Legal Recruiting Manager
K&L Gates, Palo Alto California, US
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Job DescriptionAt K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us. Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of law student and lateral associate recruitment and development for the Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. Primary responsibilities include oversight of legal recruiting efforts, summer associate programs, lawyer on-boarding and orientation, student outreach, and law school relationships. Additional responsibilities include working with legal search firms, facilitating lateral associate placement agreements and communicating with and marketing the firm to lateral candidates. Duties and Responsibilities:A. Law Student Recruitment & Summer Associate ProgramManagement of:*Law student applications and appropriate correspondence* Applicant tracking and data management* Office's summer associate programs, including oversight of event planning, orientation and onboarding, work assignment process, and evaluations* On-campus and job fair interview programs, including pre-OCI law student communications, interviewing lawyer communication and training, facilitation of interview programs, planning and management of pre-OCI events or receptions, oversight of callback interview process, working closely with Hiring Committee to determine and deliver offers* 1L outreach events to promote and educate students about the firm* 1L interviews when applicable, including interviews for the firm's 1L diversity Power of Partnership Program* Assist office's management with hiring decisions* Coordinate interview evaluation process/procedures* Serve as the office contact with all outside organizations involved in the summer associate recruitment process including the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), local city group(s), and law schools* Facilitate the student offer process while adhering to the required pre-employment checks (conflicts, background) and education verification* Monitor local markets including compensation, perks, start dates and summer program lengthsB. Lateral Associate Recruiting* Work with Office Managing Partner (OMP) and practice leadership to strategically identify lateral hiring needs* Administer Lateral Hiring Protocol including entering, maintaining and updating data in Metastorm* Screen and process resumes received from candidates and search firms and produce appropriate correspondence* Oversee the applicant data tracking process and maintain accurate applicant data* Facilitate decision-making process and conduct follow-up with candidates or search firms* Facilitate the lateral associate offer process while adhering to the required pre-employment checks (conflicts, background) and education verification* Maintain regular contact with search firms to stay informed about market trends * Coordinate advertising for open lateral associate positions, including drafting and posting job descriptions on the firm website* Regularly communicate status updates on open positions to OMPs/Directors of Administration/other partners involved with active lateral searches* Manage orientation, on-boarding and integration of all lateral associate new hiresC. Other Responsibilities:* Manage communication with all entry-level associates, including former summer associates and 3L hires, prior to their arrival* Prepare and execute orientation and onboarding for new entry-level associates* Meet regularly with Office Managing Partners, Director of Administration, Human Resources Business Partner* Assist with local interview training as needed* Prepare and monitor annual local office recruitment budgets* Collaborate with members of Legal Recruiting team on firmwide initiatives and projects as needed* Coordinate and participate in all local office hiring committee meetings* Develop relationships with lawyers in the office* Provide strategic advice on hiring to office when necessary* Perform other tasks, as assigned.Education and Experience:* 4-year, accredited college degree (required)* A minimum of 5 years of recruiting experience (required) preferably in a law firm or law school environmentSkills:* Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, a professional and friendly demeanor, confidentiality, and strong professional and ethical standards.* Must be highly motivated, creative, flexible, results-oriented and possess the ability to work independently under pressure with demanding deadlines.* Must work well with all levels of firm personnel and must be able to establish effective working relationships throughout the firm.* Must possess strong organizational, administrative and word processing skills.* Must have proven working knowledge of MS Office, Excel and Outlook.* Must be proficient with applicant data tracking software, preferably PeopleSoft Recruit Workforce.Physical and Mental Demands:* Must be able to deal with stress associated with a fast paced work environment, including handling multiple tasks on a daily basis.* Must be able to make judgment decisions and handle daily, routine responsibilities.* Must be able to adapt to changing work situations and grasp and apply new ideas.* Must be able to communicate with various personalities at all levels of management and staff.* Must be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule that will frequently require long hours and periodically weekend work.Working Conditions:* Desk type position which requires a combination of sedentary and standing activities.* Daily use of personal computer and associated software systems.Any information contained on this form represents the usual method of accomplishing the duties in this job. Reasonable accommodations will be considered in appropriate circumstances. However, as the nature of an accommodation may vary depending on the needs and desires of an individual with a disability, it is impossible to describe in advance specific accommodations that will be considered.NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.As required by the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance and San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, qualified applicants for our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices with arrest and conviction records will be considered. ABOUT THE FIRMK&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents in more than 40 offices. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world. We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world. The industry recognition the firm has garnered emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.Notice: We participatein E-Verify in certain Firm locations for purposes of verifying employment eligibility.BENEFITSWe offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm's policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.