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Senior manager attorney professional development chicago

Schiff Hardin LLP

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted November 7, 2019.

We are seeking a Senior Manager of Attorney Professional Development (“Manager”) to support the partnership’s efforts to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, collaborative and high performing attorney workforce. Working with the Chief Talent Officer, Chairpersons of the Professional Personnel Committee, Diversity Committee and Professional Development Partner as well as Practice Group Leaders and other members of leadership, the Manager will devise and implement plans and practices pertaining to attorney development initiatives which include professional development and mentoring; career counseling/management; and performance management. This is a highly visible position requiring a minimum of 7 years talent management experience including: professional development, performance management, and career and recognition systems, for law firms and/or other professional service organizations. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Leading and participating in the design, development, and delivery of in-house attorney training programs;Developing and managing relationships with external advisors and service providers in the development, implementation, and management of legal and professional competencies, programs and practices; Counseling on career matters, including pipeline management, performance management and succession planning, and managing attorney departure protocols; Collaborating with leadership to develop and implement performance assessment, career counseling/management, compensation and recognition practices for attorneys as assigned; Teaming with recruiting colleagues to devise and deploy on-boarding programs for lateral hires, first-year associates and summer associates; Assessing competitive trends and innovations in talent management, and correspondingly recommending, developing and implementing prudent strategies and methodologies; Advancing a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and a commitment to professional excellence; Managing team staff, plans, operations and finances in accordance with prescribed policies, strategies, and objectives; Developing and managing effective lines of communication and relations with internal and external constituents. Demonstrated success directly managing, mentoring and developing a team of professionals, as well as a strong business acumen and analytical skills, with the ability to develop and execute comprehensive short-term and long-term business plans is necessary. Must possess superior communication and engagement skills, including the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with individuals at all levels of an organization, and recognize when to lead through influence, rather than control. Successful delivery and facilitation of training programs for professional audiences is critical.

Additional qualifications include a solid working knowledge of policies and practices pertaining to human resources and talent management, proven experience leading innovation and continuous improvement in talent management capacities, as well as advanced project planning and management skills. Individual must be self-motivated and work effectively in a matrix management structure, and demonstrate sound judgment, integrity, and results orientation to inspire trusted advisor relationships. Client-service orientation, with the ability to balance and manage the evolving plans and needs of the organization, within and across constituent business segments is needed. Prior experience working with talent management software (such as Workday or viDesktop) is desirable. Bachelor’s degree required, JD or relevant Master’s Degree (e.g.

MBA) is a plus. Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.Equal Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.The above descriptions are not intended to be an “all-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.