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State of Massachusetts Chief Deputy General Counsel Health Care Licensure in Boston, Massachusetts

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a Chief Deputy General Counsel to oversee legal counsel for the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality (BHCSQ) and Bureau of Health Professions Licensure (BHPL), including healthcare facility licensure and the determination of need program. The Chief Deputy also helps develop and revise policies and regulations concerning program activities, reviews proposed legislation with program and other staff, and provides legal guidance on the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer code of conduct. The Chief Deputy supervises several attorneys who provide the day-to-day services for both BHCSQ and BHPL. The selected candidate will coordinate and prioritize regulatory projects in an environment of reduced legal and program resources to meet program needs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. To accomplish this goal, the Chief Deputy will ensure that proper training is provided and continually updated for department attorneys and staff to promote compliance with legal requirements related to contracts, grant requirements, public records, records retention, open meeting law, and state ethics law. /_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/ Staff Management* * * Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates several attorneys who manage Health Professions Licensure Prosecutors, BHPL Counsels, and BHCSQ attorneys; makes hiring recommendations. * Formulates program priorities and goals with input from the General Counsel. * Assesses staff workload and delegates appropriate caseload to staff; ensures collaboration across caseloads for staff. * Ensures that DPH programs can carry out their mission in a manner consistent with the Department's legal authority and the substantive provisions of federal and state law. Legal/Healthcare Licensing * * * Coordinates legal services to BHPL and to programs in BHCSQ, includingthe Determination of Need program. * Serves as point person for coordination with industry representatives and outside counsel on legal issues relating to healthcare safety and quality. * Develops and revises policies and regulations concerning healthcare licensure program activities. * Reviews proposed legislation and work with bureaus and other staff to prepare comments. * Evaluates Determination of Need materials and work with staff to monitor compliance with legal requirements. * Presents on any of the above to public meetings, including the Public Health Council. * Serves as point person for coordination with stakeholders, outside counsel, and other state agencies on legal issues relating to healthcare safety and quality.* *Health Professions Licensure Reorganization * Assesses the legal needs of the 13 boards being transferred to DPH in summer of 2022. * Determines appropriate legal structure to support HPL Boards including counsels, prosecutors, and hearing officers Department Support for General Counsel * *Serves as part of a four (4) member senior leadership team and provides support as requested. * Assists in analysis of state budget and proposed legislation. * Provides tracking of regulations under development by the Department. * Partners with managers to determine caseload for attorneys and to prioritize regulation review. * Serves as general Department Support as requested by General Counsel. * * Coordinates and oversees special projects. /_ _/ /_Preferred Qualifications:_///// * Must be a member of the Massachusetts Bar in good standing. * At least six (6) years of professional experience in the practice of law. * Familiarity with public health, contract, and administrative law. * Extensive skill and experience in legal analysis, statutory drafting, and interpretation, and writing and analyzing regulations. * Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of law including methods and ability to conduct legal research and technical report writing. * Ability to express arguments clearly and logically in oral and written forms. * Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively with diverse groups of people and cross-functional project teams. * Capacity to exercise discretion in safeguarding information through compliance with rules of disclosure. * Demonstrated understanding and experience in legal research and analysis, oral and written advocacy, and creative problem solving preferably in an in-house or outside counsel to public agencies, private businesses, or other organizations. * A solid desire to work in a fast-paced and collaborative legal department. * Aptitude in analyzing, interpreting, applying facts, rules, policies, and decisions while analyzing legal problems and offering legal opinions. * Strong critical thinking, problem solving with the ability to managing relationships both internally and externally. * Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and Outlook. /_ _/ /_About the Department of Public Health:_//_ _/ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. /Learn more about our important work:/http://www.mass.gov/dph _Pre-Offer Process:_ A tax & background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired. Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions, please the contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2. /_ _/ MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience. II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. III. A Graduate degree or higher in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience. IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Legal Services* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Chief Deputy General Counsel Health Care Licensure Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street Requisition ID: 230009Q2