Senior Counsel – Contracts at Nemours


Title: Senior Counsel-Contracts

  • Job Type: PERMANENT
  • Job Time: FULLTIME

Job Description:

As one of the nations leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children even those who may never enter our doors through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion guide our growth and strategy. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about, and committed to leading efforts to provide culturally relevant care, reducing health disparities, and helping build a diverse and inclusive team environment. All Nemours associates are expected to ensure that these philosophies are embedded in their day to day work with colleagues, patients and families.

The Senior Counsel-Contracts will provide general legal counsel to Nemours Childrens Health System business teams and will focus on counseling on and negotiating arrangements for the health system. The Senior Counsel will report to the Associate General Counsel. The candidate will act as a proactive business partner in achieving Nemours business goals and objectives, while protecting the Companys interests from a legal perspective by identifying and managing regulatory and other risks as well as providing timely, accurate and effective legal advice.

The role may be based in Wilmington, Delaware; Orlando, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida or full time telecommuting.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, review and negotiate agreements for various health systems business units, including but not limited to vendor agreements, consulting agreements; physician employment agreements, confidentiality agreements; and technology and licensing agreements.
  • Proven ability to independently lead and execute all stages in the contract life cycle, from preliminary/conceptual advice, through structuring, negotiating, drafting, closing, and any subsequent conflict resolution.
  • Ensure that all contracts accurately reflect business objectives as well as compliance with all laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Build relationships with internal business clients through a responsive, collaborative and solution oriented approach.
  • Actively counsel the business partners on commercial law, healthcare regulations, fraud & abuse, privacy, relevant policies and related topics.
  • Prepare and conduct training of business partners on contracts, commercial law, regulatory matters, templates, policies and other relevant topics.
  • Develop creative and compliant solutions to resolve complicated business challenges and customer disputes.
  • Keep management informed about the impact of legislative, judicial, and regulatory developments affecting the policies and operations of the business.
  • Work collaboratively with other associates in the Legal Department, as well as Nemours executives and business unit leaders of various operating divisions.
  • Select and manage outside counsel, on an as-needed basis and work with the Associate General Counsel on evaluating the cost and quality of services provided by external counsel.
  • Cooperate across corporate business units and departments and throughout a large enterprise structure to achieve optimal results while minimizing risk.
  • Participate in relevant committee meetings.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Skills, Knowledge, and Ability Requirements:

  • Strong background in contract law, commercial transactions, negotiations and document preparation
  • Fluency with the regulatory environments, including anti-kickback laws, fraud and abuse statutes, and privacy laws applicable to hospitals and physicians
  • Provide legal services in a responsive and efficient manner, collaborating with other legal and business personnel in a team oriented environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in dealing with people at all levels inside and outside of a company or firm and proven relationship building skills
  • Goal and process oriented, with a demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks; experience and judgment to plan and accomplish objectives in efficient manner
  • Hands-on attorney who can manage his/her own matters, with limited use or reliance upon outside counsel
  • Excellent communicate skills, both oral and written
  • Team player with passion, energy and commitment
  • Excellent judgment and ability to resolve complex issues effectively
  • Strong negotiating skills

Critical Competencies-Qualifications

  • U.S. law degree (J.D.) required
  • Admitted to practice in at least one state with the ability to obtain Delaware in-house counsel admission
  • At least four years experience with emphasis on contracting, healthcare regulatory and corporate and commercial matters in a law firm or healthcare company.

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