International Assignment Services Specialist

New York

Job Summary

This position will assist the Global Manager of Immigration & Global Mobility ("Global Manager") with the administration and review of the Firm's expatriate, short- and medium-term assignment and global business travelers programs, in addition to assisting with international compensation administration.  




Global Mobility Services:

  • Liaise with host office and/or regional HR Managers to determine appropriate international assignment structures and terms for incomings, new hires and transfers.
  • Generate and review assignment documentation in consultation with the "Global Manager" and Firm Tax Department.
  • Provide ongoing support to employees on assignment.
  • Escalate mobility issues or challenges as they arise to management.
  • Coordinate visa applications for cross-border movement.
  • Review secondment structures/terms, in coordination with Client Administration and Attorney Development, for cross-border employee secondments to a client.
  • Review assignment structures for summer associates working overseas (including payroll, tax and immigration).
  • Liaise with host offices on immigration/visa matters and with the tax department on payroll coordination.
  • Monitor ongoing business traveler visa applications and expiration dates.
  • Administer the Firm's expatriate packages.
  • Support periodic program reviews and allowance assessments.
  • Assist legal hiring with questions about offers to expatriate candidates.
  • Other functions as needed.

Compensation Administration:

  • Support Attorney Development with local pay scales and bonus schedules and ad hoc requests relating to international personnel temporarily assigned to an office in the U.S
  • Liaise with international offices on behalf of the Human Resources Department on annual salary reviews and bonus determinations for support staff and legal assistants.  Facilitate review by HR Director.
  • Conduct ad hoc salary reviews by position/market as needed.
  • Budget responsibility for expatriate program, local attorney pay scales and local attorney bonuses.
  • Partner with the local offices, Firm Tax and Payroll departments in New York to manage allowances and withholdings for international personnel who are on the US payroll; provide Firm Tax and Payroll departments with compensation details for US taxpayers whose pay is administered on an international payroll (needed for US reporting purposes).
  • Coordinates US tax exemptions for US visa holders with payroll department
  • Provides Directors and select personnel on a need-to-know basis with compensation information relating to employees on local payrolls. 
  • Performs other functions as required.


  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Strong working knowledge of  MS Excel and Word with the ability to create and execute complex functions in Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, macros, etc.)
  • Financial acumen
  • Basic understanding of tax and compliance issues
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of three years' related global mobility and international assignment services experience
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