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Professional Development, Manager

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, Manager
New York
Professional Development
Reports to

Director, Corporate Practice Coverage

Work Schedule

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

Position Summary

The Manager, Professional Development will work closely with the partners in the Mergers & Acquisitions group to oversee work allocation, performance and utilization, and social events. In addition, the manager will collaborate with other members of the Professional Development team to implement our performance review process, the corporate rotation system, lateral integration and new parent support.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

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

Staffing/Work Allocation

  • Staff approximately 25-50 associates as needed, in consultation with staffing partners; coordinate utilization of temporary help from other groups
  • Monitor utilization and track associates’ experience in order to maximize the variety of work, increase exposure to different partners and senior associates, and develop new skills
  • Create reports for partners to assist with staffing and utilization; manage master staffing chart tracking assignments
  • Keep track of and staff vacation coverage for counsel, associates and rotators

Attorney Reviews

  • Coordinate interim and year-end performance evaluation process for associates and counsel in the group
  • Collect feedback throughout the year regarding attorney performance and discuss with practice group leaders how best to deliver that feedback
  • Track and facilitate the realization of Professional Development Priorities identified during the year-end review process

Attorney Training

  • Work with practice resource lawyers and practice group leaders to identify training needs and skill gaps, and organize training programs to address those needs

Attorney Retention

  • Prepare data for discussion with practice group and firm leadership regarding professional development and retention of attorneys
  • Make recommendations for improving associate recruiting and retention
  • Organize regular practice group meetings and social gatherings

Orientation & Integration of New and Lateral Attorneys

  • Conduct orientation for rotators and lateral attorneys joining the group
  • Meet regularly with associates to monitor morale, identify training needs, answer questions, and address any concerns
  • Provide support to new parents; manage re-integration and conduct regular check-in meetings


  • Assign associate mentors to rotators and lateral associates
  • Oversee partner advisor assignment to all permanent associates

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist with the rotation process for approximately 60 junior corporate associates. Work with staffing partners and practice group coordinators to assess projected staffing needs. Evaluate associates’ practice group preferences and meet with staffing partners to finalize allocation within each group.
  • Assist with staffing other corporate practice groups as needed
  • Assist with secondment requests, follow-up and re‑integration
  • Miscellaneous ad hoc projects as requested by practice group and PD department
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Able to propose creative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Determination and ability to project confidence and optimism in high-stress environment essential.
  • Familiarity with Excel and comfortable creating and presenting PowerPoint presentations expected.
  • Must have excellent leadership skills and be able to inspire confidence among associates and firm leaders.
  • Availability during standard office hours is essential and the ability to respond to email promptly outside of standard office hours and on weekends is expected.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive matters is critical.
Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, JD preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ post-graduate experience in a law firm or professional services organization expected.
  • Familiarity with mergers & acquisitions and/or corporate transactional practice a plus.
  • Experience with collaborating with partners in a large law firm setting expected.

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $200,000 - $225,000. 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.
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.