Act as lead liaison to the Associate Committee, including facilitation of membership process, full- and sub-committee oversight and management of all committee activities. Suggest innovative ways to raise firm-wide awareness of committee initiatives.
Seek opportunities to enhance communication between associates and partners, fostering a sense of firm community and increased attorney morale. Collaborate with other departments in culture building events.
Collaborate with the professional development team, partners and senior leadership to design and implement programs focused on associate feedback, retention, career management, morale, and other areas, tailoring such programing to the needs and requests of the associate and special counsel populations.
Leverage evaluation feedback and other information to develop and implement comprehensive legal and practice career development initiatives. Oversee associate exit interview process and conduct all exit interviews. Collaborate with practice area leaders to address themes as appropriate.
Serve as a main point of contact for all associates, counseling on any work-related goals, challenges or areas of concern.
Help coordinate mentor initiatives, including first-year, summer associate and associate pairings. Make recommendations for enhancing current mentor program.
Collaborate with Associate Committee and Manager of Benefits and Wellness to facilitate firm-wide wellness initiative through expanding existing resources, providing increased educational programming, enhancing firm partnerships with outside resources and developing proactive policies in support of employee well-being.
Build and develop the firm's internal coaching program (candidates should be certified by a reputable coaching organization or have a desire to become a certified coach).
Participate in attorney feedback process as needed. Sit in on first year check-in meetings and junior associate annual reviews when requested.
Coordinate with senior leadership, Associate Committee, practice group leaders and other departments to facilitate firm-wide and practice group town halls.
Participate in summer program. Act as a resource for summer associates with an emphasis on facilitating their transition to law firm practice. This role may assist with summer associate orientation, training and work distribution.
Work closely with Director of Professional Development and Recruiting on general management of the Professional Development Department's day-to-day activities. Delegate work to more junior members of the Professional Development team. Keep up with market trends and gather competitive intelligence to recommend policy or procedural changes when needed. Facilitate some industry associate satisfaction surveys.
Work on additional special projects and perform any and all other duties as may be requested by the Director of Professional Development & Recruiting.
J.D. strongly preferred
Minimum three years of experience in a large law firm environment, as a practicing attorney and/or in a managerial professional development role
Certification by a reputable coaching organization or a desire to become a certified coach
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Strong client service orientation
Must be highly motivated to work in fast paced environment and able to multi-task
Excellent oral and written communication skills
About Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP was formed in 1969 by a small group of lawyers with the goal of practicing law of the highest quality while escaping the formal and highly structured atmosphere that prevailed at other firms. Having grown to over 350 attorneys, SRZ has joined the ranks of the nation's most prominent law firms while remaining dedicated to that goal. The scope and innovation of our broad-based national and international practice provide our associates with substantial personalized training and significant responsibility at early stages in their careers. Our firm fosters open communication between lawyers and business staff at all levels of experience in a supportive, collegial environment. To learn more about SRZ, we invite you to visit our website at www.srz.com.