The Manager of Professional Development works with the Director of Strategic Talent Management to design and implement programs focused on attorney on-boarding, core legal and professional skills, and leadership development, as well as cultural initiatives around engagement, work-life effectiveness, and other areas. The Manager designs and implements innovative and impactful learning programs, including curricula for the firm’s departments and legal practice areas, plus core skills training programs in the areas of feedback, people and project management, and communications skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work collaboratively across departments and functions to assist in developing and executing a comprehensive talent development strategy.
- Build core legal skills training programs to support associate and professional track attorney development of core competencies, and to develop a core curriculum of training for the firm’s departments and practice areas
- Develop an approach for the departments to monitor their pipeline of talent, identify the learning and/or development needs of attorneys in the group, and provide appropriate client opportunities, training, mentoring, coaching, and resources to help them develop.
- Partner with Director to improve all firm training programs and tools to be more interactive, practical, and effective, applying advanced adult learning theory and relevant technologies.
- Manage effective work brokering systems for each department.
- Assist Director in managing associate performance review cycles (e.g., annual reviews, interim evaluations, performance improvement plans).
- Maintain an understanding of the firm’s competitors and their professional development programs.
- Oversee flexible work arrangement program for legal staff and continuing legal education (“CLE”) course accreditation and compliance program.
- Serve ex officio as a member of the Associates Committee.
- Manage effective and consistent programs to enhance the work/life effectiveness for attorneys.
- Assume additional responsibilities as requested.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Juris Doctorate strongly preferred.
- Minimum of 4 years of practice in a large law firm and/or 3 years of professional development experience in a leading professional services firm.
- Professional coaching certification and/or teaching experience considered a plus.
- Experience with CLE course accreditation and compliance considered a plus.
- Familiarity with organizational development, curriculum management, instructional design, learning management systems, adult learning techniques, principles, theory and online learning technologies also considered a plus.
- Excellent attention to detail, organizational, interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills, as well as the ability to listen well, take initiative and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Must be a diplomatic and creative problem solver and possess superior judgment.
- Proven ability to build trust with and gain buy-in from firm leaders and other key stakeholders.
- Ability to travel to multiple firm office locations as necessary.
The Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP has an immediate opening for a full-time, experienced commercial real estate paralegal. Our Real Estate Group represents real estate developers, lenders and investors in every aspect of the commercial real estate industry. The commercial real estate paralegal will assist partners and associates in all real estate transactions.
Ideal candidates will have at least four years of commercial real estate experience in a busy commercial real estate practice, assisting attorneys in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including document preparation and review, closing coordination, title and survey review and corporate entity formation. The candidate should have familiarity with all aspects of commercial lending and finance transactions. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, as are the abilities to draft settlement statements and to review title commitments, survey, title insurance policies and endorsements.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Paralegal certificate preferred. Prior real estate experience required.
- Massachusetts Notary preferred.
- Candidate must be detail oriented, proficient with Microsoft Office and be highly motivated with strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
- Candidates must also work well both independently and with teams of attorneys and staff.
- Candidates must take initiative, anticipate the needs of the transaction, and follow specific detailed procedures.
- Candidates must possess excellent inter-personal and client communication skills.
- Flexibility for overtime is a must.
Corporate Paralegal — Boston
Sullivan & Worcester LLP has an immediate opening for a mid-level corporate paralegal. The candidate will assist partners and/or associates in all corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase agreements and credit agreements).
- General corporate support:
- Form and maintain business entities: draft and file formation documents, maintain minutes books and related data tracking, prepare minutes, prepare foreign qualifications and track and perform other company maintenance functions.
- Support acquisition and disposition transactions: prepare corporate certificates and provide appropriate documentation, make required filings, assist with closings, etc.
- Maintain: closing document binders, archives of material agreements, letters sent to audit firms, D&O questionnaires for public companies, binder of publicly filed documents, etc.
- Assist in preparation of UCC financing statements.
- Assist client with annual reports and tax filings as requested by client.
- Assist in qualifying and withdrawing entities to do business in foreign jurisdictions.
- Securities support a plus:
- Prepare notices for Regulation D, Rule 506 offerings, prepare blue sky research, memoranda and filings. NASAA Electronic Filing Depository experience needed.
- Support annual and reporting teams: prepare Section 16 and stock exchange filings, assist in preparation of annual, quarterly and current reports, etc.
- Support securities offerings: procure and assemble closing documents, assist with closings, order and organize good standing requests and maintain closing and post-closing files.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Paralegal certificate appreciated.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
- Works effectively, calmly and quickly under pressure.
- Works well both independently and with teams; exhibits superior judgment.
- Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple priorities.
- Strong technical skills, including word processing, internet and databases.
- Occasional overtime as needed.
- 4 plus years experience preferred.
Estate Administrator — Boston
The Estate Administrator is responsible for preparing court documents and filings, preparing and filing federal and state fiduciary income tax returns, estate tax returns, gift tax returns, valuation of estate assets, calculating trust funding and trustee appointment documents and other projects within the trusts and estates group as needed.
- Preparation of Tax Returns
- preparation and filing of gift tax returns
- preparing and filing federal and state estate tax returns
- preparing and filing federal and state fiduciary income tax returns for estates and trust
- Administration of estates and trusts including:
- working closely with clients and financial institutions and appraisers
- preparing, filing and following up on probate documents in courts
- marshalling decedent’s assets
- preparing cash requirements for estates
- valuation of stock and bond portfolios
- maintaining checkbooks and ledgers
- coordinating liquidation and/or transfer of decedent’s assets
- preparing receipts, releases and indemnification agreements
- preparing formal and informal accountings for estates and trusts
- coordinating distribution to beneficiaries of estates and trusts
- assisting with post-mortem income tax planning
- participating in estate and income tax audits
- computation of commissions for executors and trustees
- providing documents needed for sale of decedent’s real property or cooperative apartment, including obtaining releases of federal and state estate tax liens
- organizing and maintaining records
- administering insurance trusts
- Estate planning preparation and computations based on varied scenarios
- Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate
- At least 3-5 years of trusts and estates experience preferably at a law firm
- Excellent written and verbal communication as well as inter-personal skills
- Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple priorities
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Works effectively, calmly and quickly under pressure
- Strong technical skills, including use of various tax and accounting programs, ProSystem fx, Word and Excel
Sullivan is a leading corporate law firm advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 200 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, regulatory law, and employment and benefits.
We welcome inquiries from all who are interested in learning more about our firm. For additional information please direct inquiries to:
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Attn: Human Resources
Sullivan is a diverse and team-oriented law firm.