Recruiting Manager

Website Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts is seeking a dynamic Recruiting Manager for our West Coast offices to oversee the office’s entry level and lateral associate hiring programs. This position provides timely and effective administrative and project support to the Director of Recruiting and local Hiring Partners.  The Manager must demonstrate sound judgment, ensure confidentiality, and maintain a professional demeanor in all interactions with internal and external contacts on all levels. This is a Firmwide, exempt position, resident in either the Palo Alto or San Francisco office.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the planning and implementation of the Summer Associate Program including on-boarding/off-boarding, work assignments and evaluations, advisor programs, budget tracking, and event planning and attendance.
  • Coordinate law school on-campus recruiting programs for assigned schools.
  • Work closely with local Hiring Partners on coordinating callback interviews and the offer process.
  • Oversee and track law school outreach efforts.
  • Serve as school lead and manage all recruiting efforts at assigned schools.
  • Work with local department leadership to determine lateral hiring needs.
  • Facilitate onboarding and orientation for new lateral lawyers.
  • Approve all recruiting related expenses and manage the local Recruiting budget.
  • Track and maintain accurate recruiting data and metrics and prepare reports and analysis as needed for internal and external purposes.
  • Supervise, manage, train and development of local office Recruiting team.

Core Competencies

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.  The position requires substantial contact with Firm lawyers and staff.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external clients.
  • Strong organizational skills, problem solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service focus.


  • Bachelors degree required.
  • At least four years of recruiting experience in a legal or professional services environment. Big law experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point).
  • Must demonstrate exceptional customer service skills and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Must be highly organized, meticulously-detail oriented, while maintaining a high level of quality and accuracy.
  • Must demonstrate a proven ability to handle confidential information with the utmost discretion.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple assignments, and work responsibly under pressure.
  • Must be a highly resourceful team-player, and polite and respectful of others.
  • Must speak and act professionally at all times and maintain a professional appearance.
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to accommodation. This role may be hybrid and will require a minimum of three days per week (or at least 60%) present in the office, and up to two days per week (40%) may be performed remotely.

Extent of Contact (Within and outside the Firm)

This position requires contact with individuals within the firm as follows:

  • Extensive daily contact with lawyers, staff and colleagues.
  • Frequent contact with outside vendors.
  • Potential lateral hires.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to routinely lift and carry file folders weighing up to 5-10 pounds.
  • Must be able to work at a computer for considerable periods of time.
  • Position requires extensive telephone use.
  • Must be able to lift, squat, kneel and bend.
  • Position requires the ability to visit face-to-face and on the phone with lateral lawyer candidates, firm lawyers.

Working Condition and Environment

  • Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment.
  • Position is full-time and requires a five-day work week and standard hours as outlined in the Firm policy manual. Additional hours, including weekend and evening hours may be required in order to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to work well in high pressure environments.
  • Must be able to perform essential duties of the position with time constraints and frequent interruptions.


  • Education Required: Bachelors or better.
  • Experience Required: 5 years: minimum of related experience; prior experience in a law firm or professional services firm strongly preferred.