Attorney Professional Development, Attorney Recruitment, Diversity Management, Professional Legal Management
Lenczner Slaght is widely recognized as Canada’s leading litigation firm. Focusing exclusively on litigation and advocacy our lawyers represent a diverse range of clients from commercial disputes and class actions to cross-border matters and professional regulation. We are currently seeking a Director, Legal Recruitment & Development to join the firm.
We are looking for a Director, Legal Recruitment & Development to take our student, associate and counsel programs to the next level. Focusing on the recruitment, retention and development of our people, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Firm, our new Director, Legal Recruitment & Development will help shape the next generation of advocates at Lenczner Slaght.
The Director will work in collaboration with the Specialist, Legal Recruitment & Development and the Partners responsible for the recruitment and development of the firm’s students, associates and counsel. Together, the Director and the responsible Partners will report to the Management Committee.
Leadership and Direction
Leadership – Oversight of the professional development of the associates and students, including providing support and guidance
General Management – Manage the student, associate and counsel programs from recruitment to onboarding to evaluations, compensation and ongoing development. Engage with the students, associates and counsel on a regular basis
Diversity and Inclusion – Develop, execute, monitor and report on the firm’s diversity & inclusion program with a view to advancing the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
Planning – Develop annual program and project plans, including budgets and metrics. Monitor, evaluate and report on the progress of plans to the firm’s Management Committee.
Market Awareness – Maintain awareness of the legal marketplace and use that insight to report and adjust plans accordingly.
Education and Development – Lead the ongoing development of a best-in-class curriculum for students, associates and counsel under the Lenczner Slaght Ignite program. Develop a program of internal and external speakers and education. Maintain the firm’s Law Society of Ontario’s Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content status.
Collaboration – Collaborate with all Business Team Directors to ensure effective and efficient execution of all initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, the Marketing & Business Development team on all communications and materials
Policy Definition – Define which policies are required then play a lead role in developing or enhancing all required policies
Associates & Counsel
Lateral Hiring – Manage the filling of associate and lateral positions including engaging with recruiters as needed.
Performance Review Process – Collect, review and compile reviews and ensure effective 360 communications
Workload Monitoring – Monitor workload to balance utilization with performance and overall job satisfaction
Matter Staffing Input – Advise partners and business teams (as applicable) on availability and interests and manage resources
Issues Management – Serve as the key contact and take the lead on managing and resolving issues as they arise
Recruitment – Lead and enhance the summer and articling recruitment process, including preparation, application review, on-campus interview participation and in-firm interview coordination. This will include the review of resumes and travel to universities
Law School Liaison – Serve as the firm’s primary contact for the law schools, including participating in Career Fairs and management of Firm initiatives at the schools
Law Society of Ontario – Serve as the primary contact for the firm to the Law Society with respect to students, and monitor and respond to changes in the licensing requirements for students being called to the Bar, including addressing any CLE changes. Coordinate the Firm’s input on LSO initiatives
Law degree with a minimum of 8 years of combined practice and professional development experience, with litigation experience an asset
Experience with recruitment, mentoring and general law firm management
Knowledge of and familiarity with diversity and inclusion best practices
Previous role as student or associate manager/director an asset
KEY SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS
Interpersonal Skills – ability to develop relationships of trust with students, associates and counsel
Collaborative & Influential – actively engages with colleagues, including responsible Partners and Specialist, Legal Recruitment & Development, and establishes a collaborative culture
Leadership – visionary with the ability to lead team members to deliver on the Firm’s Strategic Plan and align to Firm values
Inclusive – functions well across diverse groups and creates an inclusive culture
Strategic Orientation – sets multi-year priorities and plays a key role in developing strategies for the area
Project Management – strong project management skills with the ability to create, execute, monitor and report back on plans and budgets
Analytical – has sound analytical skills and judgment
Vision – has a sophisticated understanding of the market and how the Firm fits within it. Makes the case for change, mobilizes others to change and establishes culture of change
Qualified Candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume addressed to Barbara Russell (Director, Human Resources) HERE
Lenczner Slaght invites applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the recruitment and hiring process.
Please direct all requests to:
Director, Human Resources
About Lenczner Slaght
Widely recognized as Canada's leading litigation practice, Lenczner Slaght has successfully represented clients' interests in some of the country's most complex and high-profile cases. Our lawyers are distinguished by their depth of courtroom experience, appearing at all levels of the courts, before tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. We're also known for our wealth of talent: Lenczner Slaght partners, ranked among the best of their peers nationally, recruit and mentor gifted litigators who uphold the highest professional standards. From commercial disputes and class actions to professional regulation and cross-border matters, we bring expert strategy to all areas of litigation.