ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
The following describes the various aspects of the designated job. Some or all of these aspects may be changed over time, with or without notice, at the sole discretion of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States (US) on a full-time basis. The ACGME will not provide employment sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B Visa or other US employment authorization).
Title: Senior Attorney and Manager of ERM
Department: Department of Finance and Administration
Reports To: Chief Finance and Administrative Officer,
Executive Vice President, ACGME Global Initiatives
Work Schedule: Full-Time
The Senior Attorney and Manager of Enterprise Risk Management provides legal advice and support to ACGME staff members, supervises the work of outside counsel, and leads the development of strong Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) capabilities at the ACGME. This role requires working in collaboration with senior ACGME leaders, peers, and frontline staff members as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert on legal risk, liability exposures, and risk management.
The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of the legal issues faced by non-profit organizations, including exposure to liability and risk issues in an organization working in the health care field or providing accreditation services.
The successful candidate will draft, negotiate, and manage the execution and tracking of ACGME contracts for domestic and international transactions; review and revise policies and procedures to strengthen and support effective operations; perform legal and other research; prepare and deliver memoranda and reports containing thoughtful analysis and recommendations; lead and facilitate meetings of the ACGME’s Risk Champion Group; collaborate with staff members and consultants on the completion of periodic risk assessments for the organization; design and deliver high-level risk reports to the exectuive team; and support the design of thoughtful risk reports to the ACGME’s governing teams.
Job Context/Background Information
The ACGME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets and monitors the professional educational standards essential in preparing physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to patients in the United States.
The mission of the ACGME is to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation.
In Academic Year 2017-2018, there were approximately 11,200 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs in 180 specialties and subspecialties, educating and training approximately 135,000 resident and fellow physicians.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Draft, review, and negotiate ACGME contracts including, but not limited to, confidentiality, consulting, licensing, and service agreements.
Draft and review business agreements with international health care and graduate medical education institutions.
Negotiate and draft data sharing agreements with Sponsoring Institutions, certifying boards, specialty societies and colleges, and resident and fellow physicians.
Oversee the efficient tracking of contract obligations and commitments.
Plan and facilitate regular meetings of the ACGME Risk Champions Group.
Work in partnership with other ACGME leaders and external consultants in completing periodic organization-wide and issue- or function-specific risk assessments.
Design and deliver risk reports that illustrate risk management aspirations, progress, and areas of focus, as well as top-risk concerns.
Build support for an enterprise approach to risk assessment, risk management, and the continued evolution of strong ERM capabilities.
Design and deliver periodic staff training and briefings on risk management, contracting, compliance, and other relevant topics.
Advise, support, and collaborate with ACGME leaders to ensure timely responses to crisis events and emergencies.
Review external and internal communications and ensure adherence to relevant laws and regulations.
Develop expertise on accreditation matters, resident/fellow affairs, and graduate medical education.
Perform legal research on laws, regulations, and legislation impacting the ACGME, and draft memoranda summarizing findings and recommendations.
Provide legal support in litigation, legislative/regulatory, policy development and implementation, corporate governance, complaints, and other matters in cooperation with the ACGME Board Counsel.
Address issues in a variety of other areas as they arise, including education policy development and enforcement, human resources/employment, tax, insurance, etc.
Work with the ACGME Board Counsel to provide support and guidance on corporate governance matters, including working with the Board of Directors and its committees.
Work with and supervise outside counsel retained by the ACGME in specialty legal areas, including litigation.
Draft and revise policies and procedures as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Juris Doctor degree; graduate of an ABA-approved law school; licensed in Illinois.
Five+ years of relevant experience, including service as in-house or external counsel to non-profit organizations, heath care, or graduate medical education entities.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively with staff members and leaders from the frontline to the C-suite.
An open, flexible approach, with a positive attitude and a great deal of intellectual curiosity, energy, and passion for the ACGME’s work.
Willingness to stretch into less familiar areas of the law.
Experience and familiarity with fundamental ERM principles and practices.
Proficiency in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a variety of business contracts such as licensing, software, and service agreements.
Excellent writing, speaking, research, analytical, and organizational skills.
Attention to detail and ability to work independently and on multiple teams.
Excellent legal research skills.
Familiarity/experience with health care-related transactions.
Experience with HIPAA, copyright/trademark, association law, litigation, legislative/regulatory issues, and employment law.
Previous experience in accreditation, the medical education field, or an allied health field.
Position requires the significant use of standard office equipment, such as a computer, keyboard, mouse, photo copier, fax machine, telephone, etc.
Most of the work of the Senior Attorney and Manager of ERM is done in the ACGME office with the typical physical demands of an office environment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the Senior Attorney:
Must be willing and able to attend at least 3 out of state meetings per year, running anywhere from 3-5 days per meeting, typically over weekends.
Will frequently be required to sit in meetings for long periods of time.
Will frequently be required to sit and work for extended periods of time at computer terminal using various computer programs and other computer tools.
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About Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
The ACGME accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education. The ACGME employs best practices, research, and advancements across the continuum of medical education to demonstrate its dedication to enhancing health care and graduate medical education. The ACGME is committed to improving the patient care delivered by resident and fellow physicians today, and in their future independent practice, and to doing so in clinical learning environments characterized by excellence in care, safety, and professionalism.