Current Opportunities


Professional Development Coordinator

2/28/23 | Chicago, IL

Wilson Elser’s Chicago office is currently seeking a Professional Development Coordinator.

This is a great opportunity to join a newly-created and growing Professional Development department and support the firm’s planned and envisioned learning, development and engagement initiatives for its 1000+ attorneys across 42 offices. This position is a hybrid role offering flexibility to work partially remote and other days in the office. The candidate will ideally be located in Chicago and reports to the firm’s Director of Attorney Development and Engagement.

The Firm
Wilson Elser is a full-service and leading defense litigation law firm that faithfully serves our clients with more than 1000 attorneys, across 42 offices in the United States and one in London. Founded in 1978, we rank among the top 200 law firms identified by The American Lawyer and 53rd in The National Law Journal's survey of the nation's largest law firms.

The Position
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Law firm experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good time management skills and confidence working in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to handle and maintain sensitive or confidential information.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, competent follow-through skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, in addition to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
  • Assist in coordinating logistics for new attorney onboarding and integration training, Wilson Elser Institute (WEI) annual Associate Core Training, and WEI National Trial Advocacy Training and annual Mock Trial program
  • Help edit, maintain and update the WEI attorney and paralegal tailored onboarding and integration learning tracks and materials
  • Support the creation and delivery of attorney training programs, including helping to draft and circulate invites to appropriate audiences, create initial PPT slides (and make suggested edits to same), and distribute program invitations and reminders
  • Liaise with local office leaders to reserve conference rooms for Zoom or Teams webinars and to secure audio/video equipment, meals and refreshments
  • Maintain CLE database and MCLE Board relationships and renewals, firm-wide training calendar, surveys/evaluations, attendee lists, and presenter information for locally-driven and national programs
  • Collect sign-in sheets and monitor attendance files for WEI training and other offered CLE courses, validate attendance in Micron/CE Manager, and assist with issuing certificates to internal and external attendees and faculty as appropriate and based on applicable state guidelines
  • Help maintain the roster of names for the firm’s Practicing Law Institute (PLI) membership; help determine on-demand and live PLI programs appropriate for certain practice groups or attorneys by jurisdiction
  • Provide in-session support (in-room or online as required) and troubleshoot issues that arise during webinars including coordinating the response to any technology issues as needed
  • Interact with industry vendors to support ongoing or new learning initiatives; handle invoices and processing of invoices as needed
  • Support the evaluation of training solutions and suggest improvements for ongoing evolution and refinement of offered training
  • Other related duties as assigned and flexibility to meet after traditional hours of business requests if and when needed
Why Should You Apply?
  • Excellent Benefits including a 401k match
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Excellent growth and advancement opportunities
  • Corporate Discount Plans

The annualized salary range for this position is $40,000 to $60,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law.

Wilson Elser is a firm who focuses their commitment to both their clients and you! Please consider joining our team by applying online or sending your credentials to and putting "Chicago Professional Development Coordinator" in the subject line.

We believe in creating a work environment free of barriers and bias, where individual outlooks and talents are respected and valued. Our firm's policy is to ensure an equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law.


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