Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
Greenberg Traurig, a global law firm, currently has an excellent full-time employment opportunity for a Professional Development Manager to join the Professional Development Department in our Chicago office. We offer competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package.
The Professional Development Manager will work alongside the firm’s Director of Professional Development and other Managers on the PD and Learning and Development teams to develop and implement innovative programs to onboard, train, mentor, develop, engage, and retain the firm’s attorneys with a focus on associates and professional development initiatives.
Duties & Responsibilities:
PD Managers will be assigned firmwide projects to lead or to contribute to. Examples of those projects are Associate Retreats, Associate Review Process, Firmwide First Year Associate Orientation and the Mentor program. The Director of PD will assign those projects as they arise.
Regional and Global Practice Group Responsibilities
PD Managers will manage and lead firmwide projects, regional/office responsibilities and global practice group responsibilities. Those responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
PD Managers will be assigned an office, offices or region to manage and oversee the associates in those offices. The following are the responsibilities:
Learn about the office/region. Develop a deep understanding of the office.
Meet, build relationships and communicate with Managing Shareholders and Career Development Liasions (CDLs) on a regular basis in each office
Clarify CDL role and expectations and assist with programming and mentor matches as appropriate
Understand the associate population in your office/region. Oversee the engagement of associates in each office/region.
Orient and onboard all new associates
Welcome all new shareholders to the office/region and provide PD department highlights
Provide integration opportunities for new associates including introductions to others
Meet, build relationships, communicate, and collaborate with BDs, HR Managers and Marketing staff
Implement the revised mentor program and ensure all associates in your office/region have mentors
Travel to the offices on a regular basis or as programming warrants
Provide programming in each office
Reinforce or advertise webinar programming to associates and encourage attendance
Assist with utilization of associates
Implement firmwide programs on a local level
Assist with the associate evaluation process and associate business development plans
Communicate to associates and offer to meet with them to develop the business development plan
Track and provide reports on regions PD efforts and training metrics to key leadership and management
Global Practice Group Training and Programming
Meet with Global Practice Group Heads (PGH) at the beginning of each year to plan professional development programs for the year
Work with the shareholders in charge of practice group training to develop training programs and identify effective teaching methods
Oversee course catalogs, resources and competencies related to the practice group
Evaluate programming and recommend content and process improvements
Track and provide reports on Practice Group PD efforts and training metrics to Global PGH
Skills & Competencies:
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively and collaboratively to create support for strategies and processes
Excellent attention to detail, organizational, interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills as well as the ability to listen well and take initiative
Passion for driving change and delivering innovative solutions
A highly organized and self-directed approach to work with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
A diplomatic and creative problem solver
Possess superior judgment
Proven ability to build trust and gain buy-in from firm leaders and other key stakeholders
Ability to travel to multiple firm office locations as necessary
Qualifications & Prior Experience:
A Juris Doctorate degree required as well as strong project management skills. A background practicing law at a large law preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of attorney professional development experience. Significant experience in a large law firm is also preferred.
2 years of supervisory experience desired
Demonstrated success establishing, developing, and managing robust career development functions in a national or international, multi-office environment
Familiarity with learning management systems, adult learning techniques and online learning technologies a plus
Greenberg Traurig is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
About Greenberg Traurig
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A single entity worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100.