• Assistant General Counsel

    Location US-IA-Des Moines
    Job ID
    Requires Non-Compete?
  • Job Summary

    Wellmark’s Assistant General Counsel will assist and support the Sr. Vice President & Chief Legal Officer in the performance, representation, and delivery of all legal, compliance, and regulatory services for Wellmark and its subsidiaries. This requires a thorough and in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory environment affecting Wellmark's business and the health care industry. This individual will be accountable for reviewing, analyzing, preparing, and communicating legal and regulatory issues that influence or impact Wellmark’s business. In addition, this individual will represent Wellmark with members, stakeholders, regulators, and other external audiences.

    Minimum Qualifications Required (all must be met to be considered)

    • J.D. and current license in good standing to practice law (any state acceptable).
    • No history of federal or state professional disciplinary proceedings or regulatory disqualifications.
    • Continuing legal education must be current in accordance with state requirements for licensed attorneys.
    • 7+ years of experience practicing law in a corporate, governmental, judicial or private practice environment in the subject areas of health care, employee benefits, insurance, corporate and business transactions, administrative law, antitrust, finance, employment law, procurement and contracting, litigation and/or litigation management, or related area.
    • Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Strong understanding of applicable rules, regulations, and key interdependencies.
    • Effectively build relationships across the organization that are supportive and collaborative.
    • Advanced consulting and interpersonal skills. Ability to understand the needs of the business and develop legal advice that balances subject matter expertise with stakeholder needs. Viewed as a credible, trustworthy business partner. Comfortable with decision making ability in a complex, multi-dimensional team environment.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively articulate and support complex information and decisions to varied audiences.
    • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
    • Proactive self-starter with strong time management skills and the ability to balance competing priorities with flexibility. Ability to anticipate risks and take appropriate action.
    • Travel may be required.

    Hiring Specifications Preferred

    • Significant knowledge of insurance or health care industry.
    • Current license in good standing to practice law in Iowa and/or South Dakota.

    Job Accountabilities

    a. Assist and support the Sr. Vice President & Chief Legal Officer (CLO) in achieving corporate and divisional goals and in maintaining corporate compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

    b. Provide appropriate and timely legal opinions, or secure such opinions through management of outside legal counsel, regarding legal strategies and positions for Wellmark and communicating such opinions to management, CLO, and/or CEO.

    c. Provide proficient legal analysis and advice regarding business strategy and corporate transactions; draft and analyze contracts and other legal documents; and provide legal advice to leadership, all in a manner that is prudent, innovative, compliant with laws, and best serves the strategic interests of Wellmark and its members.

    d. Consistently anticipate, evaluate, develop mitigation strategies for, and advise management of, potential risks in contractual, regulatory, litigation, compliance, financial and reputational areas.

    e. Counsel and assist management regarding new or changing legal and regulatory requirements, and assist management with designing and implementing business policies and procedures to assure compliance with same.

    f. Conduct confidential and/or privileged corporate investigations.

    g. Obtain and maintain advanced knowledge of laws governing the conduct of the Company’s business, including, as applicable, Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, ERISA, and other state and federal laws.

    h. Support Wellmark’s Federal Employee Health Benefit Program team.

    i. Support Wellmark’s Sales and Marketing areas in review, evaluation and approval of marketing communications materials to be in compliance with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Brand Use, Licensing and intellectual property requirements.

    j. Review and approve corporate communications of all types, for legal sufficiency and accuracy.

    k. Prepare and review corporate and board of directors materials for legal sufficiency and accuracy.

    l. Manage competing priorities effectively to meet corporate and divisional goals.

    m. For all job accountabilities, meet performance standards and comply with other job requirements as established and communicated by Company and Divisional leadership.

    n. Other duties as assigned.


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