Diversity Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
The Director of Diversity & Inclusion works closely with the Firm Chair, Diversity Committee Chair, Chief Human Resources Officer, and the Director of Recruitment & Professional Development in the development and implementation of the firm’s strategic diversity objectives. The Director should be able to work independently in a highly organized manner and to be able to prioritize workloads while working in a fast-paced environment.
Be the firm’s strategic thought leader, ambassador and advocate on diversity and inclusion. In addition to substantial “internal” efforts, this role is expected to be community and client facing.
Collaborate with the firm’s Board of Directors, Chief Human Resources Officer, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Recruitment Committee on developing and executing a Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Plan and ensuring that fostering diversity and inclusion remains a core value and key firm priority.
Maintain knowledge of legal and non-legal industry trends and best practices in attracting, developing and retaining diverse lawyers.
Collaborate with firm leadership to integrate diversity and inclusion viewpoints into firm policies regarding recruiting, performance management, retention efforts, training, promotions, and leadership development.
Serve as a participating member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and prepare agenda and summaries for circulation, correspondence, and reports.
Develop and analyze metrics for measuring progress and effectiveness of the diversity and inclusion strategy. Track and report on successes and areas for improvement.
Track, monitor and maintain accurate accounts of all expenses and balances supporting the firm’s diversity and inclusion budget.
Serve as a participating member of the Recruitment Committee. Strengthen close recruiting relationships with law schools through participation in interviews on campus and other recruiting events, including with law school affinity groups.
Develop meaningful relationships and partnerships with diverse lawyers to serve as a liaison to firm management regarding diversity and inclusion issues, bolster a diverse and inclusive environment, and aid in the successful execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts as a core value; including the retention, success, and advancement of diverse lawyers.
Implement diversity and inclusion programming for leaders and all employees on issues pertaining to inclusive and collaborative leadership, work style and career path differences.
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 Recruitment Committee to ensure continuity with diversity and inclusion as a core value and programming element in the firm’s summer program.
Participate in Affinity Group meetings and actively support groups in collaboration with marketing, recruitment, and other colleagues in developing and planning internal and external events.
Develop, track, and analyze metrics for measuring success of diverse lawyers, including billable hours, pay, promotion, leadership positions and other non-tangible measures of success and predictors of retention.
Engage in one-on-one dialogue with diverse lawyers to identify and problem-solve areas of concern and gauge success of diversity and inclusion efforts, assist diverse lawyers with developing and implementing success and advancement strategies.
Communicate with practice group leaders regarding work allocation and other strategies to expand opportunities for diverse lawyers to work on significant matters for key clients.
Collaborate with marketing to identify opportunities to increase the external visibility of diverse lawyers through speaking engagements, articles, awards, and other related activities.
Lead the firm’s efforts to promote its profile as a diversity and inclusion leader among other legal organizations, in the community, and, from a branding perspective, with the firm’s clients. Develop, evaluate, and manage firm diversity and inclusion sponsorship strategy. Collaborate with Diversity Committee Chair, Affinity Group leaders, and other colleagues to determine events to attend and support.
Attend and participate, including as a presenter, at diversity conferences, affinity group panels, etc.
Collaborate with marketing and recruitment colleagues on advertisements, diversity language in internal and external communications, and related projects. Assist with preparation of diversity-related statistical information for firm-wide reports and surveys, client pitches, RFPs and other requests.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent years of experience is required. A J.D. or advanced degree in organizational development, human resources, or advanced studies related to diversity and inclusion is a plus.
Minimum of five years (ten years preferred) of relevant diversity and inclusion experience in a professional, legal, or corporate setting; law firm and management of diversity and inclusion at a firm or divisional level is preferred.
Demonstrated success in building relationships with diverse lawyers, particularly associates, to aid in retention efforts and facilitate diversity and inclusion problem-solving.
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.
Strong organizational skills, including setting priorities, planning, structuring project deliverables and problem-solving.
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.
Experience with Diversity and Inclusion at the recruitment, retention, and advancement stages, including a demonstrated track record of accomplishment, knowledge of industry standards, trends and best practices.
About Miles & Stockbridge
At the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge, our clients and colleagues are the heart of the matter. We solve problems, with passion, because to us it’s personal. We go the extra mile.
To that end, unrivaled service—to our clients, to our communities—is a baseline, not a goal. Our core values—excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, diversity and teamwork—exist not as abstract initiatives, but a way of life. The more than 230 lawyers who drive our firm understand firsthand the value of these tenets and the dedication it takes to maintain them. We’ve strategically placed the right people in the right positions across the mid-Atlantic region to best serve the local, national and global interests of those we represent.
In an industry built on precedent, we pride ourselves on our ability to look ahead, innovate and provide creative solutions that proactively help our clients navigate the shifting legal and regulatory landscapes of the world. Our full-service bench brings to the table a wealth of legal acumen second to none, which affords us the flexibility to tailor our insight to the universal range of clients—big and small, new and established, the leaders of today and those of ...tomorrow—in need of sophisticated, top-level legal advice and representation. And we care; at Miles & Stockbridge, we take our clients and results personally, both fiercely loyal and fiercely dedicated to making a positive impact in our clients’ businesses and lives.
Collectively, we take that passion into our neighborhoods, serving the communities in which we practice, our name long associated with a wide range of pro bono, diversity and public service endeavors. We collaborate with local nonprofits and community efforts to effect positive change wherever we can shine a light, wherever we find someone in need.
We embody the truth that a more diverse firm is a stronger firm. Colleagues with viewpoints informed by significantly different perspectives are essential to solving our clients’ legal challenges, just as diverse leadership within the firm invariably leads to richer and better results.
Excellence as a one-off is not excellence—it is a happy accident. Miles & Stockbridge knows that making the exceptional an everyday experience for anyone that walks through our doors is what separates not just a great firm from the good ones, but the best from the simply great.
That’s going the extra mile.