Director & Associate General Counsel – Behavioral Health

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Oct 21, 2022
Full time Health Care Legal

Job Description


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Job Summary

The Director and Associate General Counsel provides legal counsel and services to CHOP leaders and other stakeholders on a wide range of legal issues that arise in the hospital and health care setting, with a focus on issues relating to behavioral health services.  In this role, the Director and Associate General Counsel is expected to work independently with minimal supervision, to exercise excellent judgment, and to rely on developed skills and experience to support key clinical and operational stakeholders leading CHOP's behavioral health and other clinical services.  This attorney will be expected to have a substantial appreciation for and understanding of CHOP and its mission, vision, and values and to apply that appreciation and knowledge in performing all job duties.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal guidance and advice to hospital leaders and other internal stakeholders on legal issues that arise in the health care setting, including providing primary legal support of CHOP's behavioral health activities across the organization.  Among other responsibilities, this attorney will:
    • Provide guidance on the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) and related laws and regulations for all aspects of behavioral health services across CHOP’s care environments;
    • Prepare necessary filings and provide or arrange for legal representation of CHOP and its providers at patient commitment and related proceedings under the MHPA and other applicable law;
    • Develop strong working relationships and engage directly with regulatory agencies, social service providers, and other pediatric behavioral health organizations;
    • Support CHOP’s medical records and privacy functions in matters relating to behavioral health services.
  • Provide thoughtful and sophisticated legal services to staff at all levels of the organization on other legal matters relating to CHOP’s clinical operations and strategic and operational initiatives.  In this role, the attorney will:
    • Advise CHOP clinical and administrative staff about legal issues affecting the provision of patient care;
    • Review institutional and patient care policies, procedures and forms to ensure compliance with institutional and legal standards;
    • Remain current on legal developments in areas of expertise and assist CHOP in responding to changes in laws/regulations/legal risks.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Office of General Counsel and with clinical, administrative, and research leaders throughout the organization to identify and develop proactive and effective solutions to legal issues.
  • Provide on-call legal services for urgent and emergent hospital legal matters arising outside of traditional business hours.
  • Educate and train internal stakeholders on relevant legal issues.
  • Assign, oversee, and actively manage the work of outside counsel in appropriate matters.

Required Licenses/Certifications

·        License to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or, if licensed in another state, must obtain license to practice law in Pennsylvania within the first year of placement into position

Required Education & Experience

·        J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school. 

·        Ten (10) years of employment as an attorney

Preferred Education & Experience

·        Experience providing legal advice regarding behavioral health matters to health care clients and previous in-house experience

Additional Technical Requirements

This position requires a demonstrated capability for legal research, analysis and reasoning, strong oral and written communication skills, an ability to identify and resolve complicated and sensitive problems creatively and with professional discretion and an ability to interact and function effectively in a competitive, professional healthcare, academic and research environment. Additionally, applicants must have excellent academic credentials, a strong work ethic, the ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines, and strong interpersonal skills. 


To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19. This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates.

CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.

Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

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