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Professional Development Specialist

Dechert LLP
San Francisco, CA
United States

The Associate Professional Development Specialist will provide support for professional development initiatives and performance management firm-wide. This includes preparation of reports and data analysis as well as research into and reporting on industry best practices.

-Provide support to all associate relations & morale initiatives including: Firm-wide Associates Committee, Talent Award Programs, Exceptional Teachers Award Process, exit interviews, new associate orientation, special retreats, training and morale events.
-Supports all aspects of the associate & counsel evaluation processes.
-Coordinate and facilitate the upward review process.
-Monitor and report on population trends (arrivals, departures, attrition, etc.).
-Monitor and report on trends in the market as it relates to performance reviews and feedback processes.
-Support Diversity and Inclusion activities as needed.
-Respond to inquiries regarding the Firm’s policies and procedures as it relates to performance ratings, critical skills competencies and advancement.
-Manage other projects and initiatives of the Talent Team to foster a supportive, high performance culture.
-Interface with other firm departments (practice group administration, diversity and inclusion, recruiting, human resources, etc.).
-Perform any and all duties as necessary and as assigned by your supervisor for the efficient functioning of the department, office and firm.

-Excellent interpersonal skills.
-Detail-oriented and organized.
-Strong follow through.
-Ability to multi-task.
-Ability to prioritize projects and coordinate own work.
-Ability to work with large sets of data.
-Capable of working within deadlines.
-Strong oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to communicate in a professional and diplomatic manner.
-Good grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
-Highly analytical.
-Ability to solve problems and be forward thinking.
-Ability to work with a team of highly-skilled professionals in situations that require diplomacy and confidentiality.
-Ability to stay focused while meeting strict deadlines.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
-Ability to maintain a good rapport with various personnel at all levels.
-Project management skills, detail-oriented, and financial and statistical reporting skills required.
-Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and database management systems.
-Familiarity with viDesktop preferred.
-Willingness to travel to domestic locations if needed.

-Bachelor’s Degree - required.
-At least two years of professional development experience in a national or international Law Firm preferred.