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Executive Director

Varnum LLP is a full-service business law firm with 180 lawyers and eight offices across Michigan and a recently opened location in Naples, Florida. We are recognized by our firm members, clients and communities for responsive service, practical advice, quality work, and a team-oriented, entrepreneurial culture. Varnum seeks an Executive Director who welcomes the challenge of working with talented professionals to manage a successful operation with creativity and ingenuity.

Grand Rapids skyline

The Executive Director is responsible for all business and non-legal aspects of the firm, focusing on short and long term operational issues as well as providing support for strategic planning, freeing firm management to focus on high-level managerial decisions, and developing new business. The successful Executive Director will understand the overall vision of the firm, while not losing sight of numerous operational issues that impact the firm's performance. The ideal candidate will operate comfortably across a spectrum of people and responsibilities, including financial, administrative, technology, facilities, human resources, marketing, and business development.

Organizational Status

The Executive Director is based in Grand Rapids and reports to the Managing Partner(s) and Policy and Executive Committees.

Roles and Responsibilities

Required Skills and Abilities

Qualifications and Requirements


Bachelor's degree in a related field; Master's or MBA degree preferred.


Minimum seven to 10 years of progressive management experience in a professional service organization; law firm experience preferred. Background in accounting, operations management, human resources and IT strongly desired.

Varnum offers an excellent compensation and benefit package with an inclusive culture and a professional work environment. Salary commensurate with experience and position responsibilities.

About Grand Rapids

Located 45 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches and blueberry farms, Grand Rapids is a thriving big city, with a small city feel. Topping many lists, including "fastest growing economy" and "best place to raise a family", Grand Rapids is truly a scalable, inclusive community. Led by collaborative business and philanthropic partnerships, a history of design-oriented furniture makers, innovative medical and life sciences, coupled with strong entrepreneurial activity, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow. We are a city of neighborhoods, with strong faith communities and numerous private/public schools with a downtown that offers year-round cultural and sports attractions, as well as an iconic craft beer boom and foodie scene.

If you, or someone you know, has these qualifications and is looking for a challenging career, please send resume to:

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