This position is responsible for directing the attorney talent acquisition functions, as well as partnering with Practice Group Chairs and other firm leadership to develop and implement effective talent acquisition strategies to ensure the firm’s success in attracting top legal talent in alignment with the direction and goals of the firm’s strategic plan.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion. DWT fosters inclusiveness and authenticity. Regardless of position, everyone here has a voice and the support is unparalleled.
On a typical day you will:
Partner with each Practice Group Chair and Partner-in-Charge to provide advice and strategically forecast partner and associate talent acquisition needs and to create effective partner succession plans, all in alignment with the direction and goals of the firm’s strategic plan.
Research and apply knowledge of the most current and effective talent acquisition mechanisms used in the legal industry to attract and retain top talent.
Develop and maintain solid working relationships with and serve as the firm’s primary contact for legal search firms.
Establish and maintain recruiting and selection policies and best practices across the organization, which include but are not limited to applicant screening, processing, interviewing, due diligence, selection, presenting offers, hiring and on-boarding processes.
Collaborate with the DEI Office on strategies to integrate and align the firm’s commitment to DEI with DWT’s attorney talent acquisition policies and practices
Develop and manage annual attorney talent acquisition budgets.
Negotiate, review, and approve contracts, retainers, and exclusivity agreements with search firms.
Guide and manage efforts to implement new technology, software programs and more efficient talent acquisition processes.
Hire, coach, manage and develop talent acquisition team members.
Ensure talent acquisition team members are trained in the use of social media, professional organizations and direct leads to help develop pipeline of candidates.
Ensure recruiting policies and procedures follow federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Develop and manage collateral talent acquisition materials, including the talent acquisition section of firm's web site.
Monitor local and national markets to stay informed of current and projected hiring trends and law firm news.
Provide strategic advice to Partners-in-Charge and Practice Group Chairs on hiring needs, as requested.
Join us if you have:
Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years related experience in managing all aspects of a talent acquisition function, including leadership and management experience, preferably in a law firm or other professional services organization; JD preferred.
Ability to effectively communicate the firm's strategic vision and key differentiating points to candidates and search firms
Demonstrated knowledge of the use of behavioral interviewing and situational interviewing techniques.
Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing in a professional, courteous manner with clients, firm members, and other business contacts, required.
Demonstrated working knowledge of talent acquisition database applications required; experience with viGlobal preferred.
Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products required, i.e., Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point.
Demonstrated strong writing skills and have excellent grammar, spelling and proofreading skills, required.
Strong organizational and planning skills required.
Public relations skills and ability to represent the firm in a professional manner required.
Must be motivated, have a high level of initiative and flexibility.
Ability to work closely with a diverse group of people in a fast-paced environment required.
Who We Are
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with eight offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.
What’s in it For You?
DWT offers competitive compensation in addition to ample benefits including but not limited to:
Choice of health and vision insurance plans
2 paid volunteer days for qualifying community service work
Fertility and adoption benefit
Paid sabbatical after 13 years of service
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to feel and reach with hands and arms and frequently required to sit, stand, walk and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
This job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.