The Joint Commission

  • Legal Counsel

    Job Locations US-IL-Oakbrook Terrace
    Job ID
    2018-3562
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Legal
  • Overview

    GENERAL SUMMARY

     

    The Legal Counsel is responsible for general legal support to The Joint Commission and its affiliates.

     

    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    • Stays abreast of legal issues relevant to the activities of The Joint Commission Enterprise, including relevant corporate not-for-profit and tax-exempt law.
    • Maintains a solid understanding of the operational and legal issues faced by the various Enterprise business units (as may be assigned).  Identifies and assesses risks, determines and implements appropriate course of action in collaboration with Supervisor or other senior attorneys and acts with the highest level of integrity. 
    • Effectively communicates with persons at all levels of authority within relevant divisions relating to substantive issues impacting enterprise activities. Tactfully uses lawyering skills to ask questions that facilitate client analysis of difficult issues.
    • Sets high goals for personal and group accomplishment, tenaciously working to meet or exceed those goals while deriving satisfaction from the process of goal achievement and continuous improvement. 
    • Cultivates strategic customer relationships and ensures that the customer perspective is the driving force behind all business activities.  Identifies opportunities and takes action to build strategic relationships between one's area and other departments, teams or units to help achieve business goals.
    • Prepares, reviews and negotiates terms of various agreements in a timely manner, consulting with Supervisor or other senior attorneys as appropriate, and counseling key stakeholders on risks.
    • Conducts periodic legal research as needed and advises senior attorneys or internal clients.
    • Assists senior attorneys with review or development of corporate policies, procedures and programs.
    • Handles basic intellectual property matters, including licensing, trademark and copyright issues.
    • Assists with commercial litigation, including responses to third party subpoenas and interaction with outside legal counsel.  Assists senior attorneys with the Enterprise’s response to informal or formal discovery requests, including imposition of proper legal holds on appropriate electronic and tangible documentation.
    • Obtains Yellow Belt Certification and uses robust process improvement skills to help improve internal department and client-related processes on a daily basis.
    • Assists senior attorneys with development and presentation of training on legal issues for internal clients.
    • Maintains social, ethical, and organizational norms, firmly adhering to codes of conduct, firewall policy, ethical principles and a safety culture.

     

    Qualifications

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

     

    • Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.  Current attorney license required at time of hire which must be maintained.  No history of adverse action(s) relative to current or previous professional license.
    • Strong preference for corporate/transactional legal experience.  Preference given to candidates with in‑house corporate/transactional or in-house health law legal experience.
    • Minimum 2 years information technology experience.
    • Contract drafting, counseling and negotiating experience, including customer agreements, master services agreements, subcontracts, independent contractor agreements, requests for proposals, confidentiality and teaming agreements.  
    • Strong preference for health law experience relevant to quality and safety issues, including familiarity or experience with business associate agreements in accordance with HIPAA and HITECH regulations.
    • General knowledge of federal, state and local laws (preference for experience with corporate not-for-profit and tax-exempt law) and the ability to analyze case and statutory law and provide recommendations.
    • Self-motivated team player with strong analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to balance frequent competing demands from diverse business groups.  Ability to use independent judgment to balance legal and business concerns within designated risk parameters.
    • Experience in the following areas preferred: e-commerce and technology-related agreements; intellectual property licensing; government contracting; grant and sponsorship agreements; intellectual property issues, including copyrights and trademarks; international business matters, including international regulatory matters such as privacy and FCPA compliance, contracts or employment law; litigation, e-discovery and other dispute resolution processes.

     

    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to this position.  The description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities, and working conditions associated with this position.  All requirements are subject to possible modification and reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

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