Training and Development Manager

Buckingham Search - Chicago, IL

Buckingham Search is partnering with a multi-billion-dollar global law firm to find a Training and Development Manager. This role will focus on creating training for lawyers in many different facets. 

Things to get excited about:

  • Chicago office standard hours: – (35 hour standard work week)
  • Staff employees are eligible for an annual merit bonus and increase every July
  • Chicago staff employees start with 24 days of CLT that accrues over the year (“combined leave time” - same as PTO. Pro-rated the first year) and 8-9 paid holidays.
  • Two retirement benefits: Defined benefit plan: makes an annual contribution of 5% of the employee’s salary + other eligible compensation. Vested after 3 years of service. 401k: employees can participate in hire.
  • Commuter benefits: pre-tax benefit of up to $255 per month for transit and up to $255 per month for parking. For employees who use public transportation, subsidizes up to $42 per month.

Job Summary:

We are seeking outstanding candidates to join an award-winning Lawyer Training & Professional Development team as a Manager of Training & Development based in our Chicago office.

The Manager of Training & Development is based in Chicago and will have primary responsibility for supporting the professional development of lawyers in the Chicago offices.

Drawing on superior relationship-building skills, the Manager will conduct ongoing formal and informal outreach to individual lawyers; leaders at the practice, office, and committee level; and other key stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and maintain a practice of continuous needs assessment on matters of professional development.

The Manager will collaborate broadly within and beyond the Lawyer Training & Professional Development team to create and implement local, regional, and firmwide programs and initiatives to advance our lawyers’ development, engagement, and satisfaction; meet our clients’ needs; and ensure the satisfaction of relevant continuing legal education and other requirements. The Manager will collaborate with the firm’s broader Lawyer Training & Professional Development team, report to a Chicago-based Director of Training & Development and will supervise, develop, and mentor a Chicago-based Training & Development Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lawyer Orientation, Integration, and Training

  • Assist in local implementation of the firmwide strategic direction for attorney professional development.
  • Develop and deliver regional and firmwide training offerings that meet professional, business, and client-service goals. Propose, design, introduce, and support new initiatives as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Director and appropriate firm committees to deliver and continually enhance attorney orientation programs and lateral attorney integration initiatives, coordinate and implement summer associate training, respond to training and development needs identified in semi-annual associate appraisals, and otherwise further attorney training and development.
  • Track and evaluate the quality and quantity of attorney training opportunities, including collecting relevant data and producing related reports.
  • Produce professional development resources and craft professional development communications as needed.

CLE Compliance

  • Share responsibility for tracking lawyers' Illinois CLE compliance.
  • Communicate with Illinois-admitted lawyers regarding their compliance status; work with the Director and Office of General Counsel to help ensure 100% compliance for Illinois-admitted lawyers firmwide.

Career Development and Mentoring

  • Promote a work environment that helps lawyers reach their highest potential.
  • Counsel lawyers on career-development matters as needed.
  • Help support firm mentoring programs, including implementing training and other resources for mentors and mentees.

Employee Development and Management

  • Train, develop and mentor the Training & Development Assistant
  • Conduct annual performance review


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the “Duties”) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should contact your recruiter so they can assist.

Education and/or Experience:


  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in learning and development, law, or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience
  • Experience working effectively across multiple offices and time zones
  • Availability to travel occasionally to other offices within the US


  • J.D. degree
  • Illinois practice experience
  • Adult education and program design experience
  • Teaching or public-speaking experience
  • Familiarity with CLE rules and regulations
  • Experience with a global or national law firm

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Superior relationship building skills and judgement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including the ability to create visual methods to present information

Posted On: Friday, September 6, 2019

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