Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MN, St. Paul

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a forward-thinking, independent law school based in Saint Paul, Minnesota and known for its pioneering blend of practical education and critical scholarship, seeks applications and nominations for the inaugural role of vice president, diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is a top law school for students seeking a practical legal education. The school offers traditional full and part-time programs as well as the first on-campus/online J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school. With a history dating back more than 100 years, Mitchell Hamline School of Law has continually shaped legal education to be relevant to its students, future clients, and the legal profession. Students, many of whom may not have otherwise had the opportunity to gain access to a legal education, thrive in a flexible, rigorous and experiential learning environment, and graduate prepared to make an immediate contribution in law, business, government, community service, and many other fields.

Reporting to President and Dean Anthony Niedwiecki, the vice president will be a key member of the president’s executive leadership team as well as serve as a trusted advisor to the president. The vice president will engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community to lead the campus in developing a vision and strategy for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion among its constituents and position Mitchell Hamline as a leader around these issues.

Among the vice president’s priorities include developing a common and clear vision and plan for diversity, equity and inclusion for the school; partner with other functions so that diversity, equity and inclusion is woven into all aspects of the school; assess and evaluate the impact of current and future diversity and equity efforts; work to develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive-oriented culture across the school; and serve as an ambassador in the community for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The ideal candidate will have a documented history of successfully developing and advancing diversity and inclusion programs coupled with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice serving a diverse group of constituents including students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills and abilities to inspire, influence and build relationships. Experience within a law school and/or possession of a J.D. is a plus, but not required. Candidates who possess the appropriate scholarly credentials may have the opportunity to teach courses. 

WittKieffer is assisting Mitchell Hamline School of Law in this recruitment. Application materials should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and a current CV/resume. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 15, 2021. Application materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the school’s consultants, Werner Boel and Christine Pendleton at   

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.