Associate General Counsel - Child Health Research Enterprise

Children's Hospital ColoradoAurora, CO

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Additional Information

Department: Legal Affairs
Hours per week: 40, eligible for benefits
Shift: Monday through Friday, 8-4

Job Overview

The Associate General Counsel provides legal advice and guidance to Children’s Hospital Colorado and its leaders and team members; performs research and analysis of legal issues and conducts investigations into legal or compliance issues, drafting legal opinions or findings; and monitors compliance with policies and procedures for contract management. This position will support the Child Health Research Enterprise with an emphasis in clinical research agreements.



  • No direct patient care.


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.

  • Provides legal advice and guidance on regulatory, compliance, patient care, litigation, and other legal matters that impact the enterprise and its staff; provides legal support and counsel to various internal committees.
  • Performs research and analysis of legal issues, making recommendations and preparing legal opinions that dictate action to minimize business and legal risk.
  • Directs or conducts investigations into legal or compliance issues; coordinates and works with outside counsel on selected matters. Drafts and prepares legal opinions, motions, and pleadings to be filed in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings.
  • Applies specialized knowledge to the performance of legal support in one or more for the following areas: labor and employment, real estate (leases and property management), academic programs, health care compliance, grants and contracting, intellectual technology, medical staff relations, non-profit tax issues, and accreditations matters.
  • Establishes and monitors compliance with policies and procedures for review, execution, and administration of hospital contracts and other legal documents. Drafts and negotiates contracts as necessary. Assists with management of contracts.
  • Develops and implements processes to improve the quality, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of legal services, such as preparation of document templates or contract standardization.
  • Develops and implements training and education on a variety of legal matters.
  • Works collaboratively on risk management issues, including potentially compensable events, claims management, and litigation management.
  • Works collaboratively with the professional service departments on the requirements of Joint Commission, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health and Human Services, and other regulatory or standard setting organizations.

Other Information

  • BUILDING CUSTOMER LOYALTY - Meeting and exceeding internal or external customer expectations while cultivating relationships that secure commitment and trust.
  • BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS - Developing and leveraging relationships within and across work groups to achieve results.
  • COMMUNICATION - Conveying information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in an engaging manner that helps them understand and retain the message; listening actively to others.
  • CONTINUOUS LEARNING - Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • DECISION MAKING - Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.
  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY – Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences in the workforce; recognizes the value of diverse perspectives and experiences and fosters a work environment reflective of the community at large.
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - Establishing and sustaining trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others’ emotions and behavior; leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one’s behavior matches one’s values and delivers intended results.
  • INNOVATION - Creating novel solutions with measurable value for existing and potential customers (internal or external); experimenting with new ways to solve work problems and seize opportunities that result in unique and differentiated solutions.
  • MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS - Meeting the personal needs of individuals to build trust, encourage two-way communication, and strengthen relationships
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION - Establishing an action plan for self and others to complete work efficiently and on time by setting priorities, establishing timelines, and leveraging resources.
  • QUALITY ORIENTATION - Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how detailed; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
  • RESOLVING CONFLICT - Helping others deal effectively with an antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; using appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement.
  • STRESS TOLERANCE - Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (e.g., experiencing time pressure, conflict, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.


  • Guidelines: Fully qualified, full performance or journey level. Guidelines are generally but not always clearly applicable, requiring the employee to exercise judgment in selecting the most pertinent guideline, interpret precedents, adapt standard practices to differing situations, and recommend alternative actions in situations without precedent.
  • Complexity: Duties assigned are generally complex and may be of substantial intricacy. Work assignment is performed within an established framework under general instructions but requires simultaneous coordination of assigned functions or projects in various stages of completion.
  • Decision Making: Exercises judgment and discretion, and is responsible for determining the time, place and sequence of the work performed
  • Communications: Contacts with the public or employees where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, defended, and gathered and discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.
  • Supervision Received: Performs work with minimal supervisory oversight. Under general supervision, the employee receives assignments and is expected to carry them through to completion with substantial independence. Work is reviewed for adherence to instructions, accuracy, completeness, and conformance to standard practice or precedent. Recurring work clearly covered by guidelines may or may not be reviewed.


  • EDUCATIONJuris doctor (JD) degree
  • EXPERIENCEFive years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal setting.
    • Prefer 5-10 years of experience supporting an academic research institution and strong knowledge of clinical research agreements.
  • LICENSURE – Licensed to practice or eligible to practice law in the State of Colorado.

Physical Requirements

Ability to Perform Essential Functions of the Job

  • Audio-Visual: Color Discrimination: Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Depth Perception: Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Far Vision: Good
  • Audio-Visual: Hearing: Good
  • Audio-Visual: Near Vision: Good
  • Use of Hands/Feet: Both Hands - Precise Motor Function (Or Fine Manipulation)
  • Weight Lifted/Force Exerted: Up to 50 pounds: Up to 1/3 of time

Work Environment

  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent discretion/decision making.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under pressure.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress appropriately.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Works with others effectively.
  • Mental Stress: multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, prioritizing.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on non-job-related information.

Salary Information

Annual Salary Range (Based on 40 hours worked per week): $168,909.02 to $253,363.53
Hourly Salary Range: $81.21 to $121.81

Benefits Information

As a Children’s Hospital Colorado team member, you will receive a competitive pay and benefits package designed to take care of your needs that includes base pay, incentives, paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, company provided life and disability insurance, 403b employer match (retirement savings), and a robust wellness program.

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