Director of Legal Recruiting will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of attorney recruiting, including lateral attorneys, entry level attorneys and summer associates, and direct responsibility for all lateral partner hiring. Seward and Kissel LLP is seeking a Director of Legal Recruiting who will be:
Responsible for Lateral Partner Recruiting In close collaboration with firm leadership and practice group leaders
Lead the legal recruiting team, creating a collaborative team environment with an open communication culture and providing strategic and effective guidance, mentorship and professional development coaching to all team members.
Identifying lateral needs and creating and executing recruitment strategies
Direct all processes around lateral partner recruiting, including submission review, feedback and analysis of candidates,
Skillful creation of lateral partner candidate memos, presentation of profiles to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Management Committee, and final due diligence efforts.
Conduct market research to target best candidates for lateral partner positions.
Develop an interview team and optimal pairings for joint interviews based on each unique candidate. Develop partner interviewer trainings and best practices.
Partner with Marketing and Communications teams to elevate brand, develop marketing and media profile raising campaigns, and promote new partner hires.
In collaboration with our head of DE&I create a strategic recruiting plan to attract and retain diverse talent. Such strategic plan will focus on increasing the diversity of our legal staff.
Develop and implement the source strategy for each search, to include target market, demographic, and talent profile. Develop creative job postings to attract targeted talent and source candidates through existing networks, pipeline, relevant associations, approved job boards, direct sources, the firm's database, and employment agencies. Fully vet and interview candidates to create a qualified, diverse candidate pool.
Cultivate relationships and partnership approach with preferred search firms as well as members of the business community.
Negotiate and draft search agreements. Oversee efforts to improve candidate experiences; manage interviews and evaluations.
Determine competitive compensation packages directly with firm leadership.
Develop and implement onboarding and integration strategy for each lateral, regularly assess progress, address issues and concerns and augment the approach as necessary.
Work collaboratively with Practice Management, Marketing and Business Development, Conflicts and other departments to ensure smooth onboarding and focused integration of lateral partner candidates.
Design and develop metrics to measure lateral success.
Oversee the Lateral Associate Recruiting, Summer Program and Fall Recruiting.
Collaborate with Hiring Partners and Legal Recruiting Team to ensure that hiring needs are met, candidates are being sourced, and written descriptions and criteria for specific lateral searches are developed when specialized expertise is targeted, in order to facilitate candidate submissions that best fit the defined need.
Facilitate strategic decision making throughout the hiring process and implement scalable structures and processes for recruiting.
Develop attorney interviewer trainings and best practices.
Work collaboratively with the Human Resources and Practice Management departments to ensure each hire makes a smooth transition into the firm.
Make calculated recommendations for continued growth and improvement of programs.
Manage and analyze firmwide recruiting data; prepare and deliver presentations to firm leadership on recruiting goals, successes, challenges, strategies and market trends.
Propose hiring projections and analysis and general recommendations as to hiring goals and strategies.
Track market trends and propose policy modifications.
Prepare, manage and track spend to a detailed annual budget.
Accountable to Hiring committee and firm management on department costs, programing and event expenditures, search firm costs, on campus interview programs, etc. with an emphasis on strategic decisions on recruitment expenditures.
Represent the firm at various national and regional forums relating to hiring and recruitment.
Partner with Diversity & Inclusion to execute strategies that will attract diverse candidates to the firm. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Regularly communicate with summer associates and fall associates to share Firm news and further develop professional relationships
Disclaimer: Seward & Kissel is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Seward & Kissel LLP does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
Skills and Qualifications:
Demonstrated leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, strategic and innovative thinking, an ability to persuade and influence.
Proven experience with the ability to retain, develop and motivate exceptional talent development professionals.
Strong managerial skills, including the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
Executive presence, tenacity, integrity, and professionalism that will engender confidence with attorneys, administrative leadership, and prospective candidates.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a consensus driven organization and to create consensus based support.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Outstanding relationship building skills with the ability to collaborate equally well with senior administrative managers and staff, partners and associates across the firm.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook and Excel).
Experience in working with attorney recruiting databases required (LawRecruit) (Flo Recruit).
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects independently with specific deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.
Ability to use initiative and judgment to accomplish results.
Strong attention to detail.
The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree plus at least 10 years’ experience in legal recruiting in law firms or law school (master’s degree or JD a plus).
Experience overseeing attorney recruiting programs, including lateral partner recruiting, and a proven track record of effectively leading a team
Seward & Kissel LLP, founded in 1890, is a leading US law firm with an international reputation for excellence. With approximately 170 attorneys across offices in New York City and Washington DC, the firm’s practice primarily focuses on corporate and litigation work for clients seeking legal expertise in the financial services, corporate finance, and capital markets areas. The firm is particularly well known for its representation of major commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers, registered funds (mutual funds, ETF’s), private investment funds (hedge, private credit, private equity, growth equity, venture capital, private equity real estate), broker-dealers, institutional investors, and maritime & transportation companies.
The firm’s award-winning attorneys are highly regarded in their respective practice areas and many have been with the firm for most, if not all, of their legal careers. The firm’s focus and expertise, combined with its stability, has enabled it to create a work culture that is dedicated to professional excellence and sound judgement, and that is committed to providing its clients with effective, high quality, hands-on legal service.