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Professional Development Specialist

Vedder Price
Chicago, IL
United States

Vedder Price is seeking a responsible, professional, detail-oriented, and experienced Professional Development (“PD”) Specialist to work with Manager of Professional Development and Professional Development Assistant (“PDA”) to help facilitate Vedder Price University (“VPU”) educational attorney/paralegal training programs and to ensure the delivery of high-quality continuing legal education (“CLE”) programming. The PD Specialist will oversee and maintain the administration of the firm’s CLE/training database (CE Manager). The PD Specialist will work with the PDA to ensure that all attorneys’ CLE records are updated to ensure compliance and meet applicable state requirements. The PD Specialist will use his or her familiarity with CLE rules in various jurisdictions to assist the Manager of Professional Development with the administration of the CLE/compliance component of the Firm’s VPU training programs. He or she will also utilize his or her research skills to respond to CLE and training-related questions, including generating quarterly and annual Accredited CLE Provider reports.

As a Professional Development Specialist, your duties will include but not be limited to:
- Work with and oversee the PDA to ensure that attorneys’ CLE credits/requirements and license information are updated and maintained utilizing CE Manager database.
- Work with the PD team to execute all training programs and events, including oversight of PDA’s logistic and calendaring coordination to ensure success of training programs
- Communicate Regularly with Manager of Professional Development and Vedder Price attorneys (verbally and electronically) regarding their CLE requirements/credits
- Stay abreast of CLE rules, regulations and compliance requirements and maintain responsibility for overseeing attorney CLE deadlines in states/regions in which Vedder Price has offices, including developing a working knowledge of CLE publication and teaching credit requirements in CA, IL, NJ, NY, TX, VA and England/Wales
- Communicate with clients regarding CLE programs and regulations and work with Marketing and Records Departments to ensure proper file maintenance and attendance for client CLE programs
- Maintain responsibility for registration for and coordination of CLE programs sponsored by external vendors, including pre- and post-program follow-up
- Track newly admitted and retired attorneys’ CLE credits and maintain responsibility for ensuring that each practice group’s records are updated accordingly, including meeting applicable CLE requirements
- Prepare quarterly and annual Accredited CLE Provider reports
- Communicate with CE Manager personnel to ensure that the database meets firm needs

Other Responsibilities:
- Assist Manager of Professional Development in coordinating firm’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor and Summer Associate programs
- Assist Manager of Professional Development in updating PD/Training/CLE Annual Calendar and other training and CLE documents
- Work with Manager of Professional Development to develop and execute best practice for annual Bar Registrations

Skills & Competencies:
- Must have excellent oral/written communication and listening skills and have the ability to communicate across all levels inside and outside the firm; excellent customer service and diplomacy skills required
- Strong research skills and understanding of various states’ CLE rules and practices
- Keen attention to detail/strict deadlines and ability to follow directions
- Strong time management and organizational skills, with ability to effectively and efficiently manage and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment
- Professional demeanor and discretion required
- Must be a team player who works well with others and independently while maintaining a sense of humor

Qualifications & Required Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Previous legal industry experience and familiarity with CLE required. Previous experience with CE Manager preferred
- Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience preferred

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in the following software:
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency with the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Equal Employment Opportunity
Vedder Price P.C. is an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (where applicant is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations), medical condition, protected veteran status, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We participate in E-verify.

Applicants who are interested in applying for a position and require special assistance or an accommodation during the process due to a disability should contact the Vedder Price Recruiting Team at vprecruiting@vedderprice.com.