Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
Position Overview: Thompson and Knight is seeking a Manager of Attorney Training and Development who will be a key member of the Professional Development team and who, working closely with the Chief Development Officer, will develop, manage, and deliver attorney training and other development programs that support the professional growth and career success of attorneys across the Firm. The Manager serves as a collaborative communicator and project manager who understands adult learning theories and leverages digital technologies to design and develop next-level programming, enriching the attorney development experience at Thompson & Knight. This position will be located in Dallas, Texas.
Collaborates in the development, planning, and delivery of Firm-wide and practice-specific training programs.
Works with internal presenters on the development, design and format of practice group and professional skills training programs.
Works with Chief Development Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Client Service Team to identify external speakers and presenters for training programs.
Oversees practice training programs, including Trial Academy, Anatomy of a Deal, and practice boot camps.
Partners with Chief Development Officer and Director of Recruiting to create relevant Summer Associate training programs.
Manages outside Training Opportunities and coaching programs for Firm lawyers.
Manages and oversees the Firm’s eLearning programs.
Maintains networks and stays abreast of trends in the talent development field both within and outside the legal industry.
Manages Pro Bono Opportunities, matching opportunities with developmental needs of attorneys.
Creates, maintains and updates Competencies/Skills Tracking.
Administers orientation program and New Attorney Training.
Meets quarterly with new lateral attorneys to identify developmental and training needs.
Identifies monthly PLI programs for attorneys.
Supports Chief Development Officer in performance management and oversight. Develops and oversees performance management timeline and communications.
Assists in developing strategies to facilitate a culture of real-time feedback, assessing trends in this area.
Serves as a member of the Attorney Development Team and an Ex-Officio member of the Lawyer Development Committee.
Works with Chief Development and Chief Diversity Officers and Chair of Women’s Initiative Committee to implement specific initiatives related to diversity training.
Other projects as assigned by Chief Development Officer.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. JD or MS in Education, Organizational Development or related field preferred. 8+ years in a law firm or professional services industry required. Must have experience and knowledge of attorney professional development, including core competencies, adult learning concepts, program design, and attorney career progression. Must display a strong interest in training and professional development and have a demonstrated track record designing and implementing professional development programs.
Highly organized, innovative, and results-oriented. Strong written and oral communication skills, effective listening skills and proven experience at diplomacy and building strong, collaborative relationships with attorneys and staff at all levels. Excellent project management and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail and the ability to work well both independently and in a team settings. Highly motivated, proactive self-starter that demonstrates ownership, commitment to the job, initiative, and strong work ethic. Ability to multi-task and deal with stringent deadlines. Ability to exercise excellent judgment and discretion as to confidential and sensitive matters. Ability to deal effectively with change in fast-paced and changing environments. Ability to travel to other offices as needed.
Our commitment to serving clients is reflected in our commitment to our employees. In addition to offering competitive salaries, the Firm provides an excellent benefits package.
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Thompson & Knight LLP is an equal opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify.
About Thompson & Knight LLP
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight today is a full service law firm known for our capabilities in energy finance, taxation, business transactions, and an ability to resolve our clients'? controversies in or out of court. The Firm has more than 300 attorneys with U.S. offices in Texas, New York, and California, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe. Our attorneys and resources circle the globe from areas such as Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, and Nicaragua in Latin America; Algeria, Libya, and Egypt in North Africa; Ghana, Angola, South Africa, and Nigeria in sub-Saharan Africa; England and France in Europe; and China, Japan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and South Korea in Asia. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the Firm takes pride in the depth of our experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight is named “Law Firm of the Year” in Natural Resources Law (2018) and in Oil & Gas Law (2011-2013, 2015, 2017) by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms."?