Talent Development Manager


Employer: Sullivan & Worcester

Location: Boston, MA

Posted: April 29, 2021

The Talent Development Manager works with the Director of Strategic Talent Management to assist in designing and implementing programs focused on attorney on-boarding, core legal and professional skills, and leadership development, as well as cultural initiatives around engagement, work-life effectiveness, and other areas. The Manager designs and implements innovative and impactful learning programs, including curricula for the firm’s departments and legal practice areas, plus core skills training programs in the areas of feedback, people and project management, and communications skills.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Strategic Talent Management and across departments to assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive talent development strategy

  • Build core legal skills training programs to support associate and professional track attorney development of core competencies, and to develop a core curriculum of training for departments and practice areas

  • Develop an approach for the departments to monitor their pipeline of talent, identify the learning and/or development needs of attorneys in the group, and provide appropriate client opportunities, training, mentoring, coaching, and resources to help them develop

  • Partner with Director to improve all firm training programs and tools to be more interactive, practical, and effective, applying advanced adult learning theory and relevant technologies

  • Manage effective work brokering system for each department

  • Partner with Director in managing associate performance review cycles (e.g., annual reviews, interim evaluations, performance improvement plans)

  • Maintain an understanding of the firm’s competitors and their professional development programs.

  • ·Oversee flexible work arrangement program for legal staff and continuing legal education (“CLE”) course accreditation and compliance program

  • Serve ex officio as a member of the Associates Committee

  • Manage effective and consistent programs to enhance the work/life effectiveness for attorneys

  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Juris Doctorate strongly preferred

  • Minimum of 4 years of practice in a large law firm and/or 3 years of professional development experience in a leading professional services firm

  • Professional coaching certification and/or teaching experience considered a plus

  • Experience with CLE course accreditation and compliance considered a plus

  • Familiarity with organizational development, curriculum management, instructional design, learning management systems, adult learning techniques, principles, theory and online learning technologies also considered a plus

  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational, interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills, as well as the ability to listen well, take initiative and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Must be a diplomatic and creative problem solver and possess superior judgment

  • Proven ability to build trust with and gain buy-in from firm leaders and other key stakeholders

  • Ability to travel to multiple firm office locations as necessary

Interested candidates should send a resume to Vanessa Stella, Senior HR Generalist, at vstella@sullivanlaw.com.


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