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Firmwide Legal Education & Development Manager

Job ID: 6139

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The New York office is seeking a Firmwide Legal Education & Development Manager to join our Legal Recruiting and Development Department.  Reporting to the Firmwide Director of Legal Education & Development, this manager will be the first point of contact for our attorneys and knowledge management partners in the New York office as well as help to drive and support select Firmwide team initiatives and programs. 

The Legal Education & Development Manager is a highly visible and influential role within the firm.  This manager is charged with:

  • Overseeing and supporting the local execution of NYC CLE compliance procedures
  • Providing strategic direction and implementation for NYC attorney training and development initiatives, as well as other assigned Firmwide initiatives and programs
  • Creating, coordinating, deploying, and surveying attorney learning and development programs
  • Evaluating and assessing all aspects of learning programs and recommending future strategies
  • End-to-end coordination of all event planning and management activities for learning programming
  • Managing and participating where needed across local, FW onboarding programming, and Kirkland University
  • Managing NYC Summer Associate Training programming along with department team members and attorney stakeholders
  • Engaging in the administration of our learning management system and related learning technology where applicable for attorney needs
  • Local hire integration for learning integration and development needs
  • Motivating high-level of collaboration with attorneys, knowledge management, and staff
  • Managing the detailed line items for the NYC portion of the Legal Education and Development budget:
  • Planning and forecasting budget expenses
  • Tracking planned expenses versus actual spend
  • Working with stakeholders as required to speak to, adjust, or analyze budget needs
  • Working independently across a highly dynamic, growing firm

This critical leader will partner with our talent functions, knowledge management, and our legal practicing teams to help Legal Education and Development support and grow and thrive.  A Bachelor’s degree is required. 

A successful candidate will have experience with the areas below.

  • Instructional design and development approaches aimed at delivering engaging learning experiences
  • Analyzing and evaluating existing programs for impact and alignment with firm needs, providing recommendations for learning experiences that increase reach, impact, and future capability requirements
  • Survey definition and development that considers audience needs for continuous improvement
  • Learning measurement that aligns to business strategy
  • Working with, identifying, developing, leading and managing key external vendor relationships as necessary
  • Working knowledge of Learning Management Systems, learning tools, processes, and procedures
  • Building and fostering working relationships with business partners across a global firm/organization

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; preferred Master’s Degree in Human Resources or related discipline
  • Minimum ten years of progressive experience in learning & development functions and/or related disciplines
  • Senior level expertise across a variety of instructional methods and learning techniques including curriculum design principles, adult learning theory, and blended learning strategies
  • Excellent ability to engage with people at all levels of an organization
  • Clear communicator through a variety of both written and oral delivery methods
  • Ability to coach, mentor and manage teams (directly and indirectly)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Solid influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills with the ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Strong project management skills and business acumen. 
  • This position will need to attend off-site events where some of these venues require attendees to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated. 

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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