Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Husch Blackwell LLP is a full-service litigation and business law firm with multiple locations across the United States, serving clients with domestic and international operations.
At Husch Blackwell we believe that diverse, equitable and inclusive teams lead to better outcomes. Husch Blackwell is committed to retaining, recruiting, developing, and promoting talented lawyers and business professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We foster an engaged, diverse, and inclusive team culture of accountability and purpose that makes our Firm and our communities better.
Our firm is committed to attracting and retaining professionals who value each other and the service we provide by embracing Teamwork, Collaboration, Client Service, and Innovation. If you are a motivated professional looking for a long-term fit where you can grow in a role, and will be valued and empowered, then we invite you to apply to our Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion position. This position may be filled remotely or in any of our HB locations.
Under the direction of the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is charged with implementing the Firm diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. This includes serving as a key leader in the development and execution of strategies that drive key business results.
Essential job functions include:
- Provide support for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and other internal diversity and inclusion group efforts; work collaboratively with Committee and other groups to develop strategic action plans and implement initiatives to achieve established goals.
- Promote and advance diversity initiatives so that they are considered in all critical Firm decisions.
- Integrate the diversity and inclusion strategies across business stakeholders, including Firm Governance, Legal Recruiting, Professional Development, Client Development, Procurement and Human Resources.
- Monitor external diversity best practices and make recommendations for new initiatives to ensure Firm maintains a leadership position.
- Establish strategic priorities and objectives in the development of the overall diversity budget, including return on investment models.
- Provide support and initiate strategies to expand opportunities for diverse lawyers to work on significant matters for key clients.
- Build and sustain effective working relationships with: diverse lawyers and business professionals at the Firm; individuals and groups at the Firm working to advance and support diversity and inclusion; other diversity professionals and leaders at peer firms, bar groups and other organization; and clients’ diversity professionals.
- Identify opportunities to increase the external visibility of diverse lawyers through speaking engagements, articles, and other related activities.
- Attend and participate, including as a presenter, at diversity conferences, affinity group panels, etc.
- Collaborate with the Diversity Committee and Client Development to design internal and external communications and marketing strategies to ensure lawyers, clients and the marketplace understand HB’s commitment to diversity.
- Develop and implement programs to help achieve the Firm’s goal of improving the recruitment, development, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys and staff.
- Work collaboratively with Attorney Hiring Committees and Legal Recruiting team members to design innovative and effective strategies to identify and attract diverse attorneys.
- Provide guidance on best practices for mentoring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys.
- Prepare and monitor the diversity & inclusion budget.
- Manage the DEI Managers, including hiring, training, development, and oversight of the essential job functions.
- Ability to deliver superior service to all internal and external customers and communicate effectively.
- Ability to interact in a professional and courteous manner with clients and employees at all times.
- Integrates diverse perspectives by considering all points of view and needs of others.
- Ability to successfully perform position requirements with excellent organizational, time-management and prioritization skills required.
- Ability to work collaboratively within a team; ability and willingness to adapt to changing business demands.
- Ability to produce acceptable amount of work efficiently and accurately; ability to produce quality final work product.
- Ability to exercise good judgment at all times by making sound and practical decisions; ability to assume responsibility for decisions and act decisively under deadlines.
- High level of professional integrity required; ability to maintain confidentiality and build trust.
- Ability to lead and motivate the work of others; when applicable, ability to successfully manage direct report(s), including performance evaluation, goal-setting, employee development and problem-solving.
- 4-year degree required; J.D. preferred; Industry certifications preferred.
- 10 years’ progressive expertise in related area required; substantial experience leading company‐wide initiatives within a multi‐office setting required, preferably in a professional services firm environment.
- Experience working with senior leadership to make recommendations or build consensus.
- Thorough knowledge of DEI arena, including trends and best practices.
- Content development, strategic planning, budget planning and implementation, project management, database management, report writing, and/or event planning experience preferred.
- Demonstrated advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of all MS Office products strongly preferred.
- Ability to become proficient in the Firm’s Document Management System.
- Ability to work after hours, as needed.
- Ability to travel to other offices and events, as needed.
Compensation And Benefits
Employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with skill and experience. The exact compensation will vary based on skills, experience, location, and other factors permitted by law. The expected compensation ranges for this position in various states and jurisdictions are as follows:
- State of California: $143,656 - $274,842
- State of Colorado: $132,498 - $235,872
- Jersey City, NJ: $156,209 - $283,046
- State of New York: $133,893 - $289,199
- State of Washington: $139,472 - $179,919
The above salaries do not include a discretionary bonus, however bonus opportunities are non-guaranteed, and are dependent upon individual and firm performance. Full-time employees receive benefits including: medical and dental coverage; life insurance; short-term and long-term disability insurance; pre-tax flexible spending account for certain medical and dependent care expenses; an employee assistance program; Paid Time Off; paid holidays; participation in a retirement plan program after meeting eligibility requirements; and more.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. The Firm will provide reasonable accommodations as necessary to allow an individual with a disability to apply for and/or perform the essential functions of a position. Please reach out to our HR team to request an accommodation.
Please include a cover letter and resume when applying.
EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Vet. Principal Applicants Only.
Location: United States (Remote)
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