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Job Summary

Yorkson Legal
New York, NY
Legal Services
Job Type
Full Time
Years of Experience
2+ to 5 Years
Education Level
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
0.00 - 125,000.00 /year
Job Reference Code
Contact Information
Greg Breck
Yorkson Legal
800 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Phone:  (212) 265-1400 x201

Manager of Professional Development - JD

About the Job

This leading law firm located in NYC is seeking an Manager of Professional Development. This position required a JD with  3+ years of related experience, preferably in a large law firm environment.


The successful candidate will assist the department leadership with the administration of transactional departments in areas related to assignments, associate support and counseling, training, professional development and act as a liaison between the partners and the associates/counsel in the departments. 


The Manager of Professional Development will work closely with the Departments’ Chairs and the Assigning Partners and will report to the Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development. 


Responsibilities include:



Coordinate staffing within the departments.  Work with Assigning Partners to evaluate staffing requirements/needs and assist in making staffing recommendations. 


Professional Development


Build rapport with associates and liaise with the Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development to help resolve issues that affect work experiences.  Manage day-to-day associate relations issues and act as an ombudsman for associates. Inform the partners of concerns and issues that affect the functioning and morale of the group or an individual, while protecting confidences.


Work with Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development on firm-wide initiatives as they arise.  Assist in the mid-year, year-end and upward attorney evaluation processes.  Participate in and advise various committees at the firm.


Plan, coordinate and participate in morale activities.




Assist partners, the Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development, and the Director of Attorney Training with analyzing associates’ skills and potential training gaps. Work with individual attorneys on specific training needs. 


 Assist attorneys in setting goals and preparing professional development plans.


 Work with appropriate department representatives to design a multi-tiered training program for all attorneys. This includes a formal program, informal program, soft-skills training, integration training, first-year fundamentals and others.


 Collaborate with the Training Department in the organization and planning of each training course/CLE for the departments.


Department Administration


Conducts department orientation for new hires and facilitate matters relating to the departure of attorneys, including conducting exit interviews.


 Assist in selecting summer associates for the departments.


 Assist in developing and managing the first-year associate class.


Assist Department Chairs with practice group partner meetings and departmental meetings.


 Ensure that associates are current with time entries and prepare hours and availability reports as requested.


Competitive salary. Excellent benefits.


Please contact Greg Breck  gbreck@yorkson.com


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