Associate General Counsel

Community Health CenterMiddletown, ConnecticutFull TimeOn Site


Job Description Summary:

Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), with offices in Connecticut, Colorado and California, is one of the country’s most creative and dynamic providers of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services, and a leader in practice-based research, health professionals training, and use of innovative technologies to advance health and healthcare. CHC is designated as a federally qualified health center and a patient-centered medical home by HRSA, the Joint Commission, and NCQA, respectively. We deliver more than 600,000 patient visits per year from primary care hubs and community clinics across the state of CT, all connected by technology and common standards for quality. We employ several hundred medical, dental, and behavioral health providers who are engaged in practice, teaching, and research. Our Weitzman Institute is devoted to research and practice transformation and is recognized around the country as one of the premier research institutes focused on improving health care and health outcomes for special and vulnerable populations. In addition, the organization has developed three wholly owned subsidiaries from the original pilot developments within the Weitzman Institute: the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC), the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), and ConferMed.

Job Description:

Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC). CHC is one of the country’s most creative and dynamic providers of primary medical, dental and mental health services to the uninsured and underinsured. We are one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Connecticut, providing comprehensive primary care services in medicine, dentistry, and behavioral health. With more than 145,000 active patients, CHC is the healthcare home that works to keep our patients—and our communities—healthy. We go beyond the traditional health services to bring care wherever our patients and clients are, using innovative service delivery models and state of the art technology. We use the latest treatments and technologies within the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model (PCMH) to care for our growing patient base.

Title of Position: Associate General Counsel

Title of Supervisor: VP, General Counsel of Moses-Weitzman Health System (parent company)

Exemption Status: Exempt

NATURE OF POSITION:

Provides day-to-day legal advice and counsel to CHC. Responsible for planning, overseeing, and managing the legal matters for CHC. Ensures organizational activities and strategic matters meet legal and regulatory requirements. Manages CHC Legal Department staff. Member of Executive Leadership Team.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education : J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school required.

Experience : At least 5 years of experience practicing law in a large law firm, government agency, or as in-house counsel. Demonstrated experience in healthcare, contracts (including grants), and regulatory compliance.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration : Licensed to practice law in Connecticut and member in good standing of the Connecticut Bar.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required :

  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Keen business acumen.
  • Strong communicator with sophisticated interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to coordinate, prioritize and manage competing demands.
  • Strong facilitation and oral and written presentation skills.
  • Keen ability to identify legal issues and effectively communicate problems and solutions.
  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team and be a team player.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare environment and experience with federally qualified health centers.
  • Familiarity with many of the following: healthcare licensing and accreditation, reimbursement, risk management, regulatory compliance, contracts, grants, and employment law.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSCIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to work at a computer terminal for extended periods of time daily. Physical requirements for this position include: hearing, seeing, speaking, fingering, and repetitive motions. This position requires sitting for long periods of time; walking and/or standing is only required occasionally, although standing and walking frequently are encouraged. This position requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or an insignificant amount to lift, carry, pull, or move objects.

GENERAL DUTIES

  • Works closely with the VP General Counsel of Moses-Weitzman Health System (parent company) to coordinate all legal activities.
  • Oversees and manages delivery of legal services and resources, including the selection, retention, management and evaluation of outside counsel, to facilitate and accomplish CHC’s goals, initiatives, strategies and priorities.
  • Provides counsel on legal, business and operations matters to CHC’s Chief Executive Officer, senior management and other decision making or executing groups and individuals.
  • Attends meetings of CHC’s Board of Directors and advises the Board in legal matters as requested.
  • Coordinates CHC’s response to all legal matters affecting the organization, including monitoring and managing any litigation, administrative actions, disputes and demands.
  • Interprets and ensures compliance with applicable laws, rulings, regulations, and contracts for the organization, as well as conducting research and analysis of specific legal questions and preparing or coordinate outside counsel’s the preparation of memoranda, opinions and position papers.
  • Chairs the Risk Management Committee and works closely with other leadership members in developing and maintaining an effective risk management program.
  • Works cooperatively with the Compliance Officer on all aspects of the Compliance Program and participates actively in the assessment of HIPAA issues.
  • Performs internal investigations when warranted or advises staff on how to perform such investigations.
  • Drafts, negotiated, reviews and revises contracts for CHC and oversees CHC’s contracting process and use of the contract management system.
  • Develops, communicates, and monitors CHC’ policies and procedures for the organization's standards of legal conduct.
  • Manage and monitor all Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) matters, communicate with HRSA and DOJ staff as necessary for such claims, and ensure timely submission of annual redeeming application under the FTCA.
  • Provides or coordinates counsel to Human Resources Department on legal issues involved in terminations, disciplinary actions, diversity and equal employment opportunity.
  • Keeps abreast of legislative changes that may affect the organization and recommends opportunities or required changes to take advantage of or ensure compliance with new legal and regulatory changes.
  • Manage and supervise all CHC Legal Department staff.

Location:

Middletown ION Building - Finance & Patient Accounts

City:

Middletown

State:

Connecticut

Time Type:

Full time

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