The Public Health Law Center, a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking to hire a full-time staff attorney who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares 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, 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 promote healthy food and physical activity, reduce or eliminate commercial tobacco, and support wellbeing and health equity. To learn more about the Public Health Law Center, click here.
The person hired for this position will report to the Center's Director of Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) programs and will devote a substantial part of their time to supporting the Center's food systems and health equity in governance work. The person may also devote some time to physical activity-related policies and Tribal public health laws and policies, depending on skills and qualifications. The prospective employee must have experience working with state or municipal food laws and policies; good legal research and writing skills; strong communications skills, including demonstrated ability to explain complex issues or ideas using language appropriate to audiences of specialists or non-specialists; commitment to advancing health equity; and admission to a state or Tribal bar. Candidates must also be able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues and external partners of many backgrounds and disciplines.
To be eligible for this position, applicants must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and an active license to practice law in Minnesota or any other state or Tribe within the United States. The applicant's licensure must be in good standing with the applicable licensing authority. The applicant should have a minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience.
Preference will be given to candidates who have relevant experience in one or more of the following (in addition to experience with food system related policies): municipal law, community planning (including land use policies), active transportation policies, poverty law, civil rights law, state or federal administrative law, Tribal law, federal Indian law, and public health law.
Minnesota residency is preferred because of the need for in-person meetings with partners in the Twin Cities region as well as Greater Minnesota.
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.
Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with those most affected by systemic health problems.
Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
Open Until Filled
Desired Start Date:
March 1, 2023 or sooner
Public Health Law Center
Monday - Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM (varies)
25% - 50%
$68,750 (commensurate with education and experience)
$98,000 (commensurate with education and experience)
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for this position, please submit the following application documentation:
Cover Letter, including salary requirements
Writing sample demonstrating legal analysis
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