Attorney Professional Development, Attorney Recruitment, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
Office: New York, Philadelphia or Washington, DC Department: Attorney Recruiting & Development Reports to: Director of Attorney Development Status: Exempt Hours: 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 of the Director of Attorney Development and direction of the Director of Attorney Development and the Firmwide Professional Development Partner, and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Attorney Training & Development Manager is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering substantive legal skills training and professional development programs firmwide, including for the Akin Gump Academies. This position is also responsible for supporting the non-partner lawyer performance evaluation process and other professional development related initiatives as the need arises. The Attorney Training & 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 Training & 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 periodically, as necessary):
Partner with the Director of Attorney Development and other members of the attorney development team to identify and address training needs, develop curricula, and implement programs to maximize effectiveness and quality.
Manage and oversee all aspects of technical and operational support during the design and implementation of training programming.
Liaise with internal presenters to design, prepare and deliver effective training.
Identify and coordinate internal and external resources for the delivery of other skills-based training such as legal writing and research, communication and presentation skills, leadership development training and business development training.
Design and develop metrics and reports to measure and demonstrate success and application of training programming as well as strategies to promote training programming, increase attendance, and maximize effectiveness.
Working with practice management, ensure training programming is tailored to developmental needs and responsive to feedback collected in the attorney performance evaluation process. Collaborate with practice management to design and develop training curricula and programming in support of their specific training and development needs and aligned with the firm’s core competency model.
Working with the Director of Attorney Development and other members of the attorney development team, build new initiatives and programs to ensure the continued professional development of the firm’s attorneys.
Manage the Akin Gump Academies including logistics and agenda. Collaborate with the Director of Attorney Development to design content and programming.
Keep abreast of trends in professional development for attorneys, and evaluate seminar content and presenter effectiveness to ensure efficient delivery of content and attorney interest on topic.
Promote internal and external training and development opportunities to the firm’s attorneys and encourage attendance.
Manage the firm’s Training & CLE Database.
Supervise assigned department employees.
Liase with Human Resources to identify synergies with Business Services training and development programming, with the goal of increasing efficiency with similar programming.
In collaboration with the Director of Attorney Development, support the firm’s non-partner lawyer evaluation process including roll-out and communications, responding to practice management needs, and review and reporting of evaluation content.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Familiarity with California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC CLE requirements
Strong understanding of law firm professional development programming and understanding of lawyers’ development needs as they advance in their careers
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
Familiarity with viDesktop highly desirable
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
Commitment to the office and firm
Commitment to professional growth and development
Commitment to staying informed of industry standards and best practices through professional development, to including professional reading, membership in industry groups and organizations, and participation in seminars and conferences
Minimum of four plus years’ experience in professional development or training in a law firm or other legal or professional services organization
Experience with professional development program design and implementation
Advanced degree and/or experience in instructional design or adult learning
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.
If you are interested in learning more about the work we do, our offices, available administrative and profess...ional staff positions, and our fringe benefits, we invite you to explore our website at www.akingump.com.