We are seeking a Director, Legal Recruiting to join one of our US offices. The candidate will be responsible for leading recruiting operations and recruiting strategy for all associate level hiring across all US offices and lateral partner hiring in all offices globally. Responsible for building and directing a team responsible for legal recruiting strategies that align with the firm’s objectives and growth projections, to include attracting, hiring and retaining top legal talent. Candidates must be self-starters who possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest quality client service are strongly preferred.
Chief Officers, Advisory Council, Management Committee, PGCs, hiring partners, Diversity and WIP Committees, Office of General Counsel, HR Senior Leadership and global HR department.
Key duties include but are not limited to:
• Direct full life cycle of legal recruitment to source highly qualified candidates and implement strategies that increase the firm’s capability to attract, assess, select, and onboard superior talent. Includes oversight and strategic direction. • Lateral associate recruitment – source top level talent by leveraging various resources including Leopard Solutions, LinkedIn, an internal referral program, and other networking and social channels; manage approved templates for offer letters, search firm agreements, and other candidate and search firm communications; work with firm leadership on the movement toward practice management/recruitment from local office management/recruitment. • Lateral partner recruitment – manage all stages of identification, assessment, and due diligence process for lateral partner candidates and groups; maintain regular communication with Global Strategic Growth Partner and other key stakeholders; lead team of firmwide recruiting professionals to manage a substantial partner pipeline of active partner candidates; onboard lateral partners; build and maintain strong relationships with practice and office leadership to align partner recruiting strategies with practice group business needs. • Law student and entry-level recruiting – including firmwide hiring projections, strategic outreach, communications and relationships with targeted law schools; build and maintain strong relationships with law school career services at target law schools; plan strategic outreach and communication efforts; maintain hiring statistics, projections, and analyze trends; provide advice to hiring committees regarding recruitment initiatives. • Summer associate program – manage the process of designing and overseeing the firm’s summer program, including work assignments, evaluations/offer decisions, training and development, in coordination with the professional development team. • Onboarding – collaborate with Firm functions such as IT, matter pricing, new business intake, data governance, client growth, professional development, D&I, and HR operations on strategic initiatives related to lateral recruiting to ensure smooth onboarding and integration of partners and associates; structure and execute firmwide First Year and Summer Associate orientation programs, lateral associate orientation and integration, and lateral partner onboarding. • Brand communication – collaborate with client growth team to develop and maintain recruitment brand campaign and Careers website; regularly collaborate with team to ensure consistency in recruitment messaging and collateral. • Diversity and inclusion – serve as an active member and recruiting representative to the firmwide D&I committee; collaborate closely with D&I committee members to ensure candidate assessment and hiring practices align with D&I goals; lead the recruiting team’s role in Mansfield certification process; develop and maintain new initiatives to diversify candidate pool at all levels, including national 1L client partnership program and developing strategy to diversify lateral pipeline. • Lead the design, development, implementation and required data analytics of talent acquisition programs and systems to attract, develop, evaluate and retain talent. • Consult with the Office of General Counsel regarding all employment, personnel, and other risk-management issues as necessary, in collaboration with the HR Business Partner team. • Collaborate cross-functionally with all levels of management to understand business needs, align our talent strategies with the Firm’s strategic plan, and identify resources required to develop and conduct talent acquisition initiatives. • Represent the firm within the legal recruiting industry, assess and report on market trends, recruiting opportunities, and firm recruiting performance. • Manage and leverage relationships with external vendors in talent acquisition areas. • Implement, own, and leverage the firm’s legal recruiting systems to streamline processes and enhance reporting. • Manage, lead and develop a large team of legal recruiting professionals. • Manage the operational budget for the department.
• Bachelor’s or university degree in business, human resources, or equivalent required; JD and practice experience preferred. • Areas of expertise beneficial to success in this role include strategic planning, team development, consensus building, risk management and compliance, performance management, budget development and oversight, presentations and meeting facilitation, change management, on-boarding, process improvement, systems design and implementation, and project management. • Extensive experience developing and leading recruiting processes for a global law firm or other professional services organizations. • Understanding of applicable employment laws and regulations and related experience. • Experience with selection and implementation of integrated talent management systems in conjunction with a fully integrated HRIS. • Ability to lead, manage, and counsel others to ensure effective and efficient attainment of departmental goals. • Ability to manage multiple priorities and competing demands; demonstrated success in managing and delivering large programs and in leading change in a demanding environment. • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills; executive presence, maturity, and sound judgment to communicate effectively and gain credibility with internal and external audiences. • Ability to lead in a complex multicultural environment with multiple stakeholders; excellent relationship-building skills and ability to influence across HR functions, global offices, and various functional departments. • Strong business and financial acumen; ability to develop strategic plans, make sound decisions and anticipate, diagnose, and develop creative solutions to complex problems.
Additional abilities required • Ability to handle confidential situations, maintain complete confidentiality, exercise prudent judgment, and execute tactfully. • Travel, as necessary, to support business needs. • Responsibilities occasionally may require an adjusted work schedule and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines
Note: Nothing in this job description restricts the firm’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Information provided represents the usual method of accomplishing the duties in this job. Reasonable accommodations will be considered in appropriate circumstances.
About K&L Gates
K&L Gates LLP delivers legal services on an integrated and global basis, with over 2,000 lawyers located in 47 cities on five continents. We represent a broad array of leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants, and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. We also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. Our lawyers counsel clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of corporate and regulatory law as well as litigation.
We are leaders in legal issues relating to industries critical to the economies of both the developed and developing worlds—technology, manufacturing, energy, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences, among others.