Washington DC Rockville MD

Professional Development Manager

CM Legal

Professional Development Manager
Under the supervision of the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Professional Development, the Professional Development Manager will work on firm wide initiatives focused on growing and retaining the top talent and managing and directing lawyer Professional Development (PD) projects. They are committed to diversity and the Professional Development Manager is expected to participate in the firm’s success in supporting diverse attorney talent. Primary duties include but are not limited to the following:


  • Training: Manage and support Professional Development programming,  to support the needs of specific practice areas. This includes organizing logistics and timely communications to all constituencies, developing and maintaining materials and training logs, and managing external vendors, to name a few. In addition, assist with curriculum design and general planning of the Associates & Counsel Annual Academy.
  • Performance Evaluations: Manage all logistical aspects of the mid-year and annual attorney performance review and evaluation processes for associates and counsel, including collecting feedback, coordinating review meetings and preparing performance summaries.
  • Onboarding: assist with development and implementation of an onboarding program for new attorneys and practice groups, including First Year and Summer Associate Orientation.
  • Mentoring: assist with design and implementation of mentoring activities; obtain feedback from both mentors and mentees; assist mentors and mentees in identifying and adopting effective practices.
  • Professional Development Intelligence: keep abreast of trends and solutions to enhance quality and efficient delivery of content, including innovative delivery tools, learning solutions and platforms (e.g., e learning, self-study) and accessible resources.
  • Reporting/Analytics: manage Professional Development budget, maintain Professional Development records (including CLE compliance) and report on identified issues and trends.
  • Coordinate training programs with the IT department related to software and skills training.
  • Provide support to, and collaborate with, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Professional Development to implement long-term and/or special projects. Play a role in development, launch, maintenance and ongoing evaluation of various firm-wide attorney engagement and retention efforts


  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional development experience in a law firm, law school or professional service organization.
  • Knowledge and understanding of training issues and trends.
  • Sensitivity to different learning and work styles.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite to produce quality written communications, including written documents in Word, presentations in PowerPoint and basin functions of Excel and Outlook.


  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of the firm’s affairs with utmost care.
  • Professional demeanor and excellent communication skills paired with a service-oriented attitude.
  • Approachable and collaborative; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to organize and maintain a significant number of diverse, concurrent projects.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to follow up and follow through on tasks.
  • Strong project management skills involving setting goals and achieving results.
  • Comfort with public speaking.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills. Must be able to tailor written work product to the appropriate audience.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and good judgement.
  • Well-developed professional interpersonal skills to interact effectively with all organizational levels of the Firm.

Bachelor’s degree required.

This position operates in an office setting and is largely sedentary, requiring the routine use of a computer and other standard office equipment. The ability to open file cabinets, lift files, bend and stand on a stool may also be required.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements will exclude individuals who may pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties in this job description at any time for any reason.







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