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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 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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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.