Senior Vice President, General Counsel
The Senior Vice President (SVP), General Counsel is responsible
for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives.
Serving as the chief legal officer for Sharp HealthCare and its
affiliate organizations serving San Diego County with four
acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, three affiliated
medical groups, a health plan and more than 18,000 employees,
s/he is a member of senior leadership providing effective advice
on organizational strategies and their implementation, and s/he
will manage the legal function and engage/oversee outside legal
counsel as necessary.
The SVP, General Counsel reports to the President and CEO and works collaboratively as a member of the executive team with leaders across the organization to ensure Sharp operates in full compliance with all applicable laws and in accordance with best practices.
The SVP, General Counsel is an actively engaged leader with mature interpersonal skills who adds a strong health law background to the team and remains active in the practice of law. S/he is expected to provide a proactive and collaborative approach to the legal framework of the business issues associated with a dynamic and growing integrated health care system. It is important that this individual be a credible and visible leader who exhibits high integrity, a willingness to listen effectively, and to work collaboratively.
In conjunction with the Corporate Compliance Officer, the SVP, General Counsel is responsible for advising the president and CEO and senior leadership on the compliance of the health system with a broad range of complex laws and regulations, including but not limited to Medicare, Medi-Cal, state and federal fraud and abuse and prohibited self-referral laws, antitrust, tax-exemption and related issues, conflicts of interest, corporate compliance oversight and operations, medical and financial information privacy, EMTALA, insurance regulatory issues, licensing and certification, and medical staff issues.
The SVP, General Counsel is responsible for leadership and management of the Legal Affairs Department. The Legal Affairs department includes experienced and well-seasoned attorneys as well as paralegal and support staff.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Ten or more years of experience in healthcare law.
- Demonstrated success managing in-house and external counsel for a large, complex, integrated health care organization.
- Demonstrated success as a member of a collaborative executive leadership team.
- An understanding of tax-exempt bond financings.
- At least five years of experience providing corporate governance support for a Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
- A track record of building high performance teams.
- Prior experience assessing, negotiating and planning for large and complex organizational, structural, or contract changes including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and academic affiliations.
- Experience with transaction law (including vendor/supplies/service contracts, physician relations issues) and public policy, advocacy, community benefit and government relations expertise.
- Prior experience with effectively managing litigation strategies and public scrutiny is highly preferred.
- Experience with compliant and competitive arrangements for attracting and retaining medical groups and physicians.
- Exceptional communication skills in all public and private settings, including strong formal presentation skills.
- Excellent persuasion and negotiation skills.
- Exceptional customer service orientation.
- Active Member of California State Bar.
- Law degree from an ABA accredited law school.
- Provide executive leadership on all matters relating to legal affairs. This includes attracting, developing and retaining legal talent as well as managing a broad range of regulatory compliance, liability, contract, risk mitigation, financial and fiduciary concerns.
- Oversee timely, efficient, responsive and highly ethical legal support, guidance and services system-wide. Establish processes or practices which encourage the Legal – Affairs Department attorneys and staff to continually enhance operational efficiency and service delivery to internal customers.
- Assess litigation filed against or on behalf of any of the entities that make up Sharp HealthCare, collaboratively developing strategy with the appropriate executive(s) to define a legal strategy, and approve settlements when warranted.
- Determine and maintain the appropriate balance of internal and external legal expertise needed to serve the legal and regulatory compliance needs of all of Sharp HealthCare’s entities, with all of the major legal subject matters applicable to Sharp HealthCare in mind.
- Provide advice and guidance to the Sharp HealthCare Boards and Board Members in carrying out their governance responsibilities to ensure governance practices are ethical, compliant and consistent with best practices.
- Provide advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and other senior level executives regarding issues pertaining to business transactions, healthcare regulations and public policy, compliance, physician employment and contracts, Medicare, bond issuance, advocacy and government relations.
- Apply current law and keep abreast of new law and regulations to advise the President and executive leadership of the impact on the institution of such changes.
- Provide formal and informal leadership and management training and development as needed to serve the short- and long-term best interests of Sharp HealthCare.
- Provide insight and bring innovative strategies to address complex legal and financial concerns arising from the challenges of managing large, full-risk capitated agreements as part of managed care contracting in a non-profit, integrated health care system in California.
- Advise on legal aspects of the organization’s financing, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities.
- Provide insight and legal expertise regarding collective bargaining unit organizing, arbitration and contract negotiation in collaboration with the Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Talent Management.
- Support the innovative and entrepreneurial direction of the organization by being savvy in the business of healthcare, the California and national landscape, and the critical success factors under health care reform.
- Work collaboratively with executive leadership as needed to assess or pursue growth opportunities that may include joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, academic affiliations or other professional arrangements.
The position provides a very competitive compensation, including
opportunity to participate in a management bonus incentive
program along with a generous benefit package. Physical
Requirements may be discussed during the interview
Please note: Unsolicited resumes from employment agencies or other third parties will not be considered.
“Sharp HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.”
For immediate consideration, please visit the Sharp HealthCare website for complete qualifications and job submission details.