Practice Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
We are seeking a Practice Group Manager to join our team! The Practice Group Manager (PGM) will support the Practice Group leader and the firm’s Practice Group Administration Department in managing the business, talent, and administration of the firm’s Practice Group. The PGM is expected to be a substantive contributor in advancing the Practice Group’s initiatives and driving the Practice Group’s profitability. The PGM gets involved with various tasks such as preparing reports, analysis, drafting, making recommendations, communicating with Practice Group lawyers, and working with the firm’s administrative departments.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Works with the Practice Group Leader and the Practice Group’s Managing Director to execute the Practice Group’s business and strategic objectives.
Assists the Practice Group Leader and the Managing Director in managing the Practice Group’s talent, including assisting with performance evaluations, promotions, salaries and bonuses, staffing levels, hiring needs, onboarding/departures, career development, and work assignments, and in assessing the productivity and profitability of the Practice Group’s lawyers, paralegals, and client relationships.
Works with Practice Group Leader and Managing Director to prepare annual partner compensation recommendations to the firm’s Allocations Committee.
Drafts partner and counsel recommendation memoranda on behalf of the Practice Group, working with Practice Group Leader and Managing Director throughout the process.
Assists Practice Group Leader with preparing the Practice Group’s annual revenue budgets for billable hours.
Collaborates with the Accounting Department in preparing and managing marketing and operating budgets for the Practice Group.
Tracks and obtains approvals for expenses for the Practice Group and its lawyers.
Interfaces with the firm’s Accounting Department regarding the Practice Group’s accounts receivables, unbilled time, timekeeper reports, expenses, profitability and productivity, and the opening of new matters.
Works with Professional Development on lawyer training, including internal and external CLE programs run by the Practice Group, lawyer and paralegal performance evaluations, and non-partner lawyer compensation.
Assists the Managing Director, and works with the Information Services Department, to identify, develop and implement software and legal support systems to enhance the Practice Group’s productivity.
Provides analytical support to the Business Development and Marketing Department for RFP responses, pitches and special events, including working with the Events Team on coordinating the Practice Group’s participation at industry events and conferences.
Coordinates partner and Practice Group meetings, drafts agendas, maintains minutes and facilitates communication among the Practice Group, including drafting new employee announcements, farewell memos, and other correspondence with Practice Group members.
Works with the Managing Director to communicate firm policies and directives to the Practice Group Leader and the Practice Group’s lawyers.
Serves as a “go to” resource for all of the Practice Group’s administrative functions.
Works with the Practice Group Leader and the Managing Director and liaise with office and administrative leaders to execute the Practice Group’s business and strategic objectives.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) of applications required.
Management of non-partner lawyers to include drafting and delivering performance reviews, workflow management, career path mentoring, and termination management.
Must be able to understand the financial drivers of the legal business, such as profitability, proper rate to compensation ratios, and the concept of leverage and billing realization.
Superior oral and written communication skills along with excellent proofreading skills.
Extremely detail oriented and consistent in producing quality work.
Able to work with detailed information accurately and efficiently while maintaining confidentiality.
Strong understanding of legal and business concepts, or the capacity to learn them quickly.
Must be highly organized and be sensitive and responsive to internal and external client demands and deadlines.
Must be highly motivated, personable, self-starter who can manage multiple projects simultaneously and successfully, many with tight deadlines.
Able to exercise good business judgment and diplomacy in complex situations.
Able to work well with all levels of firm management and as part of a team.
Unbiased judgment, sound discretion, and openness to the views of others.
Able to interact with people in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.
Able to quickly grasp the goals, service, culture and strategy of both the firm and the Practice Group.
Candidate must conduct him/herself professionally in appearance and actions, and set a positive example for all personnel and support a collegial and collaborative work environment.
Willingness to be flexible and perform responsibilities not specifically identified in the job description and to assume new responsibilities as the Practice Group’s and the firm's needs change.
Flexible and dependable, including the ability to work afterhours as needed.
Accepts feedback openly, seeks to improve performance based on feedback and continually seeks to enhance the role.
Able to set structure where none exists.
Able to help develop and introduce new policies and procedures.
Facilitate and foster team work and collaboration.
Superior project management skills with proven ability to manage projects simultaneously and successfully, which includes being able to assess, adapt and reprioritize projects quickly when situations change.
Adheres to and serves as a role model for the firm’s Client Service Standards as that is in all of our job descriptions.
Must be flexible to travel to all firm offices on a routine basis as necessary.
EDUCATION & REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree required; an advanced degree a plus but not mandatory
Minimum of five (5) years of law firm administration experience
Finance and/or professional development experience highly desirable
Strong project management skills
Experience preparing and managing budgets
About Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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