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Training & Development Assistant

Training & Development Assistant

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The Training and Development Assistant will work closely with the Chief Training and Professional Development Officer, the Midwest Director of Training & Development, the Senior Midwest Manager of Training and Development, other Lawyer Training & Professional Development team members across the firm, lawyers and staff in the Chicago office to coordinate lawyer training, CLE accreditation and professional development initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the coordination and design of lawyer training programs and initiatives.
  • Manage meeting and program logistics including scheduling, securing meeting rooms, coordinating meeting room set-up and materials, and trouble-shooting.
  • Schedule and attend planning meetings and conference calls among team members, participate in team meetings, and communicate continuously.
  • Work independently and within a team on ongoing and special nonrecurring projects.
  • Organize and analyze program evaluations and recommend program adjustments.
  • Assist in developing and coordinating local orientation for incoming associates.
  • Draft program announcements and other communications for distribution.
  • Coordinate AV and IT program needs, locally and globally.
  • Assist with tracking Illinois-admitted lawyers’ CLE compliance using the CLE database; communicate with lawyers regarding their compliance status.
  • Assist with administering and tracking the firm’s mentor program for newly admitted Illinois lawyers.
  • Generate and issue CLE certificates of attendance for lawyers attending accredited Sidley programs; process CLE certificates for entry into the Firm’s CLE tracking database.
  • Assist in drafting, editing, and uploading content for the Lawyer Training & Professional Development intranet site.
  • Use online research tools, produce data reports and analyses as requested, and develop visual presentations for internal team and firmwide reports.
  • Proofread all work with attention to detail and accuracy, make all necessary changes, and perform other substantive and administrative duties as needed.



Qualification Requirements: 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 Human Resources. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:


·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer


·         Experience coordinating lawyer training and/or professional development programs and initiatives

·         Large law firm experience

·         Project management and/or program design experience

·         Knowledge of CLE rules and procedures

·         Proficiency and aptitude with software applications and design tools for creating and formatting graphs, charts, and other visuals or the willingness and ability to learn


Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

Strong organizational skills

Strong attention to detail

Good judgment

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


Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.