POSITION: Vice President and Associate General Counsel – Strategy and Growth
REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President/General Counsel
LOCATION: San Francisco, Pasadena, Sacramento or Phoenix Corporate Offices
The Dignity Health Legal Department (“Legal Department”) is responsible for the provision and management of the legal services and affairs for Dignity Health and its hospitals, subsidiaries and affiliated businesses or ventures (collectively “Dignity Health”). The Vice President and Associate General Counsel-Strategy and Growth (“AGC-Strategy and Growth”):
Serves as a member of the Legal Department.
Reports to the Executive Vice President/General Counsel (“GC”).
Manages, directs, supervises and coordinates the legal services performed by the Legal Department in support of Dignity Health’s system-wide and service area or geographically-based strategic and/or growth initiatives (“Strategy and Growth”).
Acts as a key strategic legal advisor, counselor and business partner to Dignity Health’s Executive Leadership Team and corporate or service area senior management teams on matters relating to Strategy and Growth.
Has direct oversight, supervision and reporting responsibility for any of the Legal Department’s attorneys, paralegals or other staff, wherever located, whose primary role is the performance of legal services and support for Strategy and Growth (the “Strategy and Growth Group”).
Participates actively as a member of the Legal Department’s Leadership Team (“LLT”) and is engaged in the Legal Department’s planning, management, administration, direction and decision-making.
The AGC-Strategy and Growth must be respected, both intellectually and professionally, by the GC, the other Vice Presidents/Associate General Counsel (“AGCs”) and the other members of the Legal Department, most particularly with respect to his/her substantive experience, knowledge and understanding of the health care industry, and the legal and transactional considerations relevant thereto.
As a part of his/her role, the AGC-Strategy and Growth assures (either directly or through supervision of others in the Legal Department) that legal and regulatory issues and developments relevant to Strategy and Growth are communicated to and understood by the appropriate constituents, and that legal considerations are integrated into the applicable strategies, initiatives, business plans, transactions, and corporate policies, procedures, processes and practices. S/he also identifies and helps to mitigate legal risks, and to protect Dignity Health from undue or significant legal exposure, liability and financial loss, while facilitating the achievement of strategic and operational goals, objectives and initiatives.
The AGC-Strategy and Growth proactively supports the GC, and communicates regularly with the GC, the LLT and the Legal Department on matters related to Strategy and Growth. S/he is aligned with the GC on the functional structure and strategic direction of the Legal Department, and works closely with the GC to realize the Legal Department’s objectives and goals. S/he also maintains excellent working relationships with the other AGCs, the members of the Strategy and Growth Group, and the other members of the Legal Department generally.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
In addition to the key functions described in the Position Overview, the AGC-Strategy and Growth possesses the following responsibilities and accountabilities:
Directs, supervises, manages and performs legal services for, and represents and supports, Dignity Health on transactional and other matters related to Strategy and Growth with other health systems, hospitals, physicians, providers or non-provider entities and organizations (whether nonprofit, for-profit, public, private, or private equity-backed companies), including corporate, partnership and other forms of joint ventures and strategic investments; mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; management agreements or arrangements; joint operating companies, arrangements and agreements; and affiliations or other transactions.
Counsels, advises and performs legal services for Dignity Health’s Executive Leadership Team and corporate senior management (including, without limitation, the Senior Vice President-Corporate Strategy and Growth, the Senior Vice President – Treasury and Strategic Investments, the Vice President – Partnership Integration, and the Chief Strategic Innovation Officer), service area leadership (including the Service Area Presidents/Senior Vice Presidents-Operations and Service Area Chief Strategy Officers) hospital leadership (including the Hospital Presidents and Chief Strategy Officers), and other affiliates’ leadership (collectively the “Dignity Health Leadership Teams”), on significant transactional, joint venture, operational, management and other matters related to Strategy and Growth.
Works as the business partner of the Dignity Health Leadership Teams, either directly or in conjunction with other members of the Strategy and Growth Group or Legal Department generally (including the GC, other AGCs, other attorneys and paralegals), to help plan, implement and realize the operational, organizational and strategic goals, objectives and initiatives related to Strategy and Growth, and to consider, develop and/or implement creative and innovative legal structures and solutions for such goals, objectives or initiatives.
Serves as the client service liaison between the Legal Department and the Dignity Health Leadership Teams, and is primarily responsible for the performance of legal services, on matters related to Strategy and Growth.
Provides legal services or advice to the GC, other AGCs and other attorneys or paralegals of the Legal Department, when and as requested, on matters or services related to the Legal Department’s other functional areas (e.g., Hospital Operations, Physician Integration, Innovation and Technology, Regulatory and Compliance, etc.).
Is the subject matter expert in the Legal Department on arrangements and issues relevant to the transactional, corporate, legal and business aspects of Growth and Strategy, including the general health care strategic landscape and applicable federal, state and local legal, legislative and regulatory considerations.
Manifests a commitment to Dignity Health’s mission, vision and core values; acts and demonstrates behavior consistent with the Dignity Health’s core values in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities described in this Position Description; and contributes to a positive working environment in the Legal Department for all employees.
Provides the members of the Strategy and Growth Group and other attorneys in the Legal Department with the leadership, guidance, oversight, structure, tools and resources needed to effectively perform legal services related to Strategy and Growth.
Serves as a resource, mentor and coach for members of the Strategy and Growth Group and other attorneys in the Legal Department on transactional and operational issues, organizational matters, professional development and growth opportunities.
Manages, coordinates and assists with the assignment and allocation or reallocation of work load related to Strategy and Growth among members of the Strategy and Growth Group, other attorneys within the Legal Department, and outside counsel.
Coordinates with the GC and/or other AGCs to facilitate the performance of legal work or services by members of the Strategy and Growth Group with and for the Legal Department’s other functional areas (e.g., Hospital Operations, Physician Integration, Innovation and Technology, Regulatory and Compliance, etc.).
Attends and actively participates as a key representative of the Legal Department in corporate meetings related to Strategy and Growth, including the Executive Growth Leadership Team, the Strategic Growth Team, the Strategic Growth Subcommittee, and other similar teams or groups, and reports on matters or issues discussed at the meetings to the GC, LLT, the Strategy and Growth Group and the Legal Department.
Travels when and as necessary throughout Dignity Health to perform the role and responsibilities described herein, and to engage with members of the Strategy and Growth Group, the Legal Department, and the Dignity Health Leadership Teams.
Directs and manages the engagement of outside legal counsel, either directly or by other members of the Strategy and Growth Group, for transactions, matters or issues related to Strategy and Growth consistent with the outside counsel guidelines, standards, policies and practices established from time to time by the LLT, including developing pricing and alternative fee structures for transactional matters, establishing expected work product, timing and performance standards for outside counsel, and specifying other expectations of the outside counsel that perform legal services on behalf of Dignity Health in the area of Strategy and Growth.