Davis Wright Tremaine

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Lawyer Recruiting Manager - New York City or Washington, D.C.

at Davis Wright Tremaine

Posted: 11/30/2018
Job Reference #: 419

Job Description

DWT’s Lawyer Recruiting team has an exciting opportunity for a proactive and driven recruiting professional to lead lateral lawyer recruiting for the New York City and Washington, D.C. offices. The ideal candidate is results-oriented, strategic, outgoing, passionate about people and relationships, service focused, resilient, adaptable, collaborative, and a natural at "connecting the dots."  

At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion and innovation.

  • Lead year-round lawyer hiring, including partner, counsel and associate recruitment, for the New York City and Washington, D.C. offices.  Work with DWT leadership, including Department Heads, Practice Group Leaders, and Office Partners-in-Charge to identify hiring needs and strategically accomplish recruiting objectives.
  • Guide lateral candidates through the recruiting process to ensure their experience is representative of the Firm's standards of excellence.
  • Frequently collaborate with the Diversity Outreach Recruitment Manager to develop methods to attract diverse candidates and advance the firm’s commitment to diversity.
  • Partner closely with key colleagues, including Professional Development, Practice Management and Office Administrators, to timely share information and achieve recruiting best practices.  Drive process improvements to ensure optimal productivity. 
  • Advise and manage open position announcements.
  • Develop and drive innovative sourcing methods to build proactive talent pipelines
  • Proactively create a sourcing plan for open positions, including the identification and management of external sources for those open positions.  Strategically distribute open position announcements utilizing external sources.
  • Develop, identify, and track internal and external referrals for open positions using a variety of sourcing tools.
  • Work with Practice Group Chairs and Partners-in-Charge to generate prospective candidate profiles.  Coordinate resources to identify candidates who match the profile and determine method of contact and relevant follow-up.
  • Review resumes and prescreen lateral applications for employment; ensure appropriate correspondence produced and required records maintained. 
  • Effectively manage contact with candidates, including discussion of recruitment process.  Work with Recruiting Assistants to arrange interviews.
  • Manage formal due diligence and offer process for lateral hires.  Draft offer letters and compensation packages.  Prepare lateral hire packets for partner candidates presented to the Executive Committee and Partnership.
  • Communicate hiring developments to DWT leaders on a regular basis.
  • Track key metrics and generate relevant reports.  Report competitive market intelligence on hiring statistics.  Develop and analyze reports and projections regarding relevant market trends.
  • Provide backup to other team members as needed, including interview scheduling.
  • Perform other related projects as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.  JD preferred.  
  • 4+ years’ work experience as a legal recruiter working directly in the New York or Washington, D.C. metro areas and legal markets required, preferably in a law firm, search firm or other professional services environment.  Demonstrated knowledge of current law firm industry trends in those markets required.  Strong relationships and connections in those legal markets required.  
  • Requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing in a professional, courteous manner with lawyers, firm members, professional staff and other business contacts.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proactive with the ability to think strategically and execute against the agreed recruitment strategy
  • Ability to anticipate issues and diplomatically drive initiatives to achieve results.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and be highly organized and accurate required.  
  • Exceptional ability to prioritize and manage projects, work under pressure, and meet deadlines in a timely organized manner.
  • Public relations skills and ability to represent the firm in a professional manner.
  • Sound judgment and creative problem solving skills.  Ability to respect, protect and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information.
  • Highly adaptable and resilient
  • Experience synthesizing and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and excellent grammar, spelling and proofreading skills are required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Products required, i.e. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.  Working knowledge of recruiting software, preferably viRecruit. 
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is Davis Wright Tremaine’s policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.


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