The Legal Talent team at Goulston & Storrs has expanded and we are seeking an experienced Director of Talent Development and a Manager of Diversity & Inclusion to join our team. We are a vibrant firm where serious business is conducted with genuine camaraderie and fun, our people are paramount, and where mutual respect drives open discussion, fresh ideas and optimal solutions for our clients!
With more than 200 lawyers in our Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. offices, Goulston & Storrs is a powerhouse law firm that offers leading-edge service to local, regional and global clients in need of corporate, capital markets, finance, litigation, and real estate counsel. Our private client group also features one of the largest and most well-established trust and estate practices in New England, serving wealthy clients, families and charitable foundations across the country.
The Legal Talent team serves as ambassadors for the firm and leads the firm’s efforts to grow our practices in each of our core markets and to develop, engage, retain and advance our existing legal talent by delivering cutting-edge, relevant professional development programs to our lawyers.
Legal Talent team members also serve as stewards of the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as fundamental components of the firm’s recruitment, retention, development and advancement of a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace.
If you’re passionate about developing people, recognize the essential value of relationships, and looking to work in a highly collaborative, dynamic and supportive environment, we encourage you to apply for the Director of Talent Development or Manager of Diversity & Inclusion.
As a member of the integrated Legal Recruitment and Talent Development Team, the Manager of Diversity & Inclusion will collaborate with team members and the Inclusion Advisory Committee to develop strategies designed to improve diversity of cultural background among firm attorneys and develop, implement and monitor programs and processes that promote and sustain diversity, equity, and respect throughout the firm for women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities. In collaboration with the Legal Talent team and firm leaders, the Manager will ensure that firm, practice area and legal talent initiatives and programs are aligned with the firm’s values, diversity and inclusion best practices, strategic goals of the firm and development needs of firm lawyers.
Position to be based in Boston or New York City.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work collaboratively with leadership of the Inclusion Advisory Committee (“IAC”) and affinity groups to develop and implement annual strategic plans, request and manage annual budgets, provide management updates and implement initiatives set forth by the IAC and affinity groups.
Collaborate with the Senior Manager of Talent Development and Senior Manager of Legal Recruitment to ensure an inclusive and best-in-class orientation and integration experience for all attorneys, continually evaluating and enhancing program elements based on feedback, industry trends, and to foster a sense of belonging at the outset.
Collaborate with Practice Group Leaders and work allocators to continually assess and ensure equal access to opportunities for challenging work.
Provide or arrange for core diversity training programs, workshops and roundtable discussions.
Serve as counselor, advocate and confidant for diverse attorneys.
Work collaboratively with the firm’s Legal Recruitment professionals to evaluate and propose enhancements to recruiting processes to minimize potential bias and identify and implement strategic opportunities to enhance our diversity pipeline.
Work collaboratively with the firm's Talent Development professionals to better support and develop diverse talent.
Work collaboratively with the firm’s Business Development & Marketing professionals to build the firm’s reputation as a leader in diversity and inclusion, including by developing diversity and inclusion content for the firm’s website, intranet, and library of marketing collateral.
Develop and analyze metrics for measuring progress and effectiveness of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Assess, enhance and collaborate on the performance management process for Associates, Counsel and Professional Attorneys, including associate reviews and pre-partnership reviews for those approaching partnership consideration, specifically focusing on enhancing processes to minimize the impact of potential biases and to ensure the equitable assessment of all attorneys.
Manage the Flexible Work Arrangement process, facilitate open communication between Flexible Work Mentors and associates, and collaborate with work allocators to ensure equal access to opportunities.
Stay current with the latest diversity and inclusion research and best practices and share learning with the firm to enhance the firm’s initiatives in these areas;
Collaborate with Legal Talent Team to continually evaluate and enhance firm processes and systems for greater inclusion and equity.
Work on special department or firm projects, as needed.
Bachelor’s degree required. JD, MBA or graduate degree in HR, Education, Counseling or Organizational Development preferred, but not required.
4-6 years working in a professional services firm, law firm preferred.
Minimum of three (3) years diversity and inclusion work experience
Understanding of law firm business operations.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Excellent judgment and ability to work independently.
Detail and action-oriented with strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to drive and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively across all levels.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Database Management Systems, Software for Evaluations
Goulston & Storrs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, handicap, disability or veteran status in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Goulston & Storrs complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
About Goulston & Storrs
Goulston & Storrs is a modern, vibrant firm where the practice of law is pursued with deep expertise, wide diligence and inspiring camaraderie. As an Am Law 200 law firm, we have a rich bench of lawyers, paralegals and business professionals collaborating across multiple disciplines and industries. Known for its roots as a real estate powerhouse, the firm includes leading corporate, litigation, and private client and trust practices.