Human Resources Generalist

Washington, D.C.

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.  By relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacityour lawyers 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

We are seeking a Human Resources Generalist (mid-level) to join our Firm. This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office (hybrid). This position will perform cross-functional Human Resources assignments for professional staff including recruiting, on-boarding, compensation, performance management, and training development, facilitation, and/or coordination. The Human Resources Generalist will demonstrate a leadership role in conceptualizing, researching, and coordinating professional staff specific and office-wide programs. This position will serve as a resource to all firm personnel by responding to inquiries regarding Human Resources programs and/or firm policies and procedures.

  • Coordinates the full cycle for the non-exempt professional staff recruitment process and assists with exempt professional staff recruitment.
  • Develops and maintains spreadsheet of interview questions for each professional staff job description.
  • Assumes a leadership role in planning, developing and conducting new hire orientation programs.
  • Conducts new hire 60-day entrance interviews; notes trends and prepares related reports.
  • Oversees the completion of the three-month performance evaluations for new hires.
  • Maintains current knowledge of labor market trends and collaborates with the Human Resources Supervisor to recommend competitive salaries for new hires, transfers, and promotions.
  • Assists with the administration of the firm's annual and mid-year performance review.
  • Administers Workday for the professional staff performance evaluation process for the Washington, DC office.
  • Collaborates with Global Human Resources Administrator and Human Resources Supervisor to develop and facilitate professional staff training programs.
  • Identifies and vets external training consultants to customize programs.
  • Collaborates with the Human Resources Supervisor to develop and conduct a bi-annual training needs assessment.
  • Compiles reports on training participation, participant feedback, and to coordinate follow-up activities.
  • Researches Percipio and/or outside training opportunities for specific training needs as identified by supervisors and managers.
  • Compiles all HR-related contracts.
  • Oversees internship programs.
  • Participates in developing the department annual business plan and budget.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Current knowledge of human resources practices, techniques and labor/employment-related laws.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including ability to research and synthesize information.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and project coordination skills.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize department work requirements and to delegate effectively.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
  • 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.
  • Professional human resources certification preferred (e.g., SHRM-CP or PHR).
  • Minimum of four years directly related human resources experience.

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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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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