Chief Professional Development Officer
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (additional hours required as needed).
The Professional Development Manager will manage all aspects of professional development for mid-level and senior associates in the Litigation practice group.
Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Staffing/ Work Allocation
- Support staffing partners in our White Collar, Antitrust, Civil Litigation, and IP Litigation practice areas, focusing primarily on White Collar and Antitrust
- Advise 4th - senior associates in the litigation department and assist with staffing 1st - 3rd year associates as needed
- Monitor associates’ availability and professional development
- Create reports for litigation partners to assist with staffing and utilization
- Track associates’ experience in order to maximize the variety of work, exposure to different partners and senior associates, and development of new skills
- Coordinate the performance evaluation process for litigation associates and counsel
- Prepare written review summaries for all mid-level and senior litigation associates
- Provide oral summary reports on associates and counsel during review meetings and help identify performance issues and training needs
- Track and facilitate the realization of Professional Development Priorities identified during year-end review process
Orientation & Integration of New and Lateral Attorneys
- Conduct orientation for first year and lateral litigation associates
- Meet regularly with all mid-level and senior associates to monitor morale, answer questions, and address any concerns
- Provide support to new parents; manage re-integration and conduct regular check-in meetings
- Assist with secondment requests, follow-up and re‑integration
- 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 groups meetings and social gatherings
- Work with practice groups leaders, Litigation Training Committee and other PD managers to identify training needs and skill gaps, and organize training programs to address those needs
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Able to propose creative solutions to challenging problems.
- Determination and ability to project confidence essential.
- Familiarity with Excel and comfortable creating and presenting PowerPoint and other presentations upon request expected.
- Must have excellent leadership skills and be able to inspire confidence among associates and firm leaders.
- Availability during normal office hours is essential and responsiveness to email after hours and on weekends is expected.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive matters is critical.
- Bachelor’s degree required, JD preferred.
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience 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, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.