Legal Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Legal Talent Acquisition Coordinator

With more than 700 attorneys and more than 1,100 employees, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation. The Office is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County, one of the largest counties in the United States. In addition to direct criminal prosecution, Assistant State’s Attorneys file legal actions to enforce child support orders, litigate to protect consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assist thousands of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence each year.  The State’s Attorney also serves as legal counsel for the government of Cook County. 

Ensuring that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is as diverse as the communities it serves remains one of the Office’s top priorities.  In the interest of maintaining a high standard of diversity, the Office proactively explores opportunities to attract talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

The Office’s commitment to diversity is one of its greatest strengths. In the interest of securing justice for the people of Cook County, the Office, through various recruitment and retention programs, has sought out and retained some of the best legal talent locally, statewide and nationally.

This permanent and full-time recruiting position will play a key role in the execution of proactive recruitment strategies to support the office’s recruitment and interviewing models for its law clerk and legal hiring programs. For this role, the ideal candidate will come equipped to demonstrate and maintain a comprehensive understanding of legal recruiting and hiring, while continuously building strong recruiting networks and developing innovative and creative techniques to source top talent. They will manage the recruitment process in a way that ensures an excellent experience for both the candidates we meet and the members of the office’s hiring committee. This individual must demonstrate the ability to work independently, yet collaboratively, with assurance that they will be able to represent the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in an unwaveringly professional manner.

The Legal Hiring and Recruiting Team

The Legal Talent Acquisition Coordinator will work directly with the Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting, as well as two administrative partners. 

Responsibilities

• Collaborate with the Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting to ensure recruitment strategies and processes are consistent, reliable, and provide a consistent and meaningful experience for all parties who touch the process.

• Responsible for effectively and efficiently recruiting for and managing the lifecycle of applications.

• Through proactive direct sourcing, networking and referrals, continuously contributes to building an external network of selected and targeted prospective candidates.

• Establish search strategies, plan for and manage kick-off meetings and trainings with hiring committee members, screen and interview candidates, contribute to and organize de-brief meetings.

• Anticipate and proactively communicate recruiting activity and status to Director of Legal Hiring.

• Serve as a key administrator of the UNC Legal talent acquisition system and optimize the tool to track and refer applicants and report on recruiting metrics.

• Continuously build and maintain strong active and passive pipelines of qualified candidates for our criminal prosecutions and civil actions bureaus.

• Constantly looks for ways to further improve recruiting process and metrics.

  • Organize and attend recruiting events as necessary; engage in all aspects of planning for OCI and managing the recruiting and interviewing calendar. 
  • Build out training for the Hiring Committee on recruitment strategies and tools used in the recruitment and interviewing process.
  • Develop materials and handbook for our law clerk program; Update the Prosecutors Academy.

 

Qualifications

• Previous experience with sourcing legal talent at all levels through a variety of strategic methods is preferred.

• Experience implementing effective recruiting strategies, which may include leveraging institutions and professional organizations, developing personal recruitment is preferred.

• Working knowledge of compensation; as well as, competency in understanding legal matters related to conflicts of interest in the screening/selection/hiring process.

• Broad understanding of HR practices and related regional employment laws and regulations.

• Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related degree is preferred.

• Experience including direct recruiting within the legal profession, local government, or not-for-profit organizations. 

• Proficient computer skills and knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook required.

• Proficient in use of contemporary recruiting tools, such as LinkedIn.

• Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

How to Apply

All interested persons that would like to apply should send a statement of interest and resume to Sonia A. Antolec, Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting, at sonia.antolec@cookcountyil.gov. Please copy Kathy Wallace, Director of Human Resources, at katherine.wallace@cookcountyil.gov. Applications will be accepted until March 1st