Associate University Counsel for Health Affairs and Deputy Director of the Contracts Unit

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Law/Enforcement/Compliance
Department:22010000 - GN-MAIN CAMPUS

Classification Title:
ASO Uni Coun & Cont Dep DIR
Job Description:

The position of Associate University Counsel for Health Affairs and Deputy Director of the Contracts Unit (Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director) is a leadership role within the University of Florida (UF) Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (OGC), reporting directly to the Senior University Counsel for Health Affairs and Contracts Unit Director (Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director) and working closely with the UF Deputy General Counsel for Health Affairs (UF Deputy/HA) and other OGC leadership.  The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will have a senior role, in coordination with the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director, in managing and enhancing and overseeing the staff, systems and operations of the OGC Contracts Unit.  The Unit is responsible for providing contracts- and transactions- related services for a wide range of  affiliations, goods, services and resource needs, and academic programs of, the deans, colleges, centers and institutes of the UF Gainesville and Jacksonville Health Science Centers (HSCs), the colleges' practice plans and other private entities affiliated with UF and supporting the faculty or activities of the HSCs.  The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will also have a senor role in assisting the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director in maintaining the Contracts Unit's accountability to, and close, regular and direct advisory relationship with, the deans and heads of the colleges, centers and institutes and, as warranted, the UF Senior Vice President for Health Affairs (SVP/HA). Such services are also anticipated to be provided to UF's affiliated clinical enterprise, including its academic hospitals.  The UF HSCs and their affiliated Shands academic hospitals and other affiliated health affairs entities participate in a close collaboration called "UF Health" and have strong mission alignment with UF.  This position is anticipated to be based in Jacksonville, but will provide services to both Jacksonville and Gainesville HSCs and across the UF Health endeavor, as needed and assigned by the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director, UF Deputy/HA, or UF Vice President and General Counsel (UF VP/GC).  This position will coordinate and communicate closely with the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director, but will be expected to work with a significant degree of independence on day-to-day contracting matters that arise in the Jacksonville HSC and on significant work assigned to this position across the enterprise.  This position will also provide expertise and work on other health affairs legal matters as needed and assigned.


To fulfill his or her role, the Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director must effectively perform his or her duties to high standards of substantive legal and behavioral competence, as evaluated by the UF Deputy/HA and the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director under the following OGC principles: client service, collaboration, professionalism, accountability, sustainability and integrity.  The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director must demonstrate a positive, context-sensitive, and productive working relationship with the leadership of the HSCs and other components of UF Health, and close partnership with the Deputy General Counsel of Shands Teaching Hospitals and Clinics, Inc., the Vice President and Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs of the Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Inc., other Shands entity lawyers and OGC colleagues, including the UF Senior University Counsel for Health Affairs based in Jacksonville but serving Gainesville as well (Sr. Counsel/HA).  The aim of this close partnership is to further the success of UF Health and realize strength and the greatest benefits for "One UF," meaning all of UF and its family of affiliates including all in the UF-related health affairs enterprise, aligned in support of UF's mission.  The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will work closely with the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director, UF Deputy/HA, Sr. Counsel/HA, other UF health affairs and contracts lawyers, and Shands lawyers to maximize the efficient development and implementation of contracts and legal advice for the entire UF Health endeavor, consistently with One UF and UF-wide policy and interests. 


The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director must have knowledge of, and a high level of expertise in, most (if not all) of the following areas and will demonstrate the ability to acquire expertise in the remaining areas: (a) health affairs policy, funding structures, and organizations and related regulations and laws (e.g., federal and state health care fraud, waste, and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement regulations, tax codes and restrictions related to exempt organizations, and HIPAA/HITECH) that affect academic health centers and medical colleges, faculty, residents, staff, and students; (b) the inter-relationship of academic health science centers with their affiliated clinical enterprises, including teaching hospitals; and (c) structuring, negotiating and documenting strategic initiatives and affiliations, acquisitions, finance and other transactions and contracts, particularly in a health affairs settings.  He or she should have substantial experience in-house or in a law firm setting with significant transactional experience in procurement transactions (materials and services acquisition), affiliations, and other transactional matters for academic medical centers.  Demonstrated ability to support efficient, competent, and effective operations is important.


The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will have a senior role, in coordination with the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director, in direction and training to the OGC Contracts Unit lawyers, paralegals and support staff in Jacksonville and Gainesville to maximize the value of the OGC Contracts Unit and apply the appropriate level and type of legal expertise to contracts and transactions for the HSCs.  He or she will also work with other colleagues in the OGC to ensure that subject matter experts (e.g., employment counsel, tax counsel, intellectual property counsel, research compliance experts, corporate and governance experts, etc.) are appropriately consulted and made part of the contract review and development process, as necessary. (This position will be expected to be able to handle a wide range of issues arising in contracts, with some guidance from experts as needed, and to provide substantial support for any expert whose direct involvement is warranted on more complex or high-stakes specialized issues.) The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will have a senior role in coordination with and to assist the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director in developing and refining the mechanisms by which improvements in contract review, structuring, negotiation, and development process, including eliminating unnecessary contracts and more efficient processes, templates, and use of staff and other resources, and to devise means for implementation and measurement.  The Counsel/Contracts Deputy Director will have a senior role in assisting the Sr. Counsel/Contracts Director in the development and implementation of systems and strategies to ensure that the work of the OGC Contracts Unit is efficient (avoiding unnecessary contracting and complexity), incorporates prudent controls without unnecessary bureaucracy, supports the mission of UF, including all of UF Health, is well-aligned with the mission of UF, and has been vetted by appropriate leadership.


Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience

Minimum Requirements:

Law degree (L.L.B. or J.D.) and five years of experience as an attorney. Must be a member of the Florida Bar or become a member within twelve months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: The person holding this position must possess a JD or L.L.B. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and have a minimum of 5 years of experience practicing law, with considerably more experience being appropriate.  This position is equivalent to that of a junior partner or more senior lawyer in a private law firm and would be appropriate for lawyers with significantly more experience than the minimum.  This position must also have excellent operational, project management, change management, and administrative skills, analytical ability, writing skills, listening and oral communications skills, diplomacy, finesse and interpersonal skills, and well developed, excellent judgment and skill in when to be appropriately assertive or adversarial, when to be deferential or conciliatory, in garnering consensus, and in distinguishing between high and low priority legal issues.  Training and marked accomplishment in an excellent private law firm or in the law office of, or representing, a large university or tax-exempt organization are helpful, as is experience in or representing the public sector.  A deep and sophisticated level of substantive expertise in the primary areas relevant to transactions for, and on behalf of, an academic health center, faculty practice plan, clinic and other entities for which this position is responsible is required.  The ability to support good management, efficient and effective operations, and appropriate change are critical.  Enthusiasm for the academic, research and service mission of great academic institutions is essential.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload a résumé, cover letter, and list of three professional references.


The position is open until filled, review will begin immediately.


Health Assessment Required: No

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