Practice Area Professional Development Manager

For the New York Office of a Prestigious Global Law Firm

Responsibilities include:

  • Build trust and credibility with partners; develop a professional relationship with associates, including an in-depth understanding of career goals, experiences, strengths, development needs, etc;
  • Monitor associate development to ensure associates are progressing along development plans; recommend the Firm's career resources as appropriate, and ensure forward progress on exit strategies;
  • Coordinate associate and counsel review and evaluation processes with the Attorney Development team;
  • Ensure participation in all required CLE programs; help define the overall training agenda and coordinate training to meet identified development needs;
  • Work with staffing partner to ensure that each attorney is fully utilized; ensure equitable distribution of assignments, while balancing development with client needs;
  • Track vacation schedules to ensure that plans are in place for coverage; manage information flow in required systems and policy compliance; provide reports to practice leaders.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's Degree, 3+ years of professional development experience in a law firm; JD preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong influencing and leadership capabilities and sound judgment, a non-hierarchical approach and the ability to build consensus;
  • Proven project management skills; ability to multitask;
  • Ability to adhere to the highest process standards and stand firm on decisions while working under pressure and in conflicting circumstances;
  • Strong integrity, maturity, and fairness in dealing with people and confidential information.


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