Practice Manager – Energy and Infrastructure Group Houston NY
Job ID: 17701
Our client is seeking a Practice Manager of Energy & Infrastructure who is ready to be challenged and build a career within an AmLaw Top 50 law firm. This position could be based in the firm’s Houston, New York, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. locations. This is a hybrid position with the expectation of being in the office as needed and is subject to change based on business needs.
What Will You Do?
You will report to the Chief Practice Officer for the Energy & Infrastructure practice group (“E&I”) and work closely with the Chief Practice Officer, firm leadership and other business professionals to accomplish the strategic, financial, talent, and operational objectives of the firm’s E&I practice and to support the firm’s shared client service, collaboration, and innovation goals by overseeing and actively managing associate and of counsel utilization, addressing resource demands, adhering to financial management best practices, and enhancing profitability in E&I.
The E&I Practice Manager will be primarily responsible for managing associate staffing in the U.S. and associate utilization and professional development globally. The successful Practice Manager will apply an in-depth understanding of the client service needs, staffing requirements, pricing arrangements, deal and inventory life cycles, and key financial metrics to making sound judgements and minimizing the administrative burden on practice leaders and partners.
The Practice Manager of E&I will have primary responsibility for all associate-related matters, particularly in the U.S., including:
Staffing and Utilization
– Drive practice group utilization and manage the work allocation process for U.S. associates in the group.
– Monitor workloads and professional development of U.S. associates and help allocate new matters in a manner which ensures an equitable distribution of assignments consistent with the clients’ needs and the attorneys’ individual professional development goals.
– Track, aggregate and analyze associate metrics, including availability information and utilization rates. Partner with the Chief Practice Officer and associates to ensure that individual goals relating to productivity are achieved and practice group productivity is optimized.
– Staff non-partner attorneys on partner requests for staffing.
– Monitor and manage associate-led initiatives.
– Coordinate with supervising partners to identify staffing needs and hiring targets; partner with the Talent and Finance teams to ensure hiring efforts are supporting the goals and needs of the group and supporting firm profitability targets.
– Regularly connect with associates to level-set on professional development goals, perceived skills gaps, and socialize the Practice Manager role as a firm resource for the Business Unit’s non-partner attorneys.
– Collaborate with the Talent team and the Chief Practice Officer to address associates who may be having specific challenges so that appropriate mentoring, training, and other actions can be taken to address such challenges in a timely manner.
– Manage the associate/partner mentor assignments and discuss same with associates.
– Facilitate practice group integration of new associates and of counsel.
– Coordinate with legal recruiting and practice partners to facilitate efficient associate recruiting. – Collaborate with the innovation team to assign the right resource to the right task including leveraging career associates, Service Center, Williams Lea, automation, paralegals, CaseStream and the Analytics Team to maximize impact on client matters.
The Practice Manager of E&I may also assist the Chief Practice Officer with certain Practice Administration tasks.
– Cultivate relationship with practice group leader(s) to build practice group connectivity, rapport and trust.
– Initiate ideas for improving profitability of matters, including the efficient allocation of internal resources and staff across client matters & group initiatives.
– Approve specific expense reimbursement requests, non-billable travel, write offs and similar administrative tasks in accordance with firm policies.
– Research, compile data and perform business and financial analysis related to practice group strategic initiatives and projects.
– Assist in oversight of partners’ billing and collection practices throughout the year and in connection with the year-end and periodic billing/collections pushes.
– Provide ad hoc financial analysis (profitability, billing, collections, time entry, utilization, etc.). – Coordinate with records team and relevant timekeepers to facilitate associate exit procedures.
– Collaborate with and support practice leaders on practice group communications.
– Strong preference for an individual who has practiced law for at least 3 years in a large law firm or corporate legal department.
– Significant experience working in Energy & Infrastructure areas.
– Excellent project management, prioritization, attention to detail and organizational skills
– Ability to effectively collaborate with teams of partners, associates and other professionals at all levels.
– Ability to work efficiently in a matrix environment, which requires frequent collaboration with cross-department teams
– Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and decision making.
– Demonstrated ability to be discreet and treat confidential information appropriately.
– Demonstrated ability to effectively use technology, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software at an advanced level.
– Ability to deliver strong customer service, commit to meeting deadlines, and multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
– Exceptional problem solving and communication skills, both written and verbal.
– Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and financial and data information systems.
– J.D. preferred; MBA or equivalent industry experience considered.