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Sr. Associate General Counsel for Health Sciences

Howard University

Interested applicants can submit their applications to:

To provide legal assistance on legal matters related to the education and training of health professionals, Health Sciences’ research activities, and the provision of health care including operational issues, patient care issues, state and federal statutory and regulatory matters including compliance with Medicaid and Medicare rules and regulations, and business and contractual matters.

Responsible for supervision of staff as delegated by the Deputy General Counsel for Health Sciences and providing supervision for one or more functions within a department. Formally plans, assigns, directs, and coordinates the work of these functions. Typically, responsible for performing some non-supervisory duties in addition to supervisory responsibilities. May perform staff evaluations and make recommendations regarding pay and/or performance.

Internal contacts include University Officials, administrators, faculty, staff of the University and University Hospital. External contacts include vendors, contractors, and attorneys in private firms.


  • Respond to University and Hospital officials’ requests for advice in areas of responsibility. Serves as the office resource on the current status of law and emerging legal developments in the law as related to health and health care administration.
  • Provide counsel to Health Sciences, including Howard University Hospital, the University’s Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, the clinical practice plans and the Health Sciences library.
  • Advise and support Senior Executives on legal and regulatory implications of operational initiatives.
  • Advise and counsel Medical Staff on legal issues related to credentialing and physician quality monitoring activities.
  • Prepare and coordinate agendas and materials for governing body meetings. Serve as staff liaison to Health Sciences governing and management committees.
  • Draft and negotiate for subsequent approval by the University and University Hospital officers, contracts and other business transactions involving University and University Hospital resources principally related to Health Sciences.
  • Conduct legal research and prepares related memoranda. Supervise research performed by paralegals and interns.
  • Review claims and matters that may become legal claims and prepares related correspondence.
  • Supervise preparation of legal documents such as pleadings, responses to charges and information requests, agreements, opinions and advisory memoranda.
  • Gather and supervise other staff in the gathering of factual information related to University and Hospital legal matters.
  • Represent the University and Hospital in legal and quasi-legal proceedings. Also may represent the University and Hospital in hearings, meetings, and other forums related to University and Hospital legal matters.
  • Provide legal expertise and otherwise represents the office in meetings with University officials and individuals outside the university.


  • Ability to plan, direct and conduct independent legal research and related analyses on a variety of health law issues and health affairs matters.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and conduct fact-finding investigations and to develop related recommendations.
  • Ability to write lucid, persuasive, properly substantiated legal documents and to strengthen such skills in others.
  • Ability to prepare and review contractual documents and provide legal advice with respect to business transactions.
  • Ability to observe, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively with senior leadership of the University, clients and with third parties, which includes representing the organization to customers, the public, government officials, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. May include attendance at and representation of the Office of the General Counsel in meetings and other activities involving senior leadership.
  • Ability to analyse information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Ability to identify possible need for action and to plan and establish short-term and long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively.
  • Ability to oversee and personally carry out appropriate assignment with minimal guidance or supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious and effective work relations with students, staff, faculty, University officials and the general public.
  • Ability to work productively under pressure, to adhere to and to enforce deadlines and to project need for and effectuate team efforts required to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to follow guidance to provide effective guidance and supervision.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.

Juris Doctor from an accredited law school. Membership or eligibility for membership in the District of Columbia Bar. A minimum of ten to twelve years health law experience.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.


  • The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1316.

Interested applicants can submit their applications to: