West Coast Recruiting Manager

Global Law Firm’s Downtown Los Angeles Office; Direct Hire; $110K - $120K DOE

Our client is looking for a high caliber individual to help us take their recruitment function to the next level and be a best in class function. This candidate will have excellent client relationship management skills as well as outstanding professional presence. They will be responsible for leading strategy and creating strong connectivity within the team as well as their peers within the broader People Team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and manage the overall attorney recruiting effort for the West Coast (LA and Silicon Valley)
  • Thinking creatively, strategically, commercially and competitively to meet our objectives of hiring top talent and recruiting for long-term strategic fit
  • Serve as the firm’s relationship manager with key contacts at universities (i.e. careers services, placement offices, deans, faculties, student societies). Continually source and develop these relationships to ensure meaningful engagement and dialogue that is differentiated from our competitors
  • Own and lead the strategic and marketing initiatives for on-campus student engagement (e.g. social media and branding initiatives, marketing, events, emails, e-shots, advertisements etc.)
  • Project-manage and attend a suite of effective and impactful campus events (e.g. careers fairs, workshops, case studies, presentations etc.). Work with key stakeholders to ensure broad partner engagement and attendance at all events
  • Host and moderate campus events (including welcome remarks, recruitment overviews etc.); present at and run training events (including CV/ Interview workshops etc.); actively participate in networking and selling of brand message
  • Work with the Partners and Career Services to identify strong candidates on campus and ultimately develop and coach these target recruits throughout the process.
  • Lead the planning and execution of the on-campus interview season; track and manage candidates from application/ resume screening stage through callback interviews; manage and track all interview feedback; facilitate the meetings where offer decisions are made; follow up with candidates regarding final status
  • Monitor and drive the sell process for all candidates (summer and lateral) once an offer has been extended
  • End-to-end support and execution of Summer Associate recruitment pipeline programs, including writing and conducting reviews, helping to organize, and at times attending, various internal and external events. Supporting the Summer Associates’ engagement and transition throughout the process.
  • Track and analyze results of Summer Associate class outcomes to create meaningful data for a better understanding of future success factors.
  • Run focus groups and raise awareness of our brand where it relates to surveys
  • Keep abreast of trends in recruitment, market intelligence, and competitor benchmarking
  • Build relationships with key internal recruiting contacts, such as Attorneys and HR, and partner with them on regional strategy/ business plans
  • Collaborate with the D&I team to create and implement a strong and focused diversity strategy
  • Manage all reporting, metrics, and data management, and be able to report data accurately in real time. With a strong eye for detail and an analytical mind-set, use data to tell the recruiting story, and demonstrate the ability to improve results year on year.
  • Present data and trend analysis to key stakeholders. Use data to make and support strategic proposals, and modify regional and global core objectives as needed.
  • Ensure a constant flow of consistent, on-brand information and ensure diligence in presenting the firm’s EVP.
  • Manage all on boarding programs, contract management, and bar admissions
  • Manage all data relating to ATS
  • Support with Associate lateral recruitment where necessary

Duties and Accountabilities: 

  • Proven ability to quickly develop relationships with internal and external clients, such as the broader recruiting team, People team, and General Counsel’s office, and colleagues to drive measurable results against strategy
  • Excellent oral and written communication with outstanding presentation skills, and strong competency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Client service oriented and credible
  • Ability to manage diverse stakeholders and build networks quickly
  • Results-orientated: ability to handle multiple, time-sensitive projects while focusing on the quality of work delivered to clients
  • Strong Project Management skills: ability to handle multiple priorities and plan projects on an annual basis
  • Strong analytical and data-analysis skills
  • Critical analysis, forward thinking; ability to foresee the impact of emerging trends/patterns
  • Committed team player: ability to work effectively as a leader and follower in cross-functional and global teams
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline driven and fast paced environment
  • Self-starter
  • Creative thinker and problem solver
  • Able to work autonomously. Handles pressured situations calmly and with care
  • Act as a trusted consultant for the Partnership and effects change as and where appropriate
  • Keep current on key recruitment and industry trends, and rely a strong external network of peers
  • Displays tenacity, a can-do attitude, eager to be involved in new initiatives
  • Good judgement and professional maturity
  • Strong professional presence


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years of legal recruiting experience in law firm environment, 2 of which should be at the management level
  • Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker
  • Commercial and business awareness
  • Ability to see the big picture
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple tasks
  • Driven by professional growth
  • Strong professional presence
  • Client service focus
  • Team player
  • Strong judgment
  • Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative
  • Long-term interest in business law
  • Fluency in English
  • International experience a plus   

Location & Reporting: 

  • This is role based in Los Angeles, CA.
  • This role reports to reports to the Global Recruiting and Employer Branding Leader.