King & Spalding has two openings for Associate Directors of Lawyer Talent Development, one for the Corporate, Finance, and Investments Practice Group, comprised of over 400 lawyers in 20 offices world-wide, and one for the Government Matters Practice Group, with over 300 lawyers in 16 offices world-wide. The Associate Directors operate like COOs for each practice group’s lawyer talent needs, working in collaboration with practice group leadership (including talent partners) and senior staff. The primary focus is on professional development; however, this role also involves frequent opportunities to work with colleagues in lawyer recruiting, pro bono, diversity/inclusion, and finance on new and continuing initiatives.
Each Associate Director will be responsible for the effective design and execution of firm wide programs/initiatives as they intersect with the practice group and also the development and execution of programs/initiatives that meet unique practice group needs. These programs and initiatives include:
Evaluations, promotions, and performance management
Utilization/work assignment processes (working with staffing partners)
Substantive training (on legal practice areas, legal skills, business intelligence, etc.) through TGD U, GOV U and CFI U (our internal training programs)
Associate mentoring/sponsorship programs, including Develop K&S (an advising and real-time feedback program for all associates)
Promotion and management of Advance@K&S and Connect K&S – funds for individual lawyer professional development and business development initiatives
Lawyer on-boarding and integration, in collaboration with Human Resources and office leadership
Practice group level input on firm wide talent development initiatives (e.g., firm wide training programs)
Collaboration with Recruiting as appropriate, e.g., summer associate programming and work assignment/evaluations
Pro Bono and Community Affairs engagement appropriate to practice group
Alumni initiatives specific to practice group
The Associate Directors for each practice group will work closely together, along with the Director of Lawyer Talent Development, to ensure best practices are being shared across practice groups and the firm. The role reports to the firm’s Professional Development Partner and the practice group leadership. Support will be provided to the Associate Directors through various staff, including a CLE Specialist, Senior Coordinator of Lawyer Talent Development, administrative assistants, and the event planning team. The initial focus of the role will be on associates but could expand to include partners and other lawyers.
SKILLS AND APTITUDE REQUIRED:
Creative, curious, and innovative; takes initiative to identify and translate best practices from other firms and industries into viable firm initiatives
Driven to excel and passionate about strengthening firm’s lawyer development initiatives
Desire for increasingly challenging projects and heightened responsibility/visibility within a lean and flat organization
Knowledge of law firm business model principles and legal industry trends and challenges
Able to assimilate information quickly in order to grasp larger concepts and details, and apply it in other settings
Able to grasp quickly the culture and organizational structure of the firm
Excellent communications (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with lawyers, all levels of administrative staff, and contacts outside the firm
Sophisticated analytical and quantitative abilities (e.g., able to collect and use data to make decisions, including ability to use tools such as Excel at a high level)
Strong judgment and ability to respect, protect, and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information
Excellent collaboration, facilitation, influencing, and organizational skills, with the ability to work proactively to obtain information and develop the consensus needed to make decisions
Strong attention to detail combined with ability to develop big-picture goals
Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously without frequent prompting
Able to work under tight deadlines and maintain poise under pressure
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
The ideal candidate for each role will have a J.D. and at least 3 - 5 years of experience in a professional development/talent management role in a law firm or other professional services environment. Candidates without a J.D. will also be considered if they have an undergraduate degree and at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role in a law or professional services firm.
The ideal candidate for the Government Matters role will be based in Washington, DC. For the Corporate, Finance and Investments role, the ideal locations include Atlanta, Houston, and New York. Other U.S. locations will be considered for both roles depending on the qualifications of the candidate.
About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.