The general salary range for this position is $80,000 to $100,000. However, if we find a person that is a great fit for the position, we are willing to discuss starting base salary further.
This position may be filled in either of Shumaker's Charlotte, NC or Tampa, FL offices.
The Director of Lateral Recruitment is responsible for developing and implementing the tactical recruitment plan to support the firm’s prioritized growth initiatives. Prioritized growth planning is the responsibility of the Management Committee in collaboration with the Chief Recruitment, Growth and Performance Officer. Lateral recruitment plans change based on the needs of the firm and client workload and therefore, is dynamic and changes often. This position will coordinate the hiring of experienced attorneys, both associates and partners. This position will oversee the recruitment and hiring process including lateral offer development, financial due-diligence, conflict clearance, third party recruiter management and successful attorney on-boarding and integration. This individual will interface with the Hiring and Compensation Committee and will work closely with Service Line Leaders, Office Managing Partners, Office Hiring Partners and the Director of Human Resources.
Reports and is responsible to the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Recruitment, Growth and Performance Officer.
Establishes professional recruitment tactical plans and priorities in collaboration with the Chief Recruitment, Growth and Performance Officer, Service Line Leaders and the Hiring and Compensation Committee;
Responsible for maintaining applicant tracking database with accuracy, including managing candidate communications, candidate recruitment process data, and search firm data and third-party search firm agreements;
Develops appropriate interview techniques, training and evaluation forms for the various categories of lateral attorneys recruited and leads the financial due-diligence process leading to offer development, onboarding and attorney integration;
Manages the recruitment process to achieve the goals established by the firm;
Provides assistance to Service Line Leaders, Office Managing Partners and Office Hiring Partners in the recruitment, integration and retention of lateral attorneys and small groups;
Assists with analyzing compensation, market trends, salaries and performance ranges;
Works closely with the Director of Associate Recruitment and Development, Director of Human Resources and Office Administrators to ensure the smooth integration of professional new-hires into the firm;
Promote a best practice approach to professional recruitment and retention by establishing consistent offer letters, files and follow-up;
Manage the exit interview process by conducting exit interviews with each departing lawyer, summarizing, analyzing and reporting results in an effort to improve the recruiting and retention process.
Education, Experience and Skills Required:
J.D or BA/BS degree with a minimum of four years’ experience in professional legal recruitment. Knowledge of human resource management, employee relations, professional development, compensation administration and analysis is necessary. Experience with on campus recruitment, summer associate program management, performance evaluations and change management in a law firm or other professional service organization is preferred.
An individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:
A proven track record of contributions relating to the overall initiatives regarding the improvement in the recruiting and retentions of associates within a law firm;
Superior verbal, and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, at all levels of the organization;
Ability to handle multiple priorities, complex job duties, and work effectively under pressure;
Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and maintain effective and consistent communication skills;
Strong leadership skills which translate into an engaged, high-performance legal recruitment team management;
Ability to gain commitment, motivate and advance firm-wide initiatives to achieve successes;
Knowledge of the practices, sources of information and commonly accepted standards of attorney recruiting, hiring and development;
Proficient use of technology, business applications and social media;
This position requires mandatory travel to all offices as determined by the Hiring and Compensation Committee.
Sits frequently, six out of eight hours per day. Siting position static for up to one-half hour at a time.
Travel to other offices for short periods of time is required.
High use of computer and electronic communications
Bends and stoops occasionally, up to one-half hour per day.
There is a moderate level of grasping, lifting, pushing, and/or pulling of objects of less than 25 pounds.
We believe that the law is a profession built around people and personal interaction. Our lawyers create strong, collaborative working relationships with each other and with each of our clients. These relationships are distinctly different from the approach taken by many larger firms. It takes a special type of lawyer, backed by a unique paralegal and staff team, to make that dynamic work. As one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States we look for skilled professionals who want to build a career with us on that type of foundation.
What Makes Us Different
Shumaker is different from most major law firms with national footprints. First, when you walk in the door, you’ll see relaxed people who enjoy working together. Second, we offer large firm resources, very sophisticated high level work, and career opportunities in key business locations in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
Our approach focuses on each person – you’ll be surrounded by people who care about how you feel, what you think and about your family. We recruit professionals who want to do great work, work hard and who enjoy working together, with a collegiality not found at most larger firms. And more of...ten than not, people start their careers here – and they stay here.
This caring attitude starts with the fundamentals of how we run our firm. We don’t pit our lawyers against each other to fight for compensation or clients. We hire only for need, and only people that we believe will want to build a career with us. Shumaker is not a sink-or-swim kind of firm, or one that defines your worth as a lawyer by the size of your book of business. We value high achievers, but always in the context of people who are not only excellent lawyers but also team players with a respectful approach to their colleagues.
Why You Benefit
At Shumaker, you’ll witness stability, integrity, work/life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to make partner. If you are outstanding at what you do and you are a team player, there is a place for you here.
Our client-focused dynamic begins with our selective hiring process—engaging top graduates from law schools around the nation as well as high quality lateral hires from other law firms. Whether we are hiring a new law school graduate or bringing on an experienced lawyer from another firm, we strive to make sure that all our professionals embrace our philosophy of building a career-long legal practice. Many of our partners have never practiced at another firm, including office managing partners who began with Shumaker as summer associates.
What You Can Expect from Shumaker
We are a firm that maintains a healthy work environment for lawyers and staff, where we value having a reasonable balance between our work and our personal lives. That includes being an “open door” firm – we don’t hunker down in our offices or practice in silos, but instead encourage an open and cooperative environment.
A good example of what it’s like to work here is the Leadership Shumaker Program. Our partners are involved in the communities where we work, and encourage associates and staff to be involved. From local charitable organizations to prestigious museums, zoos and symphonies, we encourage our lawyers to be leaders, whether at the board or grass roots level – in the life of our firm, in the law and in the community. If you aspire to that kind of leadership, consider a career at Shumaker.