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Attorney Development Specialist (Process & Operations) Work Locations Boston Job Posting Category Human Resources Apply Now About Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals. These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in todays 24/7 global business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clientswhich include many of the worlds most respected companies and institutionsready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus on a number of key industries, including private equity; asset management; life sciences and health care; investment banking; technology, media and telecommunications; and consumer and retail. Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions, and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, finance, asset management, real estate, tax, antitrust, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation & enforcement, privacy & cybersecurity, and business restructuring.

Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.


The Attorney Development Specialist works closely with the Senior Director of Attorney Talent, the Director of Attorney Development & Diversity, and Attorney Development Managers to provide critical support for operational department initiatives. Working in a fast-paced environment, the Specialist is responsible for projects and processes related to attorney development, associate surveys, compensation, flexible arrangements, performance reviews, diversity, viDesktop and other systems. The Specialist will be responsible for leading and collaborating on a broad range of attorney programs and initiatives that are critically linked to the firms strategic goals and success. The Specialist will help oversee operations for the department, and have direct contact with department members, HR colleagues, and firm leadership.


  1. Responsible for driving the operational and logistical components for firm performance review processes including the senior review process, partner review process, partnership consideration process, and mid- and year-end performance review processes (e.g. ensure process runs smoothly and on time, provide administrative support to , the Policy Committee, partners and other key stakeholders).

  2. Facilitate feedback collection and review processes, as well as the distribution of materials. Collaborate with ADMs to ensure the process runs smoothly and timely, draft strategic communications, and provide support to Policy Committee members, partners and other key stakeholders.

  3. Coordinate with Finance and the Attorney Development and Human Resources Compensation teams to support the compensation process for all non-partner attorneys, including gathering and confirming data that feeds into the process.

  4. Work closely with Attorney Development & Compensation Manager to support Flex, the flexible work arrangement program for attorneys, and help drive Flex initiatives.

  5. Partner with Attorney Development & Diversity, HRIS, Practice Development, Finance, and Recruiting to maintain the department calendar and ensure that the various departments are working cohesively together in an efficient and effective manner.

  6. Collaborate with firm leadership to create, build and implement strategic initiatives, e.g. performance review processes, operational systems and best practices that guarantee organizational well-being.

  7. Collaborate with, and support, junior members of the Attorney Development & Diversityteam in their own professional development, including serving as a training resource for new team members.

  8. Work closely with the Senior Director, Director, and Senior ADMs to drive collaboration, innovation, and engagement within the Attorney Development and Diversity group, and specifically with the ADMs and Attorney Development Specialists, by creating opportunities for learning, best practice sharing, and innovation at team meetings and open communication channels.

  9. Support associate survey processes, including Vault and AmLaw, in conjunction with the Senior Manager of Human Resources.

  10. Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to maintain the strict confidentiality of the firms internal and personnel affairs and information.

  2. Understand details within a larger context and possess excellent attention to detail.

  3. Thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and comfortable with ambiguity.

  4. Sensitivity to interpersonal dynamics with strong presence to interact effectively with various internal stakeholders, including attorneys, management and support staff.

  5. Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills.

  6. Have ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel, including attorneys, management staff and support staff.

  7. Demonstrate a positive, proactive and self-directed approach.

  8. Be able to work independently as well as within a team environment; both with strong follow up and follow through abilities to ensure work is completed appropriately.

  9. Have flexibility in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; be able to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.

  10. Be able to plan, organize and carry out multiple related activities.

  11. Be able to work in a multiple office environment across geographies.

  12. Be able to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.


  • Bachelors or other undergraduate degree required.Minimum of three years experience in HR, HR Systems, Business Analysis, IT or related field required.

  • Established proficiency in the use of computer programs including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. Knowledge of electronic databases, viDesktop and Survey Monkey a plus.

  • Proven dedication to excellence in customer service.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Prioritizes and multitasks for efficient and effective work production.

  • Establishes and follows needed procedures.

  • Understands processes and how complex systems are interrelated.

  • Excellent typing, written and verbal communication skills required; ability to communicate confidently and professionally with all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to manage various analytical projects ensuring timely delivery.

  • Strong organizational and task management skills.

  • A high level of initiative and self-motivation.

  • Ability to anticipate problems and issues and exercise independent judgment in seeking a resolution.

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with and command the respect of all levels of personnel, including various internal stakeholders, attorneys, management and support staff.


Specialist is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, with the potential for normal business shifts and/or off-hour shifts.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements. Firm management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

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