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#90467 Senior Transactions Counsel - UCSD Health System

Extended Review Date: Thu 10/18/2018

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Recognized as one of the top 10 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices, best people at the best place to work! Our team is looking to add an extremely creative individual as the next Senior Transactions Counsel. If you are a strategic leader with an innovative mind, we want you!


The UC San Diego Office of Campus Counsel provides legal advice, manages litigation, reviews university policies, retains outside counsel, and works closely with other administrative offices to ensure legal compliance and to respond to disputes. The Chief Campus Counsel/ Associate General Counsel reports to the Chancellor and to the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel.

Reports to the Chief Counsel, UCSD Health. Serves as lead counsel on healthcare transactions at UCSD Health System as directed. Provides strategic legal advice and substantial expertise in connection with structuring and negotiating healthcare transactions, healthcare reform, network expansion, and related matters to UCSD Health leadership including the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Chief Executive Officer of UCSD Health System. Collaborates on campus initiatives with other campus attorneys and on system-wide initiatives with other lawyers in the Office of the President and at other UC Health campuses.

Interprets complex facts and law in areas of high ambiguity. Independently handles and manages legal strategy, negotiations, due diligence and drafting of definitive agreements in connection with healthcare transactions. Monitors outside counsel, as needed and directed by the Chief Counsel, UCSD Health. Assures compliance in transactional activity and affiliations with all applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, antitrust laws, laws governing tax-exempt organizations and bonds, and others.

This position is being handled by Witt Kieffer. Please apply online using the UCSD Online Application and your application/resume will be forwarded to Witt Kieffer for consideration.


  • Proven experienced attorney with Healthcare transactions experience with in-depth knowledge of and experience counseling clients in connection with simple and complex Healthcare transactions.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

  • Relevant practice experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation or other entity. Relevant practice experience in a health law firm or general law firm health law department and/or an in-house counsel for a community health system.

  • In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area, even when ambiguous or hidden including demonstrated strong grasp of laws and regulations governing healthcare providers, in particular hospitals and physician groups, and payers, and relationships between and among providers, payers, and industry partners.

  • Experience anticipating, reviewing, commenting on and advocating client positions with respect to legislative, regulatory, and related developments affecting healthcare transactions and health system strategy.

  • Demonstrated ability to distill large quantities of information and to generate creative approaches to legal challenges facing a health system associated with a major research university.

  • Ability to determine and clearly articulate the priorities of a complex and dynamic organization, and develop legal strategies that advance these priorities within limits of risk and exposure acceptable to the client.

  • Superior academic qualifications, with exceptional analytical, writing, and client consultation skills. 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 healthcare. In-depth abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking.

  • Advanced skills in project management, and facilitating policy review and changes.

  • Trusted partner with senior management and a diverse spectrum of clients. Advisor to senior health system management and colleagues, sometimes with apparently competing or inconsistent objectives, priorities, and perspectives.

  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate. Ability to work independently and in group settings.

  • Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders. Relied on to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.

  • Ability to work well under conditions of heavy workload, frequent hours outside normal business hours, rapidly changing priorities, and deadlines requiring immediate action.

  • Highest personal integrity and ethics, with a demonstrated commitment to the mission of UCSD and the UCSD Health System. In-depth decision making ability, even when unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues.

  • Advanced research skills; ability to readily identify critical legislative changes in area of specialty.

  • Developing ability to mentor and coach all levels of staff; provide for succession planning in area of specialty.

  • Supports established Principles of Community: collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness and diversity in all interactions, both within and outside the team.

  • Proven commitment to the highest ethical standards. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.


  • Must possess a J.D. from an accredited U.S. Law school.

  • Must be a member in good standing of the California Bar.

  • A background check is required.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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UC San Diego Health 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, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.