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With over 70 attorneys maintaining a tradition of excellence in offices in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado, we bring big firm legal skills with a small firm approach.

As a mid-sized communications and technology law firm based in Washington, D.C., Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP provides the quality of representation and client base typically associated with a large firm, while maintaining the personal style of a smaller firm. To sustain and enhance these unique qualities, the firm seeks candidates who have balanced excellence in law school with solid professional and personal achievements.

WBK is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status. The ideal candidate will also bring a strong work ethic, team‑oriented ethos, and a healthy, perhaps even irreverent, sense of humor. We look forward to meeting you.

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IT Manager – Applications / Security (Washington, DC)

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a top-tier regulatory law firm, seeks an IT Manager responsible for Applications/Security. The Manager will be based in our Washington, DC office and support two other offices along with an existing small team of IT professionals. This is an exempt position with a 40-hour work week, the need for occasional overtime, and the potential to work remote up to two days each week.  We provide competitive compensation and benefits, engaging projects, and an enjoyable, good-natured work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience. Law Firm experience preferred.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter [HERE].

Job Description:

Below is a representative list of responsibilities.  Other responsibilities may be changed or assigned depending on expertise and workload, as deemed necessary by the Firm.

  • Administer, manage, and train users on non-Microsoft applications, including but not limited to: NetDocuments, Mimecast, Litera Products, LastPass, Contact Ease, Constant Contact, Hello Sign / DocuSign, Hello Fax, and Exclaimer
  • Coordinate with IT team to ensure timely deployment of applications and update delivery
  • Manage vendor relationships for applications, including obtaining accurate licenses and renewals and period re-evaluation to ensure best fit and utilization
  • Manage and maintain end-user hardware including but not limited to laptops, monitors, docking stations, and peripherals, including maintaining accurate inventory, responding to lifecycles, preparing sunsetting measures, and sourcing/testing/purchasing
  • Create, maintain, or update IT Security policies as needed
  • Coordinate with IT Team to enact or enforce IT Security Policies
  • Serve as technical liaison for third parties on security qualifications
  • Manage and update intranet site (Drupal/Apache)
  • Work with IT Team to structure and implement firm-wide projects as appropriate

Qualifications:

The following traits and qualities will help to ensure success in this position:

  • Ability to apply systematic problem-solving skills to quickly solve novel problems and remediate complex issues.
  • Ability to supervise on-site technical resource(s) and outside Help Desk, managed services, and other technical consultants.
  • Ability to smoothly transition between leading technical efforts and hands on execution.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills required – with track record of supporting partners and/or senior executives.
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Must effectively prioritize and re-prioritize work/projects and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Technical knowledge and experience with the following is preferable:
    • Office 365 management portal, Azure AD
    • Microsoft Endpoint Manager/Intune
    • On prem AD, Windows Server 2012 R2+
    • Cisco Meraki stack
    • SAN Technologies and VMWare
    • Datto Backup/Recovery solutions
    • GAP assessment and Penetration testing
    • Desktop/laptop configuration deployment
    • IT Security best practices, general concepts found in ISO or SOC certifications
    • AnyConnect VPN
    • Connectwise Remote Tools or similar remote viewers
    • Azure/cloud environments
  • IT certifications (e., CISSP, MCSA, or MCSE), preferred.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience managing and providing IT infrastructure services and support to a multi-office/location organization.
  • Project management experience in IT Infrastructure is required. Experience providing IT services in a law firm is preferred.
  • Bachelors’ Degree, or a combination of education, certifications and demonstrable experience with various sized IT projects and methodologies or a commensurate track record of support roles that would indicate a full understanding of IT application deployment and use in a complex environment.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is based on years of experience.  Managers are eligible for a discretionary bonus based on their performance during the preceding 12 months.  In addition to compensation and bonuses, full-time staff are eligible for the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; long term disability insurance; accidental death or dismemberment insurance; short term disability insurance; travel insurance; a 401(k) plan; profit sharing (once eligible); parental leave; vacation/personal leave; pre-tax payment/contributions for transportation, parking, and dependent care; and a health savings account (if enrolled in a high deductible medical plan).  All benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of the Partnership.

About Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (WBK), one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “Band 1” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory) and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory) and is recognized as a “Bronze Band” firm in the World Trademark Review 1000.  WBK is the only firm to be named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law five times by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2021).  The firm, with offices in Washington, DC, Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.

WBK has long been committed to community, inclusion, and service, with attorneys and staff devoting substantial time and energy to pro bono work, volunteerism, civic and community leadership, charitable giving, mentoring, service on nonprofit boards, teaching, and more.  These activities are actively encouraged and supported at WBK through our DEI Committee, Wellness Committee, WBK Best Committee, and our Women’s Initiative.

WBK is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

The Application Process

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a writing sample via Paycom link.

The interview process generally consists of an initial screening interview, as well as a call-back interview to meet with other associates and partners. Candidates should bring copies of their references to the initial screening interview, as well as an updated résumé and/or transcript, to the extent information has become outdated or was not previously provided. Reasonable travel expenses will be compensated for call-back interviews, which generally last several hours in either a morning or afternoon session.

New Associates

Wilkinson Barker seeks to extend offers for permanent positions as early as possible during the fall, generally by December 1.  Based on which office they will be associated with, all new associates are required to become members of the D.C. Bar or Colorado Bar, either by examination or waiver.

Entry-level Associates typically join the firm in late August or early September, following completion of their bar exam.  The firm provides a stipend to assist with living expenses, bar preparation, and exam expenses after graduation and prior to their start date with the firm.

The entry-level salary for new attorneys is set each year at competitive levels.

In addition to compensation and bonuses, Associates are eligible for the following benefits:  medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; accidental death or dismemberment insurance; short term disability insurance; long term disability insurance; travel insurance; 401(k) plan; profit sharing (once eligible); parental leave; vacation/personal leave; wireless phone service allowance; coverage of bar association dues consistent with WBK policies; pre-tax payment/contributions for transportation, parking, and dependent care; and a health savings account (if enrolled in a high deductible medical plan).  All benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of the Partnership.

Summer Associate Program

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP posts for our Summer Associate Program in early spring each year.  This program is for candidates the summer before their final year of law school (e.g., the 2L-3L summer for students on the traditional three-year law school track).  The firm also accepts applications for summer associate positions through the FCBA’s Diversity Pipeline program, Colorado Pledge to Diversity program, and certain other specific programs.

Law Clerk Opportunities

The hiring of law clerks is done on a case-by-case basis.

We have used the firm for over 70 years.  They have expanded their areas of expertise with technology, but have always retained remarkable responsiveness and very high cost effectiveness.