Overview

Supports the achievement of the strategic goals of Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center and its affiliates (collectively, the “Medical Center”) by providing advice and counsel on matters involving significant legal issues. In addition to a direct reporting relationship to the President and CEO, responsible for corporate governance and serves as advisor to various Medical Center Boards of Directors and their committees and also provides legal counsel to senior management on such matters as regulatory requirements, transactions, contracts, and potential liability. Provides strategic direction and leadership of the Legal Services Department, allocates legal resources, and coordinates and oversees legal matters referred to external counsel.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, participates in the formulation of initiatives to address the developing needs of the community and changing trends in healthcare and to advance the Medical Center’s mission, goals, and vision. Provides legal guidance to ensure that the clinical, research and administrative operations of the Medical Center provide the highest quality, most cost effective healthcare possible, and that operations are in compliance with The Joint Commission guidelines as well as federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Responsibilities
Provides overall legal guidance and direction on all Medical Centre matters and serves as the primary legal resource to Medical Center leadership, medical staff leadership and the Medical Center Boards of Directors and Board Committees on all legal matters.
Develops and articulates a clear vision for the Legal Services Department’s direction, aligned to the strategic goals, imperatives and operating objectives of the Medical Center; develops short and long term legal services strategies that support the strategic plans, operating objectives, processes and systems, and policies of the Medical Center.
Supervises and manages the team of Department attorneys and the corporate governance support team. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources, and assesses policies for direct reports. Provides guidance and direction as needed, including recommending personnel actions, such as selection and hiring, evaluation, promotion, and discipline up to and including discharge, within the guidelines of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs, and in accordance with Human Resource policies. Evaluates and updates plans and makes changes as necessary.
Functions as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, ensuring effective operations and future success by formulating, recommending, and implementing sound legal practices, procedures, and objectives to address legal issues faced by the Medical Center.
Provides guidance and support for all legal aspects associated with business growth and development activities, including investigations, evaluations, and negotiations in accordance with overall Medical Center business development objectives and plans. Provides guidance on legal issues related to any such activities.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of long-range strategic plans to achieve the Medical Center’s general objectives and compliment the Medical Center business plans.
Provides advice and guidance to the Boards of Directors, management, and medical staff to ensure that all activities are implemented and documented in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, accreditation requirements, and contractual objectives.
Makes referrals to outside counsel when necessary and actively manages utilization of external legal resources to maximize efficient, competent, quality representation while maintaining a prudent budget.
Oversees the development of operating and capital budgets for legal services for the Medical Center and ensures operation within budget. Monitors financial progress of the Department and implements corrective action plans, as appropriate.
Directs the review, modification, and approval of all legal services related policies and procedures. Consults with appropriate personnel and departments to ensure that resources are made available to ensure successful implementation of new legal services related policies/procedures.
Advises with respect to regulations governing hospitals and the rules of accrediting bodies by monitoring operations and initiating changes where required.
Ensures that the corporate contracting process functions optimally and that appropriate policies are in place governing contractual activities. Provides assistance with contract review and negotiation when appropriate. Ensures that the Legal Services Department administers a system for process and tracking of all significant contracts and agreements entered into on behalf of the Medical Center.
Oversees education and training to management and staff with regard to legal issues and concerns related to health care.
Participates in Boards of Directors meetings and Board committee meetings as appropriate.
Oversees the governance structure, practices and procedures of the Boards of Directors and Board Committees, and provides advice and counsel to the Boards’ and Committees’ leadership on governance best practices.
The authority to hire, separate, promote, demote, write and administer performance evaluations.
Other job functions as assigned.
Qualifications
Law Degree and active State Bar license in good standing with ability to gain admittance to the Illinois State Bar.
Minimum of fifteen years of legal experience in either a law firm and/or in-house practice, with significant experience dealing with complex healthcare industry issues such as regulatory compliance and transaction and contract negotiations. Previous experience with academic medical centers, physician group practices, health care delivery systems, and/or in-house legal departments, including supervisory experience, is preferred.
Proven skills in directing and managing legal services organizations that provide support though the use of both internal legal resources as well as established relationships with retained law firms. Ability to work effectively at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels.
Proven and considerable leadership experience in developing and motivating staff, operating in a complex organization, team building, conflict management, and negotiation. Proven ability to deal with ambiguity, and clear ability to be agile, resourceful, adaptable, and results oriented. Ability to work collaboratively with administrative and clinical staff.
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