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Associate Counsel

Posted on October 30, 2018

Work daily to advance the goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional and motivated Associate Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.  This is a terrific opportunity for a skilled attorney to support the varied responsibilities of the HPC in a full-time position reporting to the General Counsel.

The successful applicant will assist the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and other attorneys in the legal department in support of state agency processes. The Associate Counsel will conduct legal research and analysis and prepare memoranda and opinions; assist with promulgation of regulations, compliance functions, agency records management, procurement and contract management; and support implementation of policies and procedures and other day-to-day operations. The Associate Counsel will also support policy teams across the agency as directed.

Candidates must be results-oriented with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously to consistently meet deadlines and team expectations. The best candidates will demonstrate superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, an understanding or interest in the existing Massachusetts healthcare landscape, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills.   

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Conducting a broad range of legal research and analysis on matters related to Commission functions and prepare memoranda
  • Supporting the legal staff in agency compliance matters, including records retention, public records requests and conducting legal trainings for new hires.
  • Aiding in the development, review and drafting of agency regulations.
  • Supporting the Deputy General Counsel in management and organization of procurement and contract processes.
  • 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 policy teams, as directed.
  • Assisting in other manners, as specified and directed by the General Counsel.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established in 2012, is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. Key activities include setting the health care cost growth benchmark; monitoring provider and payer performance relative to the health care cost growth benchmark; creating standards for care delivery systems that are accountable to better meet patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs; analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access; and investing in community health care delivery and innovations. The HPC's 11-member Board provides oversight to the activities of the agency. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must possess a JD from an accredited law school.
  • Applicants must have at least (2) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience directly related 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.
  • The ideal candidate will have 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 healthcare landscape.
  • Experience working in a public department or state agency is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. 

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:

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive sick, vacation, and personal time
  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Health, dental, and vision plans offered through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • 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
  • Professional development and continuing education opportunities
  • Qualified employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Our Commitment:

The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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