Director, Legal Recruiting & Professional Development
Steptoe, an Am Law 100 law firm located in the heart of Dupont Circle has an amazing opportunity to lead its legal recruiting and professional development team. The Director of Legal Recruiting & Professional Development, based in DC, is highly visible role which involves interface with firm leadership including the Executive Committee, Chairs and Co-Chairs of Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Hiring Committee(s) Professional Development and Training Committees, and administrative department/office leaders. The position will carry out the firm’s strategic initiatives with a heavy emphasis on attorney professional development and training. The role requires a highly organized, innovative, engaged leader with strong client service orientation, diplomacy, excellent written/verbal communication skills along with ability to manage in a collaborative environment.
This position is also responsible for the following:
Oversight of attracting and retaining talented and diverse lawyers. Includes recruiting law school and lateral hires at all levels, onboarding, integration and alumni relations.
Oversight of the development, execution, and reporting on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to advance the firm’s commitment to the overall program.
Manage and oversee attorney training and development, continuing legal education (CLE), mentoring, program curriculums and other related functions.
Oversight of performance management system and career progression for Associates, Counsel, Contract Attorneys and other professionals.
Lead department operations to include policy definition, budget, innovative workflow process, project management, metrics, and market awareness.
Qualified candidates will possess the following:
Bachelor’s degree is required. JD or advanced degree is preferred.
A minimum of 10 years of legal administration is required.
A minimum of 5 years of attorney professional development/recruiting experience is required.
Proven track record of effectively leading a team of exempt and non-exempt staff.
Keys to Success in this role:
Comprehensive knowledge of attorney professional development, core competencies, adult learning concepts, program design and attorney career progression.
Knowledge and understanding of current attorney recruiting trends in the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. markets.
Ability to lead a team in a client service driven environment.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an Equal employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any basis proscribed by applicable statutes.
The firm offers a generous and comprehensive compensation package. Our flexible benefits program features several options to protect health and financial well-being as well as to help our lawyers achieve work-life balance. The following is a general summary of certain benefits available from the firm. A complete list of benefits is located on our website.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Domestic Partner Benefits
Group Life Insurance
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Paid Personal Leave
Paid Holidays (10 Annually)
On-site and Local Food Service
Employee Assistance Program
Ergonomic and Adjustable Sit / Stand Workspaces
Award-Winning Wellness Program
Fitness Facilities and Training Discounts
24-Hour Travel Agency Support and Emergency Services
Healthcare Planning & Advocacy
Free Access to Virtual Medical Advice 24/7/365
About Steptoe & Johnson LLP
In more than 100 years of law practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for representing clients before governmental agencies, successful litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. With more than 500 lawyers in offices across the United States, London, Brussels, and Beijing, we have a diverse and multi-talented staff who are driven to pursue excellence in all aspects of their professional lives. Lawyers and professional staff at Steptoe take great pride in their ability to work together to create a collaborative, supportive and collegial environment for all employees. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.