King & Spalding seeks a Director of Lawyer Talent Development to join an innovative and growing team that leads King & Spalding’s lawyer talent development firm-wide. A top 25 firm with over 1000 lawyers in 20 offices and 9 countries, this position is an opportunity for an experienced leader with vision and the ability to develop and execute innovative talent development initiatives for lawyers in a collaborative firm.
The Director will be a member of the Lawyer Recruiting & Professional Development Department, which is responsible for the firm’s lawyer recruiting and development strategy, and for the design, execution, evaluation, and continuous improvement of lawyer recruiting and development programs and services world-wide. The Director will design, implement, evaluate, and strengthen professional development programs and services related to: (1) strategic area of focus, practice group, and firm wide formal training programs for all levels of lawyers, including partners; (2) lawyer alumni; and (3) educational opportunities for clients. The Director will work collaboratively and directly with the relevant partners, senior staff, and other stakeholders around the firm to identify needs, offer programs and services, and ensure the offerings align with the firm’s strategy, are world-class, and support continuous lawyer development. The Director will report to the Professional Development Partner and have direct interaction with senior leaders among the lawyers and staff.
The Director has primary responsibility for leading the design/content development, execution, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the programs, services, and processes listed below. While the firm has well-established, industry-leading professional development programs, the Director will be looked to for innovation and continuous improvement.
Formal Training Programs:
Formal training at King & Spalding encompasses more than formal seminars; it includes the delivery of content critical to lawyer career development in a variety of settings, including partner meetings, practice group meetings, office meetings, associate meetings, retreats, and other similar settings.
Specific programs/topics include:
Programs for different levels, including for partners, as well as partner-track associates (e.g., Milestone Academy, Europe/Middle East/Asia Associate Academy)
Programs for practice areas, such as Litigation Associate Academy and transactional skills programs
Programs to develop practice management skills such as business development, project management, budgeting, and delegation/supervision
Programs related to key firm policies
Programs focused on legal skills such as writing and oral communications
Programs to meet unique needs in individual firm offices (with emphasis on identifying and meeting needs in non-U.S. offices)
Programs for individual or multiple practice groups
Programs done in conjunction with the firm’s Diversity Initiative (in cooperation with the firm’s Diversity Partner and Diversity Manager)
The Director will also:
Refine methods to regularly evaluate and improve formal programs so they remain supportive of the firm’s strategy, including by using available information such as evaluation data, client satisfaction interviews, etc.
Develop effective communication methods to ensure lawyers and recruits are aware of the resources available (e.g., via intranet, internet)
Identify and leverage outstanding external resources such as consultants, for select programs
Lawyer Alumni Relationships:
With the support of others including in Marketing/Events:
Produce Connection newsletter
Manage and improve alumni internet connections (including through www.kslaw.com and LinkedIn)
Design and offer Alumni events
Develop additional connections to help identify opportunities for lawyers seeking positions outside the firm and promote such opportunities
Working with partners, Marketing, and others to target programs in strategic Areas of Focus, and with the support of the Professional Development Specialist, offer:
Other training programs targeted to clients
Keep abreast of key market issues and trends. Track information and analyze competitive data, best practices, and trends to make recommendations to adopt when appropriate
Additional duties as requested
Location: The Director can be based in any U.S. office.
The ideal candidate will have a J.D. and at least 5+ years of experience in a senior professional development/talent management role in a law firm or other professional services environment. Candidates without a J.D. will also be considered if they have an undergraduate degree and at least 5 years’ experience in a similar senior role in a professional services firm.
Creative, curious, and innovative; takes initiative to identify and translate best practices from other firms and industries into viable firm initiatives
Driven to excel and passionate about strengthening firm’s lawyer development initiatives
Desire for increasingly challenging projects and heightened responsibility/visibility, but without a need for a change in job title (given a law firm’s flat organizational structure)
Knowledge of law firm business model principles and legal industry trends and challenges
Able to assimilate information quickly in order to grasp larger concepts and details, and apply it in other settings
Able to grasp quickly the culture and organizational structure of the firm
Excellent communications (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with lawyers, all levels of administrative staff, and contacts outside the firm
Sophisticated analytical and quantitative abilities (e.g., able to collect and use data to make decisions, including ability to use tools such as Excel)
Strong judgment and ability to respect, protect, and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information
Excellent collaboration, facilitation, influencing, and organizational skills, with the ability to work proactively to obtain information and develop the consensus needed to make decisions
Strong attention to detail combined with ability to develop big-picture goals
Able to work both independently and collaboratively with professionals and staff at all levels
Able to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously without frequent prompting
Able to work under tight deadlines and maintain poise under pressure
Knowledge of CLE rules as they affect accreditation for programs the Director develops (or ability to quickly gain the knowledge).
Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromi...sing commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.