The Legal Recruiter will work closely with the DWTSurge Program Manager to manage full-cycle recruiting for DWTSurge, an innovative alternative legal staffing program at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. This position can be fully remote working within Seattle, Portland, LA, San Francisco, New York, or Washington D.C. markets.
DWTSurge recruits high-quality legal professionals, provides them a thorough grounding in individual clients’ needs and preferences, and deploys them, on-demand, for short- and long-term assignments, overseen by firm partners. The program is growing rapidly to service various clients and practice groups at the firm and offers an opportunity to be part of an entrepreneurial and rapidly-evolving new business line within an established law firm setting.
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:
Develop, own, and execute on specific recruitment plans for assigned staffing requests, under the supervision of the DWTSurge Program Manager
Build and maintain a strong, diverse pipeline of highly qualified attorney and legal staff candidates
Source candidates, review applications, conduct candidate interviews, and discuss position requirements with candidate
Schedule candidate interviews with hiring managers and communicate from hiring managers on next steps
Source new candidates, assess existing candidates, and explore referred candidates for open positions, and for future needs that may develop
Provide candidate recommendations to the DWTSurge Program Manager and requesting DWT attorneys
Gather, synthesize, and analyze interview feedback and data to iterate on candidate identification and vetting practices
Conduct reference checks, confirm candidate credentials, and gather additional information about candidates as requested by hiring managers
Manage the development and implementation of objective skills tests for candidates and gathering practice group feedback on results
Conduct rate discussions and negotiations with candidates with strong attention to the budgeting requirements of the Firm, the client, and the specific project
Draft and manage job postings for all open positions
Provide consultative information to hiring managers on candidate market trends and rates
Support the development of the Surge recruiting page and additional candidate resource materials
Manage external-facing content related to the Surge Program, as well as Surge Program information on external and internal sites
Track key staffing metrics and generate relevant reports regarding geographic markets, market rates for candidates, etc.
Strategically build and maintain a pipeline of candidates in advance of requests for Surge solutions and client secondments
Manage next steps for all internal and external candidate referrals
Innovate on current alternative staffing sourcing methods
Support other Surge Program team members as needed, including assisting with candidate onboarding, Surge attorney professional development, evaluation tracking, and utilization tracking
DWTSurge Marketing and Outreach to Talent
Assist in the development and management of the DWTSurge recruiting site
Manage the Program’s collaboration with the Talent Acquisition team on recruiting events and with the Firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recruiting initiatives
Manage and maintain connections with candidate network
Proactively market the Program and develop connections with relevant legal associations, professional groups, law school alumni groups, and more
Own the development and implementation of a communication strategy with candidate network
Support the development of and manage the administrative needs of candidate referral programs
Join us if you have:
An interest in learning more about different practice areas in the legal industry, law firm operations, and evolving ways of serving clients
2+ years of sourcing experience utilizing a variety of tools such as social media and Boolean searches
Strong interview abilities and excellent communications skills; experience establishing and maintaining connections with candidates
Demonstrated interest in participating in candidate outreach events and marketing efforts
Proven experience managing and prioritizing multiple searches, projects and client relationships with expert customer relationship skills
Prior Applicant Tracking System/ Contact Management System experience for sourcing, tracking and managing candidates required
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with all levels of a professional services organization are required
Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
Ability to exercise good judgment
Ability to manage multiple tasks in fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks in accordance with moving project timelines
Ability to work independently as well as in team settings
Ability to produce polished work product and effectively communicate with high-level stakeholders
Strong troubleshooting, decision-making, follow-up, follow-through, and priority setting skills are required; demonstrated ability to practice good judgment
Proficient in MS Office products, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
Ability to travel as necessary to support face-to-face meetings (e.g. office visits or attendance at regional or local office meetings)
A Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years’ experience, or equivalent demonstrated experience in full-cycle recruiting is very helpful, but we are open to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds who have transferrable skills to succeed. Experience in a law firm or other professional services organization is a plus!
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.