The Professional Development Coordinator (“PDC”) is a member of the Legal Recruiting and Professional Development team (“LRPD”) and reports to a Professional Development Manager (“PDM”). The PDC actively works with other members of the Professional Development (“PD”) team to provide support to Practice Group Leaders (“PGLs”) in their efforts to develop and retain exceptional legal talent. Responsibilities include assisting with practitioner staffing and workflow allocation, management and analysis of reports and metrics, coordination of the firm’s performance evaluation cycles and support for legal personnel, professional development, and training initiatives.
- Assists the PDMs with work allocation for multiple levels of attorneys and technology specialists, considering individual bandwidth and areas of interest, as well as client and developmental needs.
- Manages, reviews, and analyzes professional development metrics and reporting related to practitioner hours, productivity, and availability.
- Supports the PD team with the preparation, distribution and follow-up related to formal and informal evaluation processes, as well as promotion processes.
- Communicates regularly with other members of LRPD to align individual and practice group needs with firm-wide training and recruiting initiatives.
- Manages scheduling of LRPD driven processes, including calendar management, room reservations, coordination for videoconference programs and catering.
- Supports PD team with all levels of associate and technology specialist onboarding, integration, and retention initiatives.
- Coordinates with the PD team, practice groups and administrative departments to support the practitioner departure process.
- Collaborates with Finance and Human Resources teams to ensure practitioner data accuracy and streamline the sharing of information across departments.
- Assists the LRPD team with the creation and implementation of various strategic initiatives and operational goals as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 1-3 years of related experience in a law firm or other professional services setting is preferred.
- Established proficiency in the use of computer programs including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel; knowledge of electronic databases, such as viDesktop and EPICOR, are a plus.
- Comfort with learning new technology and working in databases.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Strong time management, prioritization, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- Responds quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; able to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.
- Flexibility and capacity to respond calmly, efficiently, and effectively in stressful situations.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships with different levels of constituencies.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, both with strong follow up and follow through skills.
- Understands details and processes within a larger context and how complex systems are interrelated.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters and other firm business information.
- Utilizes strong business acumen including the ability to apply sound creative thinking as well as the use of discretion and appropriate judgment depending on situation.
Location: Boston, MA; New York, NY or Remote
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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.