Assistant General Counsel

National Jewish Health
Posted Jan 30
Denver, Colorado


Position Summary

Perform general legal services for the organization and advise the leadership and various business units. Further, will act in generalist capacity to provide support in the functional areas of Legal and Risk Management that may include, but not limited to: contracts, transactions, regulatory compliance, policy development, data privacy, risk management and general employment.

Essential Duties

  • Regularly draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of agreements including but not limited to SaaS contracts, partnership and innovation agreements, complicated vendor agreements, business associate agreements, data use agreements, affiliation agreements, and clinical trial agreements. Ensure agreements are in compliance with institutional policy, applicable laws and regulations and the inclusion of relevant clauses and exceptions as applicable. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure contractual agreements align with business objectives.
  • Ensure adherence to all relevant federal and state employment laws, providing expert guidance and support to HR and company leadership to maintain a compliant and inclusive workplace.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to implement data protection policies and practices, and support privacy standard practices for customer, employee, partner and vendor personal information. Respond to data breach incidents and manage the legal aspects of data privacy incidents and regulatory inquiries.
  • Play a key role in advising on and implementing controls, policies and processes necessary for the institution to achieve compliance with state and federal law, as well as support operations.
  • Provide general regulatory advice on relevant laws and regulations affecting hospitals and academic research arising within the day to day operations of the institution.
  • Support and/or lead insurance claims and risk management initiatives.
  • Maintain expertise and stays current on relevant laws and regulations through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses.
  • Act as key contributor to the achievement of the Legal and Risk Management Department goals and objectives, ensuring the effective day-to-day operations.
  • Collaborate with fellow members of Legal and Risk Management Department to ensure consistency in legal and regulatory advice.

Other Duties

  • Address legal considerations unique to academic medical centers, medical practices, research and hospitals accurately and efficiently.


  • Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  • Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Informing and Communicating: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
  • Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility



Minimal local travel may be required.

Core Values

  • Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  • Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  • Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  • Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  • Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  • Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures.
  • Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • Work Experience: 5 years of experience as a practicing attorney advising clients on agreements and transactions, preferably in a healthcare setting or academic medical center. Experience troubleshooting and managing risk and legal issues. Experience reviewing and negotiating various agreements, preferred experience with sponsored research agreements and/or clinical trial agreements. Previous experience providing guidance on employment law strongly preferred.
  • Special Training, Certification or Licensure: Good standing membership in or eligibility for admission to the Colorado State Bar. Proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Outlook and Word) and Adobe DC. Ability to utilize Westlaw, Bloomberg, Lexis Nexis or other comparable legal research platform.

Salary Range: $140,000 - $160,000


At National Jewish Health, we recognize that our outstanding faculty and staff are the essence of our organization. For every aspect of health care, our employees are our greatest asset.

With that in mind, we have designed a valuable, comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and their families.

  • Medical Plans, Dental Plans and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • FSA and HSA
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Voluntary Benefits, like Accident Insurance, Critical Care and Hospital Indemnity
  • Paid Time Off Accruals
  • Wellness Program
  • Legal Plan