Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Job Summary:

The Director, Diversity & Inclusion will partner with firm leadership and the Managing Director, Professional Development & Training to develop and implement a world class diversity and inclusion strategy. The strategy will foster inclusive leadership; unlock collaboration and innovation; eliminate hidden barriers to success; and empower the firm to attract, retain and advance top talent from underrepresented backgrounds. The end goal is a highly diverse and fully inclusive firm.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with firm leadership and the Managing Director, Professional Development & Training to set the firm's diversity and inclusion strategy and to educate functional areas of the firm about that strategy.
  • Develop and implement programs designed to foster inclusivity, eliminate hidden barriers to success, and attract, retain, and advance top talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Lead the firm's strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, including its D+I Champions program, its D+I action planning initiative, its unconscious bias disruption work, its Amplify sponsorship program, its diversity dashboard initiative, and other such programs and initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with leadership of [email protected], [email protected] (Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity), [email protected], [email protected], and other firmwide diversity initiatives to develop and implement annual strategic plans, request and manage annual budgets, and provide management updates.
  • Provide oversight and leadership to the local councils and subcommittees of Goodwin's firmwide diversity initiatives.
  • Provide or arrange for core diversity education and workshops.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Professional Development & Inclusion team to better support and develop talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Human Resources team to develop and implement diversity and inclusion programs for professional staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Legal Recruitment and Human Resources teams to identify and implement strategic opportunities to diversify talent pipelines.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Marketing and Communications teams to develop and implement a strategy to build the firm's reputation as a leader in diversity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Marketing team on diversity aspects of the client RPF process, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of diversity information included in RFPs.
  • Work collaboratively with the firm's Human Resources, Marketing and Finance teams to respond to diversity surveys.
  • Develop and implement strategies to partner with key clients on diversity-related initiatives, including premier speaker events, pro bono partnerships, pipeline initiatives, roundtables, etc.
  • Build relationships with lawyers at the firm from underrepresented backgrounds, internal diversity leaders, diversity professionals at peer firms, leaders of diversity organizations and bar-associations, and diversity professionals at clients.
  • Attend and speak at diversity conferences and on diversity panels, and facilitate relationships between individuals at the firm and leading diversity organizations.
  • Monitor external diversity best practices and learning and make recommendations for new initiatives to ensure that Goodwin is a leader in the diversity and inclusion space.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Human Resources Officer and Managing Director, Professional Development & Training to develop and analyze metrics for measuring progress and effectiveness of the firm's diversity and inclusion strategy.
  • Ensure effective management of the overall diversity calendar and budget.
  • Supervise, train and develop junior diversity professionals.

RequirementsSkills, Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, inclusive leadership style, strategic and innovative thinking, persuasion and influencing, professional presence and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating and maintaining project charters, project plans, status reports, budgets, communication and change management plans.
  • Proven track record of effectively managing conflict, resolving issues, mitigating risks and influencing leaders.
  • Strong organization skills, including setting priorities, planning, structuring project deliverables and problem solving.
  • Proven ability to lead peers and individual contributors, build effective teams and coach for success.
  • Excellent communication skills, including effective listening, presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment and ability to make effective, timely decisions.
  • Ability to oversee multiple projects.

Education and Relevant Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree required, and Juris Doctorate or Master's Degree in business administration, human resources, leadership and organizational development, and/or behavioral design preferred.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of practice in a large law firm and/or professional development experience in a large law firm and/or leading professional services firm required, and minimum of 4 years of diversity and inclusion work preferred. Education and/or coaching experience considered a plus.
  • Evidence of delivering in a matrixed environment with many key stakeholders.
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment; delivery focused with significant drive and energy.

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