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Corporate Practice Manager

New York, NY, USA | Proskauer Rose

  • Industry:
    Legal Services
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Human Resources
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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Description


Proskauer is a global law firm providing a wide variety of legal services to clients worldwide from offices in Beijing, Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Paris, São Paulo and Washington, DC.


We are seeking a Corporate Practice Manager to join our Professional Resources team in New York. The Practice Manager will work collaboratively to further the Firm’s strategic objectives of training, developing and retaining highly accomplished and dedicated attorneys. Specifically, the Practice Manager will work with practice group heads to oversee the day-to-day administration of certain corporate practice groups across all offices in the U.S., including with respect to talent management, staffing, internal communications and integration of practice group resources. The Practice Manager will work directly with the Corporate Department Chairs, the Corporate Operating Partner, the Corporate Department Legal Director and administrators on corporate-level matters, including strategic planning and execution.


Staffing & Productivity



  • Support practice groups with resource allocation and productivity management 

  • Formulate and manage staffing processes and procedures for a national staffing model

  • Work with partners regarding staffing needs for attorneys in specific practice groups

  • Interface with assigning attorneys to respond to and clarify staffing requests; conduct outreach to associates regarding capacity, interest and overall workflow

  • Monitor time and availability of attorneys to effectively assign and reallocate matters, as necessary, and maximize overall productivity

  • Balance practice group staffing needs and client service considerations with associate preferences and career development goals

  • Ensure consistency of experiences and equitable distribution of assignments across a given practice group

  • Synthesize, analyze and present data to practice group leaders and Corporate Department leadership, including through staffing and deal trackers


Training 



  • Work with partners to develop and run practice group meetings and training programs

  • Work with the business development team to plan and coordinate practice group meetings and client training meetings

  • Assist practice groups in developing skills checklists for associates at different levels

  • Assess legal technologies and assist with training and adoption of such technologies


Evaluations



  • Manage associate evaluation process 

  • Assist practice groups with ad hoc or interim reviews

  • Partner with practice group leaders to ensure attorneys are receiving clear and actionable feedback, as well as go-forward strategies to achieve their goals prior to the next formal review period

  • Address performance issues


Mentoring and Morale



  • Develop professional relationships with associates, including an in-depth understanding of professional aspirations, experiences, strengths, development needs and relevant personal circumstances in order to serve as a resource for questions regarding individual professional development

  • Regularly meet with associates to monitor morale and address any concerns

  • Coordinate mentoring and morale activities and events


Knowledge Management & Projects



  • Assist in the coordination of the maintenance of portals, resource lists and other KM tools, as needed, including practice group training materials and forms

  • Manage special practice group projects such as market studies 


Budget



  • Participate in practice group budget planning and management


Attorney Onboarding and Offboarding



  • Collaborate with practice group leaders, the Corporate Department Chairs/Legal Director and the recruiting team to plan for future workforce needs based on capacity projections 

  • Assist with hiring processes, including:

  • practice group placement of summer associates

  • identification of lateral associate needs, interviewing of lateral candidates and preparation of needs memos and offer letters

  • Orientation of new associates and laterals 

  • Assist with departing attorney processes, including matter transitioning and matter mobility


Other Responsibilities 



  • Support Firm diversity and inclusion and women’s initiatives to ensure that the professional needs of diverse attorneys, women and those on reduced schedules are being addressed

  • Work with attorneys to achieve the Firm’s pro bono goals and commitments

  • Spearhead innovation projects

  • Stay apprised of developments in other practice groups, departments and across the firm 

  • General assistance on ad-hoc projects, as needed


Qualifications



  • Juris Doctor, with 4+ years of experience at a top law firm

  • Strong understanding of corporate transactional practices, and an interest in, or experience with, practice management  

  • Robust leadership and management skills

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Entrepreneurial, self- motivated, and organized

  • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize competing demands on time and attention

  • Flexibility towork outside regular business hours as needed


Proskauer requires that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, and if eligible, that employees have received one booster shot, in order to access the Firm’s offices.Proskauer will provide reasonable accommodations for medical or religious need in accordance with the Firm’s policies and applicable law.This position will require physical presence in Proskauer’s offices on a weekly basis. Accordingly, any offer of employment is contingent (subject to reasonable accommodations) upon providing the Firm with necessary proof of vaccination, and the Firm will keep all vaccination information, as well as any medical information, confidential in accordance with applicable law. 


Proskauer is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, citizenship, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status.


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