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Professional Development Specialist

Wolf Greenfield & Sacks
Boston, MA
United States

The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) is a member of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development (LRPD) and reports to the Senior Manager of Professional Development. The PDS actively works with other members of the Professional Development team to provide support to Practice Group Leaders (PGLs) in their efforts to develop and retain exceptional legal talent. Working in a fast-paced environment, which requires direct contact with practitioners and staff, the PDS will assist with practitioner staffing and workflow allocation, management and analysis of reports and metrics, as well as with other projects and processes related to LRPD.

• Assists the Professional Development Managers (PDMs) with work allocation for all levels of associates and technology specialists, considering individual bandwidth and areas of interest, as well as client and developmental needs, as identified by PGLs.
• Manages, reviews, and analyzes all Professional Development metrics and reporting related to practitioner hours, productivity, and availability.
• Supports the Senior Director of LRPD, PDMs, and practice groups with the operations of formal and informal evaluation processes to facilitate frequent and constructive feedback.
• Communicates regularly with other members of LRPD to align individual and practice group needs with firm-wide training, mentoring, onboarding, and recruiting initiatives.
• Supports LRPD team with all levels of associate and technology specialist onboarding, integration, and retention initiatives.
• Collaborates with Finance and Human Resources teams to ensure practitioner data accuracy and streamline the sharing of information across departments.
• Utilizes strong business acumen including the ability to apply sound creative thinking as well as the use of discretion and appropriate judgment depending on situation.
• Assists the LRPD with the creation and implementation of various strategic initiatives and operational goals as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree required.
• 3+ years of related experience in a law firm or other professional services setting, is required.
• Established proficiency in the use of computer programs including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. Knowledge of electronic databases, such as viDesktop and EPICOR, are a plus.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment; both with strong follow up and follow through abilities to ensure work is completed appropriately.
• Strong time management, prioritization, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
• Punctual, reliable, and able to meet set deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
• Responds quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; able to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.
• Understands details and processes within a larger context and how complex systems are interrelated.
• Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work effectively and build trusting relationships with different levels of constituencies.
• Flexibility and capacity to respond calmly, efficiently, and effectively in stressful situations.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters and other firm business information.

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