Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking a Director of Administration to join our winning team, located in Chicago. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.
As the Director of Administration at Latham, you will function as a business partner to the Office Managing Partner and Deputy Office Managing Partner contributing to the strategic planning and implementation of goals and objectives for the Chicago office (“the Office”). You will provide direction, guidance, and advice to all administrators, managers, supervisors, attorneys, and staff regarding the general business operations of the Firm and the Office. The Director of Administration will develop and supervise the Office staff by performing a multitude of responsibilities related to the following functional areas: accounting/finance, human resources, marketing/business development, research/library, technology, facilities/operations, secretaries, litigation services, and the administrative components of the Firm’s Committees. The Director of Administration will also serve as a business partner to global departments.
As the Director of Administration, you will be expected to apply your organizational and communication skills while displaying a positive, high-energy attitude. The successful Director of Administration must have strong management skills in finance, human resources, operations/facilities, technology/information services, attorney relations, change initiatives, and strategic planning. Excellent leadership skills (i.e., organizing, planning, problem-solving and decision-making) necessary for effective management and well-developed and professional interpersonal skills are desired, including the ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels of the Firm. The Director must display strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to draft, review, and negotiate contracts or other communications as needed. The Director of Administration must possess the ability to work in and foster a team environment with a customer service focus while developing extensive knowledge of firm procedures, policies, and practices. The ability to demonstrate creative thinking while providing strategic support to senior management is desired.
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Business or a related field is required. A JD, MBA, or related Master's degree or equivalent is preferred. A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible office management experience in legal or a professional services environment is desired.
The Director of Administration will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham's comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a generous PTO program.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ link.
About Latham & Watkins LLP
Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins is a full-service global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in its offices in the world's major financial, business and regulatory centers. The founders of Latham & Watkins instilled an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that flourishes today and has nurtured the firm's growth into one of the world's premier business law firms. With that growth, we have built internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, corporate, litigation and regulatory areas. Our success is grounded in our devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon our deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering. Our lawyers, paralegals and professional staff throughout the world comprise a rich mixture of men and women of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, cultures and primary languages. We are strengthened enormously by this diversity, and our commitment to diversity and equal opportunity enables us to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers and create one of the world's leading law firms.