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Manager, Legal Recruiting

Houston, TX

The Manager of Legal Recruiting for the Texas and Bay Area offices reports to the Director of Legal Recruiting, based in New York, and to the Texas Office Administrator. The Manager is responsible for leading the recruiting initiatives at target schools, planning and executing the annual summer associate program, scheduling interviews and coordinating follow up for entry-level and lateral associate candidates.  Collaborating with the Texas and Bay Area partners, the Director of Legal Recruiting, and with the larger Talent team, the Manager is expected to think strategically about recruiting initiatives and how to help the firm achieve its goals.


Key Responsibilities – On Campus Recruiting

  • Oversee on-campus recruiting efforts at local law schools (Texas and Bay Area offices) and other target schools; including strategic outreach, designing programming, and increasing student pipeline for recruiting purposes.
  • Travel to select schools for interviews, job fairs, receptions and other recruiting events
  • Prepare interview packets, marketing materials, giveaways for hospitality suites and other events
  • Ensure proper staffing for all programs (OCI, 1L/2L receptions, hospitality suites, etc.)
  • Coordinate callback interview schedules and “second look” visits; create files for partner review
  • Manage follow-up efforts and ensure candidates receive proper outreach
  • Act as a resource and point of contact for attorneys, candidates and vendors
  • Work with the larger recruiting team to ensure accuracy of information in viRecruit, the applicant tracking system
  • Produce candidate reports to provide updates on the status of outstanding offers
  • Enrich relationships with law schools – career planning centers, law student organizations, etc. – through targeted programs and innovative initiatives  
  • Work with HR/Recruiting contacts in New York to ensure accuracy and cohesiveness in the recruiting process
  • Oversees firm’s 1L programming and recruitment including all campus outreach, organization sponsorships and pipeline initiatives to help raise the firm’s profile
  • Work with the larger Legal Talent team to help develop innovative ways to disseminate the firm’s recruiting message

 

Summer Associate Program

  • Work with Director and New York Managers to coordinate all aspects of the Summer Program for the Texas and Bay Area offices: pre-employment correspondence, planning and execution of summer associate events, monitoring the budget, orientation and onboarding
  • Act as a key point of contact and resource for summer associates before, during and after the program
  • Coordinate with Director on summer practice group placements and advisor assignments
  • Liaise with all relevant departments for summer associate onboarding (e.g. office services, technology and training, payroll, work authorization/visa acquisition)

 

Lateral Recruiting

  • Oversee Texas and Bay Area offices lateral associate recruiting efforts in close collaboration with partners
  • Strengthen relationships with headhunters, negotiate fee proposals and manage the lateral associate recruiting budget
  • Draft and post job descriptions for each new search and maintain database of prior job descriptions
  • Keep partners and other key individuals up to date on candidate status and next steps
  • Work with HR Transaction Center, Benefits and Payroll to ensure new-hire paperwork is completed in a timely manner
  • Coordinate the interview process, including contacting candidates, liaising with recruiters, scheduling interviews, coordinating travel, processing reimbursements, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of candidate pool and application documents in accordance with firm policy
  • Keep partners and other key stakeholders up to date on candidate status and next steps
  • Follow up with interviewers as necessary to complete candidate files for offer consideration
  • Facilitate offer decision process and draft offer letters
  • Work closely with the firm’s Risk Management Attorney to ensure conflicts checks are completed in a timely manner
  • Liaise with all relevant departments to achieve seamless onboarding and integration of new hires, including human resources, office services, technology and training, payroll, work authorization/visa acquisition (if applicable), etc.  
  • Stay abreast of changes in the industry and gather market intelligence


Miscellaneous

  • Participation and involvement in other departmental responsibilities and/or firm-wide projects as is appropriate (e.g. recruiting brochure and website updates, campus relations, diversity & inclusion initiatives, help disseminating information about professional development/CLE programs, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong ability to collaborate and engage with students, lawyers and business services professionals
  • Must be a creative problem solver and possess a high level of self-confidence, maturity and excellent judgement
  • Strong ability to maintain highly confidential and sensitive information
  • High energy with a great deal of enthusiasm and ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize a number of responsibilities, while maintaining accuracy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills – including the ability to tailor the communication style to a specific audience
  • Demonstrates a strong customer service orientation

 

Education & Experience

  • A minimum of five years of prior attorney recruiting experience at a law firm
  • A bachelor's degree is required
  • Knowledge of the legal market and current industry is important, as is a willingness to learn

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