K&L Gates LLP has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced Manager of Legal Talent Acquisition to join our Firmwide HR Talent team. Under the direction of the Firmwide Director of Talent Acquisition and Development, this position will be resident in our Seattle office and will have responsibility for managing all aspects of entry level and lateral associate recruitment, onboarding, and orientation for the Seattle and Portland, OR offices. In addition to local office responsibilities, this position will also work with other Talent professionals Firmwide on various team initiatives.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Manage full-cycle recruitment process for law students, summer associates and lateral associates, including:
Develop and execute strategies for law student engagement at key feeder schools
Develop and execute strategies for lateral associate candidate sourcing and search firm relationships in the Pacific Northwest region
Function as office contact with outside organizations and vendors relevant to the recruitment process
Manage all aspects of summer associate programs
Search firm negotiation and coordination
Application screening, processing and candidate communication generation
Candidate tracking, interview scheduling and travel/accommodation coordination
Candidate file maintenance and candidate status report preparation and validation
Pre-employment offer and hiring process coordination
Manage orientation and on-boarding of all law student, entry-level and lateral associate new hires
Other responsibilities, including:
Supervising, managing, mentoring, training, and evaluating one coordinator located in Seattle. Foster a positive working environment and structure for the legal recruiting department that promotes productivity, responsiveness, local and cross-office teamwork, high staff morale, and professional excellence.
Collaborating with the Legal Talent Acquisition Managers across the firm to plan strategically and identify ways to improve processes and procedures
Monitoring local markets and staying informed with current market trends and law firm news
Providing strategic advice on hiring to offices when necessary
Assisting with local interview training for all lawyers
Recruitment budget preparation and monitoring
Actively participating in talent acquisition and other general networking opportunities, including speaking and writing articles for industry seminars and publications.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A 4-year, accredited college degree
Minimum 5 years professional services recruiting experience required, with experience in lawyer recruitment preferred; management experience strongly preferred
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, proven leadership capabilities, a professional and friendly demeanor, a commitment to confidentiality, and strong professional and ethical standards
Highly motivated, creative problem solver, flexible, results-oriented and possess the ability to work independently under pressure with demanding deadlines
Ability to work well with all levels of firm personnel and establish effective working relationships throughout the firm
Proven ability to persuade and influence professionals to try new approaches and drive progress
Demonstrated success in managing and delivering programs and executing tasks associated with large projects and functions
Strong work ethic combined with the qualities of being smart, a quick study, and a desire to work in an intellectually challenging and team-oriented culture
Strong organizational, administrative and word processing skills
Experience with special event planning
Demonstrated working knowledge of MS Office, Excel and Outlook
Proficiency with applicant data tracking software, preferably PeopleSoft Recruit Workforce
Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule that will frequently require travel among the three offices in the region, extended hours and periodic weekend work
About K&L Gates
K&L Gates LLP delivers legal services on an integrated and global basis, with over 2,000 lawyers located in 47 cities on five continents. We represent a broad array of leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants, and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. We also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. Our lawyers counsel clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of corporate and regulatory law as well as litigation.
We are leaders in legal issues relating to industries critical to the economies of both the developed and developing worlds—technology, manufacturing, energy, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences, among others.