Attorney Professional Development, Attorney Recruitment, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
Office: Washington, DC Department: Attorney Recruiting & Development Reports to: Director of Attorney Recruiting and Office Hiring Partner Status: Exempt Schedule: Core Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday – Friday, unless otherwise approved; additional hours as required to fulfill job requirements
GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the general supervision and direction of the Director of Attorney Recruiting, and Office Hiring Partner, and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Washington, D.C. office’s attorney recruiting and development functions including lateral associate and Summer Associate hiring, overseeing the annual Summer Associate program, collaborating with the Human Resources department on attorney new hire orientations, participating in Hiring Committee meetings, implementing firm training programs, and supervising assigned department staff. The Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager is expected to serve as a positive role model and mentor, and to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s attorneys, advisors and staff, efficient and effective departmental operations, and an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, the Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm’s Core Values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
Manage all aspects of the lateral associate recruitment program, ensuring appropriate communication and coordination with candidates, firm attorneys, administrative management, and any third-party recruiters.
Meet with Practice Group Leaders and/or their designees to determine hiring requirements for lateral attorney openings. Secure approval of openings and offers from the Office Hiring Partner and Firmwide Hiring Partner.
Establish, maintain and build relationships with third-party recruiters and execute standard search firm agreements.
Prepare attorney position postings for the firm’s external website.
Conduct due-diligence for attorney candidates (e.g., references, bar admission verifications, conflicts checks, etc.).
Oversee student on-campus interviewing, as well as recruitment for the diversity scholarship and pro bono scholars program for the Washington, D.C. office.
Identify and manage outreach and sponsorship activities with law schools throughout the year.
Participate in office Hiring Committee meetings and hiring recommendations.
Establish, maintain and build relationships with top-tier law schools.
Prepare offer letters and relevant materials.
Plan, organize and administer the Summer Associate Program. Duties include participating in all events, organizing the Washington, D.C. office Summer Associate orientation, planning training programs, managing events, coordinating Summer Associate evaluations, assisting in the work assignment process as needed, and other tasks.
Participate in Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee meetings and assist with programming, projects and initiatives.
Assist with programming, projects and initiatives associated with the office Associates Committee.
Prepare relevant reports and presentations.
Prepare and monitor office recruiting and retention statistics.
Coordinate attorney arrivals/departures with the Human Resources department.
Participate in new hire orientation for all incoming attorneys.
Oversee implementation of firmwide training programs for Washington, D.C. attorneys.
Provide guidance regarding state bar dues, bar admissions and continuing education requirements for Washington, D.C. attorneys.
Serve as a resource for the Washington, D.C. attorneys regarding external training opportunities and available coaching resources.
Participate in scheduled Attorney Recruiting & Development Department calls and meetings.
Develop and maintain departmental budget in consultation with Hiring Partner, Director of Attorney Recruiting, and Director of Development.
Supervise assigned department employees.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Outlook and Excel. Experience in working with attorney recruiting databases required.
Strong service orientation and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers; attorneys; office, firm and practice management; and outside business partners
Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
Ability to manage multiple projects with specific deadlines and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
Strong organizational and project management skills
Ability to use initiative and judgment to accomplish results
Ability to work independently and with a team
Ability to delegate and manage resources effectively
Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
Strong attention to detail
Ability to use critique of work to improve performance
Minimum of seven years’ experience in legal recruiting in a law firm required, with at least three years in a managerial role desired
About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm recognized for its exceptional client service, innovation and engaging work environment. Our reputation as an outstanding, service-oriented firm begins with our people and their commitment to our core values of collegiality, commitment, excellence, integrity and intensity, which exemplify how we approach our work in support of our clients and each other. Working together, we solve problems and move the firm forward - efficiently, effectively and expertly.
We seek to attract, develop and retain the very best professional and administrative talent in the legal services industry by providing a dynamic work culture, competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits designed to help our employees balance their work/life responsibilities, as well as continuing professional development opportunities. We are committed to maintaining and cultivating a diverse and inclusive firm culture grounded in respect and teamwork. The long tenure of our employees speaks to the strength and appeal of our culture and values.
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