Dykema Gossett PLLC, a leading national law firm, is recruiting for a Lateral Recruiting Specialist. Our location preference is Dallas or San Antonio, but will also consider applicants in our Chicago or Detroit Metro locations. As a member of Dykema’s Legal Recruiting & Development Team, the Lateral Recruiting Specialist will support the firm’s lateral attorney recruiting, integration, and retention processes, for both associate and partner hires to bring in exceptional legal talent.
The specialist will work with Legal Recruiting Team to drive all aspects of the lateral associate and member recruiting and integration processes, including but not limited to:
- drafting job descriptions; sourcing and contacting candidates; and coordinating interviews;
-collecting feedback and providing candidate status updates and recommendations to Legal Recruiting Managers, Senior Director, and other stakeholders in accordance with strategic goals;
-establishing, building, and managing relationships with external search firms;
-coordinating onboarding and supporting integration efforts;
-supporting DEI initiatives including Mansfield Certification and applying objective hiring procedures;
-preparing and analyzing associate and partner recruiting data and statistics;
-working collaboratively with the Legal Recruiting & Development Team, other administrative departments, and additional stakeholders to execute successful onboarding and orientation, and integration of lateral associates and members;
-implementing, reviewing, and analyzing recruiting and integration feedback and surveys;
-tracking, analyzing, and reporting on lateral performance, utilization, and strategic recruiting goals;
-supporting other national recruiting programs and initiatives, such as OCI/Summer Associate Program, as necessary;
-collecting and reporting industry-related news and data as requested.
Dykema strives to maintain a workplace that is free from recognized hazards and to promote the health and well-being of our employees, their families, and those who visit our offices. Dykema has implemented certain safety protocols utilizing CDC, OSHA, and other available guidance as part of this effort. All new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to legal exemptions.
Dykema is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is a proud equal opportunity employer.
-Three (3) plus years of prior high-volume legal recruiting experience;
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, a professional and friendly demeanor, and strong professional and ethical standards;
-Ability to interact with all levels of personnel while demonstrating a professional and service oriented demeanor;
-Ability to establish effective working relationships throughout the firm;
-Ability to prioritize work and multitask in a fast paced environment;
-High motivation, creativity, flexibility, and ability to work well under pressure;
-Willingness to be mentored by experienced professionals to execute job responsibilities;
-Strong organizational, administrative and time-management skills;
-Strong Microsoft Office skills including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
-Experience using an applicant tracking system.
We are looking for a team oriented self-starter - someone who can work independently and function as part of a team.
What distinguishes Dykema from other firms? Our most distinguishing factor is our growth strategy. Our growth has resulted from many factors, foremost among them the success of our clients and their increasing need for experienced legal representation at the state, national and international levels. We continue to pursue targeted, strategic growth, based upon the needs of our clients.
Our associates’ professional development is a high priority. We provide extensive in-house and support external programming on substantive legal topics, skills development and practice topics. The training curriculum is complemented by our formal mentoring and career planning programs. We host two associate retreats each year. First, we bring each class of entry-level hires together for an orientation–style retreat. Topics include our organizational structure, associate evaluations, ethics, law firm economics and relations with staff. One highlight each year is an off-the-record panel discussion with some associates who field questions posed. The second retreat alternates between an event for our mid-level associates with a focus on the path to partnership and the second is a Business Development W...orkshop for our senior attorneys. Besides training, mentoring, career planning and retreats, we support mandatory bar admissions, compliance and CLE requirements.
The firm’s initiatives and policies benefit from associate input and feedback through the elected Dykema Associates’ Committee representing associates across offices and practice areas.
What distinguishes our summer program? Our summer associates are connected to the firm via our Summer Associate Extranet early in the calendar year. This tool enables us to exchange information and answer questions quickly and before their arrival. Our program gives summer associates a realistic picture of the firm and its work and provides the firm an opportunity to measure a summer associate’s likelihood of success in our environment through meaningful assignments and interaction with our attorneys.
As we grow, we are determined to retain our core cultural values, based on a commitment to superior client service, maintaining a cooperative and civil work environment, and helping our diverse group of lawyers develop their skills.