Diversity Management, Professional Legal Management
Diversity Lab is leading the search for a Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, for Orrick, one of our Move the Needle Fund law firm partners. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
The Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, will develop and execute innovative D&I strategies and global initiatives that support the Firm’s goal to be the most diverse firm among our Tech, Finance, and E&I sector peer firms, for our leadership team, partnership, and client teams to reflect that diversity, and for our first-year entering class to be more diverse than the rest of the firm. This individual will act as a trusted advisor to firm leadership on how to address the unique challenges faced by our women, of color, LGBTQ+, and disabled attorneys and staff, ensuring that we are a best place to work for all on our team.
This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with our Chairman, the partners who lead our D&I and Women’s Initiatives, and senior leaders in our talent, marketing, communications, sales, and innovation functions.
Essential Position Responsibilities
Provide strategic direction for the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts globally.
Manage and oversee the firm’s participation in the Move the Needle Fund, maximizing the benefits of this unique 5-year collaboration with clients, other firms, and thought leaders. Lead the MTN Core Team and BU Ambassador team in the design and implementation of strategies to support the achievement of our MTN goal. Act as the principal point of coordination with Diversity Lab.
Lead the development of the D&I and Women’s Initiative annual business plans and provide leadership on the design and execution of innovative D&I and Women’s Initiative programs and activities. Identify and implement diversity and inclusion best practices across practice areas and geographies.
Develop trusted relationships with our diverse lawyers and act as a coach and confidant, helping our diverse attorneys succeed. Act as a liaison between our diverse attorneys and firm leaders to develop programs for our firm to support the retention, professional development, and advancement of our attorneys.
Collaborate with the Chief Talent Officer to develop and implement integrated diversity and inclusion related talent solutions to proactively build diversity-driven talent pipelines, and to recruit, retain, and advance women, of color, LGBTQ+ and disabled attorneys.
Design and implement, together with the firm's marketing and communications professionals, an internal and external communications and marketing strategy to ensure our lawyers, our clients, and the marketplace understand the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion and the best practices employed by the firm.
Design and implement approaches to collaborating with clients to advance our diversity objectives, including maximizing the opportunities presented by our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and our Women’s Advisory Board, and our memberships in organizations such as LCLD, MCCA, and other bar organizations.
Engage with the client RFP process, ensuring that our legal teams are well prepared to tell our diversity story. Participate in client RFP meetings as requested.
Manage professional staff on the D&I team and leverage professional resources in other functional areas in the firm to achieve our diversity and inclusion objectives.
Lead efforts to simplify and automate client and industry diversity reporting and to utilize diversity data to establish priorities and drive change.
Elevate the firm’s brand as a leader in D&I through personal engagement with clients and the D&I legal community, and by writing thought leadership pieces and speaking at industry conferences, bar associations, etc.
Lead our global staff diversity and inclusion programming.
Design and manage the firm's D&I and Women’s Initiative annual budgets.
Knowledge, Experience, and Education
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience planning, designing, and delivering programs and practices related to diversity and inclusion issues in a complex, highly matrixed, consensus-driven environment; experience in a law firm environment strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement diversity programs, preferably in a global environment, with sensitivity to the cultural differences of different geographies.
Advanced understanding of diversity and inclusion theory and application, including a deep knowledge of industry standards, best practices, and trends, combined with a proven ability to develop and direct global diversity and inclusion strategies.
Proven experience directing the development of workforce analytics metrics, reporting, and tools to enable an integrated and holistic approach to D&I and leveraging insights to design, implement, and evaluate solutions.
A strong professional presence that engenders confidence from senior leadership.
Ability to work well in a team environment and build consensus with colleagues.
Excellent communication and presentation skills.
Strong work ethic combined with qualities of being smart, a quick study, and one who desires to work in an intellectually challenging, highly-creative, and team-oriented culture.
The Director can be located in any of Orrick’s US offices, with a preference for New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C.
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas –many of which are adapted from research, borrowed from other industries, and created through our Hackathons – are piloted in collaboration with more than 100 top law firms and legal departments across the country. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned.
Some of our successful projects include the OnRamp Fellowship, the Mansfield Rule, and the OnTrack Sponsorship. We are also in the midst of designing and piloting 10 of the winning ideas from the Diversity in Law Hackathons.
Building on the effectiveness of these projects and learning from their foundational elements, we created the Move the Needle Fund (MTN). It is the first collaborative effort designed and funded with $5M to test innovative initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.
Five law firms, 25+ general counsel, and a dozen community leaders are working together through MTN to create a first-of-its-kind experimental “laborat...ory” in which bold new approaches will be incubated over five years in the law firms to serve as a model for learning and transformative change in the legal profession and beyond. These five firms are setting aggressive, measurable diversity goals, experimenting with research-based and data-driven ways to achieve them, and publicly reporting their progress. The general counsel are working together with the MTN firms to achieve their goals and also piloting some of the innovative initiatives with their legal departments and current outside counsel.