General Counsel, Penn State Health; Associate General Counsel, The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Office of the President
General Counsel
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Organization Overview: Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across central Pennsylvania. The health system includes Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children`s Hospital, Penn State Cancer Institute, and Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital (jointly owned with Select Medical), based in Hershey, PA, as well as more than 1,300 physicians and direct care providers at 78 medical office locations. The system also has jointly owned health care providers, including Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, Hershey Endoscopy Center, Horizon Home Healthcare and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine, the University`s medical school. Position Overview: As General Counsel of Penn State Health, this position has ultimate responsibility for legal affairs of a health system encompassing a 550 bed academic medical center, a 200 bed community hospital, ancillary provider organizations, approximately 1,300 physicians and direct care providers and a total of of 13,000 employees, with current revenues of approximately $2 billion. As Associate General Counsel of The Pennsylvania State University, this position is responsible for legal affairs of the Penn State College of Medicine, serving as liaison with the University as the parent entity of Penn State Health, and assisting as required with legal services on behalf of the University. Reports to: General Counsel for The Pennsylvania State University; Chief Executive Officer of Penn State Health and Dean of the College of Medicine; Board of Directors of Penn State Health. Responsibilities: Provides authoritative input into development of short- and long-range health system goals and plans in order to ensure the health system maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations; oversees all merger and acquisition transactions, coordinating with specialized outside counsel (e.g., antitrust) and participates directly in negotiations as necessary and required; reviews a variety of health system-wide as well as departmental policies, procedures and programs for potential legal problems. Recommends changes to same as necessary; works closely with health system compliance leadership on policy development, and responding to compliance issues arising from outside investigations or internal complaints; participates in negotiations with outside contractors, organizations, and the like, on matters of material importance to the health system and College of Medicine; acts as liaison with outside counsel regarding cases involving litigation between the health system or College of Medicine and other parties; participates on a variety of committees in order to gather and exchange information regarding health system operations and to recommend actions to be taken; participates in all meetings of the Board of Directors of Penn State Health and, as necessary, subsidiary boards of directors; provides legal guidance to board and committee chairs, all corporate officers, and other management representatives as required; advises Dean of the College of Medicine and academic administrators on legal matters arising in the College of Medicine, including student admissions and dismissals, faculty matters, research compliance, and scientific misconduct; develops, secures approval of and administers departmental budget. Monitors adherence to same, initiating changes as necessary; interviews, hires, develops, evaluates the performance of subordinate personnel, presently consisting of three attorneys; represents the health system to courts, government agencies, and the like regarding most complex legal problems and/or issues having large financial impact on the health system; assigns work to subordinate staff, regularly reviews work load, and reviews attorney work product as necessary; provides advice to governmental relations staff on legislative and regulatory initiatives, and interact with legislators and agency officials as required. Qualifications: Education: L.L.B. or J.D. from an accredited law school. Bar: Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or admitted to and in good standing to the Bar of at least one state and eligible for admission to the Pennsylvania bar as in-house counsel. Key Skills: A minimum of 15 years of healthcare law experience gained either in a corporate counsel setting in a non-profit academic hospital or health system or in a private law firm in positions of progressively increasing responsibility and scope over time, experience in the areas of hospital/healthcare business operations and contracting, hospital/physician contracting, and business transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and financings; knowledge of and experience in antitrust, physician relationships, tax-exempt status, managed care and risk contracting, faculty appointment and tenure issues, Medicare and non-profit corporate law; deep understanding of the regulations impacting the provision of healthcare services and hospital operations, including a strong command of laws and regulations relating to reimbursement and state and federal fraud and abuse laws (with specific experience with the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute and the False Claims Act); litigation experience, including managing and participation in depositions, trials and appeals is desirable but not required; experience consulting and advising a health system CEO, Dean of the College of Medicine and Senior Academic Administrators, senior health system management, Board of Directors, medical staff and other stakeholders with regard to overall strategic direction for the organization, legal issues, public policy, risk and advocacy; experience in leading and managing attorneys and a demonstrated ability to be an effective leader within an established legal department; experience effectively developing and implementing strategy, in partnership with outside counsel as appropriate, to address complex litigation and regulatory inquiries; executive leadership and ability to see and handle more than the legal issues of a project; strong, pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice, a strategic and innovative thinker who can develop and articulate a clear understanding of the organization strategy from all perspectives and find creative solutions to complex legal problems; strong written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization; gravitas, judgment and self-confidence but also respect for others, regardless of position, and willingness to work as a team member; personal credibility and the ability to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely and quickly, in a manner that is useful and easily understood by the client; proven track record of strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and people management skills and the ability to influence and build relationships without direct authority; proven ability to work in a complex corporate environment as a collaborative and collegial member of the team; positive attitude and be proactive, nimble, creative and flexible in thought, and able to adapt to a complex and changing environment.

How To Apply On This Position

Submit a resume in Microsoft Word format with a letter describing your interest and relevant skills addressed to: Deborah Thompson, Managing Director,, and Michael Shulklapper, Managing Director, No calls please. You may be required to complete additional documents to be considered for this position.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088