The Professional Development Manager will be part of the leadership team, managing Choate’s talent development efforts, whose work includes coaching and counseling a cohort of attorneys to help them navigate their careers at Choate, as well as developing the strategy for and overseeing Choate’s robust attorney training agenda.
Primary point of contact for a cohort of attorneys, working directly with our “clients” and Choate partners (40-50% of job). This includes:
Meeting routinely with associates, patent agents and staff scientists (our “clients”) and their mentors.
Developing plans to respond to both ongoing informal and annual review feedback, and periodically throughout the year to ensure progress towards professional development goals.
Meeting quarterly with all partners by practice group to discuss the development of each of the associates in their group and respond to any identified development needs or goals.
Play a lead role in the strategic planning and development of the Firm’s training agenda for attorneys (15-20% of job). This includes:
Working closely with the Chief of Legal Recruiting and Talent Development and Department Training Partners to develop training strategies and identify innovative execution approaches, targeting the needs of each department.
Managing the team that executes all on-site trainings.
Overseeing the firm’s usage of external training resources, e.g., NITA, PLI, Practical Law, HotShot, MCLE and the BBA.
Other Professional Development Work
Collaborate with the Professional Development team to execute programs in support of Choate’s people mission – The Shared Compact, including:
Managing new associate and lateral hire orientation and integration, Choate’s mentor program, and the Feedback Initiative.
Implementing the Patent Agent Law School program.
Assisting in the management and execution of the Firm’s annual review process and upward feedback program.
Actively participate and contribute to the Professional Development team discussions focused on continual improvement of all of these programs and help to implement selected approaches.
The remainder of this person’s time will be spent across a variety of these topics and programs.
Uses leadership skills to establish effective working relationships throughout the Firm, encourage teamwork, and build consensus in order to meet or exceed departmental standards and Firm objectives.
Maintains active lines of communication within and between departments to share knowledge and support collaborative efforts, organizational change, and goal achievement.
Utilizes innovative thinking, creativity, and sound decision-making to ensure the highest level of achievement, productivity, and work satisfaction.
Bachelor's Degree required, Juris Doctor would be a plus.
Minimum of 5+ years of experience in professional development in a law firm, law school or professional services environment is required.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build trust and work effectively with professionals at all levels.
Must enjoy working directly with attorneys in a counseling / coaching role.
Ability to handle confidential information and matters with discretion and good judgment.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment, prioritize multiple projects on a daily basis, and adjust to shifting priorities.
Strong planning, project management, and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a proactive and positive style that fosters collaborative working relationships.
Excellent analytical, problem solving and time management skills.
Proven expertise in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Knowledge of viDesktop and Epicor, or other HRIS system, strongly preferred.
Must have minimal physical mobility. Position may occasionally require standing, walking, reaching, and lifting up to 15 pounds.
Must have the ability to operate equipment such as a computer and copy machine.
Must have the ability to communicate clearly and to read and follow detailed instructions.
Must have the ability to prepare assorted documents and other related materials.
Must have the ability to work in stressful conditions under time deadlines.
About Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Choate, one of the nation’s premier law firms, is different from the vast majority of major firms in ways we believe materially benefit our clients. All of our lawyers are under one roof in Boston, focused on a select group of areas where we practice at the top of the market, nationally and internationally, and represent clients in their largest and most significant matters.
Our single-office model gives us the ability to match clients with a dedicated, leanly staffed team of lawyers led by highly experienced, hands-on partners and associates working under their direction. Choate’s lawyers work together in one location and across services, maximizing value for clients by developing a sophisticated understanding of their businesses and goals and fostering long-term, collaborative relationships. Through independent research with our clients, we’ve confirmed that the teamwork of our lawyers affords us the unusual ability to partner with clients in their success by offering customized, high-quality, practical, business-oriented solutions.
Choate’s clients extend across the US and many foreign countries and include Fortune 500 companies, public and private companies, PE/VC firms..., financial institutions and wealthy individuals. Choate is consistently recognized by third parties for excellence, including: Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500, World’s Leading Lawyers and International Who’s Who of Lawyers.