Assistant Director, Risk Counsel

Position: Assistant Director, Risk Counsel

Job ID: 147313

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Risk Management Administrative

Talent Area: Professional - Non-Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a - 5p

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Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital opened in 2017. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at


We are searching for an Assistant Director of Associated Risk Counsel – someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you’ll support the Director with the oversight of risk financing and insurance claims and will be responsible for major legal functions. This role will primarily be responsible for providing counsel for insurance provisions and contractual agreements, working with and serving as liaison to outside counsel, participating in meetings and serving on committees, and assisting in the management of internal operations of the Risk Department.


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Responsibilities :

  • Assists Director by providing legal counsel to management, executives, and medical staff
  • Responds to requests/inquiries from local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Assists Director with the management of litigation as relates to insurance claims
  • Performs review and revision of contractual agreements as relates to insurance coverage and risk exposure
  • Participates in hospital committee meetings, subcommittees, ad-hoc meetings as directed
  • Communicates effectively with executives and management regarding legal implications of business strategies, policies, procedures, and current insurance coverages
  • Supervises, manages, and directs the work of risk financing and claims
  • Participates in departmental activities as assigned
  • Reviews invoices related to insurance coverages and related legal matters, and assists the Director with departmental budget activities
  • Completes timely performance appraisals for direct reports
  • Assures that new departmental staff members attend hospital and departmental orientation within 30 days of employment
  • Develops and modifies job descriptions as necessary
  • Prepares annual capital and operating budgets
  • Conducts appropriate investigations and follows up on individual patient complaints
  • Prepares and/or reviews and submits performance planning documents, ongoing planning materials, action plan and department goals



  • Juris Doctor Degree (JD)
  • Texas Law License
  • 2 years of experience advising large corporations either at a law firm or in-house
  • Experience in providing legal counsel to tax exempt organizations is preferred
  • Knowledge of claims evaluation, insurance, and healthcare law
  • Knowledge of general medico-legal principles involving medical and general negligence
  • Ability to lead groups, build consensus, and communicate effectively with all levels of personnel within and outside the organization
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and research skills
  • Analytical skills and the ability to demonstrate critical thinking
  • Ability to balance and effectively prioritize numerous projects covering a variety of subject matter
  • Ability to effectively manage staff and delegate tasks appropriately

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