Job Description


As a member of the firm-wide Human Resources Department, the Human Resources Manager will serve as a trusted advisor for firm leadership, directors, managers and employees in the areas of employee relations and performance management. Specifically, this position will provide guidance and coaching on employee issues consistent with firm policies and in compliance with applicable local, state and federal employment laws and regulations. This position will also conduct investigations of employee complaints.

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At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion. DWT fosters inclusiveness and authenticity. Regardless of position, everyone here has a voice and the support is unparalleled.

On a typical day you will:

  • In partnership with the Human Resources Director, act as a trusted advisor to firm leadership and staff managers; provide consultative support and customized solutions in the areas of employee relations and retention and the performance management process, maintaining compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations
  • Analyze, design, and revise HR policies and practices to sustain positive employee relations and ensure compliance with new and changing city, state, and federal employment laws
  • Serve as primary resource for attorneys, managers and staff on HR policies and procedures
  • Act as ombudsman for attorney/manager/employee complaints and concerns
  • Conduct employee investigations of complaints and recommend resolution to HR Director
  • Act as primary HR contact for all proposed employment terminations; in partnership with HR Director, facilitate termination to conclusion, draft separation agreement and coordinate terms
  • Provide guidance to managers regarding promotions and market salary adjustments
  • Facilitate the performance evaluation process
  • Partner with the Human Resources Director to provide consultative advice to office administrators on annual salary increases/bonuses
  • Partner with the Professional Development team to recommend training programs for staff, and develop and conduct staff training programs; ensure state-required anti-harassment training is conducted for attorneys and staff
  • Provide firm-wide project support to HR Director as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or in a related field and 5+ years of substantially similar experience in a similar field or position required
  • Professional certification strongly preferred (SPHR, PHR, etc.)
  • 5+ years of direct experience in employee relations, labor relations, or labor/employment law with an emphasis on labor and employee relations work; law firm experience strongly preferred
  • Thorough working knowledge of all applicable state, local and federal employment laws
  • Team player with strong written and oral communication skills; acts with a sense of urgency and bias for action
  • Ability to instill trust and confidence by maintaining objectivity and clear communication, while remaining patient and professional at all times
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving and persuasion skills, ability to establish solid working partnerships with managers across all departments and offices
  • High-quality judgment and sound decision-making; ability to anticipate potential conflict and reach a satisfactory resolution
  • Ability to handle highly-sensitive and confidential employee relations issues to a successful conclusion
  • Ability to communicate findings and recommendations to management and staff on matters regarding human resources policies
  • Strong project and time management skills with ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects to closure
  • Technical proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, & PowerPoint

Who We Are

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with eight offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.

What’s in it For You?

DWT offers competitive compensation in addition to ample benefits including but not limited to:

  • Choice of health and vision insurance plans
  • 2 paid volunteer days for qualifying community service work
  • Dental plan
  • Fertility and adoption benefit
  • Paid sabbatical after 13 years of service
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Retirement contribution

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to feel and reach with hands and arms and frequently required to sit, stand, walk and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

This job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.


Application Instructions

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