Associate Counsel

Boston, MA
Full Time

Posted on October 6, 2022

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional and motivated Associate Counsel to join the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) This is a terrific opportunity for a skilled attorney to support the varied responsibilities of a nationally recognized health care cost containment agency. 

Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate Counsel will work with members of the OGC to support agency processes and aid other departments with procurement and contract management, compliance functions, agency records management, promulgation of regulation, and implementation of policies, procedures and other day-to-day operations. The Associate Counsel will also conduct legal research and analysis and prepare memoranda and opinions.

The Associate Counsel should be results-oriented with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines. A strong candidate will possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, demonstrate superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and an understanding of or interest in the existing Massachusetts health care landscape.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Supporting the Deputy General Counsel in management and organization of procurement and contract processes
  • Conducting a broad range of legal research and analysis on matters related to HPC functions and preparing memoranda
  • Supporting agency compliance matters, such as records retention, public records requests and conducting legal trainings for new hires
  • Aiding in the development, drafting, and review, of agency regulations
  • Supporting the Data Privacy and Security Manager in matters of data security and confidential information
  • Supporting the Director of the Office of Patient Protection in matters of legal research and policy and regulatory development, as directed
  • Supporting other agency staff and departments, as directed
  • Assisting with special projects and other functions, as specified and directed by the General Counsel

Required Qualifications:

  • A JD from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar

Desired Qualifications

  • At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience which directly relates to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular, competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position
  • A strong interest in public service and working to advance affordable, high quality health care for all Massachusetts residents
  • Self-motivation, the ability to balance multiple and competing priorities and deadlines, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to communicate legal and policy content to diverse audiences
  • Understanding of the existing Massachusetts health care landscape
  • Experience working in a public department or agency

Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. The HPC requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

The HPC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as detailed in the HPC’s COVD-19 Vaccination Policy. Individuals may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.

The primary location for this position is in Boston, Massachusetts. The HPC currently operates in a hybrid format with flexible scheduling options and employees working both remotely and in-person.  While this interview process will be conducted virtually, some in-person time is expected for onboarding and ongoing employment.

Total Compensation:

Health Policy Commission staff are offered a great career opportunity working toward the goal of better health and better care at a lower cost across the Commonwealth.  In addition to salary, the total compensation package features many Commonwealth of Massachusetts employee benefits for full-time employees, including:

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive sick, vacation, and personal time
  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable health, dental, and vision plans offered through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Extended sick leave program participation
  • Wellness, professional development, and continuing education opportunities
  • Qualified employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. We recognize that diversity in the workplace is a source of strength, vital to its ability to effectively advance its mission. The HPC is committed to:

  • Actively promoting diversity in our workforce, including greater racial and ethnic diversity, at all levels of the organization
  • Fostering a work environment in which all employees are inspired to do their best, strengthened by their different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences
  • Ensuring that no employee’s growth, achievement, or advancement is hindered because of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, genetic information, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law
  • Holding ourselves to a high standard of inclusion and opportunity that will serve as a model for other public and private employers throughout the Commonwealth
  • Promoting our core values of equal opportunity, equal justice, and inclusion in HPC actions and initiatives

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