General Statement of Duties and Purpose
The primary purpose of the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer is to increase value for the Firm and our clients by leveraging the power of a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position requires an experienced and dynamic individual who has a deep understanding of the complexity and multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion, and equity, including – but not limited to – age, , culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.
- Implement the strategic plan and review and refine overall vision for the Firm’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, including establishing realistic goals and timetables and benchmarks for achievement for a 12-month, 3-year and 5-year time frame.
- Educate the Firm and its partners, especially those in leadership positions, on the strategic plan, and all matters relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Establish a protocol of educating and engaging the partners and employees of the Firm. Conduct or cause to be conducted mandatory training sessions for all Firm personnel concerning diversity and inclusion issues, whether in-person or online.
- Remain current on industry trends and best practices with respect to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and determine which trends if any should be implemented.
- Report to the Firm Chair on a monthly basis and the Executive Committee on a quarterly basis or as needed.
- Work with Office Managing Partners, Department Chairs, Practice Group Leaders, Section Leaders, and the Women’s Initiative Committee to monitor and make adjustments as necessary to the Firm-wide mentoring and sponsorship programs that includes gender and race-specific and intersectionality initiatives to enhance retention and advancement of members in these groups.
- Promote the Firm and its commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, both internally and externally to the wider community at large.
- Develop and maintain a prudent annual budget for diversity and inclusion matters and coordinate all related sponsorships and conference attendance for participating lawyers and staff.
- Respond to all client-issued diversity surveys and questionnaires.
- When necessary, provide input on client and potential client RFPs, and other client initiatives and requests concerning diversity and inclusion.
- Collaborate with legal and staff recruiting departments to ensure that the Firm is utilizing effective practices to diversify the workforce.
- Collaborate with administrative departments, including Professional Development, Marketing and Human Resources
- Demonstrated leadership in the creation and delivery of Firm-wide and community-wide diversity, equity, inclusion and intercultural competency training programs.
- Proven ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.
- Strong leadership and an ability to cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve Firm D & I goals.
- Experience in employing effective problem solving and leadership skills to bring about transformational change.
- Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity.
- Successful record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs for diversity and inclusion.
- Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the Firm, with senior administration, partners, attorneys, staff, and external constituents including alumni, clients and potential clients.
- Experienced-based knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement.
- A College degree is required and Juris Doctorate is preferred.
To apply for this job email your details to Tonja.Rogers@lockelord.com