With approximately 1,700 lawyers across 22 offices globally, Skadden is one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world and we pride ourselves on delivering solutions to the world's most complex, high-value cases and transactions. The Attorney Recruiting Manager oversees the overall administration of the attorney recruiting function of the Palo Alto office, including management of law student, incoming and lateral attorney recruitment, and the summer associate program. Works closely with office, hiring and diversity and inclusion leadership as well as global leadership in the New York office.
Essential Functions of the Role:
Works with office leadership and the Hiring Committee to develop short and long-term hiring strategies to support summer associate, entry-level and lateral associate recruitment efforts that align with firm goals.
Oversees campus recruitment efforts including law school outreach, student group partnerships, branding and networking events.
Manages outreach and relationships with external organizations, including law student organizations, that align with, and support, diversity and inclusion hiring goals.
Manages recruitment of lateral attorney (non-partner) candidates from sourcing to selection. Includes coordination with office and practice leadership to articulate needs, coordination with global leadership for internal approvals and interfacing with search firms.
Oversees summer associate program, including assignments, evaluations, feedback, training and social activities.
Performs and presents hiring outcome reports and analysis for Hiring Committee and firm leadership.
Prepares attorney recruiting annual budget and reviews, monitors and approves related expenses throughout the year. Performs financial analysis and contract term review in line with firm procedures related to events.
Manages attorney recruiting team in the Palo Alto office, including selection, training, outlining annual objectives and evaluation of staff performance. Monitors time, attendance, overtime and expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance with firm policies.
Ensures current knowledge of firm policies and practices for staff, current knowledge of industry trends, and continued professional development for staff.
Recommends guidelines and practices to promote efficiency, effectiveness, top class service and improved employee engagement, in alignment with the firm's core values.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Strong ability to engage and collaborate with firm leaders, lawyers, students, career placement offices and business services professionals
Ability to handle difficult situations with poise and diplomacy and to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement
Current knowledge of industry best practices, trend and techniques
Knowledge of firm operations, policies and procedures
Knowledge and implementation of an annual budget process
Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
Demonstrates close attention to detail
Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills
Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising others
Ability to administer firm policies and procedures
Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
Ability to organize and prioritize work and delegate effectively
Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
Flexibility to travel
Demonstrates ability to lead and develop collaborative working relationships
Excellent responsiveness, organizational and problem-solving skills
Superior time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines and solve problems
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with attorneys
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Lawcruit, with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs
Education & experience:
Bachelor’s Degree required
At least five years of attorney recruiting experience with a law firm or other professional services firm environment.
Skadden, Arps was founded in 1948 by Marshall H. Skadden, Leslie H. Arps and John H. Slate. These attorneys, different in personality and temperament, shared a vision that continues and thrives today — a commitment to professionalism and excellence in an environment that emphasizes teamwork, flexibility and responsiveness.
The firm provides high-quality and cost-effective legal services through:
•attention to client relationships;
•careful engagement management;
•practice and geographic diversity; and
•investment in people and technology.
As one of the world's leading law firms, we realize the importance of hiring knowledgeable and talented staff to support our attorneys. We invest substantial time and effort in hiring and training our staff. We recognize that capable and dedicated people are a valuable asset to the firm.