Attorney Professional Development, CLE Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
The Manager of Training and Professional Development, reporting to the Sr. Director of Talent Development and Acquisition, will be responsible for the development and delivery of both large and small scale training and professional development solutions. This position will be focused primarily on training and development but may encompass Organizational Development initiatives as well. This position also concentrates on: competency development, performance management, needs assessment, benchmarking, career pathing, new hire orientation/ integration, coaching, facilitating and succession planning. This position will be based out of the Los Angeles office but will require regular travel to Orange County.
Serve as a Performance Consultant, forming a collaborative relationship with various Firm leaders and professionals to analyze performance gaps, identify needs (business, performance, training, and work environment needs), and present recommendations of solutions based on findings to clients.
Develop and implement an organization wide learning strategy, including appropriate adoption and integration of e-learning solutions.
Identify associate career development needs, and design and manage the implementation of programs relating to attorney career development.
Research, assess, recommend, develop, implement, and deliver specific training solutions for all Firm stakeholders, including consulting to and partnering with subject matter experts to develop course content.
Leading and participating in the design, development, and delivery of in-house training programs.
Developing and managing relationships with external advisors and service providers in the development, implementation, and management of legal and professional competencies, programs and practices;
Administer and manage the Firm’s MCLE program, including sourcing and developing programs.
Oversee administration of performance evaluation processes for all professional. Review, edit, and prepare evaluations for distribution.
Administer and manage new hire integration programs for Firm professionals, including conducting face-to-face meetings with senior professionals.
Design and facilitate training programs to improve performance through organization-wide initiatives and intact team sessions.
Act as project lead on a variety of Firm initiatives and projects.
Manage vendor relationships and materials including the development and then maintenance of portions of the consultant, coach, trainer and instrument database.
Support organizational development initiatives.
Manage the exit interview process firm-wide.
Work with the Associate Committee to address career and general professional development feedback from associates and to update and enhance new associate and orientation and training programs.
Teaming with recruiting members to devise and deploy on-boarding programs for non-partner lateral hires.
Assessing competitive trends and innovations in professional development and training, and correspondingly recommending, developing and implementing prudent strategies and methodologies;
Advancing a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and a commitment to professional excellence;
Develop and maintain annual budget for Professional Development initiatives and training; manage monthly reporting and variance analysis; administer department contracts.
Monitor current trends and best practices in legal talent and professional development - implement new innovations, as appropriate, to ensure the firm's efforts are innovative and cutting edge.
Position requires a Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience, including:
5-7 years training design and delivery
2-3 years measurement and evaluation
3-5 years supervisory experience
General knowledge and understanding of OD principles and practices
JD or relevant Master’s Degree (e.g. MBA) and law firm and professional service experience a plus
General Abilities and Skills
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a consensus-drive organization and to create consensus-based support for strategies and processes.
A highly organized and self-directed approach to work with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Impeccable attention to detail.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Sound judgment.
Demonstrated success directly managing, mentoring and developing a team of professionals, as well as a strong business acumen and analytical skills, with the ability to develop and execute comprehensive short-term and long-term business plans is necessary.
Must possess superior communication and engagement skills, including the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with individuals at all levels of an organization, and recognize when to lead through influence, rather than control.
Proven experience leading innovation and continuous improvement in talent management capacities, as well as advanced project planning and management skills.
Individual must be self-motivated and work effectively in a matrix management structure, and demonstrate sound judgment, integrity, and results orientation to inspire trusted advisor relationships.
Client-service orientation, with the ability to balance and manage the evolving plans and needs of the organization, within and across constituent business segments is needed. Prior experience working with talent management software (such as viDesktop) is desirable.
Curriculum Design – design from scratch or customize “off the shelve” programs/ materials
Facilitation Skills – design, delivery, lead, and communicate
Contracting Skills – clarify and set expectation on roles and outcomes
People Management Skills - develop work team and individual employee skills and capabilities; motivate employees; monitor and provide feedback on day-to-day performance, provide work assignments, conduct formal performance reviews, and carrying out corrective activity
Self Management Skills – convey qualification and confidence in a credible manner, demonstrate flexibility, perform effectively in the midst of chaos and or ambiguous environment, manage personal biases, understand and clarify personal values and boundaries
Interpersonal Understanding – awareness to other’s needs, responsive, manage conflicts, establish and maintain relationships
Data Gathering – determine appropriate collection process and methods and conduct data gathering
Team Work – proactive participation, honest, respectful communication, cooperation, and team needs before own needs
Diagnosing Skill – use various methods (e.g. surveys, focus groups, interviews) to uncover the real issues and causes and possible solutions
Project Management – planning, implementing, and evaluating of multiple projects
Performance Measurement – analysis, documentation, problem solving and evaluation
Computer/Software – intermediate skills level on Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
About Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS LLP is one of the nation’s premier law and consulting firms known for quality and extraordinary commitment to clients & integrated, relationship-based services. We are notably progressive and entrepreneurial and are deeply committed to diversity, public service, and excellence in all we do.