Director of Professional Development and Diversity
Full-Time Portland, Seattle
Lane Powell PC is a law firm synonymous with excellence and innovation with ambitious goals in the future. We are seeking an experienced leader committed to delivering best in class service and building collaborative teams that will help take us into the next chapter of our story. We are seeking a Director of Professional Development and Diversity. This is an exempt, full time opportunity. This highly visible firmwide position provides leadership and strategic direction for the firm’s professional development and diversity programs. The Director will focus on the development of lawyer talent, emphasizing the design, implementation and monitoring of a wide variety of programs that seek to increase diversity, foster a culture of inclusion, grow and enhance the skills and abilities of attorneys, and improve attorney mentoring and retention.
This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works in close partnership with senior leadership.
Manage current and implement new firmwide attorney professional development programs. Work with firm leadership to define competencies, learning objectives and desired outcomes. May include all-attorney internal CLE curriculum and coaching in preparation for partnership.
Work with associates and junior partners to develop professional development plans to help them reach their potential.
Collaborate with firm leadership to continue to build and support a dynamic and inclusive work environment including creation and implementation of firmwide diversity and inclusion programs.
Ensure that all lawyer recruiting and professional development policies and programs are aligned with the firm’s commitment to prioritize diversity and inclusion.
Provide strategic advice regarding the involvement and sponsorship of diversity-related events and organizations.
Improve and maintain a multi-year associate professional development track to include training for all levels of associates. Serve as a liaison between partners and associates and actively participate on the associate committee.
Establish and implement an improved lateral-attorney integration program.
Work closely with practice team leadership to support substantive legal training for all attorneys. Assess training needs, define learning objectives, refine curriculum, develop program content and ensure program quality.
Work with individual practice team leads on skill development for attorneys with specific needs. Serve as firmwide resource for all lawyer training and development issues.
Provide strategic support throughout the firm’s annual evaluation process, identifying and taking action on attorneys who need individual coaching for advancement, outplacement services or extra support to help fill a gap in skills.
Conduct exit interviews and identify policies and procedures to maximize attorney retention and job satisfaction.
Manage attorney mentoring program and continue to modify in alignment with strategic goals.
Monitor best practices in professional development and diversity through organizations including national consortiums and councils, and state bars.
Prepare reports relating to training, professional development, and diversity and inclusion programs to keep firm leadership apprised of progress and areas for improvement.
Support the planning of firm events, retreats and conferences to ensure that all events align with firm goals relating to professional development, diversity and inclusion.
Monitor the quality and utility of all professional development and diversity programs.
Experience working in the legal or professional services industry
6+ years of professional development experience
Experience managing or participating in diversity and inclusion programs
Experience with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
Strong desire to work with less experienced lawyers to help them reach their potential
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong business acumen and data/analytical skills
Ability to successfully partner with all levels of the organization
Ability to use independent judgment
Ability to operate at the highest level of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality
Ability to perform a variety of tasks, often changing assignments on short notice
Ability to manage a complex and varied workload in a timely manner and with courtesy and tact
Ability to develop, direct and implement projects
Lane Powell PC is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications for employment from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. If you need reasonable accommodations to apply for any position, please let us know. All employment decisions, practices and procedures are carried out without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, political ideology, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other applicable legally protected status. This policy applies to all personnel activities including employment, promotion, transfer, compensation and termination.
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About Lane Powell PC
Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges.
With offices throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska, we’re thoroughly versed in the industries of the Pacific Northwest as well as the legal issues that face our clients on a regional, national and international level.
Many of our attorneys are leaders in their field and receive national recognition in their practice. Our clients benefit not only from some of the best legal minds, but the best business minds too: attorneys who are intimately familiar with the business environment, and know the emerging risks and opportunities of their industries and practice groups.
Since 2008, Benchmark Litigation has consistently recommended Lane Powell’s litigation practice. The firm also receives recognition every year as a "Firm of the Year" in Oregon and Washingt...on since the award's inception in 2013. Recommendations are contingent on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.
We emphasize a team approach and shared accountability for solving problems. In the business world, specialization is increasing and our multiple practice areas and industry groups reflect this process. Our clients benefit from the specialized expertise of individual attorneys as well as the collective capabilities of our teams — attorneys who thrive on putting their minds and expertise together to come up with creative, cost-effective and positive resolutions.
We're in it for the long haul. There's a reason we've enjoyed long-term relationships with Nordstrom and many other clients. First and foremost, we don't take our relationships for granted. We work with clients to build their business. We offer forward-thinking, long-term legal resolutions, not shortsighted approaches. Then there's the sundown rule: we resolve to return our clients' calls by the end of the day.
We’re dedicated to helping our communities thrive. We have strong ties to more than the business communities of the Pacific Northwest. As a Firm and as individuals, we are involved directly in a wide variety of worthwhile organizations that have significantly contributed to community progress, which is why Lane Powell constantly remains one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region and Portland area by Puget Sound Business Journal and Portland Business Journal.
We have a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including exciting new initiatives around mentoring, hiring and fostering an inclusive workplace. A sampling of these initiatives includes a diversity scholarship for summer law students, participation in the national Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a diversity and inclusion affinity group. We are proud to announce that Lane Powell was recently awarded 100% on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index.