Office: New York 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: The Attorney Career Counselor is responsible for providing career counseling, coaching and advocacy to attorneys in all phases of their careers, including career development and management, leadership, business development, time and project management, work/life balance, advancement, and transitions to/from leaves.
The Attorney Career Counselor is expected to serve as a positive role model, advisor, and mentor, and to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the Firm’s attorneys, managing the balance of protecting individual confidences while protecting the firm’s interests. Above all, the Attorney Career Counselor must fulfill the needs of the Firm in a manner which is consistent with the Core Values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
Provide bespoke, confidential advice and guidance to attorneys at varying levels of seniority on all aspects of career growth and development, including career planning and management, leadership and business development, time and project management, work/life balance, transitions to/from leaves and potential next steps in their professional careers, both within and outside of the Firm.
Create and maintain relationships within the Firm at all levels, establishing a reputation as a trusted advisor for career advice and guidance.
Develop and manage a firm-wide career development counseling program for attorneys.
Partner with Attorney Recruiting & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Alumni Relations and firm leaders on career development programs and resources.
Partner with senior Human Resources leadership and the General Counsel’s office as necessary on sensitive employee matters.
Partner with practice leadership, follow up after annual evaluation processes to identify opportunities and resources for individual and group coaching.
Partner with Alumni Relations, provide networking, job search and other career guidance to alumni of the Firm.
As appropriate, partner with third-party providers to provide specific skills-development, coaching and programming for attorneys.
Track, report and present as requested to firm leaders on program metrics, trends, offerings and successes to Firm stakeholders and leadership.
Other related tasks as required and assigned.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
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
Understanding of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and ethical issues
Demonstrated commitment to maintaining confidentiality
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated judgment, discretion and tact
Ability to work independently and with a team
Ability and willingness to travel to other firm offices
Ability to use assessments and critiques to improve performance
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
Certification to administer and analyze -assessments such as MBTI 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.
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.