Associate or Assistant General Counsel Job

Children's Health - Legal and Risk Management Careers

Job Number: PMG20171304-10738

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 6-30-2017


Children’s HealthSM

The mission of Children’s Health is to make life better for children. Its beginnings in 1913 were humble, but even then, its vision was large. Today, more than 7,000 employees and over 1,300 members of the medical staff, many of whom are faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, are committed to the mission.

A private, not-for-profit organization, Children’s Health oversees two full-service hospitals; a 54 bed specialty care hospital; approximately two dozen outpatient primary care, diagnostic and surgical centers; several general and specialty-oriented medical groups; two health maintenance organizations; a health insurance company; and the Children’s Medical Research Institute at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Its successes and achievements -- won through the dedication of nurses, doctors, and staff -- have not gone unnoticed. For example, U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly named Children’s Health as operating one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Children’s Medical Center Magnet Recognition, an elite status awarded to only 8% of the nation’s hospitals in acknowledgement of excellent care and exemplary patient safety practices. Finally, the Dallas Business Journal named Children’s Health as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas in 2016.

CHST Legal Department

The purpose of the Legal Department is to provide prompt and high quality legal services across a broad spectrum of fields including real estate, construction, labor, finance, reimbursement, tax, intellectual property, fundraising, hospital operations, medical group affairs, and health insurance operations. In addition, the Legal Department staffs the Office of the Corporate Secretary and the Risk and Claims Management Office, the latter of which manages employment, malpractice, and all other litigation by or against the entities within Children’s Health.

The Legal Department at Children’s Health currently employs eight attorneys and six support staff in a centralized office. As legal counsel for all aspects of Children’s Health, the Legal Department plays a critical role in the legal, operational, financial and social issues facing the people who depend upon Children’s Health for their care and the employees and physicians who provide such care.

CHST is looking for a transactional attorney of exceptional ability, with seven to 30 years of experience in health care business transactions of all types including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, and supply chain management. Needless to say, detailed knowledge of the regulatory environment affecting hospitals, medical groups, and health insurers is critical for any transactional attorney working for a health system. Specific responsibilities of this attorney will include the provision of direct legal advice and support to senior executives throughout the organization, preparing and drafting contracts and other legal documents; retaining and managing outside counsel, and working collaboratively with other parts of Children’s Health -- including Information Technology and Business Development -- ensuring policies, procedures, and behaviors meet applicable laws and regulations.

Depending on the individual’s qualifications and the needs of CHST, this attorney will hold the title of Assistant or Associate General Counsel and will report to an Associate General Counsel or the General Counsel.

Minimum Qualifications

• Juris Doctorate degree

• Admitted to the State Bar of Texas or qualifies for reciprocity

• Seven to thirty years of health care transactional experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience representing large medical groups, hospitals, health insurers, and academic medical centers.

• Success in a large law firm.

• Holder of a business or accounting degree.

• Generalists and specialists welcome.


• Significant intellectual horsepower

• Mature interpersonal skills

• A willingness to undertake almost any legal task and learn new fields of law

• Views the role of legal counsel as nurturing, facilitative, and supportive, not controlling

• A problem solver, not merely a problem identifier

• Able to develop partnerships, high functioning teams, and good working relationships across work units

• Good presentation skills with both large and small groups

• Operates comfortably and effectively in an uncertain, ambiguous, and frequently changing environments

• Self-motivating, curious, and independent

• Consistently demonstrates and promotes an optimistic and enthusiastic work environment

• Prompt

• Develops work product that is accurate, comprehensive and detail-oriented

• Self-reliant with Windows Office applications

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