Legal Personnel and Recruiting Manager

Work Locations: Boston
Department: Legal Recruiting

About Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients’ critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals.  These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s global, 24/7 business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clients—which include many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions—ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus primarily on the asset management, technology, life sciences, health care and real estate industries. Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, real estate, intellectual property, business and securities litigation, government enforcement, antitrust, and privacy and data security.

Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.



Manage Entry Level & Lateral Recruitment programs for the Boston office, including the efficient and effective management of all aspects of activities related to the recruiting and hiring of entry level lawyers, the summer associate program, and the recruiting and hiring of lateral lawyers and career associates.  In addition, manage specific key transitions for incoming attorneys, including new associate orientation.  This role collaborates with the other Legal Recruiting Managers, who have responsibility for the distinct geographical regions, as well as Legal Personnel and Global Mobility managers.  The Legal Personnel and Recruiting Manager reports directly to the Senior Director of Legal Personnel, Recruiting and Global Mobility and works closely with the firm’s hiring partner, as well as other partners actively involved in recruiting initiatives and key attorney transitions.  The role requires a focus on people-management, continuous process improvement and the ability to engage in close collaboration with attorneys and other administrative departments both inside and outside of Human Resources.


  1. Manage Legal Recruiting team in Boston effectively to emphasize high performance, continuous improvement and collaboration with other departments outside of HR.  Coach, mentor, and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing career development planning and opportunities.  Delegate responsibility and expect accountability.  Provide effective feedback on a regular basis in addition to managing the annual performance reviews.  Work closely with the Legal Recruiting Managers in other geographical regions to coordinate and synchronize cohesive approach.
  2. Oversee new associate orientation process for all US offices.        
  3. Working with the Manager of Legal Recruiting – Team Lead, manage lateral, technical advisor and career associate hiring and onboarding processes for the Boston office. 
  4. Oversee the management of the firm’s summer associate program, including social events, trainings, surveys, and evaluations. Work closely with other managers, senior recruiting coordinator and the other recruitment coordinators to ensure program initiatives are carried out successfully and on budget.
  5. In collaboration with and oversight from the Manager of Legal Personnel and Global Mobility – Team Lead, collaborate on key transitions for all incoming attorneys and manage processes, such as relocations, assignments, and office transitions.
  6. Manage law schools relationships for Boston area school, as well as others requested by the Senior Director.
  7. Benchmark, formulate, administer and maintain recruiting policies, operational procedures and practices consistent with the goals and objectives of the firm, including meeting firm’s diversity hiring goals. 
  8. Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among staff; lead team to meet the firm’s expectations for productivity, quality and goal accomplishment.
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Legal Personnel, Recruiting and Global Mobility.


  • Flexibility in responding quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Proven leadership, people management, and organizational skills, coupled with the ability to excel in a multiple authorities environment
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of firm personnel
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of duties
  • Ability to recognize confidential information and to maintain confidentiality of such information
  • Must be team-oriented and able to share information, goals, opportunities, successes and failures with the appropriate parties
  • Must pay attention to details and have the ability to follow up and follow through
  • Ability to multi-task, manage, delegate, and prioritize projects effectively
  • Ability to work independently, under the direction of others, and as a part of a team
  • Ability to work in a multi-office environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment
  • Proactive in learning and adapting to new systems and processes
  • Ability to perform under stressful conditions in a thoughtful and professional manner


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7+ years recruiting and/or personnel experience, preferably in a law firm or professional services firm
  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) and database programs (e.g., LawCruit)
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills


This is an exempt position.  Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  Some travel may be required.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.


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