Cleary Gottlieb is seeking a Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to manage the execution of Washington Office initiatives in support of the firm's diversity and inclusion objectives in coordination with the Director of Legal Personnel and Recruiting. In this new and expanded role designed to meet the firm's ongoing commitment to its values, the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion will be expected to provide thought leadership and support to the firm's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, developing effective programs to meet the needs of the attorney population, connecting diversity and inclusion initiatives with attorney professional development programming, and maintaining relationships with relevant law school affinity groups and campus personnel in order to advise internally on effective recruiting strategies for diverse candidates. This position will work across all levels of the firm to advance diversity and inclusion goals. Successful candidates will have significant diversity and inclusion subject matter expertise and knowledge of current best practices and trends. In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate strategic thinking, a strong customer service orientation, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong project management skills, a high degree of self-initiative, discretion, the ability to exercise sound judgment, and the ability to produce results in a consensus-driven environment.
Reports to: Director of Legal Personnel and Recruiting, Washington Office; Washington Diversity Committee; Washington Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women
Propose, implement and support diversity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited to:
developing curricula and applying industry best practices to further race, ethnicity and gender parity within the attorney ranks
interacting with internal and external relevant communities, including clients
providing mentor support and expertise
staying abreast of diversity and inclusion trends and best practices
Liaise with NY counterparts, as appropriate, to seek consistency in programming as well as to collaborate on current and proposed initiatives
Foster relationships with school diversity professionals, alumni, clients, community stakeholders and other diversity and inclusion professionals to expand outreach efforts and increase partnerships, visibility and the success of diversity initiatives
Help to identify and monitor diversity and inclusion goals and metrics to measure the effectiveness of initiatives, programs and training; recommend new measures designed to further the firm’s goals based on data collection and analysis
Produce the Firm Diversity Report
Provide resources and guidance for current and new firm-wide diversity initiatives
Develop training and mentoring programs to support diversity and inclusion, incorporating effective trends into current initiatives as appropriate
Oversee the development and distribution of internal and external communications about diversity and inclusion initiatives and successes at the firm; facilitate the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women meetings to discuss issues and possible changes within the firm
Foster relationships with law school diversity groups, alumni, clients, and other related professionals to expand and improve diversity recruiting efforts
Facilitate office affinity group events
Participate in relevant Associates Committee meetings to suggest development initiatives for diverse associates
Assist with the attorney review process as needed
Other projects and responsibilities as requested by the Director of Legal Personnel and Recruiting
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience required
Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices and trends in diversity and inclusion
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel with tact and diplomacy
Strong quantitative analysis skills with the ability to gather insights from data and create effective proposals and inspired programming
Superior organizational, project management and planning skills
Ability to handle confidential information and materials with care and discretion
Proficiency with recent versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Strong level of comfort navigating databases and utilizing HRIS systems; Workday knowledge a plus
Ability to build relationships and produce results in a consensus-drive environment
Ability to anticipate issues and take appropriate steps to resolve problems
Flexible team player with the ability to prioritize among competing deadlines and tasks with good judgment and grace
Flexibility to work long hours on an as-needed basis
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and robust benefits package
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