We are seeking an Attorney Development Manager (mid-level) to join our Firm. This position will be based in our Palo Alto office (hybrid). The Attorney Development Manager oversees the overall administration of the attorney development function of the Palo Alto office, including management of attorney onboarding and departures, evaluations, training and development, mentoring, affinity networks, and associate engagement programs and activities. Works closely with office and attorney development leadership as well as global leadership in the New York office.
Oversees incoming and lateral attorney orientation and monitors their integration into practices and the firm.
Oversees evaluation processes for associates and counsel, including mid-year and year-end processes. Coordinates individual training and coaching.
Works with partners to review associate performance and utilization.
Oversees coordination of attorney training. Works closely with global attorney learning group to implement firm-wide curriculums at the local level, identifies local training needs and consultants to provide programming.
Plans, implements and attends professional development and engagement events, programs and initiatives to meet firm and office objectives. Administers the associate mentor program.
Serves as a confidential resource to attorneys, providing career guidance and support.
Oversees California bar admissions, MCLE accreditation and compliance. Collaborates with the marketing team, providing CLE guidance for client programs.
Works with global attorney development and benefits staff on administrative matters related to attorney benefits, flexible schedules, and all leaves of absence in compliance with local regulations.
Oversees attorney departure process.
Ensures attorney personnel records and databases are maintained accurately.
Prepares attorney development 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 development 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.
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
Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities in a demanding and fast-paced environment
Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
Ability to organize and prioritize work and delegate effectively
Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement
Ability to administer firm policies and procedures
Demonstrates close attention to detail
Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising others
Flexibility to travel
Demonstrates ability to lead and develop collaborative working relationships
Excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational and planning skills
Superior time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines and solve problems and excellent responsiveness
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with attorneys
Experience with relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, viDesktop and Micron CE Manager), 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
Minimum of six years’ attorney professional development and/or HR experience in a law firm or other professional services firm environment
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity to deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. By relying on these qualities, our lawyers deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are recognized as a global powerhouse for complex transactions, litigation/controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as for the open, collaborative relationships we build with clients. Our attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across 50-plus practices and 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.
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.