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Job Summary Under the direction of the General Counsel - CCHHS, acts as internal legal advisor to CCH Leaders in operational matters and to the Chief Human Resources Officer in policy and employment matters. Will provide assistance in interpreting legal ramifications of proposals, policy directives and other actions planned or undertaken by CCH. Works with the State’s Attorney’s Office as necessary in order to evaluate employment litigation, responds to document requests, prepares for matters related to administrative review and addresses opinions related to federal, state or local legislation in connection with employment-related matters.
Consults with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney as required. Advises Senior Leaders regarding important legal and employment matters as well as litigation. Researches and drafts policies and procedures, as necessary. May assist in the negotiation and drafting of various contracts.
Develops and/or amends existing internal employment policies based on subject matter research. Drafts proposed policy changes for approval and distributes approved communication to the appropriate internal sources. Serves as liaison between CCH and the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources to develop new policies based on existing and changing local, state or federal laws. Ensures consistency with the CCH Employment Plan and Supplemental Policies.
Is responsible for and manages the CCH Leave Administration Program, including worker’s compensation and all disability claims.
Supports CCH management in matters related to the discipline and separation of non-union personnel.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.
• Graduation from an accredited law school as a Juris Doctor
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois
• Seven (7) years prior work experience in human resources, employment litigation or other related field
• Prior work experience in a unionized environment
• Prior supervisor or managerial experience
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills
• Ten (10) years prior work experience in human resources, employment litigation or other related field
• Knowledge of the law pertaining to local and municipal government in Illinois, particularly with respect to Cook County government and the Cook County Health
• Prior experience in a hospital, medical center, health care organization or related industry
• Helps formulate and define legitimate and appropriate positions to be taken by Senior Leaders
• Conducts legal research and advises as necessary or requested
• Acts in tandem, when necessary, with legal advisors in the State’s Attorney’s Office
• Reads, analyzes and answers correspondence pertaining to a variety of legal questions of immediate concern
• Handles special projects of specific purposes and confidential nature
• Reports matters of legal relevance to Senior Leaders
• Develops, manages and evaluates CCH policy activities and initiatives in relation to employment law mandates
• Analyzes, synthesizes and summarizes dense and complex information accurately, clearly and within a short time frame
• Leads and manages the research and analysis required to produce policy memos and key reports on Human Resources employment matters
• Works closely with the Chief Human Resources Officer to ensure consistent policy development
• Serves as liaison between the CCH Human Resources Department and the rest of the organization to develop and communicate policy changes based on research of current and impending employment laws.
• Coordinates with management to review employee policies
• Identifies current research tools/methodologies to develop best practices for policy formation and adherence.
• Maintains working knowledge of significant or potential employment law developments and identifies their impact on CCH
• Researches and analyzes changes in laws and drafts internal policies based on findings.
• Serves as Human Resources lead on implementing policies, developing training programs and participating in training events
• Provides current updates and emerging issue briefings to the General Counsel – CCHHS and to the Chief Human Resources Officer
• Answers all employment policy inquiries by management, employees and external agencies
• Complies all employment law policies and maintains electronic database of current and historic policies for reference
• Conducts the research of existing or impending employment laws affecting CCH
• Attending internal training seminars as the subject matter expert
• Ensures policies are communicated to all employees in an effective and timely manner
• Manages and updates all CCH leave policies to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws as well as applicable County ordinances
• Ensures CCH management is trained and knowledgeable on the CCH Leave Program and corresponding laws, policies, Collective Bargaining provisions, etc.
• Works with the County’s Department of Risk Management and CCH EEO team in connection with worker’s compensation / duty disability claims
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
• Thorough and extensive knowledge of the ADA and FMLA
• Skill in analyzing research for writing policies and organizing subject matter into a concise document based on findings
• Good communication skills, good negotiation skills and ability to convey information and explain or describe CCH policies and procedures to others
• Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work well with organizational leadership to establish relationships and communicate sensitive information
• Demonstrates respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity and working with employees, co-workers, patients, clients of diverse backgrounds
• Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare written material for internal or external use
• Analytical skills; problem-solving skills
• Conflict management skills
• Strong decision making skills; ability to discern and selectively communicate critical information
• Attention to detail
• Work to deadlines
• Flexibility and adaptability in performing work duties
• Strong project management skills
• Knowledge of specific software program; strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other publication software
• Ability to work independently through the completion of projects and assignments
• Strong organizational skills
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, “Are you a Military Veteran?”
Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing. Please note: If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, please submit the one with the latest date. Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list and Honorable Discharge Status. Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable
A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver’s License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.
If items are not attached, you will not be eligible for Veteran Preference
VETERANS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS OR APPLICABLE STATE ID CARD OR DRIVER’S LICENSE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Basic Term Life Insurance • Pension Plan
Deferred Compensation Program
Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
For further information on our excellent benefits package, please click on the following link: http://www.cookcountyrisk.com/
MUST MEET ALL REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING.
*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U. S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
*Please note all offers of employment are contingent upon the following conditions: satisfactory professional & employment references, healthcare and criminal background checks, appropriate licensure/certifications and the successful completion of a physical and pre-employment drug screen.
*CCHHS is strictly prohibited from conditioning, basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of County employment or hiring upon or because of any political reason or factor.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH & HOSPITALS SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)
The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, ...collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER