Diversity Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
As a global elite law firm, diversity and inclusion are part of our fabric, interwoven in who we are and all we do. Under the direction of the Chief Diversity and Talent Strategy Officer (“CDO”), the Manager or Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (Manager) will work inclusively with the firm’s legal and business services employees worldwide and leverage these relationships in support of the firm’s overall D&I strategy and business objectives.
The Manager will oversee and execute programs that foster an inclusive environment at the firm, and will work closely with the firm’s Inclusion Networks and other groups at the firm. The Manager will also work to enhance the firm’s external D&I profile and will play a significant role in preparing client and industry D&I survey submissions and will help to facilitate collaborations and partnerships with clients, alumni and various organizations that promote and support diversity and inclusion. The Manager must have a demonstrated interest in advancing diversity and inclusion at the firm across its global platform and in the legal profession, and have a track record of being able to work effectively, and with a service leadership perspective, with internal firm stakeholders as well as external firm clients.
Coordinate the firm’s response to external and internal surveys related to D&I, playing a key role in preparing and reviewing client and industry surveys and RFPs
In collaboration with the HR Analytics & Reporting function, develop metrics that measure the effectiveness of, and promote success of D&I programs as well as identify program gaps
Regularly analyze D&I metrics and present findings and recommendations for program changes, as appropriate, to the CDO and D&I Task Force
Work collaboratively across all areas (professional development, recruiting, business development, marketing, etc.) to guide and inform employees on best practices for creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
Provide support to the CDO, D&I Task Force and committees and inclusion networks firm-wide and help plan and implement important initiatives and programs
Collaborate with the CDO to actively and effectively manage the D&I team, including recruitment, integration, coaching, feedback, conflict resolution and off-boarding as needed
Oversee day-to-day operations of the firm’s D&I programs and activities, continuously prioritizing action items
Collaborate with Inclusion Network leaders and members, to conceptualize and organize Inclusion Network and firm-wide events, providing thought leadership and programmatic support
In collaboration with the HR Analytics & Reporting function, track and report on demographics, trends and statistics at the firm and in the legal industry
Produce content for and maintain D&I communication materials, including intranet, website, brochures, etc.
Represent the firm at external events, meetings and conferences related to D&I
Act as a trusted resource for diverse individuals at the firm
Keep abreast of latest trends in D&I in law firms and other industries
Develop D&I presentations using PowerPoint, Tableau and other data analytics as needed
Other duties and tasks as may be assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to network and leverage internal and external relationships to achieve goals
Demonstrated ability to consistently meet deadlines and work under pressure in a dynamic, demanding environment, while maintaining a positive attitude and demeanor
Excellent writer, editor and proofreader. Extremely detail-oriented, with high accuracy
Creative and determined approach to problem-solving, with ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize work, someone who can both lead teams and serve as a supportive team member
Excellent oral communication and presentation skills
Strong analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to manage a project budget
Hands-on knowledge of database management (content), website development and maintenance, as well as strong MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Workday, Tableau), and other Internet/Intranet applications
Demonstrated experience with data analysis preferred, including the ability to present and report on data
Ability to work independently to complete tasks, as well as collaboratively to accomplish team goals and projects
Strong knowledge of D&I efforts and best practices in the legal recruiting or professional services industry
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree required, J.D. or other advanced degree welcome, but not required
At least 5 years of experience in a management role focused on D&I, preferably at a law firm or an organization in the legal field
Physical Activity/Other Miscellaneous
Flexibility to work outside of standard business hours including morning, evening and weekend hours as needed
Flexibility to travel to other firm offices as needed
About Shearman & Sterling LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. We gained that reputation due to the outstanding achievements of our entire global workforce—our lawyers, legal assistants, and the professionals who support them. Our Professional Support staff is a key contributor to the success of the firm, whether in IT, finance, marketing, human resources or operations.
Shearman & Sterling LLP remains at the forefront of the legal profession since its founding in 1873. Anticipating the forces that affect business and responding to our clients’ needs has been one of our greatest strengths. Our extensive international platform enables us to represent clients from offices in the world’s key financial centers. Today, we advise leading corporations, financial institutions, governments, and state-owned enterprises on the legal matters they face around the globe. The firm’s pioneering spirit has created a diverse foundation and legal practice of unsurpassed global reach.
Shearman & Sterling LLP is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race or color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.