VP/General Counsel

  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • 2550 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Sep 02, 2021
Full Time Administration/Operations

Job Description

ABOUT MHA
The Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) mission is to advance the health of individuals and
communities through leadership, advocacy and collaboration on behalf of Minnesota hospitals and
health systems. Since 1917, MHA has worked to equip Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems with
leading-edge resources, best practices and guidance to provide high-quality care and contributions that
extend into the communities they serve. MHA provides services to hospital and health system members
in areas including federal and state advocacy, continuous quality improvement and patient safety,
communications, data and information services, education and professional development, finance, legal
services, and priority issue support.


SUMMARY
MHA’s General Counsel provides legal and regulatory advice, guidance, and representation internally to
MHA and its related entities, and externally to members and their legal counsel on a wide variety of
issues, including but not limited to facility licensure, business, transactional, governance, tax issues,
regulatory, compliance, privacy, antitrust matters and Medicare and Medicaid regulations. The position
is part of the senior executive team and serves as the lead staff to appropriate committees. Internally at
MHA, the General Counsel is responsible for legal affairs, including contracts, negotiations, structuring
and compliance issues, corporate governance, litigation management, employment matters and
business transactions. The General Counsel assists various internal divisions including the policy team in
analyzing state and federal legislative proposals and assists in state and federal lobbying efforts as
requested; and the shared services team, quality/safety team, data/analytics team and the service
corporation with legal, contract and negotiation related topics.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide legal advice and guidance to MHA and any subsidiary corporations thereof, whether
not-for-profit or for-profit
Maintain the highest level of professional and ethical standards, acting in compliance with both
the letter and spirit of applicable laws and regulations
Serve as corporate Compliance Officer and administers the organizational compliance program
Develop and maintain required corporate documents, including articles, bylaws, policies,
licenses corporate, minutes, regulatory filings and contracts
Assume responsibility for Association’s involvement in litigation. Determine when outside
counsel should be used, and manage the process
Work with MHA members and their respective attorneys on legislative, health law, regulatory,
judicial and general business issues
Advise members regarding the legal implications of their operational activities to ensure
compliance with applicable laws and regulations and advise members to seek independent legal
counsel when there are potential financial or other liability concerns.
Staff applicable MHA committees including the MHA In House Legal Counsel Committee,
compliance officers’ group and other committees as assigned

Collaborate with members, related organizations and stakeholders to educate them on hospital
and health system issues and promote common goals
Manage the legal implications of the operational activities of MHA and any subsidiary
corporations
Maintain and oversee all agreements and contracts at MHA and all subsidiaries including
drafting, negotiating, finalizing, and cataloging so that contracts are easily accessible to
appropriate staff and compliance and organizational risk is continuously assessed and mitigated
Provide bill analysis on proposed legislation on the state and federal level, as well as propose
amendments to legislation to advance the organization’s strategies
Create summaries of new laws and regulations that will assist members in maintaining
compliance
Serve as liaison with selected outside legal firms and monitor and evaluate their activities
Participate in AHA Allied Legal Counsel group and other relevant health law societies and groups
Other duties and tasks as assigned

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to Nathalie Squire, Office Manager, nsquire@mnhospitals.org.
MHA and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. All employment decisions at MHA are based
on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion,
sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation,
marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit
factors.

Qualifications

Law degree from accredited law school and license to practice law in Minnesota required
10+ years of experience in a health law related legal practice, preferably in Minnesota
In-depth knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and judicial issues that affect the health care
community on state and federal levels required
Strong public speaking and writing skills, including the ability to clearly describe complex issues
Ability to handle detailed, complex concepts/problems and make decisions regarding legal
issues
Ability to prepare legal documents with minimum supervision
Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with MHA members, outside agencies,
government entities and other stakeholders
Ability to think creatively and strategically
Effective leadership, facilitation, and interpersonal skills
Ability to handle multiple competing demands and prioritize workload


LANGUAGE ABILITY
Ability to write reports, speeches, briefs, articles and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before
boards, members, or other stakeholder groups. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret legislative bills,
governmental rules and regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
from members, government officials and the general public. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints
from the government, members, regulatory agencies, or the community.


COMPUTER SKILLS
Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite.

Schedule

M-F

Employment Type (feed only)

Full-time