Description:

The Information Technology Unit of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) General Counsel's Office is actively searching for an Assistant General Counsel who is proactive, strategic, and has exemplary relationship management skills. The Information Technology Unit provides legal support for EOHHS programs, constituent agencies, and MassHealth information technology initiatives. The Assistant General Counsel, Information Technology will perform a wide range of complex legal activities associated with the purchase, development, implementation, and administration of information technology services, programs, and initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all-inclusive):
  • Review and draft requests for proposals, contracts, interagency service agreements, and related procurement documents for complex system and systems-related professional services procurements.
  • Provide legal advice to program staff on a variety of information technology transactions, including system development agreements, SaaS, hosting agreements, software licensing, telecom, intellectual property, maintenance agreements, information security, and managed services.
  • Support program staff responsible for obtaining required federal approval for MassHealth expenditures, including drafting, and reviewing documents submitted to federal regulators and analyzing and responding to documents received from them.
  • Collaborate with and provide support to colleagues in EOHHS' constituent agencies, including reviewing, drafting, negotiating, and providing strategic legal advice in connection with information technology transactions and initiatives, data rights, and intellectual property matters.
  • Identify and evaluate potential exposures, develop legally defensible alternative courses of action, and assist clients in formulating creative problem resolutions and strategies.
  • Review and draft legal documents, including both regulatory and sub-regulatory interpretive material, and correspondence in support of EOHHS and MassHealth programmatic initiatives.
  • Offer advise and risk analysis concerning the applicability of and compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations that may affect EOHHS' ongoing activities and new initiatives, whether involving intellectual property or data rights, program or policy matters, privacy, public procurements, state finance and appropriations, Medicaid, or operational issues.
  • Provide legal assistance in responding to requests for public records, subpoenas, and other record requests.
  • Identify and evaluate potential legal exposures, develop legally defensible alternative courses of action, and assist clients in formulating creative problem resolutions and strategies.
  • Identify the need for, and assist in the drafting of, new legislation and regulations.
  • Represent and assist the Attorney General's office in representing, EOHHS in both affirmative and defensive litigation.

Required Qualifications:
  • Significant experience in counseling clients, legal research and analysis, oral and written advocacy, creative problem solving, and drafting transactional documents
  • Excellent academic background and demonstrated skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a collaborative legal office.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Professional experience in the practice of law or in a position requiring membership in the Bar, although at least three years of experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills and significant experience in counseling clients, legal research and analysis, oral and written advocacy, creative problem solving, and drafting transactional documents.
  • Prior experience working with commercial transactions and negotiations (including in software licensing and information technology development arrangements), public procurements, state and federal health care and administrative law, and/or IT security, intellectual property, data rights, and privacy law.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects, tasks, and demands while meeting tight deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Skilled in working with diverse populations in diverse settings in a manner that builds trust and supports increased collaboration and partnership.

About the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS):
EOHHS is the Commonwealth's largest secretariat. It is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing the Commonwealth's health, welfare, and human services operations and programs. EOHHS includes numerous departments, commissions, offices, and agencies, such as the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Transitional Assistance. EOHHS also directly administers the Commonwealth's Medicaid program, known as MassHealth. MassHealth is a cooperative state and federal program that provides health care benefits and premium assistance for uninsured families, disabled individuals, children, long-term unemployed adults, and seniors. EOHHS is responsible for supervising and managing the information technology, security, and other business affairs of MassHealth and its constituent agencies to improve administrative efficiency and preserve fiscal resources.

Pre-Hire Process:
  • A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
  • Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
  • If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form
  • For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

Qualifications:
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:
  • Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar and (A) at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law.
  • Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.

Comprehensive Benefits
When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.