The Professional Development Assistant will work closely with the Senior Manager of Prof Development, East Coast Director of Prof Development, the Learning and Development team members across the firm, and Chicago lawyers and staff in coordinating lawyer training, MCLE accreditation, and professional development initiatives.
Assist in the coordination and design of lawyer training programs and initiatives.
Manage meeting and program logistics including scheduling, securing meeting rooms, coordinating meeting room set-up and materials, and trouble-shooting.
Create and develop visual presentations using desktop-publishing applications.
Work independently and within a team on ongoing and special nonrecurring projects.
Schedule and attend in-person and virtual planning meetings among team members, participate in team meetings, and communicate continuously.
Organize and analyze program evaluations and recommend program adjustments.
Coordinate AV and IT program needs, locally and nationally.
Assist with tracking IL-admitted lawyers' MCLE compliance using the MCLE database; communicate with IL-admitted lawyers regarding their compliance status.
Assist with maintaining and updating all CLE and lawyer training and professional development files and records in CH.
Generate and issue CLE certificates of attendance for lawyers attending accredited Sidley programs.
Help manage the Lawyer Learning and Professional Development intranet site.
Use online tools, produce data reports and analyses as requested, and develop visuals for internal team and firm-wide reports.
Proofread all work with attention to detail and accuracy, make all necessary changes, and perform other substantive and administrative duties as needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email email@example.com (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience:
Proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer
Experience coordinating lawyer training and/or professional development programs and initiatives
Large law firm experience
Project management and/or program design experience
Knowledge of MCLE rules and procedures
Proficiency and aptitude with software applications and design tools for creating and formatting graphs, charts, and other visuals or the willingness and ability to learn
Other Skills and Abilities:
In addition to the above, the following may also be required of the successful candidate:
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent attention to detail
The use of good judgment and effective interpersonal skills
Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with others as part of a team
Demonstrated ownership, commitment to the job, and initiative
Confidentiality and discretion
Effective written and oral communication skills
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.