Katten is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the United States and abroad. Our nationally recognized practices include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Our more than 650 attorneys serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. We provide full-service legal advice from locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai.
Summary for the Lateral Attorney Recruiting Specialist
The Lateral Attorney Recruiting Specialist is responsible for the management and execution of the lateral counsel, associate and staff attorney recruitment process in the Chicago and Texas offices. This position will also assist with entry level recruiting for the Firm’s summer associate programs. The position maintains professionalism and strict confidentiality in all client and Firm matters.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following. Other duties may be requested and/or assigned. Essential functions are primary job duties that an individual must be able to perform successfully with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work with department heads and office managing partners to identify and analyze lateral associate and staff attorney hiring needs. Analyze data and trends in legal industry and geographic markets to identify potential candidates and areas of focus.
Develop job postings, screen candidate resumes and identify candidates to be interviewed; schedule interviews, collect evaluation feedback, manage offer decision process, prepare offer letters and maintain lateral hiring reports.
Oversee the candidate due diligence process including: conflicts, reference and background checks and bar verification process.
Utilize LinkedIn Recruiter and other recruiting technologies to source candidates and create a candidate pipeline.
Develop and maintain relationships with legal search firms and manage Firm-wide electronic communication of open positions to search firms. Prepare search firm agreements and negotiate terms.
Assist with the planning, coordinating and execution of the annual summer associate program in the Chicago and Dallas offices. Participate and attend the Chicago and Dallas summer associate social events when needed.
Assist with all aspects of the Chicago and Dallas office on-campus interview process including, but may not be limited to, on-campus interview registration, preparation of all interviewer binders and marketing materials, scheduling call-back interviews, soliciting interview evaluations, maintaining candidate files and generating reports. Prepare offer decision packets. Send callback invitations, reject and no offer correspondence to candidates. Coordinate offer dinners and other candidate follow-up activities. Set-up and attend on-campus interview events, hospitality suites and other recruitment events.
Assist the Director of Attorney Recruiting with Firm-wide lateral recruiting initiatives.
Perform special projects for the Director of Attorney Recruiting as needed.
Become proficient on the Firm’s practice areas, mission, strategic focus and growth strategy; articulate and convey to candidates, search firms and other external entities.
Maintain the lateral associate recruitment website pages and content.
Administer and maintain associate recruiting policies, operational procedures and practices consistent with the Firm goals and objectives.
Maintain strong working relationships with internal and external constituencies including Katten lawyers and administrative department leads, law school alumni services professionals, legal search firms and others.
Manage and support diverse lateral associate recruiting initiatives as directed by the Women’s Leadership Forum, Chief Diversity Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion.
Keep abreast of current recruiting practices and market innovations. Share ideas and information with Director of Attorney Recruiting and the attorney recruitment department.
Assist in maintaining database for recruiting records and preparing requisite statistical and status reports.
Support the lateral associate hiring process across the Firm as needed.
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Attorney Recruiting.
May supervise and manage employees relating to associate recruiting and has the authority to oversee, coordinate and delegate certain work within the associate recruiting department. Responsibilities include interviewing and training; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; and making recommendations for hiring, promotion, compensation, and termination.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required and a minimum of four or more years of direct attorney recruitment experience in a law firm or attorney placement agency with increasing responsibility is required.
Demonstrated experience leading large scale team initiatives and projects is required.
Advanced knowledge of viDesktop and LinkedIn Recruiter is a plus.
Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with courtesy and diplomacy, efficiently follow written and verbal instructions, provide information, and maintain effective relationships with a diverse group of attorneys, candidates, clients, staff and outside contacts.
Ability to work independently and maintain composure under pressure. Ability to collaborate with high energy, creativity and vision in order to manage as a decision-maker and contributor on all levels.
Exceptional organization skills, ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and smoothly.
Ability to interact effectively with candidates, all levels of Firm personnel and a variety of external entities.
Must possess superior judgment and discretion and be able to protect and maintain highly confidential information.
Sophisticated and strategic research skills to identify candidates.
Ability to work extended hours as needed.
Ability to travel frequently to offices with recruitment responsibilities.
Computer proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Ability to occasionally retrieve and distribute files, written documentation, or office supplies weighing up to 10 pounds
We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; transportation fringe benefit program; back-up care option; generous paid time off policy; and long-term and short-term disability policies.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA-M/F/SO/Disability/Veteran.
Internal Number: CHI - 5969
About Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and an affiliate in London. We strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, our core areas of practice include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.
The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisors, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve.
Katten further understands the advantage of diversity within the firm, ...and is consistently honored for its diversity program. We value the talents and perspectives of our diverse teams of attorneys, which enhance our ability to successfully serve our clients.
Katten and its attorneys serve the community with the same unwavering dedication, commitment to hard work and legal excellence that they bring to all matters handled by the firm. Through our pro bono program, attorneys and other legal professionals give their time, resources and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to engage in important national litigation, and to partner with local legal service providers to ensure access to the justice system.
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