Professional Development Program Specialist

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Human Resources
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20000216 Requisition #
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DLA Piper LLP (US) is a leading global business law firm. We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results oriented people who enjoy working in a fast paced environment and have exceptional problem solving skills.

If you are a highly talented Professional Development Program Specialist, we want to hear from you!

This position is located in the Northern Virginia Office.

Professional Development is a key enabler of the firm’s strategic talent management goals. Our primary functions are to help our lawyers reach their highest potential as professionals, consistent with the firm’s standards of lawyering excellence, client service, leadership, and community.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree
• 2 years’ experience of project management, program management or event    management
• Defining project scope and goals, creating project schedules and timelines, vendor selection,and tracking deliverables
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• MS Office skills to include PowerPoint and Excel
• Social media savvy
• Excellent time management skills to work effectively in a fast-paced  environment

Preferred Requirements: 

• Experience strategic planning and /or change management desirable
• Ability to self-manage and drive key project elements with minimal supervision

What will your day look like?

In the Program Specialist role, you will create clear, action-oriented project plans and drive the Professional Development team to project milestones on time and within budget. The Program Specialist will develop project plans, determine key milestones and set timelines for major Professional Development initiatives and lawyer training. You will assist with the planning, development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of departmental projects and initiatives, including the identification of key metrics, and coordinate logistics for multiple, concurrent events. 

Position requires ability to self-manage and drive key project elements with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate for this position will be an outgoing team-player and strategic thinker who can manage multiple tasks and prioritize. Must be comfortable interacting with lawyers, partners and senior firm leaders. You will work directly with the Director of Professional Development and/or PD Manager, as well as with other cross-functional project managers and directors, to facilitate the effective implementation of Professional Development strategic initiatives, special projects and training.

The Program Specialist will schedule and host periodic meetings on outstanding projects to review deadlines, next steps and progress against program and department goals, partner across the PD team, other departments and vendors to develop, streamline, and implement department processes, and analyze and reviews quotes and contracts from various vendors and perform cost analysis against budget.


To learn more about DLA Piper, please visit our website

We offer exceptional career opportunities in an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and, we believe, truly different from our competitors. Our employees enjoy a competitive benefits package and a dynamic and diverse environment in which they can build a long and fruitful career and reap the rewards of their success.


Agency applications will not be considered.