Director of Legal Talent (AB/YK)

Lawson Lundell LLP
Posting Date:
Jul 28, 2022
Lawson Lundell LLP


Lawson Lundell LLP is a leading regional Canadian business law firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary and Yellowknife. The firm is recognized and respected by its peers in legal and business publications and was recently named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2022. Business in Vancouver also recognized Lawson Lundell LLP as the fastest growing law firm in Western Canada.

Lawson Lundell LLP is seeking a Manager of Legal Talent to join our Calgary office. The successful candidate is an enthusiastic and hardworking team player who would like to work within our busy Calgary office.


Reporting to the Director of Legal Talent, the Manager of Legal Talent (AB/YK) is responsible for managing the associate and student program in the Calgary and Yellowknife offices of Lawson Lundell. They will work as an operational and strategic partner to the Director of Legal Talent in all matters related to our students and associates.

Standard Responsibilities

General responsibilities include assisting with recruiting and hiring, training and managing, performance management and the professional development of students and associates in the Calgary and Yellowknife offices of Lawson Lundell.

Recruiting and Hiring

  • Assist with lateral associate recruitment including the following:
    • Coordinating lateral recruitment strategy, including alternative sources to external hiring (e.g. digital media and recruiting agencies).
    • Tracking lateral applicants, candidates and hires using VI Recruit or other software.
    • Responding to all external inquiries regarding associate recruitment.
    • Coordinating the lateral associate interview process.
  • Assist with regional student recruitment including the following:
    • Liaising with Law Schools nationally regarding recruitment, sponsorship, events and awards.
    • Maintaining strong relationships with law school career resource offices and other law firm recruiting professionals.
    • Organizing all aspects of special student events held at the office.
    • Arranging for orientation week sponsorships, law school social functions, and law school outreach to ensure Lawson is attracting the best students.
    • Assisting with all aspects of on-campus interviews and in-firm interviews.
    • Maintaining VI Desktop recruiting database, including postings, applications, and correspondence.
    • Completing NALP forms, law school surveys, and any other statistical information required.
  • Oversee Law Society membership process for students and associates.

Training and Managing

  • Plan and coordinate Lawson's comprehensive student and new associate orientation training program.
  • Collaborate with the Research & Opinions group to coordinate summer research work assignments.
  • Organize and plan in-firm Grant of License and Call Ceremony celebrations.
  • Participate in Recruitment Committee, Student Committee and Professional Development Committee meetings.
  • Coordinate with Marketing to ensure accuracy of student and associate information on website and other social media platforms.
  • Work with the Director of Legal Talent to manage Lawson's mentoring program for students and associates.
  • Plan and coordinates social programming and team building events for students and associates.

Performance Management

  • Assist with administering the review process for summer and articled students.
  • Make recommendations regarding student hire back into associate roles.

Professional Development

  • Coordinate and implement professional development programming for students and associates.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Post-secondary education in Law
  • Former practicing legal professional
  • Leadership experience
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of recruitment in both Alberta and NWT
  • Highly organized and the ability to keep on top of multiple deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, including comfort with public speaking
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Initiative and strong work ethic
  • Discretion in handling highly confidential and sensitive information

This could be an 80% role. However, due to the nature of the role, some flexibility and full time hours will be required during formal recruitment periods.

If you are professional, motivated and hard-working team player, and are looking for a law-adjacent career opportunity, please submit your resume, with a cover letter to Allison Jackson at

What to expect

  • A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness; we believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace benefits both our firm and clients
  • An environment where constant learning is encouraged
  • A fun and collaborative work environment
  • A team of unique individuals who will help take your skills and experience to the next level
  • A commitment to providing a discrimination-free and harassment-free workplace environment

Although we thank all applicants for their interest in Lawson Lundell LLP, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Contact Name: Allison Jackson

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