Practice Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
Fenwick & West is seeking candidates for a new position to provide senior-level administrative support to one of the Firm’s core practice groups. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated, self-directed individual to develop a new and meaningful role in one of Silicon Valley’s most successful law firms.
The Practice Group Director (“Director”) will play a key role in working with the Practice Group Leader (PGL) to develop, advance and support the implementation of the practice group’s strategic plan and business operations. This new role will allow the PGL to better focus on the execution of the group’s strategy, client and new business development, attorney development and significant practice group management issues that truly require partner-level involvement.
Management and Leadership: Works closely with the PGL to develop the group’s strategic objectives. Manages all operations related to the practice group by working with the group’s attorneys and the Firm’s administrative departments to affect the group’s goals. Introduces innovative approaches to improve the overall operation of the practice group, in particular in areas that will result in improved service and value to the Firm’s clients.
Business Planning: Supports and advises the PGL in the development and implementation of annual business plans and practice group budget. Tracks progress toward the achievement of practice group goals, identifies trends and issues to be addressed and makes recommendations to ensure the group achieves its agreed-upon goals.
Attorney Development and Workflow Management: Monitors work assignments for all non-partner attorneys and paralegals in the practice group and makes recommendations for improved workload distribution. Works closely with the Firm’s Professional Development department to ensure the appropriate development, review and training of practice group members and with the Knowledge Management department to coordinate appropriate knowledge management activities and investments.
Operations Management: Works collaboratively and effectively with all administrative departments, in particular IT, Finance, Marketing, Professional Development and Recruiting to ensure the practice group’s requirements and responsibilities are optimized with regard to each of these important functions.
Communications: Works with the PGL to develop all meeting and retreat agendas and oversees the related planning and logistics. Works with the PGL to develop and disseminate internal communications and collaborates with the Marketing department regarding external communications as is appropriate.
Other: Provides other operational and administrative support for the PGL as the requirements of the role evolve.
Established knowledge of the legal industry and law firm management
Ability to continually learn and grow, to quickly absorb the nature of the group’s practice and its sub-specialties and to regularly absorb new information about the practice group’s and firm’s legal practice, business practices and the industries and technologies of our clients
Executive gravitas and polish, with the ability to influence people at all levels to respond and collaborate without overt use of authority
Self-motivated with proven ability to anticipate problems and move things forward with limited direction
Strong analytical and problem solving skills, including the ability to oversee the development of new systems and processes and to suggest and execute on solutions
Superior customer service ethic, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to gather information from a broad range of sources and to influence others to make changes
Highly organized, efficient and extremely detail-oriented, with the ability to stay productive under pressure with tight deadlines
The ability to keep cool in a demanding environment (a sense of humor helps, too)
Desired Job Experience:
The person should have 8-10 years of management experience, 3-5 years of corporate law firm experience, preferably as a corporate associate and a solid track record of success in a professional services environment.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive salary and a rich benefits package that includes health and disability plans, domestic partner healthcare, flexible spending plan, 401k, transportation expense reimbursement, BEwell Reimbursement Policy for eligible fitness and wellness expenses, and many others.
Fenwick & West is a top-tier law firm with an open and inclusive culture. With more than 300 attorneys and 400 employees in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and New York, we work with companies on the cutting edge of technology, life sciences and cleantech. For more than four decades, our Firm has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for the eleventh year.