Senior Counsel or Principal Counsel-OGC Health Affairs & Technology Law
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20180436
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Office of General Counsel
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Position Summary: The University is one of the leading academic research organizations in the world and is a leader among universities receiving research awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. See http://research.universityofcalifornia.edu/impact/ for details.
The University's academic medical centers form an $11.4 billion healthcare organization, operating premier quaternary medical centers throughout the State; its health sciences education system is the country's largest, with more than 14,000 students enrolled in 18 health professional schools and programs; and it is among the largest recipients of NIH research support in the United States. See http://health.universityofcalifornia.edu/ for details.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California ten campuses, five medical centers, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as to the Board of Regents, the President, the Chancellors and other officers of the University. Its services include prosecuting and defending litigation, drafting and negotiating agreements, providing advice, counsel and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies, and assisting with development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University's complex operations.
Reporting to the Managing Counsel, Health Affairs & Technology Law, the Senior Counsel or Principal Counsel advises UC Health, Office of the President, Faculty Senate, and other campus and Oakland stakeholders on a broad range of cybersecurity and technology matters affecting the University's academic medical centers, health sciences schools, and other clinical, research, and education operations. Represents the Office of the General Counsel on the University's Cyber Risk Governance Committee; serves as counsel to the Oakland GERI (General Counsel, Ethics, Compliance, Audit, Privacy, Risk, and Information Technology) Committee; provides primary legal support to the Office of Information Technology Services and the Cybersecurity Audit Team; serves as lead system attorney on major cybersecurity incidents and provides advice as needed to campus- and health-system based researchers, attorneys, compliance officers, research administrators, and other stakeholders on cybersecurity and technology matters; provides legal support to UC Health CIOs and CISOs working on systemwide technology initiatives; and serves as in-house expert on internal OGC cybersecurity and technology matters.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check
Job Close Date:
Duty 1: Establishes effective relationships with key internal and external constituencies. Recognizes strategic needs of organization and proactively builds relationships with appropriate stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes. Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.
Advises and renders opinions to senior leaders with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy. Works with colleagues at the Office of the President or campus / medical center locations to develop and modify practices and procedures to conform with changing legal requirements.
Keeps informed on changing legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University as they relate to the area of specialty.
Provides advice and counsel on highly complex legal matters in specialty area of law.
Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.
Prepares cost / benefit proposals concerning areas of work to perform in-house, versus payment for an outside firm. May act as a liaison with outside counsel, and / or represent the University in complex transactions and regulatory matters. Typically manages outside counsel budget for area of specialty. Provides guidance to attorneys working on matters implicating field of expertise.
Develops objectives and ensures service according to established priorities. Delegates work effectively to maximize efficiencies.
Ensures accurate record keeping in compliance with OGC data quality protocols. Complies with delegations of authority for committing University funds.
Provides clear expectations and mentors legal support staff to establish strong commitment to teamwork and to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy. Function:Core Legal (Technical) Percent: 90
Duty 2: Practices OGC's established Values for Principles of Community: collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness and diversity in all interactions, both within and outside the team.
Supports OGC's commitment to diversity efforts - ensures equal opportunity in recruitment process by ensuring diverse representation on search committees and outreach efforts. Promotes equity in advancements and encourages participation in career advising or mentoring programs.
Promotes equity in advancements and encourages participation in career advising or mentoring programs. Function:Leadership Percent: 10
Job Requirements J.D. from an accredited law school and active membership, in good standing, in the California State Bar (REGISTERED IN-HOUSE COUNSEL STATUS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO UC ATTORNEYS. YOU MUST TAKE AND PASS THE CALIFORNIA BAR EXAM).
Must have 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience advising health care organizations and/or higher education institutions on cybersecurity and other technology matters. Experience gained in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation or other entity.
Significant experience advising clients on sophisticated and often highly complex matters with minimal preparation time.
Requires sufficient understanding of applicable privacy, security and other laws, industry practices, and enforcement trends to identify, assess, mitigate and resolve legal risks associated with health system and higher education activities.
Experience dealing with significant data breaches including investigation, remediation and notification.
Experience with cybersecurity risk assessments and preparedness exercises.
In-depth abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking.
In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area, even when ambiguous or hidden.
Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate and ability to discuss legal concepts with IT professionals and technical concepts with those without an IT background.
Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders.
Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
Advanced research skills; ability to readily identify critical legislative changes in area of specialty.
In depth decision making ability, even when unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues.
Advanced skills in project management, and facilitating policy review and changes.
Relied on to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.
Developing ability to mentor and coach all levels of staff; provide for succession planning in area of specialty.
Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards.
Directly related experience in a health care or higher education setting. Required
CIPP, CISSP or similar certification helpful but not required Preferred
About us The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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