Professional Development Specialist

Firm Name: 
Law Firm
Chicago, Illinois

Responsible, professional, detail-oriented, and experienced Professional Development (“PD”) Specialist to work with Manager of Professional Development and Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) Assistant to help facilitate Vedder Price University (“VPU”) educational attorney/paralegal training programs and to ensure the delivery of high-quality continuing legal education programming. The PD Specialist will oversee and maintain the administration of the firm’s CLE/training database (CE Manager). The PD Specialist will work with the CLE Assistant to ensure that all attorneys’ CLE records are updated to ensure compliance and meet applicable state requirements. The PD Specialist will use his or her familiarity with CLE rules in various states to assist the Manager of Professional Development with the administration of the CLE component of the Firm’s VPU training programs. He or she will also utilize his or her research skills to respond to CLE and training-related questions, including generating quarterly and annual Accredited CLE Provider reports.

Duties & Responsibilities:
-Work with and oversee the CLE Assistant to ensure that attorneys’ CLE credits/requirements and license information are updated and maintained utilizing CE Manager database.
-Communicate Regularly with Manager of Professional Development and Vedder P{rice attorneys (verbally and electronically) regarding their CLE requirements/credits
-Stay abreast of CLE rules, regulations and compliance requirements and maintain responsibility for overseeing attorney CLE deadlines in states/regions in which Vedder Price has offices, including developing a working knowledge of CLE publication and teaching credit requirements in CA, IL, NJ, NY, VA and England/Wales
-Communicate with clients regarding CLE programs and regulations
-Track newly admitted and retired attorneys’ CLE credits and maintain responsibility for ensuring that each practice group’s records are updated accordingly, including meeting applicable CLE requirements
-Prepare quarterly and annual Accredited CLE Provider reports
-Communicate with CE Manager personnel to ensure that the database meets firm needs

Training Responsibilities:
-Work with team to execute all training programs and events, including oversight of CLE Assistant’s logistic and calendaring coordination to ensure success of training programs
-Work with Marketing Department to ensure proper file maintenance and attendance records for external client/marketing CLE programs, including pre- and post-program work
-Maintain responsibility for registration for and coordination of CLE programs sponsored by external vendors, including pre- and post-program follow-up

Other Responsibilities:
-Assist Manager of Professional Development in coordinating firm’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor and Summer Associate programs
-Assist Manager of Professional Development in updating PD/Training/CLE Annual Calendar and other training and CLE documents
-Work with Manager of Professional Development to develop and execute best practice for annual Bar Registration

This job summary is not intended to be all inclusive. Incumbent performs other duties as assigned.


Skills & Competencies:
(The abilities that the individual needs in order to perform this role effectively)

Qualifications & Required Experience:
(Formal training, education, certifications and professional experience)
-Bachelor’s degree preferred
-Previous legal industry experience and familiarity with CLE and CE Manager required
-Must have excellent oral/written communication and listening skills and have the ability to communicate across all levels inside and outside the firm; excellent customer service and diplomacy skills required
-Strong research skills and understanding of various states’ CLE rules and practices
-Keen attention to detail/strict deadlines and ability to follow directions
-Strong time management and organizational skills, with ability to effectively and efficiently manage and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment
-Professional demeanor and discretion required
-Must be a team player who works well with others and independently while maintaining a sense of humor

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in the following software:
-Strong computer skills, including proficiency with the Internet, Microsoft Work, Excel and PowerPoint

Physical Demands:
-While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk from work station, to desk or to go to various offices to retrieve assignments. This position may also be sedentary and require the employee to sit for extended periods of time.
-Requires manual dexterity to dial a telephone, enter data into a computer, and handle objects, which involves substantial movements of the wrists, hands and fingers.
-Some filing is required and this would entail the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
-The employee is also required to regularly communicate with others.
-Specific vision abilities required by this position include: close vision and ability to adjust focus.

To Apply: 

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