Diversity Management, Professional Legal Management
Armstrong Teasdale is seeking a Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to join its St. Louis office. The VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will assume a central and significant role in implementing the firm’s strategy of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The role will focus on the implementation of the strategy, including the rollout of various trainings and programs, support of employee resource groups and affinity groups, and a targeted and intentional approach to diversity recruiting, retention and advancement at all levels. Reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer, the VP will serve as a thought leader and trusted advisor who will raise awareness and assist each department and practice group within the firm with implementation of best practices and alignment with the firm’s priorities and goals.
The VP will also play a large role in external facing programs including our Supplier Diversity Program, client initiative, pro bono efforts and community service effort.
Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work with the Chief Diversity Officer to implement the firm’s D&I Strategy focused on recruiting and retention, internal culture and community support.
Collaborate with firm leadership on diversity action plans for each department focused on the recruitment, integration and retention.
Participate in partner promotion process.
Support the employee resource groups and report progress to internal and external stakeholders.
Manage the Supplier Diversity Program.
Continue to manage and monitor defined measures of success and incremental goals over time. Provide reports on progress of yearly diversity, equity and inclusion related goals and engage firm leadership in the process.
Coordinate client-facing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that support the firm’s client outreach and business development efforts.
Proactively identify opportunities to strengthen client relationships through collaborations, including through reporting demographic data to existing corporate clients and assisting attorneys in responding to RFPs pertaining to the firm's workplace diversity.
Seek out speaking engagements and opportunities to participate in panel discussions on issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Work with the Marketing Department in building the firm’s reputation as a leader with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Proactively support the firm’s involvement in key pro bono and community programs.
Develop links with key external organizations and bodies, e.g., LCLD, ALFDP, Diversity Lab, MCCA, NAPABA, HNBA, NBA, Lavender Law, ACC, etc.
Maintain a full understanding of the Mansfield Rule, participate in industry discussions and provide advice on Mansfield compliance.
Tracks industry trends to evaluate whether AT’s initiatives are consistent with peer firms.
Other duties as assigned.
Decision Making. Makes decisions quickly and potentially with limited information, structures and coordinates personal and team priorities.
Communicates verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and organized manner, prevents miscommunication by clarifying difficult concepts and ensures understanding by others, knows the appropriate amount of information to share with various parties, ensures regular and consistent information is shared, understands the appropriate level of confidentiality.
Gives upward positive and constructive feedback and offers solutions, on-boards leadership, identifies overarching areas for improvement and presents solutions, distributes work amongst team, has vision to plan and execute long-term strategic goals.
Continuous Learning. Identifies training needs and opportunities for self, team and firm; promotes changes and acts as a change agent.
Inspires the team to drive for results, fuels passion, encourages team feedback, fosters an open-door policy with team and works with others to identify solutions.
Alignment to Values. Influences the awareness and adoption of the Firm's values on a larger scale, influences the awareness and adoption of diversity and inclusion, and demonstrates respect by providing solutions and support.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Responsible for the supervision of administrative tasks.
Physical Activity: The employee will be required to sit for prolonged periods and work on a computer.
Travel Required: There may be opportunity for some domestic travel to our offices.
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
EEO Statement:Armstrong Teasdale is an equal opportunity employer and will make all employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, disability, veteran status or other protected status, in accordance with federal, state and local laws. At Armstrong Teasdale, we define diversity and inclusion broadly and focus on helping professionals of all races, religions, national origins, gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations and physical abilities feel a sense of belonging. Diversity and inclusion are core values of the firm, and we recognize the richness they bring to our workplace.
Internal Number: 1524
About Armstrong Teasdale LLP
With lawyers in offices across the United States, Armstrong Teasdale LLP has a demonstrable track record of delivering sophisticated legal advice and exceptional service to a dynamic client base. Whether an issue is local or global, practice area specific or industry related, Armstrong Teasdale provides each client with an invaluable combination of legal resources and practical advice in nearly every area of law. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms with locations in more than 100 countries, and the United States Law Firm Group, a network of 17 law firms headquartered in major U.S. cities. Armstrong Teasdale is listed in the Am Law 200, published by The American Lawyer, and the NLJ 250, published by The National Law Journal. For more information, please visit www.atllp.com.