The Legal Training Manager (“LTM”) is a member of the Legal Recruiting and Professional Development (“LRPD”) department and is responsible for managing, overseeing, and developing firmwide training, curriculum, programs, and initiatives for attorneys and technology specialists to ensure the best possible skill development and learning experiences for the firm’s legal practitioners. This role requires a highly organized, innovative, engaged leader with an aptitude for strong client services and diplomacy, excellent written/verbal communications skills, and effective management and collaboration skills.
- Works closely with the Director of Professional Development, Practice Group Leaders, the Legal Training Committee, Professional Development Managers (“PDMs”), and supervising attorneys to identify training needs, make recommendations regarding training programs and resources, and implement approved initiatives.
- Develops, leads, and monitors learning-focused firmwide and practice group-specific initiatives for practitioners, including programs for development of professional and client services skills, as well as technical, substantive, and practice-specific legal skills and competencies.
- Measures and assesses training programs for relevancy and impact, and sustains, modifies, or replaces programs and/or program elements as appropriate based on current and anticipated needs.
- Stays current on trends and innovations in the talent development field, adult learning, and employee training program designs, both within and outside legal industry.
- Serves as a member of the firmwide Legal Training Committee, works with relevant practitioners to develop formal training programs, and enhances informal training efforts as requested.
- Maintains and nurtures existing and potential relationships with external consultants, coaches, and presenters.
- Oversees and enhances the firm’s mentorship programs in collaboration with LRPD teammates.
- Manages the Legal Training Coordinator, who handles logistical details for firmwide trainings, including adjusting scope of responsibilities as needed, promoting best practices, and participating in the annual performance review process for assigned direct reports.
- Collaborates with the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager to develop and implement programs to further the firm’s retention, development, and promotion of attorneys from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
- Oversees firmwide training budget and manages training vendor and consultant relationships.
- Collaborates with members of the LRPD team on special projects, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree with 6+ years of related experience in a law firm or professional services environment.
- Experience with and knowledge of adult learning concepts, program design, and attorney career progression.
- Extensive experience managing and administering attorney-related programs, with the ability to spot issues and propose and implement practical solutions with little oversight.
- Strong interest in training and professional development and a demonstrated track record designing and implementing programs geared toward professional growth.
- A keen understanding of what drives culture within organizations and how to build consensus across teams and within the firm.
- Strong presence that instills confidence and demonstrates thorough understanding of key topics related to all areas of professional development.
- Management experience in a team-oriented workplace with the ability to effectively manage relationships, motivate, and lead.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality work and multi-task, all while maintaining a client service focus and meeting established deadlines.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong organizational and project management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and with a team.
- Highly motivated, proactive, and driven self-starter that demonstrates ownership, initiative, a strong work ethic, and commitment to the role and firm.
- Demonstrates good judgment and discretion as to confidential and sensitive matters.
- Collaborates and demonstrates the ability to build strong relationships across the legal population and professional staff.
- Demonstrates adaptability within fast-paced and quickly changing environments and situations.
- Ability to track, analyze, collect data, and report metrics.
- High proficiency with all MS Office Suite products, including Excel.
Location: Boston, MA
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Physical Demands: The firm will strive to provide reasonable accommodations, as requested, to enable an employee with a disability to successfully perform this position in our office setting. Frequent communication is an essential aspect of this position and employees must be able to exchange timely and accurate information in a variety of situations. This position may also encompass maintaining a stationary position for long periods of time (at least up to 50% of the workday) with occasional movement, as well as lifting and/or moving objects that weigh up to 25 pounds. Other essential functions may apply and employees working remotely have the same or similar requirements.
Work Environment: The office work environment of the firm is characteristic of the environment the job holder will encounter. In this typical office setting, an employee will encounter standard office equipment and any noise associated with that equipment. The noise level is usually quiet to moderate. The office setting of Wolf Greenfield requires the ability to manage multiple work priorities along with frequent interruptions.