The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced attorney for the role of General Counsel (GC). The selected applicant will provide guidance and counsel to the Commissioner and senior leadership of DPH, while advising the agency on a broad range of legal matters affecting the day-to-day operations including regulations and public health emergencies.
The GC is the chief legal official and manager for DPHs departments, bureaus and hospitals. The selected candidate will be responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the Commonwealths public health laws (primarily M.G.L. c. 111 and portions of c. 112) and more than 100 sets of regulations to implement the public health laws. The DPH Office of General Counsel (OGC) has 31 staff attorneys responsible for interpreting and enforcing the public health laws and regulations. The OGC staff is clustered in six (6) operational teams: program, litigation, and administration/privacy units and three teams supporting Health Professions Licensure (board counsel, prosecution, hearing officer units). Health Professions Licensure includes the Boards of Registration in Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Respiratory Care, Physician Assistants, Perfusionists, Nursing Home Administrators, Genetic Counselors, Naturopaths and Community Health Workers.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Advise senior management and agency staff with respect to legal matters by interpreting laws, rules, regulations, and decisions of the agency.
Draft regulations, policies and proposed implementation protocols in collaboration with the Commissioner and senior management team.
Ensure the Department’s ability to carry out its mission in a manner consistent with the Department’s legal authority and the substantive provisions of federal and state law.
Provide counsel to the Public Health Council (PHC), ensuring that the votes/actions taken are consistent with the authorizing statutory provisions and will withstand both substantive and procedural legal challenge.
Review all regulations in process and steer the regulations through the various review phases in the Commissioners Office, EOHHS, Government Legal and Policy, and Administration & Finance.
Collaborate and maintain relationships with other governmental agencies and their legal staffs through consultation and negotiation to develop memoranda/agreement on joint programs.
Represent the agency at administrative hearings, including, but not limited to, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD), Attorney General, Governors Legal Office, and Administration & Finance (ANF).
Promote organizational effectiveness/efficiency and facilitate collaborative problem solving and decision-making across Bureau programs and operational decision-making.
Establish business strategy for meeting programmatic goals and delivering results to achieve agreed upon goals.
Participate in daily or weekly management team meetings to discuss legal matters, updates, and other concerns or issues.
Develop staff through timely feedback and use of appropriate Human Resource policies to foster and facilitate the ability of staff to achieve highest level of professional growth and performance.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, pertaining to public health, particularly administrative, health, and privacy law; previous government or public sector management and managing a union workforce is highly desirable.
Aptitude in analyzing, interpreting, applying facts, rules, policies and decisions while analyzing legal problems and offering legal opinions.
Track record of excellent judgment, integrity, honesty, discretion, and business acumen.
Strong sense of urgency and commitment to deadlines, attention to detail, and the ability and desire to handle increasing levels of responsibility.
Demonstrated success in working with multidisciplinary teams; maintaining working relationships with other administrative officials, and regulatory agency staff.
Familiarity with the principles and practices of organizational behavior including employee relations, staff development and human resource management.
Collaborative leader who values teamwork, inclusion and embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
Strategic thinker who is visionary, innovative, creative, and willing to take appropriate risk.
Excellent communication, listening, and negotiation skills, inclusive of others views.
Record of managing a team of professional staff, senior level managers including the ability to lead, inspire and empower demonstrating confidence and executive presence.
Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
About the Department of Public Health:
The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.
We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.
DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.
More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health?
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve – but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A tax & background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division before the candidate being hired.
Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified per the Human Resources Divisions Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealths website.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least four (4) years must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.