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Job Title: Chief Legal Affairs Officer
Department: President’s Office
Location: PCOM

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking a Chief Legal Affairs Officer (CLAO) for both the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses.  Reporting directly to the President as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Chief Legal Affairs Officer will oversee all legal matters for the college, and serve as the primary legal advisor to the President and CEO, members of cabinet, the organization’s senior management team, and the Board of Trustees of the college. This position will lead and manage the Legal, Compliance, Risk Management, Title IX, EEEO and Internal Audit functions. The CLAO will advise on major contracts and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and business and faculty agreements; regulatory compliance; tax-exempt bonds and other financing agreements; litigation; research and intellectual property matters, IT policy and systems; student and FERPA issues, labor and employment issues; medical staff and patient care matters; graduate medical education; and outside counsel management. Will negotiate, draft and implement a wide variety of complex, multi-party agreements, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and residency and clerkship affiliation agreements.  Will also develop, implement and manage a strategic plan for the provision of legal services in accordance with and in support of the college’s business plan.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • This position requires an advanced law degree.  At least 15 - 20+ years of legal experience gained through a combination of major law firm and in-house experience as a general counsel or senior managing in-house counsel, or equivalent.   Solid higher education/healthcare experience is strongly preferred, including in the areas of higher education business operations and contracting; faculty/physician contracting; business transactions, including joint ventures, mergers/acquisitions/dispositions, and financings; and higher education/healthcare regulatory and legal compliance, as is an excellent understanding of major federal laws, applicable state laws and related regulations that govern the provision of not-for-profit higher education and healthcare services. Experience representing higher education institutions is strongly preferred. Experience interacting with and/or managing Board operations, including preparation of materials for Board meetings; influencing the structure of agendas; and advising on various issues such as corporate governance and fiduciary duties, ethics and compliance, and strategic transactions. Must possess effective executive leadership skills 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 college’s strategy from all perspectives and find creative solutions to complex legal problems. Must be able to move easily between a hands-on, operations-focused view and a strategic outlook. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization; requires 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. Proven track record of strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and people management skills and the ability to influence and build relationships without direct authority. Ability to balance a general counsel’s need to be self-assured and forceful with the equally important need to communicate and manage with appropriate humility and respect.

 

 

 All inquiries must include salary requirements and should be directed to:

 

  Department of Human Resources
   Medical Office Building
   4190 City Avenue, Suite 144
   Philadelphia, PA 19131
   Call (215) 871-6500 
   Fax (215) 871-6506
   Email: hr@pcom.edu

 

PCOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Last Updated: 5/26/15