Job Description

Facility: Valleywise Health Medical Center

Department: Legal Services

Schedule: Regular FT 40 Hours Per Week

Shifts: Days

At Valleywise Health, we're on a mission to create a healthier, happier Valley for all - and we're always searching for talented, passionate people to join our team.
As the Senior Counsel-Health Care Law and Public Sector Governance for Valleywise Health, you will work under the direction of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel to provide expert legal counsel relating to employment law and general litigation management for Valleywise. You’ll be responsible for assisting Valleywise Departments with a wide range of laws and regulations applicable to employment, including, but not limited to, Title VII, ADEA, OWBPA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, the Arizona Civil Rights Act, and other state and federal obligations. This position works with the Director of Risk Management on evaluating claims and supervising outside counsel in litigation involving the District. This position will also support the Behavioral Health Department on court-ordered evaluation/treatment and guardianship issues.
The Senior Counsel-Health Care Law and Public Sector Governance position is expected to be a vital business partner to leaders across the organization. As a member of the Valleywise Health Legal Services team, you will play an essential role in researching and advising the organization on a wide array of matters affecting the day-to-day operations of a public health care system.
Valleywise Health is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive benefits designed to help our employees and their families stay physically and financially fit. Known for the diversity of not only the community of patients we serve but also our workforce and the benefits we offer, such as:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 100% Retirement Match in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Sick and Extended Illness Bank
  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs
You also could qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (may forgive the remaining balance on a federal student loan made directly by the U.S. Department of Education after qualifying).
Annual Salary Range: $118,289.60 - $174,470.40
This role is onsite, with the opportunity to work remotely two (2) days a week.
  • Must have graduated from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited school of law.
  • Requires a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible legal work experience in either a law firm, in-house legal department, or governmental entity that demonstrates a high level of understanding of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in labor and employment law is preferred.
  • Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona or licensed in another state and registered and licensed to practice law in Arizona within one (1) year of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Candidates should have a broad knowledge of federal and Arizona state employment laws and regulations, with a minimum of (3) years of employment law and litigation experience preferred.
  • Must have experience handling DOL and EEOC matters, drafting position statements, and advising on employment policies and practices.
  • Requires a thorough understanding of the principles of civil law and experience in litigation management, including, but not limited to, taking and defending depositions, managing discovery, strategy formulation, and assessing case value.
  • Requires knowledge of state and federal constitutional and statutory provisions relating to special health care districts, state open meeting and public records laws, and conflict of interest laws.
  • Requires general knowledge of mental health services laws and regulations.
  • Manages tasks in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment where priorities change quickly, coordinates deadlines, prioritizes work demands, assigns/monitors work (based on assignment), and supervises full-time staff.
  • Must communicate orally in English with employees, senior management, the Board of Directors, and the public in group, face-to-face, and one-to-one settings.
  • Must have solid analytical and problem-solving skills and utilize the appropriate management techniques to plan, organize, control, and coordinate activities.
  • Must manage priorities in a dynamic environment and adapt to change quickly and positively.
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-directed and excellent organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to work as a team member with peers, other managers, staff, and senior leadership.
  • Must possess good customer service and communications skills, the ability to work with professionals and maintain confidentiality standards.

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