CareFirst Careers

Assistant General Counsel II, Medicare Advantage

Resp & Qualifications

PURPOSE:  CareFirst is seeking experienced counsel to support entry into the Medicare Advantage marketplace.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated management team to build a new business line from the ground floor.  This position will provide key legal support to all aspects of the Medicare Advantage business, including product and network contracts, STARS and quality issues, and vendor contracting and negotiations, among others.  CareFirst is seeking an experienced counsel with a broad range of Medicare Advantage experience, a demonstrated ability to advise executive management, and the level of initiative and accountability requried to support this new business venture.

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  1. Strategic Legal Counseling.  Provides advice and counsel directly to executive management and/or their designees on all legal issues affecting the Division(s) to which assigned and assists in development of business strategies within legal constraints.  Provides strategic direction and guidance to Associate General Counsel and legal support staff based on corporate initiatives and allocates resources based on established priorities.  Evaluates divisional initiatives and represents the Corporation’s legal interests on intercompany management/executive committees.
  2. Legal Advice.  Provides written and oral advice directly to executive management and/or their designees in complex and rapidly evolving areas of the law.  Analyzes and provides legal guidance on a wide range of regulatory, contractual and operational matters, including the interpretation and implementation of legislation.  Provides clear, succinct, and “actionable” written advice to key executive stakeholders that reflects full understanding of the pertinent operations of the Division(s) to which assigned. Renders legal guidance to counsel supporting other Divisions in specialized areas of expertise.
  3. Contract Drafting and Negotiation.  Provides advice and counsel to executive management and/or their designees on contractual matters, including issues arising from alliances and partnerships with, and investments in, start-up and established companies.  Provides strategic analysis of available alternatives and associated legal risks.  Drafts, analyzes, and negotiates contracts and complex agreements involving multiple companies and significant financial resources with outside vendors.   Represents the Company in disputes and/or negotiations arising from contractual relationships and/or performance.
  4. External Representation.  Represents the Corporation’s legal interests by interfacing with opposing counsel and regulatory agencies on issues having significant impact on company operations and/or finances.  Supports clients in managing communications with external parties in areas of conflict.  Builds and maintains key regulatory relationships related to matters that primarily affect the Division assigned.  Represents the company on legal issues arising from regulatory investigations, subpoenas, or external audits. 
  5. Corporate Governance.  Provides legal guidance to executive management regarding corporate governance issues and corporate transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and/or investments.  May perform corporate secretarial duties for subsidiary board(s), as appropriate.
  6. Management and Supervision.  Manages the operations of the area(s) of the Legal Department assigned, including directing internal/external customers to appropriate areas of the company and/or legal department, as appropriate.    Manages Associate General Counsel and/or legal support staff, including supervision of attorneys or staff, conducting performance evaluations and resolving personnel related issues, at one or more sites in addressing the needs of the Division(s) and/or in representing the corporations in legal proceedings brought by and against the Corporation.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  This individual may supervise Associate General Counsel, Paralegals/Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries and/or Administrative Assistants and may provide guidance to less experienced attorneys.  This individual in addition will have matrix management responsibilities with respect to cross-functional projects and work performed by individuals employed in other areas.

SCOPE DATA:  This position has overall responsibility for ensuring that timely and effective legal services are provided to senior executives in the Division(s) which the position supports, and that the Company is represented in litigation and/or complex matters which have a major impact on Company operations and involve substantial sums of money.  This position will be responsible on a regular basis for direct interface with and providing advice to the most senior executive management, up to and including the Chief Executive Officer.


Required:  Admission to the MD or DC Bar within one year of hire date.  Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) is required, with at least 8 years’ experience as an attorney required and at least 3 years’ experience as a lawyer representing clients in health care, insurance, health related technology, information technology, government contracting, or related field.  Candidates with significant Medicare Advantage experience, but less than ten years' experience as an attorney, may also be considered for an alternative position.

Abilities/Skills:  This position demands strong analytical, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.  This individual must have the ability to follow instructions, to be flexible/versatile, and to work independently.  Must be able to effectively work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads that can be variable for long periods of time.  Must be able to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external customers, within set expectations for service excellence.  Must be able to effectively communicate and provide positive customer service to every internal and external customer, including customers who may be demanding or otherwise challenging.  Experience and knowledge in the areas to be supported is essential.

Preferred:  At least 10 years of experience as an attorney, demonstrated expertise in advising clients on Medicare Advantage.  Demonstrated leadership within a legal department or organization.  Prior experience managing other attorneys or legal support staff.



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Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

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Closing Date

Please apply before: 9/8/2019

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights of up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position successfully.  Requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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