Director of Human Resources, Blank Rome LLP

Sandra M. Lucian

Director of Human Resources, Blank Rome LLP

The Director of Human Resources (“HR”) is responsible for leading and overseeing the recruitment, orientation, professional development, evaluation, and compensation of administrative professionals and paralegals within the firm; developing and managing HR initiatives; overseeing HR systems and processes; handling employee relations matters; serving as a liaison to other Firm administrative departments; providing HR advice and guidance; and assisting to build and maintain a high-performance, collaborative team-oriented culture, all under the direction of the Chief Human Resources Officer (“CHRO”).

 

Responsibilities
 
  • Oversee the recruitment of administrative professionals and paralegals, as well as their orientation and onboarding, ensuring that the experience is efficient, effective, and consistent with the firm’s goals and objectives.  Draft and update position descriptions as needed, and work collaboratively with other administrative departments to enhance the orientation and onboarding processes.
  • Design appropriate professional development programs for administrative professionals and paralegals that are tailored to the firm’s needs and to individuals’ roles, and that further the Firm’s goals of fostering a High-Performance Culture, including managerial training, staff training, and HR compliance training.
  • Manage HR operations team, and work closely and collaboratively with all members of the HR Department, serving as a mentor and adviser.  Demonstrate and instill a passion for excellent customer service, high quality work, close attention to detail, and prompt, timely and accurate work production and communications.
  • Oversee the HR aspects of the Firm’s HR technology system -Workday -and the production of timely and accurate HR reports needed for management purposes, requests for proposals, and surveys.
  • Oversee the process flow of HR tasks within the department, ensuring that they are efficient and effective, and the continual improvement of that process flow as needed.
  • Oversee the annual evaluation and compensation processes for administrative professionals and paralegals, ensuring that they are efficient and effective, and that compensation is appropriate and consistent with relevant markets.
  • Handle employee relations issues effectively, demonstrating compassion, good judgment, and a desire to ensure that all personnel perform at the highest level possible, and consistent with firm policies and procedures.
  • Serve as an HR resource available to provide guidance and direction to those in managerial positions, working collaboratively and supporting their needs and the goals of the Firm.
  • Ensure Firm compliance with federal and state legislation pertaining to recruitment and employment management, and stay abreast of legislative changes in this area, including evolving posting and notice requirements. Ensure appropriate postings and notices are provided throughout the Firm’s offices as required.
  • Oversee work on the Firm HR budget and costs related thereto throughout the year.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of Firm employment policies, drafting and editing policies as needed and ensuring that they are communicated appropriately.
  • Manage the placement and updates of HR information on the Firm’s Intranet.
  • Monitor industry trends and make recommendations to the CHRO relating to policy changes based on such trends.
  • Serve as an HR ambassador and role model to other members of the HR team and colleagues at the Firm, demonstrating a strong personal commitment to the Firm’s High-Performance Culture.
  • Provide continual updates to the CHRO regarding status of ongoing work and any issues which arise.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Skills/Qualifications
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required; JD a plus.
Experience
  • 12+ years of HR experience in a professional service environment, preferably in a law firm setting.
  • 8+ years’ experience managing a team.
  • Labor & Employment law background a plus.
Certificates & Licenses
  • JD, SPHR or SPR preferred.
Competencies
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively interface with attorneys at all levels, administrative professionals, candidates for employment, and third parties outside the firm.
  • Client-focused and highly responsive.
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-orientation, with ability to efficiently produce accurate and precise work product.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and multi-task, and work well under pressure.
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations.
  • Ability to move initiatives forward, meet deadlines, be highly responsive, and to simultaneously manage and appropriately prioritize a large number of on-going projects.
  • Strong work ethic and results driven, with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to demonstrate compassion, empathy and good judgment, as well as ability to work well with a broad variety of people.
  • Excellent drafting and writing skills.
  • Strong technical and computer skills, with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, and Excel required and experience with PowerPoint, viDesktop, and Workday a plus.
  • Commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information.
  • Commitment to consistent communication and follow up in a regular and appropriate manner.
  • Ability to work extended hours to meet the needs of the Firm.
 Physical Demands
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time, type, and handle light lifting.

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