Perkins Coie LLP Talent Advisor - Practice Groups in New York, New York
In collaboration with the Centers of Expertise and other Talent Advisors, this role will partner with practice groups to achieve strategic talent goals. This role will be responsible for creating and implementing a targeted strategy for recruiting, retention, development, compensation, workforce planning, and evaluations for their respective practice groups. Initial responsibilities for this newly created position will be to assess the needs for this role, prioritize actions to address the needs and implement best practices for the practice groups or departments.
Working with the Practice Group Business Managers, advise and support department and practice group leaders to ensure staffing models are aligned with business objectives. Offer consulting, strategic planning and thought leadership on talent issues.
Confirm with practice groups their lateral recruiting needs on an ongoing basis and confirm on an annual basis hiring goals for summer associate and entry level recruiting. Will include strategic planning of PG talent needs (i.e. alternative track attorneys, expanding the Patent Agent model).
Provide day to day performance management guidance to practice group leaders on coaching and employee evaluations, engaging with the Professional Development team, when appropriate, with the goal of enhancing paralegal and attorney performance.
Work with the Professional Development team to develop and refine practice group core competencies, as well as align training and career development initiatives with the established competency framework and assess progress.
Support practice group leaders and provide advice on all HR and employee relations and performance matters ensuring best practice processes are delivered in accordance with employment laws, supporting performance documentation or making coaching referrals and bringing in our Employee Relations team as needed.
Serve as primary HR resource for practice group members, assisting in navigation of all talent-related matters.
Work as an internal partner for Partners and Practice Group Business Managers to identify needs and opportunities for growth and development for the assigned group or team members.
Partner with our Centers of Expertise to identify metrics related to talent goals, measure progress and recommend changes as appropriate. Serve as a change agent to ensure smooth adoption of initiatives and facilitate communication.
Conduct Exit Interviews and collaborate with other Talent Advisors to analyze attrition trends and make recommendations based on results.
Collaborate with the Professional Development department to establish, maintain and monitor mentoring relationships for associates.
Coordinate and monitor coaching arrangements and provide regular reports to Practice Group Chairs.
Join regular practice group meetings to anticipate needs and proactively create talent strategies.
Support the D&I department, Business Manager team and Workflow Coordinators to ensure all attorneys and paralegals are getting equitable access to work.
Partner with Recruiting and D&I to ensure that the strategic D&I talent initiatives are achieved.
Communicate frequently with partners and business managers and paralegal leadership to understand the unique needs of our various departments and practice groups.
Must stay up to date with the latest talent and Human Resources trends and practices, including other markets.
Contribute and sometimes lead HR department firmwide talent initiatives.
This position may require travel.
The ideal candidate for this role should have a good understanding of law firm operations, excellent communication skills while displaying a positive attitude, well-developed professional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, strategic talent approaches, and good organizational skills. Must have the ability to exercise discretion, good judgement and the ability to work in a team environment. The Talent Advisors expected to have a commitment to the highest level of client service and a broad knowledge of the Human Resources function and a demonstrated ability to serve as a trusted advisor. The ideal candidate will be technologically savvy, committed to innovation and operational excellence, a lifelong learner and performs well in a highly matrixed organization.
Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in Management, Human Resources, or equivalent required. Advanced degree beneficial, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, highly desired. JD highly desired, as well. Must have a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, including 5 years in a Human Resources leadership, senior-level HR Generalist or Human Resources Business Partner capacity, or equivalent. Experience in a law firm or professional services strongly preferred.
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