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Clifford Chance is one of the world’s leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in Business Services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still.  Business Services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.


The primary objective of the Professional Development Specialist role is to assist the Firm with a variety of associate talent development areas, including staffing, coaching, training, mentoring and CLE, among others. The role will interact with the Transactional (Global Financial Markets, Corporate and Real Estate) and Litigation practices in the New York and DC offices and provide support to the broader Professional Development team. This position can be located in either our New York, NY or Washington, DC office.


  • Assist with the staffing of time-sensitive assignments to ensure excellence in client service and provide development opportunities for associates
  • Monitor associate workload with a view to ensuring equity and proper work levels, tracking billable, non-billable and pro bono hours
  • Staff matters according to associate interests, availability and client needs
  • Become familiar with attorney practice areas and keep abreast of changes within each department
  • Ensure that the staffing database (Retain) is updated on a weekly basis to facilitate monitoring of associate work levels
  • Review and analyze reports generated from the staffing database
  • Serve as liaison with our team in Delhi
  • Maintain the Holiday/Out of Office tracker for all groups
  • Document associate performance feedback as directed, elevating issues to the Head of Professional Development – Americas as needed
  • Coordinate departmental and practice area trainings
  • Manage the Career Development Mentor program
  • Assist in coordinating and presenting annual new hire orientation for the Fall Law Clerks
  • Meet with lateral hires as part of the onboarding/orientation process
  • Assist with the administration and maintenance of Firm-sponsored CLE programs including in-house training programs
  • Provide coverage for the CLE Compliance Specialist as needed
  • Work on other assignments/projects/initiatives as assigned


  • 2-3 years of professional development/human resource/administrative support experience in a professional services organization
  • Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize competing demands to meet deadlines
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced and growing environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Facility in making effective decisions using sound judgment
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and maintain strong internal working relationships
  • Excellent organizational and client service skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (highly proficient in Excel)
  • Ability to work outside the core business hours as needed
  • Ability to travel to as needed (infrequent)
  • Must be independently legally authorized to work in the United States

Additional Information:


It has been and continues to be the Firm’s policy to provide equal opportunity and equal terms and conditions of employment to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, immigration status, pregnancy, disability, veteran status, genetic predisposition, or any other status protected by law.


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Alternatives are available for individuals who are unable to use or access our online application system.  For assistance, please contact Clifford Chance's Human Resources Department at Human Resources Department or call 212-878-8000.