Sidley Austin LLP

Professional Development Assistant - Dallas

Recruiting Location US-TX-Dallas
Learning & Development


The Professional Development Assistant will work closely with the Chief Learning & Development Officer, the New York-based Director of Professional Development, the DA-based Senior Professional Development Manager, other Learning & Development team members across the firm, and lawyers and staff in the Dallas and Houston offices 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 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.
  • Assist in coordinating logistics and program materials for firm-wide conferences run by the Professional Development team including conferences for new lawyers, mid-level associates, and new partners.
  • Draft program announcements and other communications for distribution.
  • Collect, organize, and submit written materials and other program documentation to the CLE team in order to obtain CLE accreditation for Firm-sponsored educational programs.
  • Coordinate AV and IT program needs, locally and globally.
  • Assist with tracking lawyers’ CLE compliance using the Firm’s CLE tracking system (Micron CE Manager); communicate with lawyers regarding their compliance status.
  • 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 Learning & Development intranet site and the firm’s Learning Management System.
  • 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.


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:


  • 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.


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