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Practice Development Counsel

Stinson LLP
Kansas City, MO
United States

Summary
The Practice Development Counsel (“PDC”) is responsible for ensuring the timely development of legal and business competencies of associates, including the administration of the Work Allocation Monitoring System. The PDC will report to the Deputy Managing Partner, and will work closely with Division Chairs, Practice Group leaders, the Chief Attorney Recruiting and Development Officer, the Attorney Professional Development team, the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, and other Practice Development Counsel. The PDC will monitor current matter assignments and attorney hours, provide advice to associates with business/transactional practices, liaise with assigning partners, and track attorney development in accordance with their practice area and experience level, including appropriate business development and client interaction opportunities.

Required Education & Experience
• J.D. required.
• At least 10 years of business or transactional law practice experience.
• Ability to lead complex projects, manage a diverse set of stakeholders and cross-functional teams, and manage multiple competing deadlines.
• Strong ability to engage directly with leadership on strategy and be able to pivot to granular detail within working teams
• Ability to effectively convey solutions to teams and related support personnel.
• Excellent organizational, time management and decision-making skills.
• Demonstrate sharp attention to detail.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.
• Possess highly developed organization, writing, analytical, presentation and communication skills.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Attorney Work Allocation Monitoring System (80%)
• Collaborate with Division Chairs, Practice Group leaders, and partners to ensure all associates with business/transactional practices are getting equitable access to work.
• Meet at least quarterly with assigned associates to understand progress on applicable competencies, develop action plans as needed, coach and support the associate.
• Monitor the development of assigned senior associates to assist in their progress towards partnership.
• Work as an internal partner for Division and Practice Group leaders to identify needs and opportunities for growth and development for assigned associates, including identification of actions that can be taken to address specific circumstances in a timely manner.
• Work with assigning partners to provide timely and constructive feedback to assigned associates.
• Collaborate with other Practice Development Counsel, Division Chairs, Practice Group leaders, Attorney Professional Development, and the Business Development team to identify, develop and refine practice group core competencies.
• Collaborate with other Practice Development Counsel and the Attorney Professional Development team to align training and career development initiatives with the established competency framework and assess progress.
• Collaborate with other Practice Development Counsel and the Attorney Professional Development team to establish, maintain and monitor mentoring relationships for associates.
• Coordinate and monitor assigned coaching arrangements and provide regular reports to Division Chairs.
• Join regular Division meetings to anticipate needs and provide guidance on associate staffing availability and needs.
• Partner with other Practice Development Counsel, the Attorney Recruiting team and the D&I team to assist in meeting the strategic D&I talent goals.
• Communicate frequently with Business Development Managers to understand the unique needs of Divisions and Practice Groups to best position assigned senior associates and junior partners to have the skills, tools, and resources needed to succeed as a partner.
• Communicate with the appropriate firm personnel to share any needs or concerns with associate wellbeing.
• Collaborate with the Associate Evaluation Committee to consider the performance review process and goals, and measure progress, recommending changes as appropriate. Serve as a resource to ensure smooth adoption of initiatives and facilitate communication.
• Collaborate with the Associate Development Team and the Associate Development & Mentoring Committee Chairs to identify associate development needs and assist in communication.

• Attorney Training (15%)
• Collaborate with other Practice Development Counsel and the Attorney Professional Development team in identifying firm-wide strategic direction for attorney education and development consistent with the firm's objectives.
• Collaborate with other Practice Development Counsel and the Attorney Professional Development team to develop and administer training programs, live and virtual, that meet practice development goals.
• Assist in the design, introduction and support of new initiatives for attorney development.

• General and Administrative (5%)
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Highly professional with a strong customer service orientation, commitment to meeting deadlines, and ability to multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
• Strong professional, independent thinking skills with strength in problem solving and the ability to offer constructive opinions and creative solutions.
• A team player who motivates and educates others.
• Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the position.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position includes supervisory responsibilities.

Travel
Travel between offices is required.

Work Environment & Physical Demands
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the person in this position will encounter. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in a professional, fast paced office environment that may require additional hours to complete work.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. If an employee is unable to perform the essential functions of the position, Stinson LLP will evaluate whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to enable the employee to perform the described essential functions of the position. Generally, due to the nature of this office position, while performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.