Senior Associate General Counsel

Connecticut, United States
29 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Yale University seeks a Senior Associate General Counsel for Health Affairs and Research to support the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the University’s health services and faculty practice. The Senior Associate General Counsel will advise on strategic alliances, complex transactions, as well as regulatory compliance related to clinical research and the delivery of medical care.

The Yale School of Medicine is one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research, advanced clinical care, and medical education. It ranks seventh among medical schools receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ninth in NIH dollars per faculty member. More than 1,500 Yale physicians provide care to patients from across the region and around the world.

The successful candidate will have at least ten years of healthcare law and relevant practice experience in a well-recognized, reputable firm or in-house legal department performing services for hospitals, health systems or academic medical centers. A combination of law firm and in-house experience is ideal. Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge of healthcare regulatory issues and the changing healthcare environment.

Essential Duties

  1. Work closely with a dynamic team of experienced professionals in the Office of the General Counsel to support the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing; Yale Health, the University’s captive staff model HMO; and Yale Medicine, the university’s faculty practice.
  2. Provide high-quality legal and strategic advice to university leadership and a diverse client base regarding the full spectrum of healthcare law issues.
  3. Interpret contracts, federal and state legal regulations, and written university policies and procedures and address compliance matters including HIPAA, Medicare, Medicaid, Stark law, Anti-Kickback, FDA compliance, and the Affordable Care Act.
  4. Interact with Yale-New Haven Hospital and related health system attorneys, as well as other affiliated health care systems and medical organizations.
  5. Advise university leaders on and engage in advocacy regarding the impact of federal and state regulatory proposals; and support the adaptation of or additions to relevant university policies and processes in response to enacted statutory or regulatory changes.
  6. Negotiate and draft contracts including affiliation agreements, clinical services agreements, professional services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, managed care agreements, telemedicine agreements.
  7. Counsel clients on health regulatory and reimbursement issues that could affect the structuring of health care transactions, practice acquisitions or business relationships.
  8. Advise on the settlement of claims and/or litigation.
  9. Research and draft memoranda, opinions and correspondence on legal issues affecting the university.
  10. Monitor developments in relevant areas of the law by keeping current on legal literature, networking with other attorneys, and attending conferences and seminars.
  11. Support effective and efficient use, coordination and management of outside counsel.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

J.D. and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a related area.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Outstanding analytical, negotiating, drafting and writing ability. Pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the broader consequences of legal advice.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication. Innovative thinking that adds value for clients and finds creative solutions to complex legal issues.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Interpersonal skills that foster successful interaction with a diverse array of legal colleagues, clients, and leaders at all levels including fellow attorneys, human resources and finance professionals, professors and physicians, and University administrators.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and initiatives, prioritizing and working independently in a highly collegial and high-performing environment. High degree of personal integrity, sound judgment and a commitment to accountability.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience with federal and state regulatory bodies on the interpretation and application of statutes, regulations and administrative codes. Experience in physician licensing and disciplinary matters, medical risk management, and healthcare liability defense. Experience with clinical trial agreements and other clinical research matters and/or basic science research is preferred.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Admission to the Connecticut bar at the time of or within one year of hire.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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