Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

Position: Director of Human Resources & Operations

Job Summary: The Director of Human Resources & Operations (DHRO) manages the day-to-day operations of the law firm, reporting directly to the Shareholders (i.e., the firm’s law partners). The DHRO leads and fosters SGB’s positive work culture, ensures employees are operating at their highest potential, and drives the firm’s strategic goals. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Responsibilities:

• Promote a workplace of respect and inclusion; support employee engagement and development; organize firm meetings and events to build community and honor employee contributions.

• Serve as a trusted HR advisor, mentor, and coach to all employees; oversee employee onboarding; identify employee training/development needs; assess employee productivity and performance; conduct annual reviews for direct reports and litigation staff; maintain personnel files; assist Shareholders to conduct attorney performance reviews.

• Directly supervise the firm’s administrative team (5-6 employees).

• Lead the firm’s Executive, Marketing, and Technology Committees: facilitate the meetings; prepare agendas; support and coordinate the committees’ work; develop priorities and measure success against the firm’s strategic goals.

• Develop recruitment and retention strategies to attract, hire, and support employees from diverse backgrounds.

• Identify inefficiencies in the firm’s workflow and strategize improvements; manage the process of staffing cases to promote equitable distribution of workload.

• Partner with SGB’s Director of Finance to plan and implement the firm’s budget; provide input to Shareholders on employee compensation levels to ensure equity and foster retention.

• Plan external events to deepen community connections and enhance the SGB brand.

• Implement and update firm-wide personnel policies and procedures; ensure compliance with employment laws.

• Manage relationships with the firm’s marketing, technology, and facility vendors.

• Provide senior staff support for Shareholder meetings and retreats.

• Plan for the firm’s space needs.

Verbiage to Include in Job Posting:

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Strong, compassionate, inclusive approach to leadership

• Flexible, strategic thinker; proactive problem-solver

• At least five years of HR management experience, preferably in a law firm environment

• Strong knowledge of employment laws and best practices; HR certification preferred (e.g., SHRM-CP)

• A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or equivalent experience

• Project management experience

• Proficiency in MS Office

• An interest in helping people seek justice

Pay & Benefits

• Salary range of $125,000 – $175,000, depending on experience

• Annual performance-based bonus

• Medical, dental, vision benefits

• Paid sick and vacation leave

• Sabbatical program

• 401(k) retirement plan, match, and profit-sharing

• Life insurance

• Personal education and training budget

• Parking/transit allowance

Reporting Relationships

The DHRO reports directly to SGB’s Shareholders, with one Shareholder as primary supervisor. The DHRO has between five and six direct reports, including one administrative assistant; and partners with the Shareholders to manage approximately 20 litigation support staff.

Location & Schedule

SGB’s main office is in downtown Seattle on the 34th floor of the new Rainier Square Building at 401 Union. Most of our employees work a hybrid, flexible schedule, though some admin staff are in the office every day. At least initially, we would expect the DHRO to work in the downtown office four days/week, with one day remote, depending on the firm’s needs. We anticipate that the opportunity for remote work and overall flexibility of hours to increase as the DHRO becomes more established at the firm. Occasional work should be expected during evening hours and on weekends, such as for firm events or retreats.

About SGB

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender is a small law firm, founded over 50 years ago on the principle that ordinary people deserve first-rate lawyers when fighting against powerful interests. The firm is a leader in the areas of personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, civil rights, crime victim representation, and class actions targeting wage theft and consumer abuse. SGB is owned and operated by a group of Shareholders (the partners), who are actively engaged in the practice of law, stewardship of the business, and mentoring and supervising SGB attorneys and litigation staff. There are presently nine (9) Shareholders. At SGB, we understand that our success is a testament to the hard work of our employees and our steadfast commitment to civil justice.

Inclusion

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender is a workplace of respect and inclusion; we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to SGB’s Hiring Committee via email to: gross@sgb-law.com. This posting will be open until June 1, 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply for this job email your details to gross@sgb-law.com