Assistant Legal Counsel
Assistant Legal CounselPosition Number:
Non-Union Non-Classified StaffPay Grade Level:
16Pay Grade Range:
Salary commensurate with education and experienceStatus :
Calendar Year, Full-time, PermanentDepartment:
Office of General CounselContact(s):
Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (https://jobs.uri.edu)Campus Location:
NoJob Description Summary:
Assist the Office of the General Counsel of the University in providing legal services to the University community and to the state higher education system as may be required.Duties and Responsibilities:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist the General Counsel by providing legal services to the departments, colleges, officials and employees of the University as directed by the General Counsel.
Provide legal advice and guidance to appropriate university officials, employees and staff on the full range of legal issues facing non-profit, public institutions of higher education; including without limitation,(i)research compliance issues, including human subject and animal welfare regulations, export control regulations, environmental health and safety, research integrity and misconduct, research contracts, public-private research collaborations, start-up technology companies, incubators, transactions involving technology transfer and related conflict of interest issues;(ii) employment law including equal employment opportunity and affirmative action issues, discrimination, harassment, as well as issues relating to faculty tenure and promotion; student conduct and discipline, student activities and athletics issues.
Provide legal services and advice related to various business services and transactions for legal sufficiency and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including without limitation, review, negotiation and drafting contracts, contract provisions, addenda and proposals, agreements and memorandum of agreements, student affiliation and clinical education agreements, software license, maintenance and support agreements, service contracts, concession contracts, employment agreements, and construction contracts, purchase orders, real estate agreements, leases and licenses.
Perform legal research and draft appropriate legal memorandum, reports and/or summaries as directed by the General Counsel.
Review and maintain currency with laws, rules and regulations affecting education, particularly higher education, and provide employee and staff training as directed by the General Counsel.
Represent the institution before agencies, boards, committees, commissions, and courts as directed by the General Counsel if licensed to practice law in the State of Rhode Island.
Assist appropriate university officials, employees and staff in developing legislation, rules, regulations and policies related to the institution.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
To serve as lead HIPAA counsel and co-chair of a HIPAA Compliance Oversight Committee subject to the oversight of the General Counsel. In this role, the additional duties will include the following: Drafting appropriate Policies and Procedures to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule; Overseeing and providing guidance related to enforcement of client and/or patient Privacy Rights; Updating Privacy Policies and Procedures (annually); Drafting compliant Notice of Privacy Practices to be sent to all patients; Drafting compliant Business Associate Agreements to be sent to all Business Associates; Updating any Business Associate Agreements as needed; Providing guidance regarding requests for access to health records or corrections to health records; Monitoring all covered units for compliance with Privacy Policies and Procedures; Notifying the HIPAA Security Officer of any Business Associate Agreements with companies that deal with ePHI, prior to the execution or amendment of any Agreements; Receiving and responding to complaints of alleged non-compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule; Cooperating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Civil Rights, other legal entities, and practice’s officers if there are any compliance reviews or investigations; and, Coordinating the training of all employees.
To serve as lead counsel on all Data Use and Healthcare Project related matters and agreements in addition to the duties related to HIPAA compliance subject to the oversight of the General Counsel. In this role, the additional duties will include the following: Develop, to the full extent possible, Master or Template Data Use Agreements with the agencies and entities providing data to URI faculty and research and project teams; Develop “standard clauses” for inclusion in Data Use Agreements, Healthcare Project Agreements, and other related agreements; As needed, lead or assist in the development of forms (e.g. data request applications), policies and procedures for review and approval of data for which URI is the custodian (e.g. Data Sparks data); Provide guidance to URI researchers and their project teams relating to data use agreements and/or other agreements relating to data analysis and healthcare related projects and programs; Provide guidance to the leaders of the Academic Health Collaborative, and other key faculty and administrators involved in data use and healthcare related projects;
Meet with all stakeholders involved in data use and healthcare projects as requested to provide necessary guidance for all planned and ongoing projects, provide proactive advice, and be available to respond to issues and questions as they arise; and, Act as principal negotiator as requested or assigned on behalf of the University and its project teams relating to data use and other agreements relating to data analysis and healthcare related projects and programs.
Provide counsel and legal services to the state higher education system, including the Office of Higher Education and its staff, as may be required.
Perform other related duties as required.
LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:
Personal computers, printers; word processing, spreadsheet and database software. License to practice law in the state of Rhode Island and be a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association at the time of appointment or, within one (1) year from said date, if also a member in good standing of the bar of any other state, be eligible to register with the Rhode Island Supreme Court as an “in-house counsel.”Required Qualifications:
1.Graduation from an accredited law school.
2.Minimum of five years experience as a practicing attorney.
3.Minimum of five years of direct relevant experience representing a large university or similar complex organization, laboratory or institution.
4.License to practice law in the state of Rhode Island and be a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association at the time of appointment or, within one (1) year from said date, if also a member in good standing of the bar of any other state, be eligible to register with the Rhode Island Supreme Court as an “in-house counsel”.
5.Demonstrated experience in legal research and writing.
6.Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
7.Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
8.Demonstrated supervisory experience.
9.Demonstrated ability to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, as well as governmental rules and regulations and communicate the interpretation to others.
10.Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.
11.Demonstrated collaborative and flexible work style.
12.Willingness to take on a broad range of responsibilities.Preferred Qualifications:
1.Minimum of three years of litigation experience, including mediation and arbitration, administrative law, labor law, equal opportunity law, real estate, contracts and intellectual property law.
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.Environmental Conditions:
This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.Posting Date:
05/27/2021Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:
(#1) Cover letter.
(#3) Other – References – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).Quicklink for Posting: