The Senior Professional Development Manager will be part of the PD leadership team, managing Choate’s talent development efforts, whose work includes collaborating with Choate partners and other senior attorneys to help our associates, patent agents and staff scientists become exceptional and navigate their careers at Choate.
Work with Legal Practitioners to Support and Accelerate Their Growth
Meet routinely with your attorney and practitioner “clients” to develop trust and knowledge of their individual professional goals.
Work with Choate teams to help them identify and implement best practices for their teams.
Collaborate with practice group leaders and partners to discuss attorney and practitioner development and implement programs and approaches to support the professional growth of our legal talent.
Play a key role in the management and execution of the Firm’s annual attorney and practitioner review process including writing reviews, participating in the compensation process and following up with individual clients and their mentors.
Act as Primary PD Contact for Other Choate Administrative Groups
Collaborate with other Choate administrative groups to manage bill rate and compensation changes, FTE adjustments, leaves, onboarding and offboarding, etc.
Other Professional Development Work
Collaborate with other members of the Professional Development team, and others throughout the Firm where applicable, to execute programs in support of Choate’s people mission, The Shared Compact, including:
Choate’s Mentor Program
viDesktop Opportunities Tracking Database
Onboarding, offboarding, and integration, including parental leaves and Summer Associates.
Summer Associate Program
Actively participate and contribute to the Professional Development team discussions focused on continual improvement of all of these programs and help to implement selected approaches.
Skilled at building the relationships and credibility required to successfully advise attorneys and practitioners at all levels; comfortable and knowledgeable in most effective approaches to influence the behavior of others and give feedback to help attorneys and practitioners achieve their professional development goals.
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to enable the development of effective working relationships throughout the Firm.
Highly organized and able to multi-task on a daily basis; able to adjust to shifting priorities.
Able to work independently and as part of a team with a proactive and positive style that fosters collaborative working relationships.
Utilizes innovative thinking, creativity, and sound analytics and decision-making to ensure the highest level of achievement, productivity, and work satisfaction.
Able to handle confidential information and matters with discretion and good judgment.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Juris Doctor would be a strong plus.
Minimum of 7 years of experience in professional development in a law firm, law school or professional services environment is required.
Proven expertise in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Knowledge of viDesktop and Epicor, or other HRIS system helpful.
Must have minimal physical mobility. Position may occasionally require standing, walking, reaching, and lifting up to 15 pounds.
Must have the ability to operate equipment such as a computer and copy machine.
Must have the ability to communicate clearly and to read and follow detailed instructions.
Must have the ability to prepare assorted documents and other related materials.
Must have the ability to work in stressful conditions under time deadlines.
Choate, one of the nation’s premier law firms, is different from the vast majority of major firms in ways we believe materially benefit our clients. All of our lawyers are under one roof in Boston, focused on a select group of areas where we practice at the top of the market, nationally and internationally, and represent clients in their largest and most significant matters.
Our single-office model gives us the ability to match clients with a dedicated, leanly staffed team of lawyers led by highly experienced, hands-on partners and associates working under their direction. Choate’s lawyers work together in one location and across services, maximizing value for clients by developing a sophisticated understanding of their businesses and goals and fostering long-term, collaborative relationships. Through independent research with our clients, we’ve confirmed that the teamwork of our lawyers affords us the unusual ability to partner with clients in their success by offering customized, high-quality, practical, business-oriented solutions.
Choate’s clients extend across the US and many foreign countries and include Fortune 500 companies, public and private companies, PE/VC firms..., financial institutions and wealthy individuals. Choate is consistently recognized by third parties for excellence, including: Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500, World’s Leading Lawyers and International Who’s Who of Lawyers.