Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are currently seeking an Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager reporting directly to the Director of Attorney Recruiting, Director of Attorney Development and Office Hiring Partner and residing in the Washington, D.C. office.
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 attorney and Summer Associate hiring, overseeing the annual Summer Associate program, collaborating with the Human Resources department on attorney new hire orientations, managing and 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.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
Manage all aspects of the lateral attorney 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 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 with attorney candidates (e.g., references, bar admission verifications, conflicts checks, etc.).
Oversee on-campus interviewing program.
Plan, organize and administer the Washington, D.C. office Summer Associate program. Duties include participating in all events, organizing the Washington, D.C. Summer Associate orientation, planning local Summer Associate training programs, tracking expenses, coordinating Summer Associate reviews, assisting as needed in the work assignment process, and other tasks.
Participate in office Hiring Committee meetings and hiring recommendations.
Establish, maintain and build relationships with top-tier law schools. Manage sponsorships and outreach for the Washington, D.C. law schools.
Prepare offer letters and relevant materials.
Participate in Associates Committee meetings and assist with programming, projects and initiatives.
Participate in Diversity & Inclusion Council, and Firm Resource Group meetings and assist with programming, projects and initiatives related to attorney recruiting and development.
Manage firmwide attorney recruiting and development projects as requested.
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 attorney development and other training programs for the Washington, D.C. office attorneys.
Manage local participation in firmwide surveys include Vault and the American Lawyer’s Mid-Level Associate and Summer Associate surveys.
Provide guidance regarding state bar dues, bar admissions and continuing education requirements for Washington, D.C. attorneys.
Participate in scheduled Attorney Recruiting & Development conference calls and meetings.
Build relationships with and serve as a resource and trusted advisor for attorneys in the Washington, D.C. office.
Develop and maintain departmental budget in consultation with the Chief Legal Talent Officer, the Director of Attorney Recruiting and the Director of Attorney Development.
Minimum of seven years’ experience in legal recruiting in a law firm required, with at least three years in a managerial role desired
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
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.