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Director of Diversity amp Inclusion

Parsippany, NJ

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**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an East Coast law firm with approximately 300 attorneys in eleven offices in Boston, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.'s mission is to work collaboratively with our colleagues and clients to resolve complex legal challenges through sophisticated and innovative client solutions. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.'s Corporate, Litigation, and Trusts and Estates attorneys represent a variety of clients from individuals to Fortune 50 companies. We are proud of our accomplishments in creating a work environment where all our professionals have the skills and support to perform their best, our sponsorship of bar associations that focus on creating opportunities for diverse attorneys and removing barriers to their success, and our internal programs and initiatives that have attracted and retained women and diverse attorneys throughout their legal careers.
Position Summary:
We are seeking an experienced D&I professional with a track record of accomplishment who is seeking an opportunity to take our firm to the next level in attracting, developing, sponsoring, and retaining diverse attorneys and women. As our brand ambassador, this individual will continue the Firm's commitment to a diverse and inclusive legal environment by providing visionary and strategic leadership to senior leaders and helping to enhance DP's employment brand among diversity bars and other associations, potential recruits, and clients. This senior management team member will be the internal thought leader on D&I and provide strategic best practices recommendations from both within and outside the legal industry. Additionally, this individual will collaborate with internal teams such as Human Resources and Marketing, as well as our Attorneys of Color, LGBT, and Women's employee resource groups, to implement strategies that attract and retain the best diverse talent.
Reporting to the Chief Talent Officer of the Firm, with dotted line reporting to both the Managing Partner and Chair of the D&I Committee, this individual should be a seasoned D&I professional able to work independently, as well as part of an integrated Human Resources team.
Essential Position Responsibilities:
Be the Firm's strategic thought leader, ambassador and advocate on diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives and issues. This role is expected to be client facing.
Collaborate with the Firm's Executive Committee, Chief Talent Officer, D&I Committee, and Hiring Committee on developing and executing the Strategic D&I Plan, and ensuring that fostering diversity and inclusion remains a core value and key firm imperative.
Strengthen close recruiting relationships with law schools through participation in interviews on campus and other recruiting events.
Actively work with DP employee resource group members to ensure their professional development, advancement and promotion within the firm.
Consult and provide input on compensation and promotion decisions related to employee resource group members
Support client development by assisting in preparing responses to client RFPs and industry surveys
Participate in client pitches as a critical and vocal pitch team member.
Create and deliver on holistic D&I branding strategy for both internal and external audiences.
Collaborate with Chief Talent Officer to integrate a D&I lens into all people processes including recruiting, performance management, promotions, and leadership development.
Serve as a key member of the Firm's senior administrative team focusing on ensuring that policies and practices continue to enable a diverse and inclusive environment.
Maintain knowledge of legal and non-legal industry trends and best practices in attracting, developing and retaining diverse and women attorneys.
Translate data into meaningful and actionable executive reporting and initiatives.
Forge strong relationships internally to ensure effective execution of diversity and inclusion strategies and programs.
Manage the development and communication of information related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including training, educational programs, and cultural heritage celebrations. Collaborate with Marketing to publicize DP's successful efforts.
Collaborate with the Firm's DP's Attorney of Color (DPAC), DP Alliance (LGBT) and Women Working Together (WWT) employee resource groups, attend meetings, and coordinate their activities with other Firm D&I initiatives.
Represent the Firm and develop strong relationships at bar association events sponsored by the Firm. Participate with others from the Firm as representatives at various diversity and inclusion functions. Present at and attend conferences as DP spokesperson.
Help identify and engage speakers with diverse backgrounds for internal diversity and inclusion programs.
Develop, evaluate, and manage a D&I sponsorship strategy. Ensure effective use of D&I funding.
The Ideal Candidate (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Minimum five to ten years of relevant D&I experience in a professional, legal, or corporate setting is required; large law firm and management of D&I at firm or divisional level is preferred
Demonstrated success in building relationships throughout the organization and in working with senior leaders, including firm leadership, to make recommendations and execute strategies
Experience as a change agent who is able to mobilize and influence key stakeholders
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building external relationships and networks
Experience training and presenting to groups
The ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with all levels within the organization and in the outside community, tailoring communications effectively for different groups and stakeholders
Ability to travel regularly is required (including to Firm offices and for purposes of acting as the Firm ambassador at diversity and inclusion and recruiting events)
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; a J.D. or advanced degree in organizational development, human resources, or advanced studies related to D&I would be helpful

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