23 days old
2018-07-262018-08-25

Chief Human Resources Officer

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, a national law firm with more than 650 attorneys in 23 cities, has an immediate need for a Chief Human Resources Officer.

The Chief Human Resources Officer will be responsible for providing human resources, employee relations, recruiting, compensation, and benefits services to the firm including management of firm-wide policies and programs for lawyers and staff in these areas. This individual will direct the legal support staff and work with firm committees on attorney and staff diversity and professional development programs. He or she will oversee associate recruiting and assist with lateral hiring.

The Chief Human Resources Officer’s direct reports include the Director of Human Resources Operations, Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel, Benefits, Payroll & Paralegal managers. He or she will report to the Chief Operating Officer. The position will be based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Chief Human Resources Officer will:

  • Develop, plan, direct, and implement human resources and talent management strategies, policies, and programs, with the advice and approval of the firm’s Board of Directors where appropriate, for all attorneys and staff to enable the firm to execute on its overall business strategies.
  • Serve as an advisor to the firm’s executive leadership team. Recommend adaptations to the work environment required as the firm continues its rapid growth both in number of people and locations.
  • Manage the stresses resulting from the competition between the needs of the lawyers to serve clients; the law firm’s, partner’s and client’s need to perform work efficiently; and the needs of all members of the firm to feel valued and appropriately rewarded for their contributions.
  • Oversee and support recruiting and placement efforts and spearhead initiatives to enhance retention of partners, of counsel, associates, summer associates, professional staff, and any other employees. Collaborate with Practice Group Leaders on lateral partner and associate recruitment, compensation, onboarding, and integration strategies.
  • Ensure that the firm continually strives for diversity at all levels and work with the Chairman of the Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors, the Chief Operating Officer and others on programs necessary to make diversity a part of the firm’s culture.
  • Establish an effective employee relations program with appropriate communication throughout the firm to keep all employees well informed regarding human resources matters and policies.
  • Provide oversight of the evaluation processes and advise on potential improvements.
  • Seek creative alternatives to reduce the need for and expenses related to lateral hiring.
  • Continually monitor the firm’s staff compensation to ensure competitiveness with comparable firms, industries, and geographic markets.
  • Ensure staffing models and staff ratios are optimal and that they support the firm’s strategic goals and profitability objectives.
  • Ensure compliance with government regulation through affirmative action, ERISA, ADA, OSHA, workers and unemployment compensation, injury and illness prevention programs, and EEOC programs.
  • Drive performance management initiatives. Coach and guide managers on the development of their employees and help to motivate, foster an environment of teamwork, accountability, communication and vision.
  • Provide employee relations counseling, guidance and direction with regards to disciplinary actions and terminations.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 15 years serving in human resources positions of increasing responsibility, preferably in complex, multi-office law firm environments;
  • Experience leading the development, implementation, and administration of human resources policies and procedures, compensation, and performance appraisal programs, employee benefits programs, employee relations, and recruiting at all levels of an organization;
  • Well-developed and professional interpersonal skills, including the diplomacy and communication skills needed to effectively interface with attorneys, management, support staff, and outside contacts;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills;
  • Ability to effectively lead as well as participate in cross-departmental projects;
  • Excellent leadership skills (i.e., organization, planning, problem solving, motivating, and decision making) necessary for effective management of a high-performing team;
  • A high degree of ethics and discretion with the ability to effectively handle confidential and sensitive information;
  • Strong financial and budget management skills;
  • A high energy level, charisma, and the personality, mindset and team-oriented approach consistent with the firm’s culture and core values;
  • A highly responsive “client-service” philosophy to providing human resources services and the ability to foster a strong client service culture into the human resources team;
  • Creative and strategic problem-solving abilities;
  • The ability to lead through influence rather than control and to create consensus based support for business strategies and decisions with partners and other constituents;
  • Knowledge of OSHA, Wage and Hour Laws, and applicable federal and local employment laws;
  • An undergraduate degree, with an advanced degree preferred.

Dinsmore offers competitive compensation and benefits package.  Actual salary is dependent on qualifications. Qualified and interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and minimum salary requirements in confidence to human_resources2@dinsmore.com

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Chief Human Resources Officer

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