Health Center Counsel
Open Door Community Health Centers
The Health Center Counsel provides guidance and advice to the
management team of Open Door Community Health Centers (ODCHC),
providing legal review and strategies to protect and enhance the
efforts of the corporation. The Health Center Counsel also serves
as the Compliance Officer for the corporation with direct
responsibility to the Board of Directors. The Health Center
Counsel is responsible for assuring compliance with external
regulatory and funding agencies. Working with subject-matter
experts, managers and directors, Counsel guides the development
of and compliance with internal policies and protocols. Counsel
has oversight of ODCHC’s risk management, privacy and safety
programs and serves as Chair of the Compliance Committee. Counsel
reviews contracts, agreements and understandings and informs
decision-making regarding local, state and federal laws and
regulations and the likely impacts on the corporation. Counsel
also reviews findings with internal and external auditors to
assure compliance and implementation of corrective actions.
Working with managers and executives, Counsel reviews unusual
incidents, near-misses and patient or employee complaints and
coordinates investigations as warranted. Counsel assists the
Legal Affairs Director in working with outside counsel and
litigators as necessary.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The essential responsibilities are conducted within the con-text of strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication, including presentation and public speaking, as well as attention to detail and collaboration with diverse groups of staff, managers and senior leadership.
- Maintain a strong working knowledge of, keep abreast of changes to and assure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations regarding health center operations
- Draft, review and revise draft contracts and other agreements related to the health center’s business relationships;
- Review and revise standard and boilerplate corporate documents; appropriately complete templated documents as necessary;
- Coordinate the effort to design, implement, evaluate and improve policies, processes and strategies to prevent, detect, investigate and resolve compliance concerns;
- Advise senior leaders and Board of Directors regarding advocacy issues at the private, state and federal level;
- Working with subject matter experts, coordinate the development, management and periodic review of corporate policies and procedures, presenting revisions to senior leaders and Board of Directors as appropriate;
- Seek to guide and inform balanced discussion of a variety of issues, considering the mission of the corporate in the context of the “spirit of the law” and the “letter of the law”;
- Coordinate the corporation’s compliance and risk management programs, including but not limited to ensuring compliance with HIPAA, FTCA, HRSA, OSHPD, and other regulatory and accrediting enti-ties;
- Contribute positively to the efficiency, accessibility, productivity, quality, safety, compassion and professionalism of the work setting;
- Adhere to ODCHC’s policies and procedures; and,
- Other duties and responsibilities as identified and assigned by the Legal Affairs Director.
Qualifications and Expectations:
In addition to the education, experience and skills below, it is important for the successful candidate to be a good fit with the ODCHC mission and culture.
- JD degree and active license to practice law in California;
- Three years of experience as an attorney, ideally in a health care setting;
- Demonstrated commitment to health center mission and to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
- Experience and ability to remain current in local, state and federal regulations regarding health center operations and compliance, including funding and reimbursement requirements;
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret implications of proposed regulations; ability to apply such changes to operational policies and protocols;
- Understanding of mission-driven organizations; safety net organizations; non-profit organizations; and role of community health centers in health care and community infrastructure;
- Demonstrated thoughtful and inclusive decision-making processes;
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including public-presentations
- Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to set priorities and meet deadlines;
- Excellent computer skills, including ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, data management, web-based programs and conduct various analyses and comparisons using Excel;
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from participants, supervisors, managers, others within the corporation and the general public;
- Ability to collaborate with others while working with minimal supervision;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and objectivity; and,
- Valid and insurable California drivers’ license and reliable transportation.
The Health Center Counsel supervises the Risk Manager and the Healthcare Environment Specialist; Counsel is also instrumental in leading various committees, task forces and ad hoc activities with representatives of all aspects of the corporation.
Supervision and Support:
The Health Center Counsel reports to the Legal Affairs Director and has a direct connection to the Board of Directors as necessary. Counsel will work with various subject area experts, department managers and senior executives as appropriate to the tasks at hand.
For immediate consideration, please visit Community Health Centers website for complete qualifications and job submission details.