Works within the office of General Counsel for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS or Health System), and reports directly to the General Counsel. Works closely with and provides advice, guidance, and assistance to CCHHS Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer, executive and medical leadership and CCHHS managers on legal issues arising in the operation of the Health System and its various services and programs, independent of the General Counsel. Routinely represents the Office of the General Counsel at System Board Committee meetings. Serves as a deputy to the General Counsel and carries out responsibilities as assigned or delegated by the General Counsel. In a succession plan, the General Counsel is a likely candidate to replace the General Counsel upon his/her departure.
The job title (Associate General Counsel) must be in the subject line of your email. An application or resume/CV must be filed for each position which interests you.
To receive Veteran Preference, appropriate discharge papers must be included with your emailed resume/CV.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCHHS Personnel Rules.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Graduation from an accredited School of Law with a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree
A current and active license (in good standing) to practice law in the State of Illinois
Five (5) years of experience in giving legal counsel and representation to health entities and/or health care providers or comparable corporate entities
Experience working with health laws and regulations, Medical Staff by laws and employment matters
General Administrative Responsibilities
Contributes to the management of CCHHS staff and CHHSS' systemic development and success
Discusses and develops CCHHS system policies and procedures
Consistently uses independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Works with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
Directs and effectuates CCHHS management policies practices
Accesses and proficiently navigates CCHHS records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Reviews applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consults with Labor Relations to generate management proposals
Participates in collective bargaining negotiations, caucus discussions and working meetings
Documents, recommends and effectuates discipline at all levels
Works closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Initiates, authorizes and completes disciplinary action pursuant to CCHHS system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Providing advice and assistance to clients as requested, through the interpretation of new and emerging legal authorities, communication of relevant regulatory and procedural information;
Recommending resolution of a complex legal and regulatory issues and/or problems requiring knowledge of applicable law and regulations and CCHHS goals, policies, and operations;
Development of recommended bylaws. rules, policies and guidelines;
Review of contractual and policy documents for legal sufficiency and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements;
Negotiation and drafting of contract and policy documents;
Attendance and provision of counsel at administrative or medical staff meetings or hearings;
Directly or through the System Department of Risk Management or the System Department of Human Resources, coordinate representation in administrative hearings and litigation with the State’s Attorney’s Office and external counsel;
Providing supervision to other attorneys and administrative personnel as assigned by the General Counsel;
Represents the Office of the General Counsel at meetings of the Board of Directors of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board as requested;
Prepares draft ordinances and resolutions;
Performs legal research and analysis; provides oral or written opinions on a variety of legal matters;
Prepares or reviews contracts and other legal documents related to CCHHS operations;
Communicates with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and other attorneys and governmental agencies;
Develops, assesses, and updates CCHHS leadership on relevant legal issues ;
Supervises the System Director of Risk Management;
Participates in the selection, assignment, development, and evaluation of subordinate personnel;
Prepares regular or special legal reports;
Participates in leadership and management conferences;
Advises CCHHS staff as to their legal responsibilities and authority;
Assists in preparation for surveys conducted by accrediting and regulatory bodies such as The Joint Commission and the Illinois Department of Public Health;
Assists with CCHHS efforts during emergencies; and
Performs other duties as requested and as directed by the General Counsel
The Associate General Counsel reports to the General Counsel to assist in providing legal advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and Leadership of CCHHS.
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
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