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Director of Professional Development (any location)

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Philadelphia, PA
United States


The Director of Professional Development establishes, implements, and promotes comprehensive, high-quality attorney and staff development programs that meet the professional, business, and client service goals of the firm. In addition, the Director works to promote consistency among the objectives of the firm's recruitment, orientation, mentoring, evaluation, DEI, coaching and professional development programs. The Director oversees the Professional Development team. This individual reports to the Chief Talent Officer and is a key member of the talent leadership team, contributing to the strategic direction and formulation of firm-wide policies, systems, and initiatives.


Survey attorneys, professionals, and firm leaders to identify professional development issues and areas for training.

Develop a curriculum for all attorneys to include subjects of general applicability, substantive law issues, professional skills, practice-specific training, level-specific training, client service, communications, management training and other educational programs.

Develop a curriculum for all staff to include subjects of general applicability, department-specific training, and manager training.

Identify and engage with outside consultants and trainers, as necessary, to provide programs, in addition to using in-house resources.

Partner with the firm’s IT department to incorporate on-line training programs into the overall curriculum, as appropriate.

Partner with the firm’s Marketing department to implement Business Development training.

Track participation in programs and obtain regular feedback for evaluation.

Maintain a master calendar database of all training activities. Work with the IT Department to develop mechanisms for disseminating curriculum information firmwide.

Integrate the firm’s training program with applicable CLE requirements and establish/evaluate CLE tracking mechanisms.

Partner with the firm’s Evaluation Committee to lead the evaluation process of all Associates, Counsel, and Patent Agents.

Advise partners on Associate development issues and providing feedback to Associates.

Oversee implementation of the firm’s mentor programs.

Maintain and recommend updates to the firm’s Associate expectations.

Partner with Practice Groups, Practice Management and other Talent team members to facilitate Associate work allocation that promotes development and engagement.

Maintain current knowledge of the firm’s policies and procedures with respect to attorney recruitment, orientation, work assignments, evaluations, mentor programs, and training with the objective of evaluating these systems against the “best practices” in major law firms.
Evaluate and enhance procedures for new attorney orientation and integration.

Develop materials to promote professional development activities internally and with candidates.

Keep up-to-date on professional development initiatives through literature, seminars, conferences, and membership in appropriate professional organizations. Participates in professional development organizations.

Working with the firm’s IT department, recommend technology to enhance the firm’s Professional Development offerings.

Prepare and monitor the budget for all professional development activities.

Other duties as assigned by manager


This position is responsible for managing the personnel of the Professional Development team, with direct supervisory responsibilities for the Professional Development Specialist and DEI Manager.


Ability to effectively lead and strengthen a team to deliver high performance and ensure initiatives are effectively and efficiently delivered.

Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken and ability to establish credibility, build trust, and develop positive working relationships with team members, firm leadership, lawyers, and other professionals.

Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, and composure in stressful situations.

Proven success in creating clarity and consistency in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment.

Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects in a dynamic and complex environment, meeting deadlines and successfully managing the daily workload.

Exceptional judgment, flexibility, and professionalism

Demonstrated ability to serve as a change agent and effectively drive new initiatives in partnership with other firm departments


Bachelor’s degree required, with graduate or law degree preferred

Talent development experience including training, performance management, mentoring, work allocation and integration

Experience in a law firm or professional services environment preferred


Work is performed in a professional office environment and requires the following during the work day:

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time (working at a computer)
Repetitive movement (i.e. heavy computer/keyboard use).
Individual will interact regularly with others verbally, in-person, and via written communication.
May require occasional light lifting (files, copy paper, etc.).

In addition to the essential functions outlined above:

Individual in this position will provide additional assistance and support as directed by their supervisor.

Job will require occasional travel to the firm’s other offices and for external events

This job description is subject to change at any time.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, seek qualified applicants and make personnel decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, citizenship, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.

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