Seeking a bright, articulate, self-starting professional to join the Professional Development department. The successful candidate will be a team player with expertise in project management and event leadership, with the ability to work flexibly under pressure in a fast-paced environment. The Professional Development Specialist has responsibility for the day-to-day supervision of the Diversity & Professional Development Assistant.
Project Management & Supervision
Provide leadership and guidance for the Firm’s office-based formal mentor programs, including to make recommendations for the creation of new programs, advise partner mentor chairs on ways to strengthen existing programs and draft resources to support firm-wide mentoring goals.
Serve as the Professional Development point person for the New York and Washington, D.C. offices, including central responsibility for associate outreach and support, fall and lateral associate integration, and local Associates Committee event design.
Design, implement and maintain systems to support attorneys leaving for and returning from a leave of absence to assist with ramp down and reintegration.
Work directly with global Associates Committee Chair and Vice-Chair to develop and implement firm-wide programs and initiatives.
Develop and maintain programs to aid with associate onboarding and continued integration, including first assignment programs and welcome events.
Innovate methods to track the qualitative and quantitative progress of long-term departmental initiatives and objectives.
Create and maintain departmental communications content, including developing design and content for electronic newsletters, brochures, articles and the Firm's internet and intranet sites.
Lead the design and orchestration of departmental events, including events in support of new associate integration, office visits, program launches, career path programs, and alumni engagement.
Assist with the general planning of the Firm’s New Lawyer Academy and Mid-Level Academy, with an emphasis on overall attendee experience.
Identify events and activities (including speaking engagements, webcasts and receptions) that may be of interest to Firm attorneys, particularly for local associates committee events and mentoring programs.
Professional demeanor and excellent communication skills paired with a service-oriented attitude.
Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills, including ability to tailor written work product to the appropriate audience.
Established project management skills and program design experience. Demonstrated ability to make continued progress on long-term projects.
Strong organization skills with a focus on attention to detail, problem solving and the ability to multitask.
Demonstrated resourcefulness, creativity and self-directed behavior.
Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a fast-paced environment. Candidate should enjoy being an integral part of a team environment.
Strong working knowledge of law firm professional development programs and best practices.
Integrity to handle sensitive and confidential information with care.
Four-year college degree required. Professional development experience in a law firm or professional services firm and/or a JD preferred. Travel will be required.