000, the Center’s mission is to promote public health through the power of law and policy. The Center provides legal research and other legal policy support to local, state, and Tribal health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health advocacy organizations, government attorneys, community coalitions, and others working on public health policy. The Center’s work is rooted in the collective belief that everyone deserves to be healthy. The Center strives to empower its partners to reduce and eliminate the usage of commercial tobacco, promote healthy food systems, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. Current and past partners in this work include Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national health advocacy organizations, local and state governments, researchers, and major foundations.

     

    Following the remarkable tenure of founding Executive Director Doug Blanke, JD, the next Executive Director will have a unique opportunity to advance the work of the Center. With a staff of 35, the Center is poised for a significant period of growth. While the Center is physically based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Executive Director will be able to perform their duties remotely within the continental United States. The next Executive Director will be joining a fiscally sound organization with reliable funding relationships and a deeply credible reputation across the field of public health law and policy.

     

    TO APPLY

    More information about the Public Health Law Center may be found at: www.publichealthlawcenter.org

     

    This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Robert Diggs of NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

     

    Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney – Commercial Tobacco Control Programs

    The Public Health Law Center (the “Center”), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking to hire multiple full-time Staff Attorneys/Senior Staff Attorneys who have a passion for working for the social good and who share our commitment to advancing racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with those most affected by systemic health problems.

     

    The Center, one of America’s preeminent centers of expertise in public health law, strives to advance health equity through the power of law and policy. The Center supports its partners in transforming their environments through policies to reduce or eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food and physical activity, and support governance processes designed to lead to equitable outcomes. To learn more about the Public Health Law Center, click here. For more information about Mitchell Hamline School of Law, click here.

     

    The prospective employees will report to the Program Director of Commercial Tobacco Control. The Commercial Tobacco Control Programs provide legal technical assistance to public health professional and advocates throughout the country, develop resources on the most effective legal and policy measures to reduce the burden of diseases and death caused by tobacco use in the United States, and provide strategic assistance to develop and implement bold policy options to end the tobacco epidemic. The Staff Attorneys/Senior Staff Attorneys will support the Center’s commercial tobacco control programs to advance health equity by strengthening laws and policies relating to commercial tobacco products. These positions have the potential for remote work/telework.

     

    Please note to be considered as a Senior Staff Attorney, the candidate must have at least five years of relevant legal work experience; demonstrated ability to work with substantial independence in furtherance of the Center’s mission; to provide mentorship and support to less experienced colleagues; and to initiate project development work. For both the Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney, compensation will be commensurate with experience.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist the Program Director in meeting the performance objectives of the Center.
    • Provide legal technical assistance to Tribal public health advocates, community groups, and to state and local health officials, government attorneys, and other public health advocates working to advance public health and health equity through law and policy.
    • Work with constituency groups to deliver meaningful services and support, including participation on task forces and work groups, speaking engagements, and training on public health law and policy issues.
    • Research, analyze, write, and present reports, articles, sample policies, and other written materials under the direction of the Program Director.
    • Assist with project development and reporting requirements, including preparation of budgets, narratives, and work-plans for grant proposals and periodic reports to funders.
    • Depending on experience and skill level, manage and direct specific project activities for the Center, subject to oversight by the Program Director.
    • Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Juris Doctorate degree.
    • Active license to practice law in Minnesota, or any other state or Tribe within the United States. Must be in good standing with the applicable licensing authority.
    • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing health equity.
    • Able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues and external partners diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to explain complex issues or ideas using language appropriate to audiences of specialists or non-specialists.
    • Great public speaking/presentation skills, including the ability to articulate mission and purpose of work to funders and other audiences.
    • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
    • Experience in developing written legal and policy educational materials for varied audiences and educational levels.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in working with Tribal law, federal Indian law, public health law, municipal law, community planning, poverty law, civil rights law, or administrative law.
    • Experience in drafting, implementing, or enforcing local, state, federal, or Tribal laws.
    • Experience working with other attorneys, policy analysts, or public health professionals.

     

    To be considered for this position, please provide your resume, cover letter, including salary requirements.

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    • Members of diverse and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. (AA/EOE)
    • Application review will begin on June 6, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

    Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides a comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include:

    • Healthcare Benefits
    • Group Life Insurance
    • Educational Benefits
    • Training and Professional Development
    • Retirement Benefits
    • Leave Benefits
    • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Potential for remote work/telework
    • Flexible Working Hours
    • Generous Holidays and Winter Break

    Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status defined by law.

    Research Assistants

    The Public Health Law Center is looking for student Research Assistants who are interested in public policy work and have a passion for working for the social good and who share our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression.

     

    The Center’s mission is health through the power of law and policy. The Center empowers its partners to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. Our belief in health and equity for all people is at the core of our work. Our partnerships include Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national health advocacy organizations, state and local governments, planners, researchers, attorneys, community coalitions, and individuals working on public health issues. Our deep knowledge, thoughtful legal and policy analysis, and individualized approach help these partners create healthier communities around the country. We provide legal research and other legal policy support to groups both in Minnesota and across the U.S., including local and state health departments, the CDC, health advocacy organizations, government attorneys, community coalitions, and others working on public health policy. 

     

    The Center will have openings for full-time and part-time legal Research Assistants to work 20-40 hours per week during the summer.  Duties will include working with staff attorneys and policy analysts to examine federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies; help prepare publications and memos on legal and policy issues; and respond to requests for legal research and other legal technical assistance on questions related to food policy, active transportation, e-cigarettes, commercial tobacco usage, and health equity.  Student legal Research Assistants have opportunities to learn about local government laws and authority, state and federal regulatory processes, land use laws, business licensing laws, food safety laws, and other areas of practice. Applicants must be in a JD, MPH or equivalent program, or have experience in the legal or policy field.  Qualified applicants will have excellent legal research and writing skills, strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and ability to work independently. This is a good opportunity for students to hone their research and writing skills under the supervision of nationally recognized public health law experts.

     

    Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Jon Lee, (jon.lee@mitchellhamline.edu). Although these are not exclusively work study positions please note your work study eligibility in your application e-mail and your cover letter. This position pays between $13.50 and $15.50 an hour depending on year of study.

     

    Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.