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Director of Human Resources and Professional Development

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Posted 2 months ago

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Partners with Firm management to understand and execute the Firm’s talent strategy, future hiring needs, recruiting and retention.
  • Manages the talent acquisition process for attorney and staff, which includes recruitment, interview, and hiring.
  • Develops summer associate program. 
  • Leads orientation and onboarding for new hires.
  • Annually reviews and makes recommendations to executive management for improvement of the Firm’s policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters.
  • Maintains responsibility for Firm compliance with applicable human resource laws, including but not limited to COBRA, ADA, and FMLA both at federal and state level
  • Administers benefits offerings, negotiating renewals with vendors, and supporting the COO with the administration of 401K and profit-sharing plans
  • Works with the COO to develop compensation ranges for associate and non-attorney staff.
  • Communicates changes in Firm personnel policies and procedures and assists in enforcing and maintaining them.
  • Assists administrative management in the annual review, preparation and administration of Firm compensation and performance reviews.
  • This position manages all employees of the HR department and is responsible for the development and organization of that department.
  • Develops a comprehensive professional staff training and development strategy to support attorneys and professional staff across levels.
  • Works closely with Managing Directors to conduct analyses regarding departmental training needs.
  • Monitors current market trends and best practices in professional services staff development and training, and implements new programs – as appropriate – that are both thoughtful and innovative.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Understands best practices in the field of Human Resources
  • General knowledge of employment laws and practices
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources programs
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively recruit
  • Ability to establish credibility with attorneys and executive management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), professional demeanor and presentation
  • Position also requires the ability to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines, effectively prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong problem-solving skills, takes initiative and uses good judgment, excellent follow-up skills

Qualifications & Prior Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required
  • Minimum 6 years of Human Resource experience, ideally including experience in an HR Manager role
  • Prior experience working in a law firm preferred; experience recruiting attorneys a plus
  • SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP, SHR, or PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification highly preferred
  • Computer proficiency in Windows-based software and Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organizations HRIS/HRM systems.  Paylocity is a plus.

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