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Manager of Professional Development & Training

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York, NY
United States


The Manager of Professional Development & Training will have firm-wide responsibility for helping to support the Legal Personnel and Professional Development Department. This highly visible role is responsible for assisting both the Chief, Director and Associate Director of the department in managing all aspects of the departmental functions, including the evaluation process and professional development initiatives for all associates firm wide. The Manager will be a visible part of the Firm culture and a clear resource for all associates.


• Support the Chief and Director with the firm wide Bi-Annual Review Processes
• Support Director and Associate Director on incoming associate orientation, including arrival orientation and more intensive, substantive programming (STBReady)
• Oversee, work with and provide guidance to Training Managers on departmental-based curriculum and firm-wide training; enhance training efforts in offices outside of New York
• Support the Attorney Development Committee and related initiatives
• Assist with utilization of benchmarks in all practice areas, including the development of adaptations for sub-specialties and branch offices
• Help support the Partner Advisor Program in the NY Corporate Groups
• Support first-year and mid-level mentoring programs
• Assist with exit interviews for departing associates
• Oversee CLE compliance and Bar Admissions function, including supervising the CLE Senior Coordinator and CLE Assistant
• Assist with annual “Firm Update” meeting content development and execution
• Assist with overseeing the planning and content of annual Departmental Overviews and related events
• Act as attorney contact for Leave of Absence and Flex-time related responsibilities, including being the primary interface with associates on individual questions and logistics and reintegration
• Meet with associates individually regarding transition and integration (e.g. before or after secondments and extended leaves of absence
• Assist with associate & counsel coaching efforts (identifying/sourcing based on needs, fit and making introductions)
• Assist with reinforcing various legal personnel policies, e.g. diary compliance, vacation tracking
• Support the Chief on increasing cross-departmental functionality
• Assist with Legal Recruiting and D&I related functions on a limited, as-needed, basis
• Serve as departmental contact for Manager of Alumni Engagement
• Serve as an advisor and liaison between associates and partners; direct attorneys to resources within the firm to help resolve concerns or problems and coordinate available resources to help find solutions


• 5-6 years of comparable experience and at least 2 years of practice experience in a large law firm; prior experience in a law firm managerial experience preferred.
• Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact well and build professional relationships while maintaining confidentiality; collaborative approach to working with others of all seniority levels
• Excellent collaboration and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to self-direct, manage multiple priorities, analyze needs and implement solutions
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with professionals at all levels
• Strong judgment and ability to respect, protect, and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information
• Knowledge of CLE rules
• Must be team oriented, contributing as needed on unexpected projects or requests
• Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and comfortable working in web-based databases/software, e.g. viDesktop


•J.D. required