Professional Development Specialist (Los Angeles)

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Professional Development Specialist based in our Los Angeles office. The Professional Development Specialist manages and supports professional development initiatives for attorneys and others at all levels, including the development and maintenance of programs that align with attorney recruitment, engagement and retention activities. The Professional Development Specialist reports to the Attorney Recruiting & Development Director and will regularly collaborate with other members of the Human Resources Department to support general firm-wide training initiatives.

The hourly range for the position of Professional Development Specialist at Nossaman is $38.46 to $48.72 an hour. The successful candidate’s annual compensation for this position is reasonably expected to be set between $75,000 and $95,000 per year. However, actual compensation will depend on a variety of factors, including, without limitation, the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the annual performance evaluation processes for partners, associates and policy advisors, including synthesizing information and drafting summary evaluations, conducting outreach to evaluators and administering various evaluation and tracking systems
  • Analyze partner, associate and policy advisor performance trends to identify professional development needs; collaborate with practice groups to design and implement appropriate development plans for groups and/or individuals
  • Participate in the orientation and integration of new attorneys
  • Implement associate and policy advisor mentoring programs, recommend mentor assignments, monitor participation and report on measures of success
  • Maintain professional development information in viDesktop
  • Manage MCLE administration, including sourcing and developing in-house programs, reviewing and approving programs for MCLE credit eligibility, monitoring attorney bar admissions and associated MCLE compliance and maintaining the firm’s accredited provider status
  • Monitor current trends and best practices in legal professional development; suggest/implement new initiatives, as appropriate, to promote innovative and cutting edge programming
  • Provide support to the Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Resources Director on the firm’s diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives, staff training and development initiatives as needed

Experience & Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three to five (3–5) years of relevant experience supporting professional development or organizational development initiatives in a law firm or professional services firm, including executing professional development programs such as in-house training and mentoring programs
  • Bachelor's degree required with emphasis in human resources, organizational leadership or psychology preferred; a Juris Doctor degree is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in a collaborative organization and to create consensus-based support for strategies and processes
  • Ability to independently develop programs and handle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously with a high degree of professionalism and client service
  • Skilled at meeting strict deadlines under significant time constraints
  • High comfort level with technology and relevant applications, including viDesktop and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Superior communication and engagement skills, including the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with individuals at all levels of the firm
  • Exceptional attention to detail, as well as project management and organizational skills

The successful candidate must be proactive, customer service oriented, energetic and reliable. As with all Firm positions, impeccable integrity, excellent judgment and sensitivity to others are essential. Enthusiasm, diverse interests and a good sense of humor are also useful and appreciated.


Nossaman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability status or any other category protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of Nossaman’s employment lifecycle including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities.

Agency submissions by invitation only. Unsolicited submissions will not be accepted.

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