PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic Legal Counseling. Provides advice and counsel directly to executive management and/or their designees on all legal issues affecting the Division(s) to which assigned and assists in development of business strategies within legal constraints. Provides strategic direction and guidance to Associate General Counsel and legal support staff based on corporate initiatives and allocates resources based on established priorities. Evaluates divisional initiatives and represents the Corporation’s legal interests on intercompany management/executive committees.
Legal Advice. Provides written and oral advice directly to executive management and/or their designees in complex and rapidly evolving areas of the law. Analyzes and provides legal guidance on a wide range of regulatory, contractual and operational matters, including the interpretation and implementation of legislation. Provides clear, succinct, and “actionable” written advice to key executive stakeholders that reflects full understanding of the pertinent operations of the Division(s) to which assigned. Renders legal guidance to counsel supporting other Divisions in specialized areas of expertise.
Contract Drafting and Negotiation. Provides advice and counsel to executive management and/or their designees on contractual matters, including issues arising from alliances and partnerships with, and investments in, start-up and established companies. Provides strategic analysis of available alternatives and associated legal risks. Drafts, analyzes, and negotiates contracts and complex agreements involving multiple companies and significant financial resources with outside vendors. Represents the Company in disputes and/or negotiations arising from contractual relationships and/or performance.
External Representation. Represents the Corporation’s legal interests by interfacing with opposing counsel and regulatory agencies on issues having significant impact on company operations and/or finances. Supports clients in managing communications with external parties in areas of conflict. Builds and maintains key regulatory relationships related to matters that primarily affect the Division assigned. Represents the company on legal issues arising from regulatory investigations, subpoenas, or external audits.
Corporate Governance. Provides legal guidance to executive management regarding corporate governance issues and corporate transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and/or investments. May perform corporate secretarial duties for subsidiary board(s), as appropriate.
Management and Supervision. Manages the operations of the area(s) of the Legal Department assigned, including directing internal/external customers to appropriate areas of the company and/or legal department, as appropriate. Manages Associate General Counsel and/or legal support staff, including supervision of attorneys or staff, conducting performance evaluations and resolving personnel related issues, at one or more sites in addressing the needs of the Division(s) and/or in representing the corporations in legal proceedings brought by and against the Corporation.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This individual may supervise Associate General Counsel, Paralegals/Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries and/or Administrative Assistants and may provide guidance to less experienced attorneys. This individual in addition will have matrix management responsibilities with respect to cross-functional projects and work performed by individuals employed in other areas.
Required: Admission to the MD or DC Bar within one year of hire date. Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) is required, with at least 8 years’ experience as an attorney required and at least 3 years’ experience as a lawyer representing clients in health care, insurance, health related technology, information technology, government contracting, or related field. Candidates with significant Medicare Advantage experience, but less than ten years' experience as an attorney, may also be considered for an alternative position.
Abilities/Skills: This position demands strong analytical, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills. This individual must have the ability to follow instructions, to be flexible/versatile, and to work independently. Must be able to effectively work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads that can be variable for long periods of time. Must be able to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external customers, within set expectations for service excellence. Must be able to effectively communicate and provide positive customer service to every internal and external customer, including customers who may be demanding or otherwise challenging. Experience and knowledge in the areas to be supported is essential.
Preferred: At least 10 years of experience as an attorney, demonstrated expertise in advising clients on Medicare Advantage. Demonstrated leadership within a legal department or organization. Prior experience managing other attorneys or legal support staff.
Internal Number: 12703
About CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareFirst is the health care marketplace leader in more ways than one. We are the largest health care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, employing more than 5,000 associates and serving nearly 3.4 million members in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.We are also innovation leaders – our associates are continually finding creative and effective ways to deliver greater value and service to our members and improve the quality of life in our communities. The new normal for the health care industry is constant change and evolution and CareFirst strives to drive the future of health care through our advanced solutions.We promote learning and development by encouraging and supporting our associates to invest in their own learning and development. We are guided by a powerful set of values that inform and influence our interactions with each other, our members and our community.