Shearman & Sterling’s Director of Legal Recruiting is responsible for developing strategies to further the firm’s legal talent recruitment initiatives. The Director will oversee the hiring of summer associates, entry-level associates, lateral associates, international associates and legal assistants. In collaboration with the larger Legal Talent team and the Recruiting Committee, the Director is expected to think strategically about recruiting initiatives and best practices for achieving the firm’s goals. The Director will report to the Chief Diversity and Talent Strategy Officer and will have six direct-reports in NY and some regional recruiting support to oversee.
Maintain a robust understanding of the firm’s practice areas, industries, brand, markets, global strategy, and lateral-hiring objectives
Work with the Legal Talent team and Recruiting Committee to develop both short and long term strategies to help the firm achieve its goals
Oversee student recruitment efforts including campus relations outreach, partnering with career services, student group sponsorships, on campus and callback interviews, preparation and execution of the summer associate program, in addition to undergraduate recruitment for the Legal Assistant Program
Collaborate with the Legal Recruiting team to coordinate participation in the LL.M. job fairs to build a pipeline for the International Associate Program
Oversee lateral recruiting efforts including strengthening relationships with headhunters, thinking creatively about sourcing talent and ensuring the firm attracts and hires impressive and diverse candidates
Liaise with all relevant departments to achieve seamless onboarding and integration of new hires, including office services, technology and training, payroll, work authorization/visa acquisition (if applicable), etc.
Manage and provide direction to the larger recruiting team, including delivering ongoing feedback to aid in professional development and to ensure top performance
Ensure the team maintains thorough and accurate data so the department can provide detailed reports and an analysis of recruitment trends to the Recruiting Committee and other key individuals
Work with HR/Recruiting contacts in non-New York offices to ensure accuracy and cohesiveness in the recruiting process
Develop innovative and creative ways to disseminate the firm’s recruiting message, including helping with the creation and maintenance of the recruiting website, brochures and other collateral
Maintain consistent communication with the recruiting committee and lead committee meetings to discuss matters ranging from OCI prep and interview training, to the final review of summer associate performance and offer recommendations
Prepare and manage the budget for recruiting initiatives and the annual Summer Associate Program
Collaborate with Professional Development and Diversity & Inclusion teams on a range of programs and responsibilities that span the Legal Talent function
Stay abreast of changes in the industry and share competitive market intelligence such as hiring data and potential opportunities that could contribute to the firm’s growth
Maintain other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Exhibit a client service mindset, and a commitment to inspiring and empowering the larger team
Strong ability to collaborate and engage with lawyers, students and business services professionals
Must be a creative problem solver and possess a high level of self-confidence, maturity and excellent judgement
Strong ability to maintain highly confidential and sensitive information
Exhibits a professional demeanor at all times and handles difficult situations with poise and diplomacy
Takes ownership of matters to drive towards a successful result, but also collaborates with the team to foster discussion and consensus
Exceptionally strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize a number of responsibilities, while maintaining accuracy
Excellent written and oral communication skills – including the ability to tailor the communication style to a specific audience
Knowledge of the legal market and industry trends is important, as is a willingness to learn
Education & Experience
A minimum of ten years of prior attorney recruiting experience at a law firm
A bachelor's degree is required
Must be technically proficient in a wide variety of software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, Workday, viRecruit).
Physical Activity/Other Miscellaneous
Must be willing to work extended hours and travel, including some weekends, particularly during the summer program and the busy recruiting season
Must be able to lift and carry up to 15 pounds
Shearman & Sterling LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. We gained that reputation due to the outstanding achievements of our entire global workforce—our lawyers, legal assistants, and the professionals who support them. Our Professional Support staff is a key contributor to the success of the firm, whether in IT, finance, marketing, human resources or operations.
Shearman & Sterling LLP remains at the forefront of the legal profession since its founding in 1873. Anticipating the forces that affect business and responding to our clients’ needs has been one of our greatest strengths. Our extensive international platform enables us to represent clients from offices in the world’s key financial centers. Today, we advise leading corporations, financial institutions, governments, and state-owned enterprises on the legal matters they face around the globe. The firm’s pioneering spirit has created a diverse foundation and legal practice of unsurpassed global reach.
Shearman & Sterling LLP is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race or color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.