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Attorney Development Supervisor

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Washington, DC
United States

Skadden is seeking an Attorney Development Supervisor to join our Attorney Development team in the Washington, D.C. Office. As a member of Skadden's professional staff, the Attorney Development Supervisor will play an integral role in helping the firm provide high-quality service to clients.

The Attorney Development Supervisor partners with the Attorney Development Manager to supervise all aspects of the attorney development functions in the Washington, D.C. office, including attorney arrivals, departures, transfers, leaves of absence and performance evaluations. Monitors bar admissions and CLE compliance to ensure requirements are met. Ensures department operating needs are met by providing oversight and guidance to the Attorney Development Coordinator and Assistant.


Supervises all aspects of attorney arrivals, both new hires and transfers, including pre-arrival requirements, communications, onboarding, and orientation.
Responsible for managing leaves of absences, including developing appropriate communications and monitoring leaving procedures, including DC Paid Family Leave procedures.
Monitors attorney reduced hours and flexible schedules, often coordinating with the New York Office Attorney Development team. Also monitors Legal Aid rotation and secondment as they occur.
Ensures attorney compliance with firm policy acknowledgement requirements.
Supervises attorney departure procedures and ensures appropriate actions are handled.
Oversees coordination and timely completion of the attorney evaluation processes.
Collaborates with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager on shared initiatives and to ensure talent management and development activities align with DEI goals and objectives.
Ensures attorney personnel records and databases are maintained accurately, including monitoring attorney compliance with annual policy acknowledgements/mandatory online trainings/videos, etc.
Oversees bar admissions, MCLE accreditation and compliance.
Serves as a resource to attorneys in the office.
Works with global attorney development and benefits staff on administrative matters related to attorney benefits, flexible schedules, leaves of absence, disability and other leave arrangements.
Assists with developing the department's budget.
Ensures current knowledge of firm policies and practices for professional staff, current knowledge of industry trends and continued professional development for professional staff. Recommends and implements changes and improvements in methods and procedures to higher level management.
Coordinates and oversees department projects, day-to-day operations and long-range plans.
Recommends and participates in disciplinary procedures in collaboration with the department Manager and Human Resources.
Assists Manager in effectively utilizing the firm's performance management process to communicate performance expectations, monitor performance, coach employees and manage unsatisfactory performance.
Recommends guidelines and practices to promote efficiency, effectiveness, excellent customer service, and improved employee relations, in alignment with the firm's Core Values.
Develops and communicates departmental guidelines and procedures.
Ensures accurate and timely responses to requests for departmental services.
Collaborates with Attorney Recruiting team on overlapping projects and priorities, and as assigned.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Current knowledge of industry best practices, trends, and techniques.
Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Workday, Webex) with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
Knowledge and implementation of the annual budget process.
Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills.
Ability to effectively supervise others and employ coaching and problem-solving techniques.
Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to organize and prioritize work and delegate effectively.
Flexibility to travel and adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.
Bachelor's degree.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of three years of development and/or program coordination experience in a professional services environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all newly-hired personnel in the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.

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