Senior Regional Legal Talent Manager


Senior Regional Legal Talent ManagerCooley is seeking a Senior Regional Legal Talent Manager to join the Legal Talent team.

Position summary:  Primarily responsible for overseeing the legal talent function for Cooley’s San Francisco, Seattle and Colorado offices, to include law student and attorney recruitment, as well as the integration, development and retention of all non-partner attorneys.

Position responsibilities:

Law Student and Lateral Recruiting

Manage the full life-cycle recruitment process for law students and lateral associates
Develop and implement recruiting searches and strategies in coordination with the Director of Legal Talent, Practice Group Leaders and Hiring Committee members
Respond to all inquiries from applicants or search firms on a timely, professional and accurate basis.
Oversee candidate tracking, interview scheduling, travel/accommodation coordination and the collection and assessment of evaluations
Manage attorney offer process, including offer recommendation memos and approval, offer letter language and terms, due diligence, attorney bar admission status, and compliance with risk management policies and procedures
Ensure the accurate and timely tracking and payment of expenses related to the recruitment process.
Serve as Cooley’s representative at events related to fall recruiting, law school outreach and diversity initiatives, as needed
Serve as a member of office Hiring Committee and ex-officio member of firm-wide Hiring Committee
Work with Cooley’s Manager of Diversity & Inclusion on the firm’s diversity recruitment initiatives, as needed
Develop and maintain strong and constructive relationships with search firms, including regular outreach events
Summer Program

Manage all aspects of the office summer associate program
Oversee assignments and evaluations, conduct mid-summer and end-of-summer reviews along with Summer Associate Program Chair, schedule, organize and attend social events, and monitor summer program expenses and reimbursements
Assist with firm-wide summer program activities, including Opening Dinner, Seascape, orientation, and training, as needed
Serve as a member of office Summer Associate Committee and as ex-officio member of firm-wide Summer Associate Committee
Onboarding and Integration

Oversee all aspects of new attorney arrival, orientation and initial development
Coordinate the local office integration and/or mentor program for first year associates and lateral hires
Ensure that all first year and lateral hire associates are integrating well and receiving the resources they need through constant communication with the new hire and with other partners and associates
Associate Morale and Retention

Conduct regular check-ins with associates to gauge satisfaction with their career, current engagement and utilization
Serve as a resource to both practice group leaders and associates with respect to addressing morale-related issues and concerns
Manage local office Associate Relations budget and work with the Associates’ Committee to plan special events and programming
Conduct associate focus groups as needed and report findings and suggestions to Department Heads and the Director of Legal Talent
Oversee attorney requests regarding inter-office transfers, including relocation
Conduct exit interviews with departing attorneys
Associate Development

Support the associate review process by working with practice group leaders and Associate Review Committee members to ensure quality reviews are delivered in a timely fashion
Meet regularly with practice group leaders to identify high performing associates and associates who may be having specific challenges so that appropriate mentoring, training and other actions can be taken to address specific circumstances in a timely manner
Collaborate with Legal Training & Development team members regarding local associate skills/development training programs and professional development initiatives
Other Duties

Ensure accurate and current data entry in the LawCruit database and Worksite
Prepare and audit LawCruit reports to ensure accuracy of office data, and maintain a high level of proficiency in LawCruit reporting and data entry procedures
Ensure that local Legal Talent staff is fully trained in all aspects of their responsibilities, provide the highest level of support and demonstrate the highest level of performance
Prepare, administer, and audit monthly variance analyses of office recruiting budget
Establish and maintain strong and constructive relationships with other firm departments, including Legal Training & Development, Human Resources, Marketing and IS
Participate in local attorney recruiting professional association(s), as appropriate
Skills and experience:


7+ years prior experience in attorney recruiting, talent management or other human resources related discipline with 4+ years experience at the exempt/management level
Previous experience with HR/recruiting software
Ability to work extended and/or weekend hours, as required

Bachelor’s Degree
Management/supervisory experience
Previous experience managing a budget

Detail-oriented, organized and process driven, with the desire to take ownership of projects and responsibilities, but to also work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks quickly and efficiently
Excellent interpersonal, verbal (both listening and talking) and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality of all records, files, documents and department information
Professional demeanor and the ability to use initiative, diplomacy and tact
Ability to make independent judgments/decisions based up on a set of principles rather than rules
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with multiple constituencies
Proven supervisory and leadership skills

Cooley offers a competitive compensation and excellent benefits package.