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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies

Contracts Specialist – Legal

Website Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC

Contracts Specialist – Legal Services

 The Organization

We help society’s foundational institutions—healthcare and higher education—to achieve their full potential in service to others. 

We are our clients’ trusted partners in ever-changing times. For more than 30 years, Kaufman Hall has provided independent, objective insights grounded in sound data and analysis to help clients fulfill their missions, achieve their goals, and tackle their toughest problems. 

Kaufman Hall provides world-class management consulting in strategic financial planning (a concept we created); performance improvement; partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions; and treasury and capital markets. Kaufman Hall’s consulting is supported by a deep foundation of benchmarking and software tools.

At Kaufman Hall, we believe that sustained success is never an accident. It is the result of sound decision making, based on data-driven analysis and disciplined thinking, and guided by the fundamental principles of corporate finance.

 

The Position 

The Contracts Specialist will play an important role in supporting Kaufman Hall’s day-to-day legal needs. Although the Contracts Specialist will initially work under very close supervision of the General Counsel, they will be expected to work independently over time.

 

 Primary Responsibilities

Work independently with a high degree of accuracy to review, draft, negotiate, and timely execute contracts to support client sales and internal operations
Manage contract process from inception to completion, while collaborating with internal stakeholders and clients
Regularly review and negotiate a variety of contracts including proposals to clients, responses to RFPs/RFQs, master services agreements, vendor agreements, subcontractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and Business Associate Agreements, all with varying complexity
Ensure contract terms are consistent with Kaufman Hall’s policies and Legal Services’ accepted standards and practices 
Help docket and manage deadlines for the Legal Services team
Provide practical, decisive guidance to internal stakeholders balancing business objectives and legal risk, taking into account Kaufman Hall’s policies and positions
Ensure that the organization’s goals and objectives are achieved according to corporate compliance standards, rules, regulations, and laws
Achieve strong understanding of the firm’s major business lines to effectively identify contract risk and provide relevant advice for risk management and acceptable contract terms
Enforce firm policy and practice, and identify noncompliance
Manage multiple demands and shifting priorities simultaneously in an organized manner and under minimal supervision
Perform other duties as assigned or required

 

 Qualifications 

Bachelor’s Degree with 5+ years of experience directly related to the position, including mid-level proficiency in contract review, drafting, negotiation, and management
Paralegal certificate or JD degree are pluses
Comfortable negotiating privacy and data use agreements, and related privacy documents, including working knowledge of HIPAA/HITECH as it relates to commercial contracts
Experience working with regulated industries (e.g., healthcare, federal/state government, etc.)
Proficiency with Salesforce, SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, and other legal tools
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to effectively explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers
A confident, effective, and positive negotiator who can lead the process, focus on important issues, and efficiently bring deals to a favorable close
Can quickly develop a practical or innovative approach to legal issues in support of strategic business initiatives and objectives
Must be self-motivated and a problem solver, but can use good judgment to escalate issues when needed
Strong work ethic, with the flexibility to adapt and thrive in an environment that is constantly expanding and changing as our business grows  
Appetite for growth and development of skills in new areas of the law
Willingness and ability to learn and use a contract management system and other new technology
Display impeccable attention to detail with strong organizational skills and client-service approach
Possess motivation and eagerness to learn while being open to constructive criticism
Understand how your own work and execution of tasks impacts the “big picture”

 

 Physical Requirements 

Must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily with reasonable accommodations.
Work is generally done sitting, talking, hearing and typing. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
Work Environment 

 

Travel Required: No
Work is regularly performed in a home office setting with the availability to come to the Chicago office to meet business demands, and routinely uses standard office equipment.
 

Kaufman Hall is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. We recruit, hire, train, promote, pay, and administer all employment actions without regard to actual and also perceived or assumed protected group status as defined by law of an individual or that individual’s associates or relatives. Our policies and the law prohibit employment discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of any legally protected status.

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