Closing Date: 7th July, 2022

Description:

Job Summary:
Under direction, supports Operations Counsel as internal legal advisor to CCH Leadership on employment policy and laws. Will provide assistance in interpreting legal ramifications of proposals, policy directives and other actions planned or undertaken by CCH. Works with the State's Attorney's Office as necessary in order to evaluate employment litigation, responds to document requests, prepares for matters related to administrative review, and addresses opinions related to federal, state or local legislation in connection with employment-related matters. Researches and drafts policies and procedures, as necessary. May assist in the negotiation and drafting of various contracts

This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.

Typical Duties:
  • Provides legal advice regarding employment and operational matter.
  • Helps formulate and define legitimate and appropriate positions to be taken by Senior Leaders.
  • Conducts legal research and advises as necessary or requested.
  • Acts in tandem, when necessary, with legal advisors in the State's Attorney's Office.
  • Reads, analyzes and answers correspondence pertaining to a variety of legal questions.
  • Handles special projects of specific purposes and confidential nature.
  • Reports matters of legal relevance to Senior Leaders.
  • Develops, manages and evaluates CCH policy activities and initiatives in relation to employment law mandates.
  • Develops and/or amends existing internal employment policies based on subject matter research.
  • Assists with the research and analysis required to produce policy memos and key reports on Human Resources/employment matters.
  • Works closely with Operations Counsel and Human Resources Leadership to ensure consistent policy development.
  • Assists Operations Counsel as liaison between the CCH Human Resources Department and the rest of the organization to develop, draft, and communicate policy changes based on research of current and impending employment laws.
  • Assists Operations Counsel as liaison between CCH and the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources to develop new policies based on existing and changing local, state or federal laws.
  • Ensures consistency with the CCH Employment Plan and all employment laws.
  • Coordinates with management to review employee policies.
  • Identifies current research tools/methodologies to develop best practices for policy formation and adherence.
  • Maintains working knowledge of significant or potential employment law developments and identifies their impact on CCH.
  • Supports CCH management in matters related to the discipline and separation of non-union personnel.
  • Collaborates with Human Resources on implementing policies, developing training programs and participating in training events.
  • Supports Operations Counsel in providing current updates and emerging issue briefings to the General Counsel-CCHHS and to Human Resources Leadership.
  • Answers employment policy inquiries by management, employees and external agencies
  • Complies with all employment law policies.
  • Attends internal training seminars as the subject matter expert.
  • Supports Operations Counsel to ensuring CCH management is trained and knowledgeable on the CCH Leave Program and corresponding laws, policies, Collective Bargaining provisions, etc.
  • Works with the County's Department of Risk Management and CCH EEO team in connection with worker's compensation / duty disability claims.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited law school as a Juris Doctor (Must provide official transcripts at time of interview)
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois or ability to obtain the State of Illinois license within six (6) months after starting employment (Must provide proof at time of interview)
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills (may be asked to provide a writing sample)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior work experience in human resources, employment litigation, or other related field
  • Knowledge of the law pertaining to local or county government in Illinois, particularly with respect to Cook County government and Cook County Health
  • Prior experience in a hospital, medical center, health care organization or related industry
  • Has taken a law school employment law class

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of specific software program; strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other publication software
  • Familiarity with the ADA and FMLA
  • Skills in drafting various legal agreements
  • Skills in researching and interpreting employment law
  • Skill in analyzing research for writing policies and organizing subject matter into a concise document based on findings
  • Good communication skills, good negotiation skills and ability to convey information and explain or describe CCH policies and procedures to others
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work well with organizational leadership to establish relationships and communicate sensitive information
  • Demonstrates respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity and working with employees, co-workers, patients, clients of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare written material for internal or external use
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Strong decision-making skills; ability to discern and selectively communicate critical information

Attention to detail:
  • Work to deadlines
  • Flexibility and adaptability in performing work duties
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work independently through the completion of projects and assignments
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability and skill in the use of diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Ability and skill to communicate effectively with tact and courtesy to conduct oneself in a professional manner.
  • Analyzes, synthesizes and summarizes dense and complex information accurately, clearly and within a short time frame

Veteran Preference
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When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service.

To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
  • Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
  • Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, “Are you a Military Veteran?”
  • Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing. Please note: If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, Please submit the one with the latest date. Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list an Honorable Discharge Status. Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable.
  • OR
  • A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver's License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.