Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
The Specialist, Professional Development, is a member of the Professional Development team and reports to the Manager of Professional Development. The Specialist will be focused on serving the lawyer and business services populations on morale, onboarding, retention and development initiatives. The Professional Development Specialist will also serve as a liaison for special development related projects and initiatives with various groups and teams throughout the firm.
Mentoring Initiatives: Manage all aspects of the firm’s various mentoring initiatives including programs for entry level associates, laterals, transfers, and International Associate Program (IAP) participants, as well as the Associate Mentoring Initiative. Assign advisors, communicate assignments, and follow up with mentoring pairs to ensure that participants are getting the most out of the programs. Arrange and coordinate all mentoring programming, including substantive programs and social events. Assist practice groups with mentoring initiatives specific to their groups. Assist with the development and implementation of new mentoring initiatives.
Orientation and Onboarding: Plan all aspects of, and facilitate, orientations for entry-level associates, lateral associates and counsel, IAP participants, and lawyers who transfer to the NY office. Be a primary point of contact for, and liaise with, entry-level associates prior to their start at the firm to provide information and answer questions. Assist with office and practice group placements for entry-level associates.
Lateral Integration: Develop and facilitate a formal lateral integration program which would include, among other things, conducting one-on-one meetings periodically with laterals, providing mentoring and networking opportunities and otherwise implementing programs designed to help laterals better integrate into the firm.
First Year Conference: Plan and coordinate all aspects of the 3-day First Year Conference for all US Track lawyers worldwide. Create the agenda, develop program content, work with speakers, and coordinate social events, travel arrangements, and other logistics.
Firm Practices Series: Coordinate presentations made by practice groups and teams meant to provide associates and other employees with more information about the firm's diverse practices and capabilities. Create the schedule of presentations, help with the presentation preparation, and coordinate program logistics.
Training/Programs: Plan and coordinate various training programs for the firm including Lean-In Education Circle meetings, ethics and diversity CLE programs, communications and time management programs and other core skills and substantive programs, as needed. Act as the main point person for the firm’s sponsorship of the NYC Bar Professional Development Series. Assist with the design, planning and coordination of training programs for Business Services staff.
Professional Development Newsletters: Prepare the monthly Professional Development newsletter for lawyers in the Americas, including writing and preparing content, soliciting and researching events and opportunities, and ensuring that the newsletter is useful and informative for all lawyers in the Americas. Create a Professional Development newsletter for our Business Services employees in the Americas.
Morale Initiatives/Special Events: Plan and coordinate various social events for lawyers, including, without limitation, cocktail parties, happy hours, class year gatherings, and various other events.
Market Research: Collect market research and track best practices in order to find out what is going on in the marketplace to stay abreast of top competitors.
Additional Projects: Assist the Professional Development team and the wider Human Resources Department with additional projects as needed, including, without limitation, exit interviews and departure analysis, the feedback and performance management processes, Summer Associate University, and global conferences.
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes
Excellent communication skills
Strong writing skills
Responsible and responsive
Diligent attention to detail
Project management skills
Proven ability to work with senior level professionals
Education & Experience
Min of 3-5 years of experience in a law firm or professional services environment
Advanced knowledge of Windows-based systems
JD, Masters in Organizational Development or Human Resources Management, or other advanced degree
Familiarity with viDesktop, CE Manager and Workday
Physical Activity/Other Miscellaneous
Ability to work extended hours
Some travel may be required
Ability to retrieve and distribute files, written documentation or office supplies weighing up to 10 pounds
Internal Number: R0000392
About Shearman & Sterling
Shearman & Sterling LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. We gained that reputation due to the outstanding achievements of our entire global workforce—our lawyers, legal assistants, and the professionals who support them. Our Professional Support staff is a key contributor to the success of the firm, whether in IT, finance, marketing, human resources or operations.
Shearman & Sterling LLP remains at the forefront of the legal profession since its founding in 1873. Anticipating the forces that affect business and responding to our clients’ needs has been one of our greatest strengths. Our extensive international platform enables us to represent clients from offices in the world’s key financial centers. Today, we advise leading corporations, financial institutions, governments, and state-owned enterprises on the legal matters they face around the globe. The firm’s pioneering spirit has created a diverse foundation and legal practice of unsurpassed global reach.
Shearman & Sterling LLP is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race or color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.