Legal Personnel & Development Manager

Posted Feb 01
Full Time
New York

Job Description

WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers work at the intersection of government, technology and business, and we remain committed to our guiding principles of providing quality, excellent legal and client services; developing diversity among our lawyers and staff and cultivating an environment that promotes an ambitious spirit, collaboration and collegiality by drawing on the extraordinary talents and dynamic experience of our lawyers. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we practice.

What You Will Be Doing

Manages the delivery of all Legal Personnel and Development processes and programs for lawyers in the New York and international offices. Builds and manages relationships with lawyers to ensure successful programs and projects for the office.

Manages workload and staffing of the New York Legal Personnel Department and leads all aspects of the administrative functions of the department.

About This Role

Legal Personnel

  • Collaborates directly with firm management in the implementation of lawyer evaluation, retention, compensation and promotion programs and processes in the New York and International offices and ensures excellent delivery of services through the Career Advancement Program.
  • Serves as the main point of contact in New York and the international offices on, onboarding, integration, offboarding and outplacement programs and efforts. Collaborates with department and office leadership regarding lawyer headcount in the New York and International offices.
  • Manages the semi-annual Associate, Senior Associate and Counsel review process. Semi-annual process includes working with Partner chaired Committees to review the collected feedback for lawyers from their respective offices, helping develop and facilitate Partner and Associate summary messages and delivery meetings, and following-up with lawyers requiring coaching, mentoring, or training.
  • Responsible for firmwide immigration needs of both staff and lawyers; liaises with outside immigration counsel on each individual matter.
  • Responsible for counseling and managing all lawyer leaves and part-time arrangements.
  • Oversees local team support of various committees including the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Associates Committee Task Force (ACTF) in the New York office. Will participate in meetings with lawyers and contribute to achieving the committee’s goals and objectives.
  • Handles employee relations issues, serving as a resource and providing counsel, when appropriate, to all attorneys on personnel issues, leaves, career questions and employee relations matters.

General Responsibilities

  • Ensures and manages effectiveness of localized implementation of the firm's strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives.
  • Assesses current industry trends and innovations in the Legal Personnel and Development space. Makes recommendations with regards to new programs and practices as applicable.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as assigned, including the management of various firm wide and/or department wide projects.
  • Creates and manages the New York Legal Personnel & Development budget to ensure a smart and flexible expense and headcount budget for the NY office aligned with the firm’s strategic goals, objectives and initiatives.
  • In coordination with the Director of Legal Personnel and Development, as appropriate, hires, develops, evaluates, and compensates the Legal Personnel & Development team in the New York office.

Required Skills

  • Strong leadership and management skills are required.
  • Solid attention to detail, excellent written and analytical skills, and ability to meet deadlines are required.
  • Strong verbal communication and inter-personal skills are required.
  • Ability to work in a team environment is critical. Motivation and drive are important.
  • Successful time management skills are required.
  • Strong technical skills on the following applications preferred: Excel, PeopleSoft, PowerPoint, viDesktop.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; excellent attention to detail; ability to take initiative and work independently.


Required Experience

  • Prefer 8 years’ relevant legal, personnel or recruitment experience along with prior management experience required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legal profession and law firm structures.
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion with confidential communications.
  • Prior experience managing a team.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees in the position. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for positions. The firm reserves the right at all times, in its sole discretion, to add or subtract duties and responsibilities, as it deems necessary.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.