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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies

Manager Contract Services

Website Legal Services at Lurie Children's

General Summary:    

This is a mid-level position in Contracting. Under minimal supervision, drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts of all types, to identify and mitigate contractual risk issues for the procurement of goods and services for Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center and its affiliates (collectively, the “Medical Center”). This role is responsible for contracts of varying complexity in an extremely fast paced environment, where accuracy and attention to detail are critical. This position works closely with, and effectively interacts with, all members of the Legal Services team as well all levels within the organization. Employs knowledge and skills necessary to recommend and support the development of ongoing process improvements for contract management within the Department and organization.


Essential Job Functions:


1.    Acts as the initial point of contact for all requests for contracts involving the Medical Center (excluding payor contracts and contracts for the Office of Sponsored Programs), including new arrangements, amendments and renewals.  Works in close collaboration with Director of Contracting in carrying out contract management functions.  Duties in this area include:

a)    Monitors the contract submission database for urgent requests;

b)    Ensures that all Contract Review Request Forms are complete;

c)     Analyzes the request to determine the appropriate Legal Services Department staff to receive the contract assignment and communicates this information to the requestor; and

d)    Works with Legal Services Department staff to track the status and ensure timely execution of documents.

2.    Works independently, and with a high degree of accuracy, to review, draft, negotiate and execute contracts of varying complexity, ensuring terms are consistent with Medical Center policies and Legal Services accepted standards and practices.

3.    Works collaboratively with all levels within the organization to advise on contractual negotiations, recommendations and processes.

4.    Reviews and understands organizational business needs and requirements, and ensures that they are appropriately addressed in the business and legal terms in all contracts negotiated to provide appropriate protection of the Medical Center.  

5.    Collaborates with the Director of Contracting, attorneys in the Legal Services Department, Corporate Compliance Office and Privacy Office as needed on specialized contract reviews.

6.    Maintains an in-depth knowledge of the functionality of the contract repository system, and creates and generates reports on a routine and as needed basis for organizational and external regulatory requirements including: (a) Corporate Compliance auditing and monitoring, and (b) timely access to current and complete information for all Business Associate Agreements

7.    Assess whether business practices are consistent with contract terms, and support termination of contracts process.       

8.    Develops, maintains and utilizes a library of contract templates for frequently used documents, collaborating with the Legal Services Department and Director of Contracting to ensure standardized language complies with current legal and regulatory requirements and Medical Center policies. 

9.    Provides services in accordance with all organizational and Departmental policies and procedures.

10. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.

11. Other job functions as assigned by Director of Contracting or other members of the Legal Services Department.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


1.    Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree required. Paralegal certification required.

2.    Minimum five (5) years of experience directly related to the position, including mid-level proficiency in contract review, drafting, negotiation and management, preferably in a healthcare environment.

3.    Competent interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication, organizational skills, and efficient time management skills; demonstrates a high level of professionalism.

4.    Ability for independent decision making, problem solving and self-directed workflow.

5.    Ability to read and interpret complex contractual agreements in an extremely fast paced environment, including managing high volumes of projects and negotiations simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy. Must be able to prioritize, organize and assess work in order to meet aggressive deadlines.

6.    Ability to complete work with a high level of accuracy.

7.    Ability to communicate effectively with vendors, Medical Center leadership, and end users both verbally and in writing. 

8.    Ability to effectively utilize computer word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as experience with contract management systems and e-signature software. 

9.    Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and integrity in all aspects of interactions with internal and external business parties.

10. Ability to organize information and resources, effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects and tasks, and the ability to get things performed through, with and by people.



Age-Specific Competency Requirement:  


 All Ages         Neonatal           Pediatric           Adolescent           Adult            N/A    

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the ages served on the assigned unit/department, as indicated in the competency skills checklist (i.e., Neonatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult).

General Understanding and Nature of the Position Description:


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification.  These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified.

Applicants send resume to Julia Shaver, JD

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