Senior Attorney Recruiting & Development Assistant

Palo Alto

Job Summary

About Us

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity to deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are recognized as a global powerhouse for complex transactions, litigation/controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as for the open, collaborative relationships we build with clients. Our attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across 50-plus practices and 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.

The Opportunity

Interested in joining a team of professionals who are smart, motivated and dedicated to supporting the firm and each other? We are seeking a Senior Attorney Recruiting & Development Assistant to join our Firm. This position is based in our Palo Alto office (hybrid). In this role, you will provide support to the Attorney Recruiting and Development Department in a variety of areas including recruitment, onboarding, training and development for attorneys and summer associates, event planning and attendance, database management and special projects.

Your Responsibilities

  • Assists with all aspects of the on-campus (OCI) and lateral interview process: maintains the applicant tracking database (LawCruit); plans and organizes the fall OCI calendar and on-campus events; registers for on-campus interview schedules; schedules callback interviews; prepares and distributes interview schedules and materials; gathers interview evaluations; prepares handouts for Hiring Committee meetings; and updates internal candidate tracking.
  • Assists with all aspects of the summer associate program: helps plan and execute social and training events; on-boards summer associates; and facilitates the work distribution and evaluation processes.
  • Assists with attorney event planning and coordination.
  • Assists with management of vendor/event contracts: makes revisions per firm policies and preferences; negotiates rates; and coordinates approval between the firm's General Counsel and vendors.
  • Assists with budget preparation, tracking, and statistical reporting.
  • Acts as a point of contact for attorneys, summer associates and applicants.  
  • Assists with aspects of professional development, women's initiatives, diversity and the mentor program as needed.
  • Assists with 1L Scholars Program recruiting and info session planning, 
  • Assists with the onboarding/termination processes for part-time law clerks.
  • Prepares check requests, processes department expenses, maintains spreadsheets, copies, files, scans, and completes special projects as assigned.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly. 
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures. 
  • Provide assistance with department overflow and coverage.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software (e.g., LawCruit, SAM, Skadline, CE Manager, Symplicity, Flo Recruit) and operating systems
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Self-starter with a strong initiative and leadership 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
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Ability to attend evening events, sometimes with short notice and with increased frequency during peak periods of the recruiting cycle
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of one year law firm or legal hiring experience required

Culture & Life at Skadden

What makes Skadden special is our people and the culture, community and spirit of collaboration we have created. We believe in teamwork and inspiring each other to be our best in an atmosphere that promotes professionalism and excellence in all that we do. We know that inclusion, equity and drawing on the strength of a wide spectrum of diverse talent only make us better and is vital to the firm's success. Our goal is for everyone at the firm to enjoy a challenging career with opportunities for development and growth and to support the well-being of our attorneys and professional staff.


The overall well-being of our team is important to us.  We offer generous benefits to help you achieve wellness in all areas of your life. 

  • Competitive salaries and year-end discretionary bonuses.
  • Comprehensive health care (medical, dental, vision), savings plan/401(k) and voluntary benefits.
  • Generous paid time off.
  • Paid leave options, including parental.
  • In-classroom, remote, and on-demand learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Robust well-being classes and programs.
  • Opportunities to give back and make an impact in local communities.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all newly-hired personnel in the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.

Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Disability/Vet/other protected categories). For more information, please visit

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EEO Statement

Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, alienage or citizenship status, marital or familial status, domestic partnership status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual and reproductive health decisions, disability (where the applicant or employee is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation), any protected military or veteran status, or status as a victim of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault or offense, or stalking.

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Skadden will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all newly-hired personnel in the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.