A preeminent law firm serving global clients is seeking a Legal Recruiting Manager, Lateral Hiring for the NY office.
As part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development department, this person will be responsible for lateral attorney recruiting including, but not limited to:
lateral hiring; strategic sourcing; direction and planning; working closely with senior partners within all practice areas regarding lateral needs; day to day management and professional development of local recruiting team; relationship building with recruits, search firms, and vendors; budget planning; industry research. This position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.
This position requires the exercise of independent judgment. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results.
Communicate and work closely with senior partners within all practice areas regarding lateral needs Provide strategic direction and implementation for lateral hiring programs Act as primary contact for judicial clerks, lateral candidates and headhunters Source candidates and review candidate materials
Schedule interviews and meet candidates
Collect & distribute interview feedback
Accurately track all candidates Update website with open position information
Coordinate judicial clerk outreach and receptions
Manage pipeline of transfer attorneys to/from New York office
Prepare new-hire paperwork
Coordinate new-hire orientation and onboarding
Focus on lateral attorney integration
Provide reports and statistical data as needed
Supervision of department assistant
Oversee the attorney offer and hiring process, including preparing, updating, and managing the correspondence of offer letters, reviewing offers for consistency and uniformity, conducting due diligence, facilitating attorney registration, and identifying liability issues Work with attorneys and assist local and firm management in the negotiation of lateral hire compensation, utilizing market trends and conditions that may affect compensation, bonuses, raises, and benefits Ensure the regular maintenance of, and contribution to, attorney applicant databases for purposes of applicant tracking, NALP reporting, and reference checking; develop, prepare and analyze relevant reports and projections regarding attorney attrition, market analysis, hours and billing rates
Collaborate with other offices and departments to identify efficiencies and best practices, including efficient in-take of lateral hires/orientation programs; assist with lateral searches as needed
Work closely with Recruiting, Training & Development team to assist with ad hoc projects as needed
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of recruiting experience in a law firm or professional service industry. The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multitask in a fastpaced, pressured environment.
A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.
The ideal candidate will have:
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding lateral attorney recruitment activities; Strong leadership and teamwork skills; Strong problem-solving skills; Strong planning and organizational skills; Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment; Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines; Ability to excel in a multiple authorities environment; Superior verbal and written communication skills; A proactive approach and the ability to work “hands-on” as required; High degree of comfort interacting with partners, coupled with a strong image and presence that engenders confidence from firm management and attorneys; Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise; A Bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of ten years of recruiting experience, preferably in a large law firm or other professional services environment; Proficiency in the use office software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with ViDesktop preferred.