Visionary, collaborative, influential and dynamic is what best describes The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI). An anchor legal community fixture in Denver, Colorado, CLI advances diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion and equity. Over the past two years, CLI has been strategically aligning the organization to meet the changing needs of the legal community. After a successful two-year tenure by the current executive, the Board seeks a new and dynamic Executive Director who will lead the organization to flourish and succeed for years to come.
Historical/Program Overview: CLI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides valuable resources to help employers retain and advance diverse and female attorneys. Many of CLI's innovative programs and initiatives are national models. CLI's members include law firms, corporate and government law departments, bar associations and other professional legal organizations. Founded in 2007, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness offers a holistic and facilitative approach to creating inclusive workplaces for legal professionals.
The Opportunity Reporting to its Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides the vision and leadership to take CLI and its members to new and unprecedented heights. CLI seeks an enthusiastic leader who will capitalize on its assets and unfold the myriad of opportunities that exist. CLI has a strong Working Board and Advisory Board that are dedicated and committed to helping the new Executive Director succeed in their mission. This is an outstanding opportunity for an energetic and innovative individual who wants to unleash their leadership potential and leave a strong legacy.
Leadership CLI’s Executive Director will be passionate about advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This passion will resonate throughout the Board, staff, members, donors and volunteers, allowing the Executive Director to tap into the strengths and talents of many. The Executive Director will possess strong interpersonal skills interacting with diverse groups of people. • Implement CLI’s member-centric strategic plan in a manner that is focused and results oriented. • Cultivate and maintain CLI’s relationships with its members and their constituents, providing guidance and thought leadership for their equity, diversity and inclusion programs. • Serve as the spokesperson, representing CLI with a great deal of diplomacy. • Continue to foster and cultivate relationships with other leaders of local and
The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will be someone who has substantial experience with equity, diversity and inclusion programs, with a strong preference for such experience in the legal profession and Colorado. They are confident in their abilities and eager to further develop themselves and those who work with them. They will demonstrate their eagerness to assume a community leadership position and have experience and are comfortable (even thrive when) working with people from diverse backgrounds. They will be creative, have a can-do attitude, and be resourceful on how they tackle their work. They will have the ability to assess the current condition of the organization, analyze the information and bring it all together to create a vision that is vibrant and effective. Strong administrative, interpersonal and management skills are essential.
Key Characteristics • Projects personal presence and professionalism • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills • Exhibits enthusiasm, passion and ownership for the work and the organization • High ethical standards and integrity • Consistently exhibits sound judgment, tact and discretion. Able to respect, protect and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information • Treats all individuals with respect and appreciation/respect for diversity • Superior emotional intelligence and maturity • Demonstrates courage; takes appropriate risks • Strong work ethic and commitment to high performance • Adaptable and flexible; works constructively under pressure; responds resourcefully and positively to change and ambiguity • Manages stress effectively and maintains personal work/life balance • Has a strong personal vision; focuses on possibilities and opportunities, demonstrating persistence and resilience
Qualifications • JD, MSLA, MBA, or a Master’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration or related area. (Equivalent experience will be considered). • A minimum of 7 years of experience working in the legal profession – OR– 5+ years of successful senior management experience in the equity, diversity and inclusion field, including supervision of professionals; high level management experience, such as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer. • Meaningful experience working with nonprofit organizations, boards and committees. • Experience in program management and development, preferably in the equity, diversity and inclusion area. • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. • Diversified fund development experience, including foundations, corporate sponsorships, donor relations, membership, special events, earned income, and grants. • Proven experience managing a substantial budget with full accountability for results. • Demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in all aspects of management and operations. • Superior interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills. • Technologically savvy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email/Internet, Donor CRM/Database). • Experience with HR/personnel issues, including responsibility for hiring, terminating and coaching/mentoring staff. • Candidates must be willing to live in the metro Denver area, and relocation costs are not included.