Perkins Coie, LLP Legal Project Manager in Seattle, Washington
Legal Project ManagerPractice ManagementJob #S20181018C – Seattle, Washington
The Legal Project Manager (LPM) position reports to the Director of Legal Project Management. Legal Project Managers are aligned with Firm strategy and play an important role in advancing the Firm’s advanced approach to the delivery of legal services. This position supports client-facing engagements to ensure successful implementation of such projects. This position provides support for all practice groups and will affect efficiency, quality, profitability, competitive position and client satisfaction. This position will interact with legal and business professionals internally and externally and is expected to uphold the image of the Firm by maintaining positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff.
Primary Job Responsibilities:• Assist legal teams and practice groups with the delivery of legal services for complex, high profile client engagements employing project management methods and tools.• Provide project management oversight, principles, methodologies and tools as defined by legal teams and practice groups for internal and client-facing projects with limited complexity.• Manage assigned projects and associated activities to ensure resources are channeled to produce planned deliverables on time and within scope and budget.• Organize project teams into work groups and work closely with relationship attorneys to support and guide the entire project team in their effort to achieve business goals and produce deliverables within the specified time frames and on budget.• Monitor the project scope management process to ensure key stakeholders are apprised of scope change requests and impact to project.• Collaborate with team resources to plan for custom solutions and oversee the design, plan and implementation for client-facing technical or process solutions.
Specific Skills Required:• Computer proficient with advanced skills in MS Office required. Ability to learn new technology, tools and platforms.• Aptitude to make difficult and complex independent decisions.• Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills, including record keeping, data collection and system information. Ability to compile and analyze data, and furnish concise, detailed information in written report format.• Excellent facilitation skills to lead meetings, conduct effective briefings and presentations, and to develop consensus, both internally and externally.• Strong ability to lead, think creatively, pro-actively adapt to a changing environment, act decisively, and motivate, develop inspire and empower others.• Ability to plan, organize, direct, implement and evaluate processes to lead people and manage resources to achieve desired results.• SharePoint, Visio and MS Project knowledge preferred.
Education & Experience:Experience in a similar role at either a professional services company or in a legal environment. Minimum three years formal project management experience preferred or equivalent work experience. PMP, JD or MBA preferred. Understanding of project estimation and management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle. Minimum 5 years law firm or legal operations experience required.
Travel:This position may require travel.
While this position is open in Seattle, we encourage and will entertain candidates that would reside in other Perkins Coie office locations.
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