The Diversity & Inclusion Manager will lead the execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. This role will be responsible for maintaining ongoing programs and the initiation of new programs to reinforce an inclusive culture and build a work force that is diverse. In a firm-wide capacity, this role will promote awareness of diversity and inclusion issues both internally, to attorneys and administrative staff, and externally. The role of the Diversity & Inclusion Manager will collaborate closely with the executive team and other committees and senior management members to ensure alignment with business practices and the D&I strategic plan.
Leads all diversity and inclusion efforts for both lawyers and staff. This includes strategic planning and implementation, establishing best practices across the firm, the development and implementation of programs and events.
Serves as an advisor to firm management in the areas of diversity and inclusion and periodically interacts with the Executive Committee, other pertinent committees, or other senior leaders.
Works closely with the Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee to coordinate and integrate D&I into the firm’s on-going business development and strategic planning processes.
Works with existing talent management teams to create programs that are designed to attract, promote and retain diverse talent.
Reviews internal operational policies and procedures to identify areas that need improvement in alignment with D&I efforts. Works closely with departments to implement change.
Influences progress through the implementation and coordination of internal training and educational programs for both attorneys and administrative staff.
Coordinates community outreach programs designed to enhance the D&I firm opportunities (Scholarship/Internship Program, Mentoring Program).
Coordinates and oversees all efforts related to firm Attorney Affinity Groups and manages the creation of the firm culture committee for staff.
Works closely with the Business Development & Marketing Department to coordinate client-facing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that support the firm’s client outreach, business development and alumni outreach efforts.
Maintains all diversity related data and upon request shares pertinent information for RFP’s, surveys or other business reasons. Establishes and maintains all statistical data relating to diversity and tracks all year over year data.
Attends related conferences, meetings and other external programs to learn about new best practices within the D&I field and proposes and implements continuous improvements to firm D&I initiatives.
With extensive experience, ensures compliance with applicable federal / state laws, policies, and procedures (e.g. Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws).
Bachelor’s degree in business, management or related field with a minimum of 5 years of management experience in the diversity field. Previous legal experience a plus.
Extensive experience planning, designing and delivering programs, events, and implementing best practices related to diversity and inclusion issues in a complex, consensus-driven environment.
Ability to counsel attorneys, staff, and management, demonstrating confidentiality, tact, and resourcefulness.
Demonstrated knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices in professional services environments.
A strong presence that instills confidence and understanding of key issues in the diversity and inclusion legal community.
The interpersonal skills to build lasting relationships and drive consensus; evidenced ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, attorneys.
Strong organizational and project management abilities with strong attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and with a team.
Strong technical skills with all MS Office Suite products and the ability to analyze and report on data.
Physical Demands: The responsibilities of this position require employees to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this position include close vision, with the ability to read and understand text. This position may require the employee to occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing as much as twenty-five (25) pounds. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position.
Work Environment: The work environment is a standard office setting including standard office equipment (fax, copier, phone, computer, etc.). While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee in this position may have to manage a number of projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs and requests of co-workers, guests and clients. The employee may find the environment to be busy and needs excellent organizational and time and stress management skills to complete the required tasks. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. These work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
About Wolf Greenfield
Wolf Greenfield is the largest Boston-based law firm devoted exclusively to intellectual property law. Our 115+ attorneys and technology specialists advise clients on the acquisition, prosecution, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, on pursuing/defending IP litigation or seeking alternative dispute resolution, on opinions, strategic counseling on product clearance, trade dress protection, IP audits and due diligence, interferences, competitive analysis, and licensing and other IP agreements.