With approximately 1,700 lawyers across 22 offices globally, Skadden is one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world and we pride ourselves on delivering solutions to the world's most complex, high-value cases and transactions. The Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager oversees the overall administration of the attorney recruiting and development functions of the Boston office, including management of law student, incoming and lateral attorney recruitment; the summer associate program; attorney onboarding and departures; attorney evaluations, training and development; attorney mentoring and engagement; and diversity, equity and inclusion programs and affinity networks. Reporting to the firmwide Director of Talent Acquisition & Associate Engagement and the firmwide Director of Talent Development & Strategy, works closely with Boston office leadership, including the office leader, hiring partner, attorney development partners and the diversity committee.
Essential Functions of the Role:
Works with office leadership to develop short and long-term hiring strategies to support summer associate, entry-level and lateral associate recruitment efforts.
Manages campus recruitment efforts including law school outreach, student group partnerships, branding and networking events. Includes offer follow-up efforts and events. Travels to on-campus events as needed.
Manages recruitment of lateral attorney (non-partner) candidates from sourcing to selection. Includes coordination with office and practice leadership to articulate needs, coordination with global leadership for internal approvals and interfacing with search firms.
Manages the summer associate and 1L Scholars programs, including assignments, evaluations, feedback, training and social activities. Attends summer associate events and other firm-sponsored recruiting events.
Supports partners in preparing for hiring meetings and related recruitment initiatives (e.g., schedules meetings, develops meeting agendas, prepares evaluation files).
Organizes recruiting and informational collaterals for distribution.
Performs and presents hiring outcome reports and analysis for the Hiring Committee and firm leadership.
Manages attorney development initiatives and functions.
Manages incoming and lateral attorney orientation and monitors integration.
Manages evaluation processes for associates and counsel. Includes managing the mid-year and year-end evaluation and review processes and coordinating individual training or coaching,
Participates in conversations with firm leadership regarding associate performance and utilization and works with partners to implement/track appropriate follow-up.
Manages attorney departure process, includes conducting exit interviews.
Responsible for ensuring attorney personnel records and databases are maintained accurately, includes monitoring attorney compliance with annual policy acknowledgements/mandatory online trainings/videos, etc.
Oversees bar admission, registration renewals and compliance. Maintains Workday database for Boston attorney population including bar admissions.
Oversees coordination of attorney training. Includes working closely with global attorney learning group to implement firm-wide curriculums at the local level, as well identifying local training needs, working with consultants to provide programming, and soliciting feedback on program effectiveness.
Creates and implements professional development programs, as well as attorney retention and engagement initiatives, to meet the firm and office objectives and foster community.
Administers the associate mentor program, including recommending mentor assignments, monitoring participation and reporting.
Works with Attorney Development Partners on firm-wide and office-specific development initiatives (e.g., practice group specific orientations, morale-boosting events, Associate Committee items).
Manages diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to support attorney development through coordination with the local diversity and inclusion committee, affinity networks, and the global diversity and inclusion team.
Plans and attends attorney development and diversity and inclusion events and programming.
Works with global attorney development and benefits staff on administrative matters related to attorney benefits, flexible schedules, leaves of absence, disability and other leave arrangements.
Prepares attorney recruiting and development annual budget and reviews, monitors and approves related expenses throughout the year. Performs financial analysis and contract term review in line with firm procedures related to events.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education & experience:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience, one of which was in a law firm or similar setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Essential knowledge, skills, abilities and other job-related competencies:
Ability to effectively prioritize department work requirements and delegate effectively.
Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills.
Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising others.
Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities.
Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team.
Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement.
Flexibility to travel, adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.
About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps was founded in 1948 by Marshall H. Skadden, Leslie H. Arps and John H. Slate. These attorneys, different in personality and temperament, shared a vision that continues and thrives today — a commitment to professionalism and excellence in an environment that emphasizes teamwork, flexibility and responsiveness.
The firm provides high-quality and cost-effective legal services through:
•attention to client relationships;
•careful engagement management;
•practice and geographic diversity; and
•investment in people and technology.
As one of the world's leading law firms, we realize the importance of hiring knowledgeable and talented staff to support our attorneys. We invest substantial time and effort in hiring and training our staff. We recognize that capable and dedicated people are a valuable asset to the firm.