Dykema Gossett PLLC, a leading national law firm, is seeking a Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development who will be responsible for overseeing professional development and various aspects of legal recruiting for associate attorneys and paralegals.
The Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development will lead legal recruiting operations and strategy for associate level hiring and oversee legal professional development programs. The Director will work collaboratively in an open communication culture and provide strategic and effective guidance and mentorship to all team members. The professional personnel department has recently been restructured to align with organizational goals for recruitment and talent development, presenting the selected candidate with the unique opportunity to provide guidance and creative input. This role requires a vast knowledge of hiring and recruiting procedures within the legal industry, ability to build a cohesive team and strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
This position can be located in any of our California, Illinois, Michigan, Minneapolis, Texas or Washington D.C. offices, with travel to other offices as needed.
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.
Work with hiring partners to ensure that legal hiring needs are met, candidates are being sourced, and written descriptions and criteria for specific attorney searches are developed when specialized expertise is targeted, in order to facilitate candidate submissions that best fit the defined need.
Oversee the firm’s summer associate program and support the law school recruitment process including participation in on-campus interviewing and call-back interviews.
Facilitate strategic decision-making throughout the hiring process, and implement scalable structures and processes for recruiting.
Strategically recruit diverse talent and lead efforts to comply with the Mansfield Rule and to administer Dykema’s various diversity scholarships.
Cultivate relationships and partnership approach with members of the law school, legal, business community, and preferred search firms.
Serve as firm representative at events related to fall recruiting, law school outreach and diversity initiatives.
Lead attorney onboarding and work collaboratively with the legal practice groups to ensure each hire makes a smooth transition into the firm.
Oversee efforts to improve candidate experiences.
Manage operating budget for assigned areas.
Make recommendations for continued growth and improvement of programs.
Oversee new attorney orientation and integration programs.
Oversee professional development programs and team members to support continuing legal education, training and development initiatives, associate retreats, and mentorship programs that help attorneys and paralegals grow and develop successful and rewarding careers.
Work with firm leadership, human resources and the professional development team on goals related to talent management.
Oversee the administration of the annual associate evaluation program, compensation reviews, and the membership consideration process.
Work with practice group leaders on associate performance management, work allocation and productivity goals.
Provide input on policies and initiatives to optimize professional experiences, support retention and diversity and inclusion initiatives for associates and paralegals.
Serve as point of contact for firm on various legal surveys and in conjunction with human resources and firm management on client-related survey requests when requested.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree plus at least 10 years’ experience in legal recruiting, talent management or other related human resources discipline.
At least seven years of high-level management experience and a proven track record of effectively leading a team; experience working in a law firm or law school is a plus.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, strategic and innovative thinking, an ability to persuade and influence.
Proven experience with the ability to retain, develop and motivate exceptional talent development professionals.
Strong managerial skills, including the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
Executive presence, tenacity, integrity, and professionalism that will engender confidence with attorneys, administrative leadership, and prospective candidates.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to create a positive team culture and work effectively in a consensus-driven organization and to create consensus-based support.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Outstanding relationship-building skills with the ability to collaborate equally well with senior administrative leaders, members, associates and staff across the firm.
Proven ability to establish strong relationships with law school admissions teams.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook and Excel). Experience in working with attorney recruiting databases required.
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects independently with specific deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.
Ability to use initiative and judgment to accomplish results.
Strong attention to detail.
Willingness to occasionally travel, as required.
About Dykema Gossett PLLC
Dykema is a leading national law firm, serving business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex business issues. Our lawyers deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.
Dykema is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, weight, height, color, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, or Local ordinance, regulation or law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, and separation.
Dykema complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required verification document upon hire.