Executive Director, Jaharis Health Law Institute

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Job Details

The Highlights: The Mary & Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI), which is funded by a generous endowment from the Jaharis Family Foundation, powers DePaul’s nationally-ranked health law program. JHLI’s mission is to respond to the ethical, legal, and moral challenges facing the health care field. Among its many endeavors, JHLI hosts high-impact programming and an annual symposium; collaborates with local and national leaders in the field and with an interdisciplinary group of health-focused programs; mentors and advises DePaul students pursuing a career in health law; publishes original content in the form of a blog and health-focused law review; and partners with practitioners to offer an array of employment opportunities for its students. JHLI has earned a strong local reputation and has gained national and international attention for its work. The Executive Director works in partnership with the Faculty Director of the Institute on strategic planning and vision for JHLI, and also works independently to both plan and oversee the important work of the Institute.

What You'll Do:

  • Plan academic programming and engage in community outreach on behalf of the Institute.
  • Plan JHLI’s high-impact annual symposium on a topic at the intersection of health law and intellectual property and/or information technology, with advice and oversight from DePaul faculty members.
  • Work with the Institute’s Student Board to plan other programming throughout the year, including a CLE speaker series, book talks, and other academic programming.
  • Collaborate with other academic centers and institutions—both within and outside DePaul—on programming and other joint initiatives.
    Implement policies to attract the participation of qualified students and implement policies to support those students in their coursework and career goals in health law .
  • Work with the Director of Admissions for the College of Law to attract and recruit qualified students to enroll in DePaul’s various health law degree programs.
  • Advise and mentor health law students and coordinate JHLI’s professional mentorship program that matches students with a practitioner in the field.
  • Run the summer scholars program, which provides qualified first and second-year DePaul health law students with paid summer positions at some of the most distinguished law firms and health organizations in Chicago.
  • Plan internal programming for the benefit of Institute fellows such as career panels and course advising sessions.
  • Work to expand the pro bono and community service work that the Institute coordinates on behalf of interested students.
  • Ensure high-quality content-creation for Institute publications.
  • Edit the Institute’s student-written blog, focusing on cutting edge legal issues affecting the health law field.
  • Work with the Faculty supervisor of the DePaul Health Law Journal to attract quality scholarship for publication.
    Engage in strategic planning and marketing efforts to promote the reputation of the Institute.
  • Engage in strategic planning along with the Faculty Director of the Institute and the Dean of the College of Law to further the impact of the Institute and ensure it is a nationally-recognized center of excellence.
  • Pursue strategic alliances to further the goals of the Institute, the Law School, and the University.
  • Work with Director of Marketing for the College of Law to market the work of the Institute
    Participate in fundraising, promoting alumni relations, and administering to the budget of the Institute .
  • Engage DePaul’s health law alumni.
    Oversee the Institute’s Advisory Board, to utilize the skill and passion of Board members to the benefit of the Institute.
  • Work with Development personnel to fundraise for the Institute and its students.
  • Administer to a budget and employ responsible financial planning for the Institute.
    The Executive Director may also engage in independent scholarly activities, including research and writing, lecturing, and teaching, as appropriate.
  • Administer to a budget and employ responsible financial planning for the Institute.

What You'll Need:

  • J.D. Degree preferred, but MPH, MJ, or comparable degrees are acceptable as long as candidate can demonstrate relevant health law work experience
  • At least five years of work experience in the field of health law and/or health policy, with experience at the intersection of health and intellectual property or health and information technology preferred
  • Excellent writing skills, people skills, and project management capabilities
  • The Executive Director may also engage in independent scholarly activities, including research and writing, lecturing, and teaching, as appropriate.
  • Written work or publications in the area of health law and/or health policy are preferred but not required.


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Top choice medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Retirement plan matching contribution of 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Full-Time Benefits
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.

Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)  
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act  

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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