University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences — Associate General Counsel


The Associate General Counsel position will collaborate with other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel both on the UAMS campus and within the broader University of Arkansas System. The attorney will review, draft and negotiate university contracts including procurement contracts, research related contracts, grant agreements, revenue contracts, leases, and corresponding legal documents. The position may also provide business and transactional advice regarding healthcare transactions such as affiliations, joint ventures, and management and physicians service agreements. The position will consult and work with the supply chain/procurement office, contracts administration department, university and hospital leadership, the HIPAA office, international compliance office, university researchers and research related departments.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

The safety of our team members at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is our top priority.  For this reason, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with our Student & Employee Health Services dept.  UAMS will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance.

UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary is negotiable depending upon experience and is subject to statutory line item maximum.


  • Review, draft, and negotiate contracts including procurement contracts, lease agreements, healthcare transactions, research contracts and documentation related to research and healthcare transactions.
  • Thorough understanding of contract law, legal negotiation skills, the ability to work with a diverse population, and the ability to provide direction to contracts administrators.
  • Provide advice and counsel on a wide variety of contract and transaction related issues.
  • Provide transactional risk assessments and risk mitigation recommendations when appropriate.
  • Assist UAMS personnel with maintaining compliance with UAMS policies, state and federal law and government regulations pertaining to contracts.
  • Provide training for UAMS personnel and recommend policies and procedures to UAMS and the University of Arkansas (UA) System on emerging issues in contract related matters.
  • Interact with UAMS leadership, researchers, administrative staff, and outside counsel.
  • Interact with external entities at various levels including directors/CEOs, attorneys, contract managers, and administrators.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited American Bar Association Law School.
  • Five (5) years of experience (subject to waiver for exceptionally relevant experience) in the private practice of law or with a corporation, governmental agency or similar organization handling contract negotiations.
  • License to practice law or admission to practice in the State of Arkansas.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in healthcare, research, intellectual property, compliance or privacy law.
  • Knowledge of patent and copyright laws and ability to negotiate intellectual property terms.
  • Knowledge of healthcare transactions and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse laws.
  • Knowledge of business formation transactions.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Physical Requirements

  • Stand: Frequently
  • Sit: Frequently
  • Walk: Frequently
  • Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
  • Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
  • Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
  • Talk: Frequently
  • Hear: Frequently
  • Taste or smell: Never
  • Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
  • Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
  • Noise Level: Moderate
  • Visual Requirements: Near visual acuity
  • Hazards: None

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