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Ogletree Deakins: Senior Professional Development Coordinator (Kansas City)

Monday, March 11, 2019 1:45 PM | Tracy Roudebush (Administrator)

Position Summary

Our Kansas City, MO office has the opportunity for an experienced Senior Professional Development Coordinator to join the firm’s Professional Development and Inclusion (PDI) Department. This role will support the PDI Department in providing professional development opportunities to attorneys across the firm. The position will serve as the primary liaison and PDI partner to the Professional Development Steering Committee members, PD Ambassadors, the Associate Focus Group, and firm attorneys as needed. This person may also sit in either our St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, Austin, or any of our California offices.

Successful job applicants will be able to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations. These essential functions are grouped into six categories:

1. Information

  • Oversees the administration of all PD-related applications and digital platforms, including project managing the uploading of benchmarks to viSkills.
  • Drafts, guides, and updates PDI documents and ensures their timely distribution as appropriate.
  • Partners with direct supervisor to make presentations on PD resources as needed.
  • Collects information for and drafts the PD section of the annual internal memo.

2. Education

  • Project manages PD programs, events, and initiatives (whether in-person, remote, or online) and coordinates logistics tasks before, during and after the program (e.g. ensures distribution of invitations; sets up webinars; makes site, catering and audiovisual reservations, etc.).
  • Administers online training modules..
  • Researches PD-related topics. Creates drafts of trainings, presentations, scripts, summaries, and memos as needed for direct supervisor review with support from PDI Coordinator.
  • Stays abreast of developments in adult education, instructional design tools, etc. and makes recommendations about optimizing their use to direct supervisor.

3. Advancement

  • Coordinates tasks before, during, and after PD-related events at firm-wide events.
  • Participates as a member of the Professional Development Steering Committee (PDSC). Attends meetings; drafts agenda and talking points for meeting and submits to direct supervisor.
  • Acts as the point of contact for PD ambassadors to support the PD initiatives.
  • Partners with the Associate Focus Group (AFG) to meet their roles and responsibilities.
  • Suggests topics and offers ideas for improving existing PD initiatives or creating new ones.

4. Publicity

  • Spearheads the production of the PDI Annual Report and one of the two of the PDI E-Connection issues.
  • Creates content for internal and external professional development communications (e.g. WestLegalEd promos; quarterly PD ambassadors report; ODPro 2.0 communications, etc.).
  • Works with direct supervisor to determine what PD-related content to post or update.
  • Drafts presentations for PD-related speaking engagements for direct supervisor review.

5. Operations

  • Supports PD Senior Manager in administering the budget.
  • Directs and guides the PDI coordinator and admin assistant on various tasks and projects.
  • Keeps direct supervisor abreast of potential problems as they develop; seeks advice as needed.
  • Attends and prepares for staff meetings and departmental professional development days.
  • Co-creates his/her annual Professional Development Plan (PDP). Meets quarterly with direct supervisor to receive support and track progress.
  • Attends three local or regional D&I educational awareness opportunities (e.g. UMKC Pride breakfast) and at least three seminars, webinars or conferences for his/her own professional development (e.g. webcasts from ATD).

6. Advocacy

  • Stays informed of main PDI projects, initiatives, and activities to be able to speak about them.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 5+ years related experience at a law firm, professional services org., or government agency.
Position Elements
  • Technical Skills: Has the technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment; produces complete and accurate work.
  • Attendance and Punctuality: Lives within the attendance policy and maintains prescribed working hours. Is available to periodically work before or after hours and to travel to PDI events.
  • Attention to Detail: Has a detail-oriented and proactive approach to projects.
  • Flexibility: Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as need arises. Ability to work well with minimal supervision and deal well with ambiguity.
  • Quality: Maintains the high standards set by the department leadership.
  • Learning: Demonstrates ongoing willingness to refine skillsets and pursue new areas of knowledge.
Firm Elements
  • Communication: Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with individuals both in and out of the department.
  • Client Focus: Focus on providing excellent client service to team members, attorneys, and staff.
  • Integrity: Maintains confidences and fosters an ethical work environment.
  • Respect for Others/Value Diversity: Interacts effectively with people who have different values, cultures, or cultural backgrounds.
  • Teamwork: Able to build relationships with individuals both inside and out of the department to meet goals and objectives.

The PDI team considers a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous and professional attitude to be an essential function of every position. While different positions have different primary areas of responsibility, everyone needs to work as a team, and we expect all employees to roll up their sleeves and pitch in as necessary to get the job done.#@#_WA_-_CURSOR_-_POINT_#@#

Please note, we are not working with outside recruiters for this position.

Ogletree Deakins offers a robust suite of benefits for our Staff including: Paid Time Off, Sick Time, a 401(k) matching program, Profit Sharing, Paid Holidays, Paid Parental Leave, affordable Health and Life Insurance including Dental & Vision coverage, Health Savings Account /Flexible Spending Accounts to help offset the cost of dependent care and/or health care expenses, Teladoc (24/7 access to a doctor by phone or online video), Tuition Reimbursement and an Employee Assistance Program.

Firm Overview:

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has 850 lawyers located in 53 offices across the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Ogletree Deakins has been named a “Law Firm of the Year” for eight consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”. In 2019, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the legal profession, as well as all workplace environments and strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the firm.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

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10801 Mastin Blvd., Ste. 740
Overland Park, KS 66210
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