The Professional Development Manager will be based in Los Angeles and have primary responsibility for Sidley's Los Angeles and Century City offices. The Manager will report to the Director of Professional Development ("the Director"). As part of the firmwide Learning & Development team, the Manager is charged with creating and implementing programs and projects both regionally and firmwide, and working with the firmwide team to further the long-term professional development of the Firm's attorneys.
The Manager will work with the Firm's management, the Chief Learning & Development Officer, the Director, the Training & Professional Development Committee, and practice leaders and other Professional Development team members to implement training programs to help attorneys practice law effectively, earn their CLE credits efficiently, maintain avenues of communication between partners and associates, and foster a strong Firm community. The Manager will also have special additional areas of focus, working closely with the Director.
Manage the implementation of the firmwide strategic direction for attorney education and development consistent with the Firm's objectives.
Manage the development and delivery of substantive and skills training programs, that meet professional, business, and client service goals.
Oversee data collection and develop reports to help track the quality and quantity of attorney training opportunities.
Work with the Director, Chief Learning & Development Officer, and the Training & Professional Development Committee and other relevant colleagues and committees to further attorney training and development.
Produce professional development resources.
Write articles, announcements, reports, and other professional development communications as needed.
Manage additional attorney training and development projects, as well as design, introduce, and support new initiatives.
Orientation and Integration
Collaborate and work with the Director and other colleagues in delivering and continually enhancing attorney orientation programs.
Work with the Director in supporting the Recruiting Committee, as needed, in coordinating and implementing summer associate training.
Share responsibility for the tracking of California lawyers' CLE compliance; communicate with California-admitted lawyers regarding their compliance status; work with the Director and Office of General Counsel to help ensure 100% compliance for California-admitted lawyers firmwide.
Work with the Chief Learning & Development Officer and Director as they work with the Committee on Assignment and Compensation of Associates to respond to training and development needs identified in the semi-annual review of associates.
Help implement support networks for mentors, including mentoring training resources and meetings as needed.
Career Development Programming and Counseling
Promote a work environment that helps attorneys reach their highest potential.
Assist the Director in counseling attorneys on career development issues, as needed.
Lawyer Outreach and Engagement
Conduct ongoing formal and informal outreach to individual lawyers, Local Practice Group Heads, other key leaders, and relevant committees to maintain a practice of continuous needs assessment and to facilitate a dialogue on matters of professional development.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience:
A minimum of 5 years of work experience in Learning and Development, law, or related field
A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience
Ability to format graphs, charts, and other visual methods of presenting information.
Ability to work effectively across offices and time zones
Availability to travel weekly between our LA and Century City locations and occasional travel to other locations or firm offices
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Sound project management skills
Effective written and oral communication skills
Juris Doctor degree
California practice experience or familiarity with California law
Adult education and program design experience
Familiarity with CLE rules and regulations
Experience with a global or national law firm
Other Skills and Abilities:
The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Strong organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
Able to work under pressure
Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.