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Business Development, Career Coach – Career Development

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters. From offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals, our more than 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.
Job title
Business Development, Career Coach – Career Development
New York
Business Development
Reports to

Career Development Manager

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (additional hours as required)

Position Summary

The Career Coach, Career Development contributes to and continues to grow the career development program’s career coaching services for current firm lawyers and alumni.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Strategy:

  • Join a robust and innovative career development program for current lawyers and alumni that includes individualized career coaching and advising, job search assistance, career development training, informational programming, career-related materials and other events.

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Build trusted advisor relationships with and provide support to current lawyers and alumni through one-on-one career coaching sessions (e.g., career planning and strategizing, goal-setting, individualized networking strategizing, job search support, interview preparation, resume review, practice interviews, support during the “offer stage” etc.).
  • As a key member of the career development team, develop and maintain relationships with Davis Polk lawyers, alumni, recruiters and clients to solicit information about current and future job openings and facilitate connections when appropriate.
  • Support the Career Development Manager with the expansion and enhancement of the program’s written materials and resources, as well as programming offerings, video resources, etc.
  • Stay up-to-date and report on regional job markets across industries and on general trends in corporate, nonprofit and government sectors for legal and JD-advantage positions.
  • Assist with tracking career development program analytics and identifying key takeaways.
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Ability to inspire trust and exercise discretion, confidentiality and exemplary judgment.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Empathetic listener and creative problem-solver.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain executive credibility and presence.
  • Highly professional demeanor and self-directed approach to work.
  • Demonstrate strategic business acumen and analytical mindset.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as collaborate with others and work well in a team.
Education and/or Experience
  • Coaching or counseling experience required.
  • JD required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in the legal, professional services, higher education or recruiting and executive search industry.
  • Lawyer- or JD-focused advising and legal career services experience strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $170,000–$225,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.