Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
The Director of Talent Development, together with the Chief Legal Talent Officer and under the direction of the Managing Directors, will lead the firm’s talent development strategy and help promote its brand as a top legal talent destination and will collaborate to develop and implement a world class diversity and inclusion strategy to attract, retain, and advance diverse legal talent. This person will contribute to the success of the firm by effectively integrating, developing, training, coaching, engaging and retaining the firm’s attorneys. This person will align the firm’s talent development strategy and resources with the firm’s business growth goals, and will manage, coach and develop Legal Talent team members who can enthusiastically execute on and support the strategy.
The Director has overall responsibility for talent development and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Such strategies and programs will be designed to improve diversity of cultural background among firm attorneys, and promote equitable opportunities for women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities. The Director also will work to develop, implement and monitor programs and processes that promote and sustain diversity, equity, and respect throughout the firm.
Position to be based in Boston.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Partner with the Chief Legal Talent Officer and the Managing Directors to:
Devise and implement an innovative strategy, efficient processes and clear protocol for developing attorneys across all practice groups.
Work collaboratively with firm leadership and the Inclusion Advisory Committee to set the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and to educate functional areas of the firm about that strategy.
Develop and implement programs designed to foster inclusivity and promote the hiring, retention, development and advancement of diverse legal talent.
Collaborate with the Attorney Development Committee, Pre-Directorship Review Committee and Practice Group Associate Development Directors to define priorities and implement practices to develop, engage, retain and advance the firm’s legal talent.
Lead the assessment, development or enhancement, and implementation of educational, coaching, mentoring, career development and feedback programming for attorneys.
Execute on firm strategic talent and diversity initiatives and practice group needs in collaboration with initiative leaders and practice group co-chairs.
Collaborate with the Inclusion Advisory Committee to develop metrics and analyze data regarding diversity, recruiting, development, engagement, retention and market trends, and to drive enhanced diversity and inclusion within the firm.
Collaborate with Legal Talent team members and firm practice groups to efficiently onboard and integrate new attorneys.
Collaborate with Legal Talent team members and practice group co-chairs to develop and implement an enhanced coaching program for attorneys.
Collaborate with Legal Talent team members to review, develop and update skills frameworks to enhance the equitable assessment of all attorneys.
Collaborate with the Legal Talent team, Associate Development Committee, mentors and Practice Group Leaders on career coaching and Individual Development Plans for Associates.
Collaborate with Legal Talent team members, the Pre-Directorship Review Committee, and Associate Liaison Committee to assess and enhance the performance management process, ensuring equity and clear, direct and actionable output for associates.
Develop relevant processes and tools to measure and report key talent development success metrics and regularly communicate the effectiveness and efficiency of the talent development function.
Stay abreast of and report on talent development and diversity data and trends at the firm and within the legal industry.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of key talent development, leadership and diversity initiatives across industries to help in the continual assessment and enhancement of the firm’s practices.
Negotiate consulting agreements and manage consulting relationships;
Develop and manage the Talent Development budget, monthly tracking and quarterly forecasting.
Manage the Talent Development team through coaching and development of team members.
Contribute to a team culture that focuses on continuous improvement and innovation.
Minimum of eight (8) years direct experience with talent development in a law firm, law school or other professional services firm;
Minimum of two to four (2-4) years of diversity and inclusion work experience;
Bachelor’s degree required. JD, MBA or graduate degree in HR, Education, Counseling or Organizational Development preferred, but not required;
Demonstrated leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, strategic and innovative thinking, an ability to persuade and influence, possessing professional presence and the ability to build trust, enthusiasm and commitment;
Excellent communication skills, including effective listening, presentation and facilitation skills;
Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships at all levels internally and externally and to work in a collaborative environment;
Exceptional organization skills, including setting priorities, project planning and problem solving;
Results-oriented with ability to effectively lead multiple projects simultaneously and to accomplish goals in a fast-paced, professional services environment;
Demonstrably high level understanding of the business of law, industry trends, and talent development and diversity and inclusion best practices;
Demonstrable thoughtfulness, creativity, general business acumen and hands-on approach;
Excellent analytic skills to identify trends in firm data and the legal industry and identify solutions that will maximize firm success;
Excellent team management skills and ability to develop and motivate others;
Proactive, flexible and client-service oriented with professional, positive demeanor and work style; and
Must possess seasoned and professional judgment and discretion and be able to protect and maintain highly confidential information.
Goulston & Storrs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, handicap, disability or veteran status in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Goulston & Storrs complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
About Goulston & Storrs
Goulston & Storrs is a modern, vibrant firm where the practice of law is pursued with deep expertise, wide diligence and inspiring camaraderie. As an Am Law 200 law firm, we have a rich bench of lawyers, paralegals and business professionals collaborating across multiple disciplines and industries. Known for its roots as a real estate powerhouse, the firm includes leading corporate, litigation, and private client and trust practices.