Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are currently seeking a Senior Practice Coordinator to support the Regulatory practice, reporting to the Senior Regulatory Practice Manager.
The role will reside in the Washington, DC office with hybrid work capabilities and will be responsible for supporting the business needs and internal operations of the Regulatory group. The Senior Practice Coordinator is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
Proactively identify and analyze issues, assist in developing solutions and delivering results.
Plan and arrange ad hoc, monthly and other periodic meetings, calls and other practice events. Work with Senior Manager to prepare presentation materials, as needed. Liaise with Marketing, Client Value and other administrative departments on updates and practice-specific communications. Support Senior Manager and partners on initiatives to ensure deliverables and goals are met.
Establish strong rapport and working relationships with business services personnel across different groups, as well as strong relationships with key attorneys within the practice and clients at Director and Practice Group Leaders’ request.
Support workload management process and utilization oversight through ongoing communication with partners, associates and staffing personnel. Maintain utilization reports and raise productivity issues as appropriate.
Assist with attorney evaluation and annual compensation adjustment processes for the Practice Group Leaders and Regulatory partners, including review of evaluation forms, guiding partner discussions of evaluation messages, submission of counsel promotions, soliciting partner input on recommended compensation adjustments and ensuring consistency across the group. Leverage knowledge acquired as a result of the associate and counsel evaluation process to focus on issues revealed and establish solutions.
Work with partners and Attorney Development to plan and conduct formal training programs for practice group lawyers, as needed.
Work with Talent Development and Human Resources departments on morale and retention issues.
Coordinate needs assessments for new hires, including laterals and entry-level associates, and work with Attorney Recruiting, Attorney Development and Human Resources personnel as needed in lateral recruiting, onboarding and integration.
Review financial reports provided by the Finance Department to assess Practice Group financial performance, identify key performance trends, prepare monthly reports, spot issues affecting Practice Group performance and make recommendations to improve the same.
Work with Accounting, Client Value, Senior Practice Manager and Practice Group Leaders to assist with practice budgeting, expense review and management, establishment of billing rates and proposed pricing and discounts.
Coordinate hiring, onboarding, managing and offboarding of other Regulatory timekeepers, as needed. Oversee utilization, raise productivity issues as appropriate and ensure invoices are received and processed timely.
Special projects and special project management as assigned by the Senior Manager.
Foster and encourage a culture of superior client service, responsiveness, innovation and collegiality.
5 + years of related practice support and experience, preferably in a law firm
Superior written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Advanced working knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and ability to work in various software applications as needed
Strong service orientation, work ethic and attention to detail
Strong analytical skills, with excellent business acumen
Ability to use initiative and judgment to accomplish results
Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
Ability to use critique of work to improve performance
Ability to prioritize, manage heavy workload and adjust to changing priorities, work independently and as a member of a team, manage multiple projects with specific deadlines, and complete tasks under time pressure as necessary
Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of all information, and adhering to the Firm’s Core Values
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm recognized for its exceptional client service, innovation and engaging work environment. Our reputation as an outstanding, service-oriented firm begins with our people and their commitment to our core values of collegiality, commitment, excellence, integrity and intensity, which exemplify how we approach our work in support of our clients and each other. Working together, we solve problems and move the firm forward - efficiently, effectively and expertly.
We seek to attract, develop and retain the very best professional and administrative talent in the legal services industry by providing a dynamic work culture, competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits designed to help our employees balance their work/life responsibilities, as well as continuing professional development opportunities. We are committed to maintaining and cultivating a diverse and inclusive firm culture grounded in respect and teamwork. The long tenure of our employees speaks to the strength and appeal of our culture and values.
If you are interested in learning more about the work we do, our offices, available administrative and profess...ional staff positions, and our fringe benefits, we invite you to explore our website at www.akingump.com.