University Counsel III – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

University Counsel III, Health Sciences Counsel

Keck Medicine of USC

The University Counsel III will serve as a member of the Office of the General Counsel’s (“OGC”) health sciences team and provide legal support to the University, including Keck Medicine of USC, on a broad range of healthcare issues. This role will provide expert advice and counsel in various areas of healthcare law, which may include regulatory, licensing, accreditation, professional board licensing, scope of practice, provider enrollment, Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance, government payor reimbursement, medical staff management, clinical research, privacy & HIPAA, consent, and risk management.

The position will be expected to manage high profile risk matters and engage and oversee outside counsel. An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate a willingness to accept significant responsibility, navigate high conflict environments and manage a challenging workload within a fast-paced environment. Other responsibilities for this role include proactively communicating with University and health system leadership team on new laws and emerging trends that can impact health care operations.

The University Counsel III will execute USC’s vision while championing USC’s culture and values. This individual will maintain honesty and impartiality when providing counsel and advice; develop trusting, credible relationships; demonstrate ethical judgment; practice confidentiality; contribute to an inclusive environment by building and maintaining collaborative relationships with team members, peers, and leaders across OGC, University and health system; and uphold the principles of the USC Integrity and Accountability Code. Reporting directly to the Deputy General Counsel of Keck Medicine of USC, this position will be located at the University’s Health Sciences Campus with periodic reporting at the University Park Campus. Experience in higher education is strongly preferred but not required.

  • Compensation: $230,000 – $250,000, position is bonus-eligible.

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA/Hybrid

  • Relocation: Locals strongly preferred.

  • Bar: Member in good standing with the California State Bar.

Scope of Potential Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance to USC and health system leadership on health care matters. Establish rapport and develop strong relationships with health system leaders at all levels.

  • Proactively advise management on compliance with healthcare laws in a manner that accomplishes business objectives without undue risk.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the health system’s business, people, markets, brands, facilities, customers, and competitors to identify trends, regulatory enforcement trends, anticipate issues, provide solutions and formulate appropriate long-term strategies.

  • Monitor legislation, regulations, case law, and government enforcement activities, relating to the above substantive legal areas, and provide proactive strategic advice.

  • Manage and drive the strategy for a variety of affiliations, acquisitions, joint ventures employment and clinical staffing arrangements.

  • Provide legal support for audits and investigations concerning potential violations of applicable policies or laws.

  • Counsel and advise on items relating to compliance with federal and state governmental agency requirements, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Managed Health Care, Department of Health Care Services, Office of Civil Rights, and Title IX.

  • Participate in and/or lead relevant enterprise committees and task forces, including policy development and performance management initiatives.

  • Advise on proposed communications with legal implications.

  • Perform other related responsibilities as requested and when necessary. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Candidate Characteristics

Candidate should demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Excellent judgment and the ability to think proactively, act quickly and seek advice when appropriate.

  • Superb communication (written and verbal), presentation, analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of an organization and deliver advice in contentious and/or high-stress environments.

  • Strong reputation for discretion, integrity, judgment, responsiveness, and common sense.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate for University Counsel III must meet the following qualifications:

  • J.D. and member of California Bar.

  • Minimum seven (7) years’ experience at a law firm or as in-house counsel with a heavy focus on health law.

Preferred Experience:

The ideal candidate for University Counsel III will have experience with many of the following:

  • Advising on medical staff proceedings and medical board licensing matters.

  • In-house experience.

  • Academic environment.

Application Details

Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application.

The annual base salary range for this position is $230,000 – $250,000. The position is bonus-eligible. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Education: J.D.

Minimum Experience: 7 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: J.D. and member of California Bar. General business law with extensive litigation experience.

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