Manager of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Partner with the Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to provide professional and managerial support for Firm diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited to offering mentorship, support and expertise to women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ employees; review DE&I programming and determine industry best practices for diversity and gender parity; data management and analysis; client and community interface, programming; and administrative support. This role will support both the legal and staff populations in the Washington Office.
- Build relationships with Learning & Development (L&D), Attorney Development Managers (ADMs), Human Resources, Recruiting and Partners to develop and implement initiatives specifically geared to increase equitable development, retention and promotion of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women employees, with a focus on associates, and propose strategies accordingly.
- Build trusted relationships with women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC employees and act as “coach” to assist them in their development and providing career support and actionable feedback. Ensure diverse employees are receiving clear and actionable feedback throughout the employee lifecycle and act as a guide to partners, senior lawyers and professional staff on how to provide actionable feedback. Provide expertise and support to existing mentoring programs to ensure the success of multiple programs aimed to increase mentoring opportunities for female and diverse personnel at the Firm. Serve as a liaison and source of advisory support to the Washington Office, Diverse Associates Group and Women’s Working Group.
- Advise practice groups and partner with senior professional staff on the development and evaluation on all diverse employees with a focus on identifying deviations in the associate experience for lawyers of color and women lawyers. Contribute to the development and implementation of DE&I and gender curricula and programming, including committee curricula, outside consultants, and affinity group events.
- Assess and leverage industry trends and successful curricula implemented by other organizations to support historically underrepresented employees, with a focus on lawyers, from on-boarding throughout the talent lifecycle.
- Represent the team and Firm by serving as a direct resource to internal and external clients on DE&I matters, including creating and implementing training for Attorney Development/Practice Development teams; playing an integral role in the staffing and development of diverse associates by serving as a member of and actively participating on the Associates Committee; serve as an active participant on the Recruiting committee by proposing ideas and initiatives targeted to increase the recruiting of underrepresented associates.
- Represent Firm at client and community stakeholder events and expand outreach efforts to increase partnerships, visibility, and success of DE&I initiatives. Leverage alumni, client and community contacts in support of DE&I strategy. Provide information to requested parties to support completion of the quarterly and annual client diversity questionnaires.
- Store and access internal and external data required to conduct frequent statistical analysis on Firm diversity metrics. Research and assess best practice materials, articles, and benchmarking tools generated and relied upon by Firm committees and Director of DE&I. Monitor current diversity trends, articles, reports, and benchmarks used in the legal industry, financial sector, and comparable professions.
- Bachelor’s degree required; juris doctor or graduate degree in related fields preferred with a minimum of 6-8 years of relevant experience in professional services organization; with a significant level of responsibility and expertise in gender equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- Experience practicing law or performing DE&I work in an AmLaw 100 firm is strongly preferred.
- Cross-cultural skills and awareness related to individuals from broad backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, among others demonstrating proven success with mentoring programs and resources focused on BIPOC, women, and/or LGBTQ+ employees.
- Take a team oriented approach with a collaborative disposition across various Firm departments, committees and external organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to be empathetic, listen actively and communicate effectively with broad audiences and with individuals at all levels in the organization with a high degree of confidentiality, maturity, judgment and cultural sensibility.
- Ability to critically assess DE&I status in office, propose innovative solutions and interventions, and gain buy-in to solutions while approaching data with a critical mindset; demonstrating detail-orientation and multi-tasking capabilities with the ability to function comfortably under minimal supervision and highly demanding deadlines.
- Demonstrated experience in using databases, Microsoft Office products, including Excel, Power Point, and Word.
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Date Active: 5.17.2021
Exempt/Not Exempt: Exempt