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Below are current openings with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California or our 501(c)(3) sister-arm, California Planned Parenthood Education Fund, or other Planned Parenthood local organizations in California:
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Chief Legal Counsel
The Legal Counsel is responsible for providing and coordinating legal representation and advocacy for California Planned Parenthood Education Fund, Inc. (CPPEF) and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), primarily related to the provision of healthcare by the seven independently incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates in California (California affiliates). Collectively, these affiliates operate 115 health centers and provide almost 1.6 million patient visits each year. The in-house attorney will provide legal analyses, guidelines and opinions, draft policies and procedures, interface with various State agencies and the Legislature and work to infuse Planned Parenthood’s values into relevant legislation, regulations, government policies and administrative actions. Duties include assisting Affiliates and their health centers to comply with federal and state legal requirements, providing legal counsel to business operations, and representing CPPEF/PPAC and the Affiliates before regulatory agencies and within coalitions.
The Legal Counsel is an employee of CPPEF and is hired to serve as legal counsel for both CPPEF and PPAC. Neither CPPEF nor PPAC foresees any actual or potential conflict of interest arising from the Legal Counsel serving in that capacity for both entities.
Essential Job Functions
- Works on matters related to healthcare regulatory compliance, including but not limited to: facility licensing and enrollment, scope of practice, patient privacy and consent, formulary and billing, and reimbursement-related issues. Works with the California Affiliates to draft and file various regulatory applications on their behalf.
- Drafts model policies and procedures for health center operations on regulatory compliance issues.
- Researches and analyzes community clinic licensure, enrollment, and billing/reimbursement policies, regulations, and statutes, as necessary.
- Attends key stakeholder meetings related to regulatory requirements that impact Affiliate operations.
- Conducts legal analysis of legislation and regulations; drafts legislation and amendments, regulatory comments, reports, policy briefs and sign-on letters; prepares testimony and briefing.
- Prepares legal presentations and trainings for affiliate and health center staff.
- As requested, assists staff on legal issues and provides legal opinions, prepares legal memoranda, and reviews contracts.
- Answers questions from, and provides general legal direction to, Affiliates.
- Meets with other groups or associations interested in assigned issues, forming coalitions as appropriate.
- Hires and manages legal interns and volunteers.
- Represents CPPEF/PPAC and handles other duties and projects as assigned.
Skills and Abilities Required
- Admission to California Bar.
- 2 – 5 years Regulatory and/or Healthcare Law experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities at one time, often in the face of fast turn-around deadlines.
- Critical thinking skills, including the ability to handle macro and micro management of issues and projects.
- Resourceful research skills, including the ability to think “outside the box” for answers or solutions.
- Familiarity with community clinic environment, health care law and reproductive justice issues.
- Team player, yet self-motivated and willing to work independently and take initiative.
- Willing to occasionally work evenings, weekends and travel in California.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) (a 501 (C) (4) organization) follows state and federal legislation in a number of public policy arenas. It leads the policy, legislative, regulatory, communication and electoral work for the California Affiliates and coordinates social media campaigns. The California Planned Parenthood Education Fund (CPPEF) (a 501 (C) (3) organization) promotes education, counseling, and clinical services in the fields of reproductive health care and family planning, and more recently, primary care. We handle administrative, legislative, and regulatory actions, including statewide and local initiatives, as well as, on occasion, litigation. We coordinate a number of cross-affiliate projects and regularly convene meetings and trainings for the California Affiliates on a host of issues. These Affiliates operate 115 health centers and handle more than 1.6 million patient visits, annually. Roughly 87 percent of the patients they serve are low-income; their health care is reimbursed through Family PACT or Medi-Cal managed care.
Our mission is to create a personally and politically safe climate in which individuals have universal and unfettered access to sexual and reproductive health care and can make their own decisions about these services.
PPAC’s vision and leadership has spurred lawmakers to enact legislation that makes California a national leader in the funding of family planning and other reproductive health care services. PPAC played a key role in augmenting state funding for family planning and has played a leading role in the fight against anti-choice legislation for over 40 years.
For more than 40 years, PPAC/CPPEF has been on the forefront of successful efforts to protect the reproductive freedom of all Californians. We believe that by honoring certain core values in our everyday work, we will be better able to promote sound public policies relating to reproductive health care, family planning services, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinic services, and ensure access to all. By working together effectively we are able to serve our affiliates and achieve our common goals. Our values are: personal responsibility, leadership, communication (effective problem solving, conflict resolution), teamwork, excellence, innovation, ethics, integrity, and honesty.
Compensation is based on experience. We have a generous benefits package. Employees are eligible for medical, vision, and dental benefits and are eligible to participate in our 401(k) and Flexible Spending Account benefits on the first of the month following date of employment.
How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to email@example.com
Note: Applicants must indicate "Legal Counsel, [last name]" as the subject of emailed applications. Please also note where you first saw this job posting when you send in your application. Cover letter and resume should be sent as separate attachments.
As part of the Legal Counsel’s position as counsel for PPAC and CPPEF, the Legal Counsel may assist or provide legal services to Affiliates in their efforts to comply with federal and state legal requirements or otherwise. CPPEF/PPAC has a Master Legal Services Agreement with the California affiliates that allows CPPEF/PPAC to provide legal services to them individually or collectively at their request. Requests for assistance or legal services may be made directly by the Affiliates to the Legal Counsel. The decision whether to undertake work on behalf of, or in response to any request by, an Affiliate shall be subject to the discretion of the Chief Legal Counsel based upon Chief Legal Counsel’s understanding of the interests of PPAC and CPPEF and the current workload. Communications between Legal Counsel and Affiliates about assistance or services on legal matters shall be considered “confidential communications between client and lawyer.”
Closing Date: Until filled.