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Planner/Policy Analyst

The Public Health Law Center, has an immediate opening for a full-time, grant-funded Planner and Policy Analyst position.

The Public Health Law Center is one of America’s preeminent centers of expertise in public health law and policy. The Center uses the law to improve health by supporting the development of cutting-edge policies, providing guidance on public health legal issues, and helping defend effective laws against legal challenges. The Center works on laws and policies for a variety of jurisdictions, including local, state, federal, and Tribal jurisdictions.

The Planner and Policy Analyst hired for this position will work primarily on our Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) Team, and will provide accurate and tailored technical assistance designed to support and facilitate work by community groups, researchers, public health officials, and public health advocates working to strengthen public health laws and policies that support healthy eating, active living, and health equity. The work will include:

  • analyzing local plans and municipal ordinances to identify opportunities to incorporate public health priorities;
  • researching and writing publications and reports;
  • coordinating and/or developing and deliver engaging, interactive trainings and presentations at workshops, conferences, and webinars;
  • cultivating relationships with existing and new partners and clients;
  • contributing to new business development; and
  • contributing to internal and external discussions and strategic planning to advance our work.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • a passion for planning, health and built environment work;
  • a graduate degree in urban and regional planning, or planning and community development, or similar planning degree; and one year’s work experience in land use/regional/community planning, OR a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, or planning and community development, or similar planning degree and a minimum of three years’ work experience in land use/regional/community planning;
  • understanding of urban planning and land use principles and practices;
  • knowledge of principles, methodology, and practices of research and data collection;
  • ability to translate complex public policy issues into accessible and understandable concepts for a lay audience, both in oral and written communications;
  • strong attention to detail in written and oral communications;
  • ability to manage multiple priorities and take personal initiative; and
  • ability to travel (including out of state travel).

Preferred qualifications include:

  • experience and proficiency in applying local planning strategies to one or more of these legal or policy areas: food systems/healthy eating; active transportation; commercial tobacco control; and areas relating to the social determinants of health;
  • ability to facilitate meetings with/for community groups; and
  • experience working with one or more of the following constituencies: public health departments, local government staff, elected officials, advocacy groups, and community-based organizations (especially in low income, immigrant, rural and/or communities of color).

This is a fulltime, grant-funded position and is dependent on the continued availability of funding.

To apply please send resume, writing sample, and cover letter, including salary requirements, by e-mail to hr@mitchellhamline.edu; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or by mail to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. For best consideration, applications should be received no later than July 13, 2018.

Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

Research Assistants

The Public Health Law Center is looking for student legal research assistants who are interested in public policy work and have a passion for working for the social good. The Center helps create communities where everyone can be healthy. We empower our partners to transform their environments by eliminating commercial tobacco use, promoting healthy food, and encouraging active lifestyles. 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 has immediate openings for part-time legal research assistants to work 15-20 hours per week. 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 J.D. or M.P.H. 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 at 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 $11.50 and $13.50 per hour depending on year of study.