General Counsel

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Just a few of the Benefits enjoyed by PPIL employees…
-Company subsidized premiums on Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
-Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
-Mission focused work
-401k with employer matching
-100% company-paid Life Insurance
-100% company-paid Short and Long Term Disability Coverage
-Robust Employee Assistance Program
-Professional Development awards and opportunities
-Flexible Spending Accounts
-Free Medical Services at PPIL
-Pet Insurance
-No mandatory call for clinical staff

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) seeks an experienced healthcare generalist to develop and maintain the legal and compliance capacities of the agency, including seventeen health centers in Illinois and two corporate entities employing more than 300 employees.  The General Counsel is responsible for counseling the Affiliate on all legal and compliance matters affecting the Affiliate, including regulatory, contract, and risk issues.  The General Counsel reports directly to the President and CEO.  They are also an integral part of the Senior Leadership team.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the General Counsel:

1.Provide counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of matters involving PPIL.  

2.Ensure compliance with general healthcare law, health insurance law, state and federal regulations and statutes (including HIPAA, Medicaid, Title X, 340B, etc.), as well as corporate and tax law requirements, including limitations on political activities.

3.Draft and revise Affiliate policies, procedures, programs, regulations, communications, bylaws, briefs, and legal responses as needed. 

4.Works collaboratively with Senior Leadership, PPFA Litigation and Law and/or outside counsel to define a strategic defense plan to any and all claims made against PPIL.

5.In collaboration with PPFA Litigation and Law and/or outside counsel, provide internal management of all litigation filed against or on behalf of the Affiliate, including but not limited to pre-trial and trial activities.

6.Draft, negotiate, maintain, and oversee contracts, including professional service agreements, affiliation agreements, master service agreements, business associate agreements, non-disclosure agreements, facility use agreements, and independent contractor agreements for all areas of the Affiliate, including the education of staff regarding contractual requirements. 

7.Oversee the legal aspects of employment issues with outside counsel.

8.Ensure legal awareness training and legal subject-specific training for all staff.  Effectively communicate the importance of legal documents such as preservation notices, contracts, subpoenas, affidavits, etc.

9.Orient new staff, Board members, and volunteers to the legal issues faced by the Affiliate.  

10.Assist in the planning and strategic development process by providing legal advice relating to the operation of the Affiliate. 

11.Counsel the affiliate to determine and decrease risk, and monitor the performance of risk management plans to comply with regulations and accreditation requirements and develop a culture of quality, safety, and care.  Direct activities of staff in the investigation and management of potential risks and insurance claims.

12.Attend meetings of the various Boards of Directors and committees in order to provide reports pertaining to legal activities and consultation relating to Board procedures, bylaws, and other legal and corporate governance matters.

13.Oversee the selection, retention, management, and evaluation of all outside counsel.  Seek out and retain pro bono counsel where needed and/or available.

14.Provide ongoing communication of legal issues.  Engender trust among staff and patients, providing timely advice and counsel that non-lawyers will both understand and heed. 

15.Effectively represent the Affiliate to inside and outside constituents and stakeholders through community service, formal presentations, and marketing and legislative efforts. 

16.Be on-call as necessary to address questions and meet the needs of a dynamic healthcare organization.

Other Functions:
17.Participate in the Compliance, Risk, and Quality Management team to formulate and monitor the Affiliate’s compliance activities regularly and oversee internal and external reviews.

18.Provide compliance updates as required to the CRQM Committee, Quality Management Committee, and the Board of Directors.

19.Other duties as assigned.

20.Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to PPIL core values of access, activism, care, confidentiality, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, self-determination, and stewardship; practice these values in relations with internal and external customers.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, read, see and hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach.  The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Supervisor: President and CEO
Status: Full-time, exempt from the overtime provisions of wage and salary regulations.
Grade: 3


Education and Experience:

JD degree, admission to the Illinois Bar, and 10 years of professional experience in law, healthcare, social service, or nonprofit agencies required. Prior paid or volunteer work experience at Planned Parenthood is very helpful.  Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel required.  Other requirements include: 

•Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. 
•Ability to read, analyze, and interpret laws, legal documents, case law, contracts, compliance journals, financial reports, and regulatory language.
•Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or Boards of Directors, as well as outside counsel, government officials, and regulatory bodies.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its team based on factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, marital status or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law.  We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.