Associate General Counsel

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  • Denver, CO
  • *National Jewish Health - Main Campus
  • Legal and Risk Management (11051)
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Professional
  • Req #: 15288
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Position Summary
Responsible for providing legal services and advice to the senior leadership team and various business units. The Associate General Counsel’s primary responsibility within the organization will be advising on all applicable state and federal legal and regulatory issues to support the business operations.  Serves in a generalist capacity to provide support in the functional areas of Legal and Risk Management that may include, but not limited to: risk management, employee relations, insurance, compliance, policy management, privacy and conflict of interest.  

Essential Duties

  1. Manages all aspects of the legal and regulatory negotiation of agreements. 
  2. Regularly negotiate, draft, review, and revise a wide variety of agreements including but not limited to service agreements with outside vendors and independent contractors, business associate agreements, data use agreements,  
  3. Serves as primary backup for review of affiliation agreements, clinical trial agreements and research partnership agreements.
  4. Ensures agreements are in compliance with institutional policy, applicable laws and regulations and the inclusion of relevant clauses and exceptions as applicable.
  5. Acts as primary point of contact between National Jewish Health business units and the Legal and Risk Management Department with regard to agreements that require review.  May have direct contact with organizations with which National Jewish Health is contracting with, should legal and regulatory terms need to be negotiated.  
  6. Advises managers and supervisors on agreement review and preferred clauses for legal and regulatory aspects of agreements.
  7. Drafts and reviews institutional policies and guidelines necessary for the institution to achieve compliance with state and federal law, as well as support operations. 
  8. Provide general regulatory advice and drafting as needed with respect to regulatory and compliance issues arising within the day-to-day operations of the institution. 
  9. Review and provide advice and drafting as needed with respect to legal and risk management issues arising within the day-to-day operations of the institution. Provide risk assessments and risk mitigation recommendations when appropriate.
  10. Regularly advise departments on matters related to domestic and international privacy regulations, including but not limited to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Assist with data breach assessment and response as needed.
  11. Maintains expertise and stays current on relevant laws and regulations through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses.
  12. Key contributor to the achievement of the Legal and Risk Management Department goals and objectives, ensuring the effective day-to-day operations.
  13. Coordinates with and directs external counsel on an as-needed basis. 

Other Duties


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health. 
  2. Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  3. Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  5. Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  6. Informing and Communicating: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  7. Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
  8. Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility

Minimal local travel may be required. 

Core Values

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school. 
  2. Work Experience: 5 years of experience as a practicing attorney advising clients on agreements and transactions, preferably in a healthcare setting or academic medical center.  Experience troubleshooting and managing risk and legal issues. Experience reviewing and negotiating various agreements, preferred experience with sponsored research agreements and/or clinical trial agreements.  
  3. Special Training, Certification or Licensure: Good standing membership in or eligibility for admission to the Colorado State Bar. Proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Outlook and Word) and Adobe DC. Ability to utilize Westlaw, Bloomberg, Lexis Nexis or other comparable legal research platform. 

Salary Range: $110,000 - $130,000

At National Jewish Health, we recognize that our outstanding faculty and staff are the essence of our organization. For every aspect of health care, our employees are our greatest asset.
With that in mind, we have designed a valuable, comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and their families.

  • Medical Plans, Dental Plans and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • FSA and HSA
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Voluntary Benefits, like Accident Insurance, Critical Care and Hospital Indemnity
  • Sick and Vacation Paid Time Off
  • Wellness Program
  • Legal Plan



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