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Director Of Professional Development

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Fenwick & West LLP Mountain View , CA 94035

Posted 5 months ago

Fenwick & West is a top-tier law firm with an open and inclusive culture. With more than 300 attorneys and 400 employees in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and New York, we work with companies on the cutting edge of technology, life sciences and cleantech. For more than four decades, our Firm has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for the twelfth year.

We have an opening for a Director of Professional Development (PD) who will manage the PD staff responsible for lawyer integration, performance evaluation, continuing legal education and career development. The role requires a highly organized, innovative, engaged leader with strong written/verbal communication skills, client service orientation, diplomacy, management and employee development experience. This position reports to the Chief Professional Development Officer (CPDO) and is based in the Mountain View office with required travel to the other offices as needed.

Responsibilities Include:

The Director of Professional Development will provide leadership, direction and oversight in the following areas and will be responsible for duties outlined below.

Training and Development:

  • Develop, lead and monitor learning focused Firm wide initiatives for lawyers

  • Measure and assess programs for relevancy, impact and sustain, modify or replace as appropriate

  • Continue to build on e-Learning initiative based on practice group needs

  • Enhance and oversee the Firm's formal mentoring and career development programs

  • Work with Managing Partner, Chief PD Officer, practice group leaders/directors, and associates to identify program needs and determine the appropriate means to deliver and assess the success of each program

  • Work with PD team to collaborate with program presenters to update existing content and introduce new learning opportunities

  • Work with MCLE Specialist to ensure CLE compliance tracking and reporting its functioning and adding value to our attorney population

  • Develop and expand programming offered at all levels within the lawyer life cycle (i.e., partner training)

  • Maintain and nurture existing and potential relationships with external training consultants

On-boarding, Integration and Evaluations:

  • Work with CPDO and coordinators to ensure associates, counsels, staff attorneys, and agent/engineers evaluation process is fully operational, effective, and make recommendations designed to enhance the process as applicable

  • Oversee execution of Firmwide orientation process, including that for lateral associates and new partners

Orientation and Other Special Programming Overall:

  • Create and deliver programming in key areas as needed

  • Lead and engage team in an effective project management approach to implementation and execution of events and initiatives

  • Manage and develop the professional skills of the PD staff

Budget Oversight:

  • Work with CPDO to manage the talent development budget process and expenditures

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • A professional with experience in professional development, with an understanding of a law firm or professional services environment

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality work while maintaining a customer service focus

  • College degree required (graduate degree or JD preferred) or equivalent work experience

  • 8+ plus years' experience in a law firm or professional services environment

  • Management experience required

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and develop team skills and dynamics

  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills, proven experience at diplomacy and effective listening skills

  • Strong project management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work well both independently and while leading a team

  • Highly motivated, proactive self-starter

  • Proven collaboration skills

  • Ability to multi-task and deal with stringent deadlines

  • Strong attention to detail and sound business judgment

  • Excellent customer service skills across all levels of the Firm

  • Ability to deal effectively with change in a fast paced environment

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Director Of Professional Development

Expired Job

Fenwick & West LLP