Washington DC

Leave Administration Manager

CM Legal

Leave Administration Manager
Summary: The Firm is committed to offering a competitive leave of absence program which allows attorneys and professional staff time off to manage their personal obligations. To this end, the Firm is in search of a Leave Administration Manager who will serve as an integral part of the Benefits team to manage all aspects of our leave program for colleagues in the US and International offices.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Required: 7 years of relevant experience, ideally in a large law firm or professional services organization.
  • At least 2 years of supervisory or management experience required.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft 365 with Intermediate to Advanced Excel skills.
  • Desired proficiency with Workday HRMS, SharePoint, and Smartsheets.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to engage with personnel at all levels.
  • Capacity to manage multiple competing priorities reliably.
  • Demonstrated track record of team-oriented leadership.
  • Exhibit a high level of customer service orientation.

Work Conditions:
Location: Washington, DC.
Core Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Predominantly remote work with at least quarterly in-office hours.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the daily administration of all firm leave programs and accommodations requests, including Parental Leave, Disability, and Workers Compensation, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and country-specific mandates.
  • Develop best practices to guide the leave process throughout its life cycle, encompassing new leave processing, communication, document review, return-to-work processes, follow-up, and accommodation requests.
  • Stay updated on regulatory changes and conduct periodic benchmarking exercises to ensure compliance with all applicable mandates. Recommend policy and procedure updates as necessary.
  • Develop and manage an effective mechanism for seamless monitoring and reporting of leave of absence data. Generate and distribute periodic leave reports to senior management and relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage and assess vendor relationships related to the leave process, including contract and service level review.
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders to analyze, evaluate, and make decisions on all requests for accommodations.
  • Lead all applicable leave-related federal and state compliance reporting requirements.
  • Develop comprehensive leave communication packages to enhance understanding and education regarding leave eligibility, entitlement, and application procedures.
  • Collaborate actively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure fulfillment of leave of absence notifications, absence management tasks, and leave reporting requirements.
  • Work in partnership with the HRMS team to continually monitor and enhance the leave of absence module within HRMS.
  • Interface and communicate with personnel at all levels regarding all aspects of the leave process, including addressing questions, concerns, providing education, processing, and general knowledge. Serve as a subject matter expert on all leave programs offered by the firm.
  • Manage the daily workload for the Benefits Coordinator assigned to the leave process.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


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