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Counsel II - Health Care

University of Missouri-Columbia
Posted Apr 30
Full Time
Columbia, Missouri

Hiring Department

General Counsel Office

Job Description

Job Description

The Health Care Attorney will be an integral part of the legal team supporting MU Health Care, MU School of Medicine, and other clinical operations and health schools within the University. This position will provide legal guidance on routine, moderately complex, and complex matters, aiming to ensure compliance with legal standards and policies. The attorney will collaborate within the healthcare legal team to enhance processes and offer expertise to less experienced members when necessary. They will work with university academic and business leaders to analyze problems, assess risks, and inform decisions that impact policies, procedures, and practices. Significant experience in business transactions, contracts (managed care, professional and facility service, and expense), and corporate matters is preferred.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice and counsel to the University's healthcare operations and schools on routine, moderately complex, and complex legal matters.
  • Analyze problems, assess needs, and exercise judgment in adapting broad guidelines to achieve desired results.
  • Make recommendations affecting policies, procedures, and practices, referring exceptions to senior attorneys when necessary.
  • Coordinate with the contracting office and business leaders on transactional matters, including contract negotiation and drafting.
  • Assess the application of university policy and legal authorities to varied client scenarios, involving other stakeholders and decision-makers within the university as needed.
  • Evaluate legal, operational, and financial risks to determine when items should be elevated within the Office of General Counsel and/or to university academic and business leaders.
  • Offer guidance and expertise to less experienced team members upon request.
  • Collaborate within the healthcare legal team to enhance processes and promote compliance with legal standards and policies.
  • Conduct training sessions to equip University faculty and staff with the necessary legal knowledge and skills for their roles.
  • Engage in routine contact with senior management and leaders in health schools and clinical health operations.

Hybrid Work Option

  • Open to hybrid work.

The Health Care Attorney will play a critical role in supporting university leaders and management and ensuring the legal integrity and compliance of healthcare operations and schools within the University of Missouri system. This position offers an opportunity to make a significant impact on the delivery of quality healthcare services and the advancement of medical education and research.


Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctor or LLB degree from an ABA accredited law school and at least 4 years of experience with a significant specialized experience in at least one area
  • License to practice law in Missouri or eligible for admission to the Missouri Bar

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in health law or related fields.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and independently.
  • Familiarity with relevant healthcare laws, regulations, and industry standards, including privacy laws and laws applicable to health research.
  • Prior experience with business transactions and contract negotiation, drafting, and review for healthcare entities and academic institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle highly complex information with sensitivity and discretion.
  • Membership in relevant professional organizations or associations related to health law.
  • Proficiency in standard business and legal office application systems/software, along with comfort in utilizing business and legal applications.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Compensation starts at $135,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualification

Grade: GGS-014

University Title: Counsel

Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, and Online Application

Community Information

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County’s largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year. If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.