Assistant General Counsel, Health Affairs

  • Yale University
  • New Haven, CT, USA
  • Jan 04, 2024
Full time Legal

Job Description

Assistant General Counsel, Health Affairs


University Job Title: Assistant General Counsel


Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)


Time Type: Full time


Duration Type: Regular


Compensation Grade: General Counsel


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Work Location: Central Campus


Worksite Address: 2 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06510


Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)


Searchable Job Family: Legal and Regulatory Affairs


Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5


Position Focus:


Yale University seeks an Assistant /Associate General Counsel for Health Affairs to support the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, the University's faculty practice, and the University's health maintenance organization (HMO). The Assistant/Associate General Counsel will advise the university on strategic alliances, complex transactions, clinical contracts, as well as regulatory compliance. The Yale School of Medicine is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research, advanced clinical care, and medical education. It ranks eighth among medical schools receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More than 1,700 Yale physicians provide care to patients from across the region and around the world. The successful candidate will have at least three years of healthcare law experience in a well-recognized, reputable firm or in-house legal department performing services for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, or physician practices. A combination of law firm and in-house experience is ideal. Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge of healthcare contracting and regulatory issues.


Work closely with a dynamic team of experienced professionals in the Office of the General Counsel to support the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing; Yale Health, the University's captive staff model HMO; and Yale Medicine, the university's faculty practice. Provide high-quality legal and strategic advice to university leadership and a diverse client base regarding healthcare law issues. Advise university leaders on and engage in advocacy regarding the impact of federal and state regulatory proposals and support the adaptation of or additions to relevant university policies and processes in response to enacted statutory or regulatory changes. Negotiate and draft contracts supporting the faculty practice including affiliation agreements, clinical services agreements, professional services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, managed care agreements, telemedicine agreements. Partner with other university offices, such as Risk Management and Procurement, in providing support to contracting functions. Liaison with clinical departments to gather information necessary to perform contracting functions. Assist with contract management functions. Counsel clients on health regulatory and reimbursement issues that could affect the structuring of health care transactions, practice acquisitions or business relationships. Interact with Yale-New Haven Hospital and related health system attorneys, as well as other affiliated health care systems and medical organizations. Interpret contracts, federal and state legal regulations, and written university policies and procedures. Provide advice in regulatory areas such as, for example, HIPAA, Medicare, Medicaid, Stark law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Affordable Care Act, human subjects research, FDA compliance, ICH Good Clinical Practice, and clinical conflicts of interest.Research and draft memoranda, opinions and correspondence on legal issues affecting the university. Negotiate and resolve contractual disputes. Advise on the settlement of claims and/or litigation. Monitor developments in relevant areas of the law by keeping current on legal literature, networking with other attorneys, and attending conferences and seminars. Support effective and efficient use, coordination and management of outside counsel. Other duties as assigned.


Essential Duties:


1. Interprets legal regulations and University policies and procedures. 2. Assists in the handling of administrative and legal proceedings before federal and state agencies and courts. 3. Negotiates, reviews, drafts and interprets contracts. 4. Negotiates and drafts the settlement of claims and/or litigation. 5. Researches and drafts memoranda, opinions and correspondence on legal issues. 6. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


J.D. and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a related area.


Required Skill/Ability 1:


Outstanding analytical, negotiating, drafting, and writing ability. Pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the broader consequences of legal advice.


Required Skill/Ability 2:


Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication. Innovative thinking that adds value for clients and finds creative solutions to complex legal issues.


Required Skill/Ability 3:


Interpersonal skills that foster successful interaction with a diverse array of legal colleagues, clients, and leaders at all levels including fellow attorneys, human resources and finance professionals, professors and physicians, and University administrators.


Required Skill/Ability 4:


Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and initiatives, prioritizing and working independently in a highly collegial and high-performing environment. High degree of personal integrity, sound judgment and a commitment to accountability.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:


Drug Screen: No


Health Screening: No


Background Check Requirements:


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:


The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:


Posting Disclaimer:


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.


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