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Professional Development, Coordinator

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
Professional Development, Coordinator
New York
Professional Development
Reports to

Professional Development Manager

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (overtime as required)

Position Summary

The Professional Development Coordinator will provide support to the Restructuring group and assist with annual reviews for all corporate group practices firm-wide

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

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

Associate and counsel reviews

Oversees annual, interim, off-cycle, and mid-year reviews for all corporate group ‎practices firm-wide (nearly 500 attorneys)‎

Annual reviews

  • Create the annual review master log identifying the attorneys included in the annual review cycle for each practice group. Work with practice group coordinators and/or PD managers to make sure everyone is included, and exceptions are noted
  • Create annual review timetable and annual review outline
  • Work with IT to make sure review population is correct in viDesktop.
  • Oversee the “Reviewer Preferences” survey process and work with IT to set up and distribute
  • Oversee anonymous “Upward Review” process for associates and counsel and work with IT to set up and distribute
  • Organize and maintain firm-wide calendar of partner group meetings for the discussion of reviews
  • Ensure all electronic review folders have adequate feedback and distribute the electronic review folders to the partners in a timely manner
  • Troubleshoot problems and work with IT to swiftly fix issues
  • Communicate with reviewers regarding intake and resolution of any issues
  • Draft review messages/talking points for partner reviewers as requested
  • Collect and read review summaries after the reviews are delivered
  • Maintain a log of summaries and developmental priorities, and flag performance issues wherever appropriate

Interim/Rotation and Off-Cycle Reviews

  • Oversee six month review process for corporate rotators and Fall lateral and direct hires
  • Keep track of associates/counsel who are slotted for mid-year performance reviews or off-cycle reviews if absent during the annual cycle 
  • Determine which attorneys should be prompted for feedback and collect feedback
  • Distribute the review folders and collect review summaries


  • Reach out to secondees for their supervisor contact information
  • Collect feedback from secondment contact after secondment ends
  • Prepare secondment reports (mid-year and year-end)

Associates Committee

  • Assist in selection of volunteers and tracking of monthly discussion topics
  • Assist with other AC projects as necessary

Support to Restructuring Practice group

  • Assist with rotator and lateral integration
  • Aid with partner/rotator interaction
  • Help with rotator training programs and group meetings
  • Organize and maintain partner group meetings for the discussion of reviews and provide additional support in connection with the review and talent management process
  • Track data
  • Manage counsel/associate vacation requests/calendar and assist with coverage process
  • Review lawyer time entries
  • Create weekly hours charts
  • Assist with weekly staffing charts
  • Assist with weekly internal group gatherings and office hours
  • Assist with staffing junior associates when PD manager is out
  • Assist with other projects for PD department as requested
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  • Must have expertise in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and also collaboratively with other offices and staff.
  • Must have excellent leadership skills and be able to inspire confidence among associates and firm leaders. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive matters is critical.
Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 1 to 5 years’ experience, law firm preferred

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $65,000 - $90,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, anticipated assignment, 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.

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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.