Director of Legal Talent Acquisition


: $147,330.00 - $206,040.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Human Resources

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New York, NY or Roseland, NJ

A premier, forward thinking, national, law firm, one of the most sophisticated law firms in the United States, with over 300 lawyers and 300 business services professionals serving clients in five offices nationally is seeking a Director of Legal Talent Acquisition to service the entire firm from either their NJ headquarters or midtown Manhattan office. Their primary administrative offices are located in New Jersey, where they are consistently ranked among the best places to work in the state. They recruit candidates who seek a collaborative, entrepreneurial culture that prioritizes their clients, their colleagues, and the communities where they work and live. Committed to career development and to a diverse and inclusive workplace, the firm offers many programs and opportunities for personal and professional growth. They seek professionals for their business services group who share these values.

Position Summary/Overview

The Director of Legal Talent Acquisition leads the implementation for the firm?s legal recruiting strategy, from summer associates through lateral partners. The Director will work with firm leadership to determine the strategic direction and objectives of the firm?s legal recruiting efforts, support the firm?s growth while maintaining and improving its culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • In conjunction with firm leadership and the HR recruiting team, lead, plan and manage the firm?s full-cycle recruiting efforts targeted at law students, judicial clerks, government lawyers, lateral associates and lateral partners, utilizing traditional and innovative sources to create a pipeline of qualified candidates at each level.
  • Supervise day-to-day operation of legal recruiting staff. Oversee and coordinate legal recruiting activities in all offices. Oversee the budgeting process for all recruiting functions at the firm.
  • Create and maintain an environment of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and competitive advantage in support of the firm?s diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning and recruiting policy development in alignment with the firm?s strategic plan.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and ethical rules and standards in recruiting processes.
  • Work collaboratively with the HR Management team to provide a cohesive recruiting and onboarding experience for all new hires and appropriate training for interviewers.
  • Develop effective relationships within the firm and the legal recruitment community to have positive influence and impact on the firm?s recruiting program.
  • Develop and maintain marketing materials and other collateral content for recruiting endeavors.
  • Along with practice group leadership, collaborate with firm management and key internal stakeholders to assist them in understanding the current and future workforce planning requirements and strategies.
  • Follow-up with department and practice group leaders to ensure proper matching has occurred throughout and after the onboarding process.
  • Maintain a standardized reporting system that evaluates the success of current recruitment strategies and leads to identification for solutions in the interest of constant improvement for the department and the quality of talent brought into the firm.
  • Examine hiring trends to anticipate the firm?s response to labor market changes.
  • Keep abreast of changing trends in legal recruiting.?
  • Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor?s Degree required; Masters, J.D. or HR certification a plus.
  • 10+ years of experience in all aspects of legal recruiting for AmLaw 200 law firms in the New York market or nationally. Additional recruiting experience, particularly within law firms and other professional services firms, as well as with agencies, law school placement offices and entry level and lateral associate and partner recruiting, a plus.
  • Demonstrated success and experience in managing by relationship and results; proven ability to be a positive member of a management team.
  • Experience in developing or executing workforce planning and analyses that identify future recruiting needs and provide valuable management reporting.
  • Possess an executive presence: the ability to deal with senior level executives, including law firm partners and senior lateral candidates and recruiters.
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to assimilate large amounts of data and analyze trends that can drive strategic initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to efficiently communicate with senior management.
  • Ability to organize and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience mentoring and guiding the professional development of staff members.
  • Self-starter who can operate independently, and as a part of a team, to develop and/or execute recruitment strategies.
  • Salary: Highly competitive above market compnesation
    Date Active: 5/21/2019
    Exempt/Not Exempt: Exempt

    Associated topics: administrative, administrative assistant, administrative coordinator, administrative officer, associate, document, food, operational assistant, operations director, records management * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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