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Contracts and Compliance Associate

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University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Overview

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

Under the direction of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) Deputy Executive Vice Chancellor for Management (DEVCM), who directs and oversees UMMS’ Office of Management (OOM) within the Office of Administration and Finance, the Contracts and Compliance Associate is responsible for advising business and research personnel in matters of contract drafting, negotiation, and compliance with contractual, healthcare and/or research data privacy and compliance / legal requirements.

 

The OOM provides assistance to UMMS’ Departments and business units in addressing and managing areas of risk, data privacy and compliance requirements related to UMMS’ business and research operations.  The OOM’s privacy and compliance personnel also provide workforce training regarding data privacy and compliance and advise on issues for Commonwealth Medicine (CWM), a health-care consulting division of UMMS, and other UMMS departments regarding research grants and data privacy requirements.  The overall legal authority for the University of Massachusetts (University) and its five campuses (including UMMS) is the Office of General Counsel (OGC), which is within the University’s President’s Office, and this position is not within the University’s OGC but rather within the OOM at UMMS, which coordinates its on-campus risk management and legal-related efforts with the OGC. 

Responsibilities

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft and review business, consultant and research contracts, including but not limited to healthcare services contracts, research grants, business associate agreements, data management agreements, data use agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Consult with UMMS’ and CWM’s programs and business units, and advise their staff, managers, directors and department heads to help ensure that activities being performed are in accordance with federal, state and contractual requirements.
  • Work with UMMS’ Information Security Office to advise UMMS workforce in matters related to protecting data and reviewing and fulfilling data security requirements in contracts.
  • Draft and update privacy and compliance policies, standards, and procedures, and assist business units to adapt and implement their departmental data privacy standards to meet their business needs and contractual requirements.
  • Assist business units in identifying their risk areas with periodic risk analyses.
  • Develop and help conduct annual training related to privacy and compliance policies and standards.
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing privacy, HIPAA, and data security and identify how they impact UMMS and CWM operations.
  • Conduct investigations of noncompliance and recommend mitigation measures. 
  • Assist UMMS Department and business units with potential conflict of interest issues and public procurement requirements.
  • Research and respond to ad hoc risk and legal-related inquiries.
Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A J.D. degree and a current and valid license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 4-8 years relevant legal experience in contract administration, healthcare and/or privacy and compliance.
  • Prior experience in contract drafting and review, developing policies and procedures, and the ability to issue spot and analyze legal implications.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting the field of healthcare and/or data privacy and compliance, including HIPAA and M.G.L. c. 93H.
  • Strong ability to write memos and make oral presentations.
Additional Information

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Massachusetts government, healthcare, research, or public sector legal experience including providing advice and counsel to corporate, government or healthcare clients.
  • Experience with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services (including MassHealth) and/or the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a plus.
  • Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) or Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC).
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) or Privacy Law Specialist (PLS).

 

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Organization

Realize Your Opportunities – A Career at UMASS Medical School

Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

Mission and Culture

  • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
  • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
  • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
  • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
  • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
  • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
  • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 

Careers

UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!

Benefits

With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

• Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

• People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

• Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

• Breadth of Offerings - Above all, the breadth of UMMS offerings set the School apart and makes it an environment favored by all sorts of smart, career-savvy people.

Apply for a Job

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

Online - To view all job opportunities and apply online, visit www.umassmed.edu/hr and click on the “Careers” tab.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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