Professional Development Manager

For the New York Office of a Prestigious Global Law Firm

Responsibilities include:

  • Continuously develop firm-wide professional/core skills curriculum using Partners & external consultants for programming in communications, writing, negotiation and financial skills; conduct periodic training needs assessments, analyzing input from associ
  • Develop, enhance and manage major milestone training programs for 1st, 3rd and 5th year associates in substantive and skills-based training as well as practical sessions for new and transitioning associates;
  • Liaise with Diversity and Women's Initiative Committees to identify opportunities to collaborate with affinity group members and clients on professional skills programs, substantive training and D&I training programs;
  • Conduct check-in meetings with all new corporate associates 6-9 months after arrival, ensuring proper onboarding and integration;
  • Respond to ad-hoc associate counseling requests on topics such as work assignments, giving/receiving feedback, department/practice group moves and miscellaneous professional development issues;
  • Provide back-up staffing assistance for junior associates in the larger corporate practice groups; work with Practice Group Heads, Staffing Coordinators and the Professional Development department to identify potential secondees.

Qualifications include:

  • JD preferred; coaching certification a plus; experience with collaborating with Partners in a large law firm setting expected;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong project management skills; ability to take complete ownership of designing and executing Firm-wide programs and ability to focus on long and short-term professional development initiatives;
  • Skilled at negotiating among strong personalities while being respectful and supportive;
  • Excellent leadership skills and able to inspire confidence among associates and leaders across the Firm; able to supervise, motivate and guide junior members of the PD team effectively;
  • Knowledge of CLE rules in New York helpful.


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