Description:

The General Counsel's Office of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is seeking an attorney to provide legal support for MassHealth and other EOHHS programs. The attorney will perform a wide range of complex legal activities associated with the development, implementation, and administration of EOHHS/MassHealth and related programs and health care initiatives. This attorney will primarily support EOHHS's work supporting its 12 constituent agencies.

EOHHS 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. The mission of MassHealth is to improve the health outcomes of our diverse members, their families, and their communities, by providing access to integrated health care services that sustainably promote health, well-being, independence, and quality of life. MassHealth benefits include hospital, physician, nursing facility, prescription drugs, and other health and long-term care services. MassHealth's delivery systems currently include a variety of managed care options as well as an extensive network of fee-for-service providers who contract directly with MassHealth.

The General Counsel's Office functions as EOHHS' in-house counsel. The attorney will perform a wide range of complex legal activities associated with the development, implementation, and administration of EOHHS programs and initiatives involving both MassHealth providers and members.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all-inclusive):?
  • Representing, and assisting the Attorney General's office in representing, the agency in both affirmative and defensive litigation.
  • Offering advice and risk analysis concerning the applicability of and compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations that may affect EOHHS' ongoing activities and new initiatives, whether involving program or policy matters, operational issues, or spending activities.
  • Providing legal opinions and advice to EOHHS and EOHHS agency program managers and staff on various matters.
  • Maintaining a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws related to EOHHS constituent agencies, state finance and appropriations, and public procurements.
  • Providing legal assistance in responding to requests for public records, subpoenas, and other record requests.
  • Identifying and evaluating potential legal exposures, developing legally defensible alternative courses of action, and assisting clients in formulating creative problem resolutions and strategies.
  • Analyzing the impact and applications of existing, proposed, and developing laws on EOHHS and EOHHS agency programs.
  • Identifying the need for, and assisting in the drafting of, new legislation and regulations.
  • Reviewing and drafting legal documents, including both regulatory and sub-regulatory interpretive material, and correspondence.
  • Reviewing and drafting requests for proposals, contracts, interagency service agreements, and related procurement documents.

Required Qualifications:
A minimum of at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law or a position requiring membership in the Bar.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Excellent academic background
  • Demonstrated skills and experience counseling clients, legal research and analysis, and oral/written advocacy.
  • Creative problem solving.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously for a varied group of clients, the desire to work in a fast-paced and collaborative legal office, and a good sense of humor.
  • Strong interest or prior experience in learning about state and federal government options, health and administrative law, health care issues, and public policy.
  • Prior experience or comparable to, in-house or outside counsel to public agencies, private businesses, or other organizations.

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-Offer 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 regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #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
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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.