We are seeking a Senior Manager of Attorney Professional Development (“Manager”) to support the partnership’s efforts to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, collaborative and high performing attorney workforce. Working with the Chief Talent Officer, Chairpersons of the Professional Personnel Committee, Diversity Committee and Professional Development Partner as well as Practice Group Leaders and other members of leadership, the Manager will devise and implement plans and practices pertaining to attorney development initiatives which include professional development and mentoring; career counseling/management; and performance management.
This is a highly visible position requiring a minimum of 7 years talent management experience including: professional development, performance management, and career and recognition systems, for law firms and/or other professional service organizations. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leading and participating in the design, development, and delivery of in-house attorney training programs;
Developing and managing relationships with external advisors and service providers in the development, implementation, and management of legal and professional competencies, programs and practices;
Counseling on career matters, including pipeline management, performance management and succession planning, and managing attorney departure protocols;
Collaborating with leadership to develop and implement performance assessment, career counseling/management, compensation and recognition practices for attorneys as assigned;
Teaming with recruiting colleagues to devise and deploy on-boarding programs for lateral hires, first-year associates and summer associates;
Assessing competitive trends and innovations in talent management, and correspondingly recommending, developing and implementing prudent strategies and methodologies;
Advancing a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and a commitment to professional excellence;
Managing team staff, plans, operations and finances in accordance with prescribed policies, strategies, and objectives;
Developing and managing effective lines of communication and relations with internal and external constituents.
Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
A minimum of 7 years talent management experience including: professional development, performance management, and career and recognition systems, for law firms and/or other professional service organizations required. Demonstrated success directly managing, mentoring and developing a team of professionals, as well as a strong business acumen and analytical skills, with the ability to develop and execute comprehensive short-term and long-term business plans is necessary. Must possess superior communication and engagement skills, including the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with individuals at all levels of an organization, and recognize when to lead through influence, rather than control. Successful delivery and facilitation of training programs for professional audiences is critical. Additional qualifications include a solid working knowledge of policies and practices pertaining to human resources and talent management, proven experience leading innovation and continuous improvement in talent management capacities, as well as advanced project planning and management skills. Individual must be self-motivated and work effectively in a matrix management structure, and demonstrate sound judgment, integrity, and results orientation to inspire trusted advisor relationships. Client-service orientation, with the ability to balance and manage the evolving plans and needs of the organization, within and across constituent business segments is needed. Prior experience working with talent management software (such as Workday or viDesktop) is desirable. Bachelor’s degree required, JD or relevant Master’s Degree (e.g. MBA) is a plus.
About Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice national firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. Schiff Hardin lawyers share a deep and abiding commitment to professional and personal excellence and integrity; to outstanding client service; to the legal community and the broader communities where its lawyers live and work; and to each other and the firm. While Schiff Hardin lawyers chart the course of their own careers, the firm provides the professional development, support, and mentoring that every lawyer needs to build a long and successful career.