Attorney Professional Development Coordinator


  1. New York
  2. Human Resources
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job Description

The Role


The primary objective of the Attorney Professional Development Coordinator is to provide dedicated support to the attorney development and staffing function, including but not limited to coaching, training, mentoring and CLE while providing oversight to the junior attorneys in our "Transactional Pool" program. The role will interact with the Transactional (Global Financial Markets, Corporate and Real Estate) practices in the New York office and provide support to the broader Professional Development team. This position is in our New York, NY office and will report to the Head of Professional Development - Americas.



  • Collaborate with partners and other senior attorneys to allocate assignments for the junior attorneys in the Transactional practices
  • Support the Firm's people and talent initiatives with a focus on attorney professional development
  • Support the performance management process for attorneys, including elevating performance issues as needed and acting as an escalation point for outstanding appraisal completion for junior attorneys
  • Conduct career development meetings with junior attorneys and build development plans to address any concerning feedback
  • Participate in the Firm's annual review processes
  • Conduct weekly check-ins with the junior lawyers to assess areas of interest and to ensure receipt of a broad range of projects/opportunities
  • Collaborate with others in the Human Resources team and Partners in the Transactional practices to help support the attorney life cycle including flagging performance issues
  • Develop strong working relationships with attorneys to effectively support them and actively participate in their career development
  • Responsible for planning and implementation of internal and external training programs
  • Analyze a variety of reports in order to aggregate and synthesize data on associate availability and utilization including addressing any issues
  • Manage orientation for the junior attorneys
  • Collaborate with the Resource Management team in Delhi
  • Manage the mentoring program for the junior attorneys including providing recommendations for mentor assignments
  • Assist with the Bar admissions process for the junior attorneys
  • Coordinate the client secondment process
  • Work closely with the Professional Development Team on various ad hoc projects as and when required and perform any other assignments as assigned


Your experience


  • 3+ years of professional development/human resources experience in a professional services organization; law firm experience preferred
  • Experience in work allocation and staffing preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred
  • Organizational design background desired
  • Experience with Workday a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize competing demands to meet deadlines
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced and growing environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Facility in making effective decisions using sound judgment
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and maintain strong internal working relationships
  • Excellent organizational and client service skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (with a high degree of proficiency in Excel)
  • Ability to work outside the core business hours as needed
  • Ability to travel to as needed (infrequent)
  • Must be independently legally authorized to work in the United States

Clifford Chance US LLP offers a comprehensive benefits and compensation package. The salary range for this role is $80,000 to $95,000. Actual salary will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and relevant experience.

Company Description

Who we are


We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

You’ll find our clients in commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s possible thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet

Additional Information

Equal opportunities statement


At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. 

Find out more about our inclusive culture here



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