Job Description

Assistant University Counsel

Requisition IDreq10716
Working TitleAssistant University Counsel
Position Grade15
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico is seeking an attorney to join its Office of University Counsel for the Health Sciences Center. This office provides legal counsel to the institution including a broad range of health law, higher education, and other legal issues. Areas of practice will include hospital-physician contractual relationships (including physician professional services agreements); the legal implications of, and compliance with, HIPAA and state privacy laws including health information exchanges and the implications of international law on privacy, and population health data management; the Stark law; the Anti-Kickback Statute; the legal implications of value-based reimbursement and shared/full risk contracting; patient health-care decision making and surrogate healthcare decision making; health care research university issues including clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, data use and sharing agreements; corporate law and advising UNMHSC-supporting corporate entities; policy review and contract review in respect of the foregoing; and, providing training to University departments and personnel as needed. The areas of practice the successful candidate will experience are quite varied and challenging, leading to an excellent learning and law practice environment.

The UNM Health Sciences Center is long-recognized as New Mexico’s leader in providing health care to its uniquely diverse population and is dedicated to making sure New Mexicans in all parts of the state have access to quality, cutting-edge health care when and where they need it. The UNM Health System has an estimated 900,000 patient visits each year, and the UNM HSC generates approximately 19,500 jobs throughout the state. UNM HSC enrolls over 2,000 students annually, including at its School of Medicine. UNM HSC is also a leading research university with a nationally recognized academic health center, including the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, NIH-participating Clinical & Translational Science Center, and NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The UNM Health Sciences Center adjoins the University of New Mexico main campus in Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas. Further information about the UNM Health Sciences Center is available at

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Responds to legal issues as assigned, and counsels management in order to develop legal strategies and solutions.

2. Drafts, reviews, and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other legal documents.

3. Researches and analyzes laws and regulations; educates and trains University community about legal issues.

4. Conducts and/or assists in the conduct of legal research and analysis; prepares written and verbal opinions of counsel as needed.

5. Reviews, prepares, and approves contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, insurance, employment, research and related matters.

6. Represents University management, as assigned, in administrative hearings; participates and/or assists in the representation of the University and its officials in litigation, as appropriate.

7. Negotiates settlements involving legal issues or transactions on behalf of the University, in conjunction with more senior University Counsel and other University officials.

8. Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in college and university law and in other related areas.

9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

· Ability to develop and deliver presentations.

· Knowledge of contract documents and specifications.

· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

· Ability to represent University officials in litigation or administrative proceedings.

· Knowledge of process requirements of administrative hearings and litigation.

· Ability to draft legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.

· Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.

· Knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research.

· Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operate.

· Negotiating skills.

· Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.

· Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Position requires: a) provision of professional legal counsel on standard to moderately complex legal issues; b) performance of legal research on standard to moderately complex issues; c) preparation of written and verbal legal opinions; d) review and analysis of documents for legal compliance; e) representation of University management in standard to moderately complex legal proceedings; and f) negotiation of settlements on standard to moderately complex legal issues.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Successful candidate who is not a member of the NM State Bar is required to obtain a temporary Public Employee Limited License issued by the NM Supreme Court.
  • Must become a member of the NM State Bar no later than one (1) year after date of hire.
Minimum Qualifications

J.D. or LL.B; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.Member of NM State Bar, or member in good standing of the State Bar of another state or District of Columbia.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience advising health care institutions and providers in the areas listed above.
  • Experience working on behalf of an institution of higher education or a governmental or public entity.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends relevant to the position.
  • Willingness to learn and work in new or unfamiliar subject areas as needed.
Additional Requirements
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentHSC Legal Counsel Office (921A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeContract
Term End Date
Paysalary commensurate with experience
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date10/9/2019
Application InstructionsPlease provide a resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. References will be required if applicant accepts an invitation to interview.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


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