Project Manager

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping our clients succeed. A full-service law firm with approximately 600 attorneys and over 1,000 total on our team, we have the collaborative approach, advanced technological resources, and depth of services that make us a preeminent law firm in the Midwest.

We are looking for an energetic, customer-service focused Project Manager with experience to join our team in any of Taft’s seven main offices.

We are seeking a Project Manager with 5+ years’ experience in project management, business analysis and quality to support our Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis and Minneapolis offices. Project Managers work with the Director of Project Management to ensure consistent, effective provision of PMO services to projects and programs, to attorneys throughout the Firm.  The PMO services include program and project management, legal project planning and management (litigation and transactional), business analysis, process analysis, quality assurance, business roadmap strategy, and project and financial portfolio management.  Focus on delivering excellent customer service and execution of PMO services.  All Taft employees operate under a “Client First” philosophy—in all things, we seek to provide exceptional services to our clients. 

Essential Duties:

  • Employ and improve Taft project standards. With guidance and direction from Director of Project Management (“director”), use Taft project standards to manage all aspects of projects for various stakeholders within the firm. Work with director to continuously improve Taft project standards, processes, and tools.
  • Define business requirements and establish project charter. Use information gathering techniques to work with stakeholders and leadership to collect business requirements and establish project charter. Create project charter that aligns project outcomes with Taft goals.
  • Conduct thorough project scope discovery. Plan scope management and lead cross-functional teams through project scoping exercises to establish scope, schedule, and budget baselines. Work with functional managers to encourage and motivate colleagues to actively contribute to scope discovery.
  • Create management plans as appropriate. Evaluate project needs and stakeholder requirements and develop management plans (cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder engagement) as appropriate.
  • Lead and participate with project team to execute project plans. Establish appropriate meeting schedules with applicable participants to execute project work. Serve as central point of communication for various project stakeholders. Manage quality in line with scope, and manage schedule and budget baselines. Serve as resource for data reporting, data analysis, and data interpretation on assigned projects.
  • Partner with all areas of the firm to manage projects.  Work with all areas of the firm to manage cross-functional projects with applied PMO disciplines. Coordinate activities of team members and work with functional managers to secure resources.
  • Close projects. Work with appropriate project team members and operational departments to close projects and create or update operational process assets.
  • Work with lawyers and paralegals to plan legal projects. Lead lawyers and paralegals through project process exercises to scope and plan the lifecycle of litigation and transactional projects.
  • Execute legal projects. Work with lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, administrative staff, and clients, at relevant levels of involvement, to deliver legal projects.
  • Develop framework for legal project management. Work with director to improve framework and supporting documentation and systems for legal project management at Taft.
  • Implement a consistent, repeatable project lifecycle. Work with director to ensure all stages of the project lifecycle are initiated and completed appropriately for each active project. Work with project teams to scope and estimate their work in a collaborative manner. Report project status as requested by director. Escalate project risks and issues to director.
  • Develop measurable project objectives. Ensure quantifiable project objectives (metrics) are identified on projects. Track and report the ongoing progress towards these items. Look for trends in results that provide insight to improvement opportunities within the PMO or projects. Create actionable plans for improving project success.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a law degree is preferred.
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate desired.
  • Previous experience of 5+ years in project management, business analysis and quality assurance.
  • Specific experience working in law firms and legal projects.
  • Professional certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) is desired. Knowledge of PMI methodology required. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with current best practices and methods in all of the PMO disciplines.
  • Experience in process management techniques such as Lean, Six Sigma, or TQM is desired.
  • Knowledge of and experience with ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) disciplines.
  • Successful management of multiple, high-priority, complex technology projects.

Interested candidates should apply to Alycen Cummings, acummings@taftlaw.com.


Taft is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The information in this posting presents general duties, tasks and responsibilities but is not intended to be an exhaustive listing.