The Director of Lateral Recruiting and Alumni Relations is an important role within the firm. Reporting to the firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer, the goal of this individual will be to develop, lead, and promote the firm’s lateral attorney hiring and alumni relations strategy and operations.
The Director will be responsible for building a first-rate hiring program that attracts the highest caliber of legal talent, including lateral counsel, associates, patent agents and staff scientists. In addition, the individual will be instrumental in designing strategies that enhance the firm’s ongoing commitment to hiring diverse lawyers and other legal professionals.
Working closely with the firm’s management and Alumni Relations Committee, the Director will also lead strategic and tactical initiatives which will significantly enhance alumni relationships and build upon this important network. The individual will be an active member of the community, and will serve as an important representative of the firm at a wide range of functions, programs and events.
Design, develop and direct all aspects of the firm’s lateral hiring programs.
Develop assessment tools that measure the effectiveness and quality of recruitment initiatives, including candidate evaluations, acceptance rates and other trends in the legal talent market.
Working closely with Department Chairs and Practice Group Leaders, proactively identify lateral hiring needs across the firm.
Create strategic initiatives that generate a robust pipeline of qualified candidates, particularly within growing practice areas.
Develop and execute on targeted candidate sourcing plans.
Create strategic recruitment programs and materials that differentiate Choate in the marketplace.
Ensure all candidates receive a first-rate experience throughout all phases of the recruitment process.
Working closely with the firm’s Co-Managing Partners, play a critical role in supporting the lateral partner hiring, onboarding and integration processes.
Create strategies that enhance the firm’s ability to attract diverse lawyers and other legal professionals.
Develop and manage all search firm relationships, including negotiating fee arrangements.
Direct all aspects of the offer negotiation and pre-employment processes.
Working closely with the firm’s management and Alumni Relations Committee, develop and implement programs that promote and enhance alumni engagement.
Identify, plan and execute a variety of alumni events, including those that are both broad-based, as well as those that are industry or practice-specific.
Create affinity-based alumni networking opportunities, e.g. women’s leadership forums, etc.
Develop and implement strategies and tactics that result in regular communication and “touch points” with alumni to keep them informed about current events at the firm, including alumni newsletters, thought leadership articles and social media outreach.
Create career placement programs and referral networks, including associate transition services and in-house placements with clients.
Develop and maintain a robust alumni contact database.
Develop and maintain lateral hiring and alumni relations budgets, as well as report on expense variances throughout the year.
Create processes and systems that promote a high level of organization and efficiency with respect to lateral hiring and alumni relations efforts.
Participate on internal firm committees as appropriate.
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to enable the development of effective working relationships throughout the Firm.
Highly organized and able to multi-task on a daily basis; able to adjust to shifting priorities.Able to work independently and as part of a team with a proactive and positive style that fosters collaborative working relationships.
Maintains current knowledge of trends and developments affecting the department and the Firm.Must possess the attributes necessary to represent the firm externally at law schools and other organizations within the legal community.
Must be able to build positive relationships with law schools and recruitment agency professionals.
Utilizes innovative thinking, creativity, and sound analytics and decision-making to ensure the highest level of achievement, productivity, and work satisfaction.
Able to handle confidential information and matters with discretion and good judgment.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Juris Doctor would be a strong plus.
Minimum of 5+ years of experience in managing lateral recruitment or practicing law in large law firm setting.
Proven knowledge of legal industry and best practices for identifying top legal talent.
Proven expertise in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Knowledge of LawCruit or other applicant tracking systems. Physical Requirements:
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.