Sidley Austin LLP

  • Training and Development Manager

    Recruiting Location US-DC-Washington
    Training & Development
  • Summary

    The Manager of Training & Development will be based in Washington DC and have primary responsibility for Sidley's Washington DC office. As part of the firmwide Lawyer Training & Professional Development team, the Manager is charged with creating and implementing programs and projects both regionally and firmwide, and working with the firmwide team to further the long-term professional development of the Firm's attorneys.


    The Manager will work with the Firm's management, the Chief Training & Professional Development Officer, the Director, the Training & Professional Development Committee, and Practice Group/Practice Area Team leadership and other Lawyer Training & Professional Development team members to implement training programs to help attorneys practice law effectively, earn their CLE credits efficiently, maintain avenues of communication between partners and associates, and foster a strong Firm community. The Manager will also have special additional areas of focus, working closely with the Director.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Lawyer Training

    • Assist in the implementation of the firmwide strategic direction for attorney education and development consistent with the Firm's objectives.
    • Assist in the development and delivery of substantive and skills training programs, regionally and firmwide, live and via technology that meet professional, business, and client service goals.
    • Oversee the collection of data and develop reports to help track the quality and quantity of attorney training opportunities.
    • Work with the Director, Chief Training & Professional Development Officer, and the Training & Professional Development Committee and Chairs, as well as other committees, such as Recruiting, Evaluation and Compensation of Associates, Diversity, Retention and Promotion of Women, and Marketing and Practice Development, to further attorney training and development.
    • Produce professional development resources.
    • Write articles, announcements, reports, and other professional development communications as needed.
    • Manage additional attorney training and development projects, as well as design, introduce, and support new initiatives.    

    Orientation and Integration

    • Assist the Director in working with the appropriate Committees to deliver and continually enhance attorney orientation programs and lateral attorney integration initiatives.
    • Work with the Director in supporting the Recruiting Committee, as needed, in coordinating and implementing summer associate training.

    CLE Compliance

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


    • Assist the Chief Training & Professional Development Officer and Director as they work with the Committee on Evaluation and Compensation of Associates to respond to training and development needs identified in the semi-annual review of associates.


    • Help implement support networks for mentors, including mentoring training resources and meetings as needed.

    Career Development Programming and Counseling

    • Promote a work environment that helps attorneys reach their highest potential.
    • Counsel attorneys on career-development issues, as needed.

    Lawyer Outreach and Engagement

    • Conduct ongoing formal and informal outreach to individual lawyers, Practice Group Heads, other key leaders, and relevant committees to maintain a practice of continuous needs assessment and to facilitate a dialogue on matters of professional development.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (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. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


    Education and/or Experience:



    • J.D. degree    
    • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in Training and Development, law or related field
    • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience
    • Ability to format graphs, charts, and other visual methods of presenting information
    • Ability to work effectively across offices and time zones
    • Ability to travel within region and firmwide, as needed
    • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Sound project management skills
    • Effective written and oral communication skills



    • Washington DC practice experience
    • Adult education and program design 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:

    • 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.


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