Medicaid Enterprise System Transformation (MEST) Attorney 4 - 00056385
Medicaid Enterprise System Transformation (MEST) Attorney 4 - 00056385Georgia Department of Community Health
Atlanta, GA 30303
Job Type- Full-time
The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is one of Georgia's four health agencies serving the state's growing population of over 10 million people. DCH serves as the lead agency for Medicaid, oversees the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) and Healthcare Facility Regulation, impacting one in four Georgians.
Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, DCH provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state's most vulnerable and under-served populations. Six enterprise offices support the work of the agency’s three program divisions. DCH employees are based in Atlanta, Cordele and across the state.
DCH is committed to providing superior Customer Service and Communication, embracing Teamwork and fostering Accountability to ensure that our internal and external customers and stakeholders feel included, respected, engaged and secure.
The Georgia Department of Community Health is seeking a Medicaid Enterprise System Transformation (MEST) Attorney 4. This is a time limited position.
- Under limited supervision and in support of multiple software/system design, development and implementation projects, primarily drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts, amendments, license agreements, subscription-based information technology and/or cloud-computing arrangements (i.e., software-as-a-service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)) and related professional services agreements, memoranda of understanding, interagency agreements, and other legal documents on behalf of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH or Agency).
- Provides analysis and advice on legal, liability, and/or risk management matters, including identifying gaps or other key issues in business and process requirements, specifications and documentation that may adversely affect the projects’ desired results, timelines or budgets.
- Develops approaches to resolve complex legal issues and disputes (for instance, change order disputes).
- Drafts or reviews letters and other legal notices related to compliance and enforcement of project contracts’ terms and conditions, including but not limited to, matters related to vendor non-compliance with software/system/solution specifications and project schedules.
- Applies knowledge of state government procurement laws and regulations.
- Researches and analyzes case law as well as current and proposed statutory authority affecting the Agency, including but not limited to keeping abreast of legal issues and developments in the health care and information technology industries and related areas.
- Participates in meetings with internal customers, other stakeholders (including any federal or State partners), and contractors.
- Develops, oversees, and implements administrative processes designed to ensure all aspects of the design, development and implementation projects, as well as the corresponding Agency processes, are compliant with all applicable laws, regulations and program policies.
- Assists with preparing for audits and responding to inquiries from internal and external auditors and other federal or state authorized agencies, including those entities responsible with certification of project systems/solutions and/or providing project funding.
- Participates in product demonstrations and provides assistance in developing requests for proposals for projects involving information technology and/or Agency-focused solutions. Provides training for other staff.
- Performs other duties and assignments as directed by supervisor and supported business unit, as appropriate.
Technical Competencies: Selected Candidate must be able to demonstrate and apply the following:
- Knowledge and strategic understanding of the information technology industry, and an ability to anticipate the legal implications of proposed transactions (including Agency impact), in particular, current knowledge of software licensing, subscription-based information technology and/or cloud-computing arrangements and other web-based (including self-service) or on-premises solutions and related services.
- Understanding of the technical problems and nature of claims that arise during software/system design, development and implementation projects (including in the areas of design, configuration, coding, testing and project management).
- Ability to analyze, from a legal context, business and process requirements, specifications and documentation necessary for the successful development, licensing, implementation, maintenance and operation of technical systems, software, hardware or solutions and related services and document such transactions in clear, well-organized and effective agreements and/or proposals.
- Understanding of software development change request process, including defects and requests for product enhancements or new features.
- Knowledge of each phase of the software/system/solutions development life cycle.
- Knowledge of technical legal writing.
- Skill in the preparation of legal documents, including memoranda, contracts, proposed legislation and other legal instruments.
- Knowledge of statutes, court decisions, state and federal laws and regulations (particularly those applicable to the Agency’s administrative and regulatory functions).
- Ability to determine and ensure compliance with state standards and federal regulations.
- Ability to perform legal research and analyze and apply knowledge to departmental operations, facts of cases or disputes, and advise departmental administrators (both orally and in writing) on points of law affecting the Agency.
- Knowledge of government operations, including administrative regulation process, legislative drafting and the legislative process.
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence and alternative dispute resolution practices.
- Organizational skills and ability to maintain oversight and drive completion of multiple projects.
- Ability to communicate effectively, assertively and persuasively, including the ability to deliver executive-level presentations and advise senior representatives of external and internal organizations/agencies on complex and high value/risk matters.
Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university AND license to practice law in the State of Georgia OR eligibility to sit for the next Georgia Bar examination OR reciprocity AND Three years of relevant legal experience OR Three years of experience required at the lower level Attorney 3 (LEP022).
Agency Specific Qualifications and/or Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to meeting the qualifications listed above, demonstrate some or all of the following skills/experience:
- 3-5 years of contract experience in drafting, reviewing, negotiating, interpreting, and administering vendor agreements, software licensing agreements, SaaS and professional services agreements, service level agreements, etc. in government and/or in the private sector that involve health care administration, health care access, or other related health care matters;
- 3-5 years of experience representing clients (government and/or private sector) procuring, overseeing or delivering the design, development and implementation of large-scale enterprise software/system/solutions or new software platforms. This experience shall include, but not be limited to, advisory (preparing privacy policies), transactional (negotiating sourcing, shared services, or information technology agreements), and/or crisis management (responding to a data security incident or a government inquiry).
- 3-5 years of professional experience in a private or public sector environment involving the interpretation and application of federal, state, and/or local laws. Demonstrated skill communicating orally and in writing to diverse parties. Demonstrated ability to obtain necessary facts from interested parties, analyze documentation, and render a written analysis or advisory opinion based on applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize assigned tasks, and to complete assignments properly and timely with minimal supervision.
- Experience working with data privacy and security matters, as well as information technology transactions.
- Experience supervising attorneys and/or support personnel with demonstrable interpersonal skills;
- Litigation experience (through the courts or an administrative tribunal);
- Experience working in a fast paced, time sensitive, customer service-oriented environment with continually changing priorities;
- Strong computer skills and proficiency, including the Microsoft Office suite (particularly Word and Excel), Adobe Acrobat Pro and document management software (e.g. Laserfiche) and platforms (e.g. SharePoint).
Position may be filled at lower level, depending on experience and qualifications.
EARN MORE THAN A SALARY! In addition to a competitive salary, the Georgia Department of Community Health offers a generous benefits package, which includes employee retirement plan; paid holidays annually; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, health and care spending account.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.
THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO CLOSE AT ANY TIME ONCE A SATISFACTORY APPLICANT POOL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.
This position is unclassified and employment is at-will.
Candidates for this position are subject to a background and credit history check.
For more information about this job contact: https://dch.ga.gov
Current Georgia state government employees will be subject to SPB rule provisions.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $70,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday
Wear masks, sanitize stations available, social distancing practiced.
Work Location: One location