Attorney Career Development Practice Manager

Website Fenwick & West LLP

Fenwick & West is a top-tier law firm with an open and inclusive culture. With more than 400 lawyers and 400 employees in  Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle and New York, we work with companies on the cutting edge of technology, life sciences and cleantech. For more than four decades, our firm has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for the twelfth year.

The Attorney Career Development Practice Manager is primarily responsible for providing support to our associates with workflow and their overall career development at Fenwick. The individual will play an active role in the development and implementation of key practice group initiatives and play an integral role in the retention and development of our associates. We are looking for someone who is collaborative, enjoy being part of a team and will excel working closely with our associates in helping them achieve their professional goals. This position can be based in any of our offices.

Responsibilities Include:

Attorney Development and Workload Support

Serve as a knowledgeable and trusted resource to the associates and understand the on-the-ground practice activity levels and help associates manage their bandwidth.
Manage work allocation and utilization within the free market workflow system.
Support partners and associates navigating the free market workflow system and assist with staffing matters as needed.
Evaluate practice group needs on an ongoing basis, identify gaps in associate resources and support recruiting team efforts.
Collaborate with our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) experts and practice group leaders to further the firm’s and our practice groups’ DEI goals through work allocation and opportunities.
Manage orientation and integration support for lateral associates and junior associates.
Serve as a first point of contact for associates on workflow and time management.
Work with partners and Legal Training teams to plan and conduct formal training programs for attorneys.
Work with the Legal Personnel team to support the evaluation and associate development process.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

Sound judgment and extreme discretion with respect to confidential and sensitive information.
Strong emotional intelligence, ability to influence and guide others, and able to provide quality and efficient client service (to both internal and external clients) in a fast-paced industry.
Awareness and understanding of business improvement processes and best practices.
Strong interpersonal skills, service mentality and ability to build relationships.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong data analytics skills to assess a range of metrics and presents data in an effective manner.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic and complex environment to meet deadlines and daily requirements.
Proficiency in MS Office and the ability to quickly learn and utilize additional software.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Practice Management, the qualified candidate will preferably have 3+ years of law firm or other professional services experience. Experience in practice management/staffing support a plus. Bachelor’s degree required; JD or MBA a plus.