Legacy Health

Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer

Job Location System Office 1919 Building
Position Status Regular Full-Time
Requisition ID
Legal Svcs
Avg Hours Per Week
Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience
FLSA Status
Work Days
Mon-Fri, no weekends


The Legacy mission of making life better for others requires an openness to new or improved strategies. Can you help us drive the changes that will positively affect the Legacy community and the people we serve?


Legacy Health, the largest nonprofit, community-owned health system serving the Portland-Vancouver area and the mid-Willamette Valley, seeks to improve our community by helping people live healthier and better lives. To support good health, Legacy provides a range of services not found in any other single system: Legacy Health has six hospitals with dedicated children’s care at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, nearly 3,000 doctors and providers, over 13,000 employees, and lab, research and hospice. Legacy also has major partnerships including PacificSource Health Plans and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a one-of-a-kind center for people facing a mental health crisis, operated as a community collaboration between four regional health systems and numerous community partners.


The Chief Legal Officer will lead Legacy in developing and implementing a legal strategy for Legacy and its subsidiaries that supports Legacy’s strategic vision and mission. The successful candidate will apply sound business acumen in providing timely, thoughtful and comprehensive legal advice in support of organizational strategies, and will be highly collaborative and comfortable in a consensus-driven environment. The successful candidate will display a tolerance for ambiguity and the ability to make recommendations and decisions with incomplete information. As a key member of the Legacy Health executive team who will be reporting to the CEO, the CLO will bring seasoned executive presence in support of other senior leaders, the organization, and our journey towards adopting a lean management system, and will develop, guide, lead and inspire a high-performing team of department attorneys and legal support staff.


If you want to use your talents to make a difference in the lives of our patients and the community we serve, we invite you to consider this opportunity. We strive to be a diverse, culturally responsive organization, and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and inclusion to apply.


The Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer (CLO) develops and implements legal strategy for all appropriate issues related to Legacy Health and its subsidiaries.  Reporting to the system CEO, the CLO is a senior vice president who leads the legal department, protects Legacy's interests and operations under the law and coordinates all legal work. The CLO will serve as the Secretary of the Board of Directors.


Education: J.D. from an accredited law school.


Experience: A minimum of ten years in healthcare law experience gained either in a corporate counsel setting in a hospital or health system or in a private law firm.  Strongly prefer candidates who have both private practice and corporate counsel experience.  Substantive experience providing guidance and leadership to professionals preferred.  Must demonstrate ability to have progressively increased responsibility and scope over time.     Knowledge and experience in Stark, Anti-kickback Statute, antitrust, physician relationships, tax-exempt status, managed care and risk contracting, mergers and acquisitions, Medicare and corporate law required.



  • Skilled in consulting and advising System CEO, senior management, Board of Directors, medical staff and other stakeholders with regard to overall strategic direction for the organization, legal issues, public policy, risk, and advocacy.   Ability to work in a corporate environment as a collaborative and collegial member of the team.  
  •  An astute ability to understand the strategic issues facing the organization and explore creative and legally appropriate options. A proactive orientation toward developing legal strategies to support organizational goals. Ability to understand and consistently apply Legacy’s mission, vision, strategic plans and tactics to responsibilities.
  •  Demonstrated broad understanding of the health care environment and legal issues unique to that environment. Ability to translate the risks associated with legal issues for colleagues.
  •  An influential leader who knows how to facilitate agreement or consensus; comfortable using formal and informal authority as required. Skilled at making midcourse corrections. Strong follow up skills with appreciation of deadlines and accountability.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly communicate with all customers on legal matters, both orally and in writing, including translating complex legal issues to the Board of Directors.  Ability to rapidly analyze complex situations.
  • Able to lead a legal team with confidence and humility.  Ability to work effectively in a consensus driven environment and where direct feedback is expected. Knowledgeable in how to allocate resources effectively, determine what legal activities can be done in-house and what needs to be delegated to outside counsel, and set appropriate service standards for the department.



Demonstrates the ability to act consistently with Legacy’s Values in Action, exemplifies our core organizational values, and exhibits the leadership competencies outlined in Leading at Legacy.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled


Licensure/Certification: Licensed to practice law in the applicable state. Membership in the State Bar of Oregon or eligibility for admission based on reciprocity is required.


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