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Assistant General Counsel

Kern Health Systems
$187,507- $243,760
Posted Apr 30
Full Time
Bakersfield, California

We appreciate your interest in our organization and assure you that we are sincerely interested in your qualifications. A clear understanding of your background and work history will help us potentially place you in a position that meets your objectives and those of the organization. Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, or any related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, gender expression, military status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability (mental or physical).

KHS reasonably expects to pay starting compensation for the full time position of Assistant General Counsel, in the range of $187,507 - $243,760 annually.

Our Mission.. Kern Health Systems is dedicated to improving the health status of our members through an integrated managed health care delivery system.

About The Role

The Assistant General Counsel serves as a key legal advisor to the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and the Executive Leadership Team. They are responsible for driving the strategic and operational legal, compliance, and regulatory initiatives on behalf of the organization. Upon direction of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, the Assistant General Counsel coordinates and oversees the legal representation of the company in all civil litigation and business affairs, including serving as liaison with specialized outside consultant counsel.

The Assistant General Counsel manages and supervises other legal professionals and support staff assigned to the Legal Department.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Legal Department.
  • Assigns subordinate staff work and reviews to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with established standards, requirements, and procedures.
  • Provides expert advice to the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Leadership Team on a variety of complex legal matters such as regulatory compliance, contracts, risk management and insurance, litigation, governance, and corporate transactions.
  • Leads the strategy for litigation and regulatory actions filed against or on behalf of the health plan and defines and executes a mitigation plan.
  • Oversees the selection, retention, management, and evaluation of all outside consultant counsel.
  • Develops, revises, and recommends policies and procedures.
  • Provides guidance on the legal impact of new or proposed local, state, federal, or managed care legislation or changes in government agency requirements or processes.
  • Possesses expertise in evaluating, planning, and remediating enterprise risk-related matters as issues and initiatives arise.
  • Keeps abreast of any legal issues affecting the organization, including identifying trends as well as analyzing and interpreting new regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for processing agency resolutions and executing major legal action regarding the organizations’ public entity status as it relates to jurisdiction, function, procedures, operations, and responsibilities.
  • Attends all Board of Directors and Committee meetings serving as legal advisor to the respective legislative bodies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Education: A juris doctorate degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Experience: A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed attorney in comparable legal environment, including a minimum of four years of civil legal experience with a public agency, which provides the required knowledge and ability for the position.

License: Possession of an active, unrestricted, and unencumbered license to practice law from the State Bar of California.

Preferred: Prior experience in health care law specializing in managed care organizations or health systems is preferred.

Ability to: Analyze and apply laws, legal principles, and precedents to specific local health plan matters; present oral and written statements of fact, law, and argument in a clear, logical, and persuasive manner; draft resolutions, contracts, and legal procedures; maintain confidential information according to legal and professional standards .

Knowledge of:Possesses a strong understanding of regulatory requirements for a public agency in the delivery of health care services; has a comprehensive understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations applicable to public entities in California, specifically Brown Act and California Public Records Act; demonstrates expertise in the areas of health plan licensing, regulatory compliance, managed care operations, and provider and government contracts .

We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis.

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