McGuireWoods LLP

Career Development Advisor - Law Firm

Job Location US-DC-Washington | US-NC-Charlotte | US-VA-Richmond | US-NY-New York
Attorney Recruiting & Development
Pos. Type
Regular Full-Time


McGuireWoods LLP has an exciting opportunity for a Career Development Advisor to join the firm. The ideal candidate has industry relationships and vast knowledge of resources and services to provide guidance, counsel and opportunities to McGuireWoods’ attorneys that are considering a career change. Working as a member of the Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development team, the Career Development Advisor serves as a legal talent ambassador for McGuireWoods’ attorneys and client in-house teams. This individual is highly interactive with the firm’s legal leadership, Department Chairs, clients and external networks.


McGuireWoods is a full-service firm providing legal and business solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide for more than 184 years. Our law firm has earned the loyalty of many longstanding clients with deep understanding of their businesses and broad skills in corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters. People come here to do great, challenging work and we provide the resources and training for them to succeed and develop professionally. Working together from offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, McGuireWoods is dedicated to diverse perspectives, impeccable service, and innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions. For more information, visit


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Career Advising and Planning

  • Coach attorneys through process of identifying range of possible career options, taking into account attorney's professional and personal background, needs and preferences
  • Provide individually tailored guidance in development of both near and longer-term career goals, and then provide advice and feedback on plan to achieve those goals
  • Work closely with the Department Chairs, Associates Committee, the Diversity Action Council, chairs of firm affinity networks, and other firm leaders to  pro-actively identify attorneys who might particularly benefit from career advising, and develop individualized outreach strategies for those attorneys, as appropriate
  • Raise awareness about availability of career advising resources and encourage attorneys to seek out career advising by offering trainings, writing articles, participating in firm events, and otherwise engaging with attorneys

Identifying and Managing In-House Job Opportunities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key firm clients (and other employers, where appropriate) to foster in-house counsel employment opportunities
  • Create and maintain internal job board of opportunities with key firm clients and other strategically important employers, and provide feedback and support to firm attorneys who express an interest in applying
  • Conduct outreach to Department Chairs and other firm leaders to identify possible candidates for senior level in-house opportunities where doing so could particularly enhance the firm's strategic relationship with the client
  • Track information about attorneys seconded to clients, including length of secondments and employment outcomes (return to firm, hiring by by client, or other)

Alumni Engagement

  • Define alumni outreach communication strategies on topics relating to career development and job opportunities, and work with Marketing and Business Development team to execute such strategies
  • Work closely with Marketing and Business Development team to actively engage and cultivate effective relationships with alumni to enhance career opportunities for both firm attorneys seeking external opportunities and for alumni seeking new opportunities


  • Requires Bachelor's degree and six to eight years of work related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in organization/development effectiveness positions in professional services or corporate environments
  • Extensive experience in training and development functions across large organizations
  • Law Firm experience preferred
  • Expertise in promoting adherence to the firm's core values, including diversity, collegiality, commitment, character and competence


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