Visionary, collaborative, influential and dynamic is what best describes The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI). An anchor legal community fixture in Denver, Colorado, CLI advances diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion and equity. As CLI approaches another growth stage, the Board of Directors has been strategically aligning the organization to meet the changing needs of the legal community. After a successful six year tenure by the previous CEO, the Board seeks a new and dynamic CEO who will guide the organization to flourish and succeed for years to come.
CLI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides valuable resources to help employers retain and advance diverse and female attorneys. Many of CLI's innovative programs and initiatives are national models. CLI's members include law firms, corporate and government law departments, bar associations and other professional legal organizations. Founded in 2007, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness offers a holistic and facilitative approach to creating inclusive workplaces for legal professionals.
Reporting to its Board of Directors, the CEO provides the vision and leadership to take CLI and its members to new and unprecedented heights. CLI seeks an enthusiastic leader who can capitalize on its assets and unfold the myriad of opportunities that exist. CLI has a strong Board that is dedicated and committed to helping the new CEO succeed in their mission. This is an outstanding opportunity for an energetic and innovative individual who wants to unleash their leadership potential and leave a strong legacy.
The CEO’s primary responsibilities include the following:
CLI’s CEO will be passionate about advancing diversity, equity and inclusivity in the legal profession. This passion will resonate throughout the Board, staff, members, donors and volunteers, allowing the CEO to tap into the strengths and talents of many. The CEO will possess strong interpersonal skills interacting with diverse groups of people.
• Implement CLI’s member-centric strategic plan in a manner that is focused and results oriented. • Cultivate and maintain CLI’s relationships with its members and their constituents, providing guidance and thought leadership for their diversity and inclusion programs. • Serve as the spokesperson, representing CLI with a great deal of diplomacy. • Continue to foster and cultivate relationships with other leaders of local and statewide legal organizations and stakeholders as well as develop new ones. The CEO will represent CLI in these coalitions as well as in others that contribute to its mission.
• Work with the communications and marketing team in developing campaigns that communicate CLI’s vision, work, and community impact. Using good marketing acumen, the CEO ensures that CLI’s image is presented with the utmost professionalism.
The CEO will champion and value diversity, equity and inclusion to reflect the community served by CLI.
• Inspire and motivate members and staff as well as project consultants, board members, and key volunteers. Ensure strong internal communication and accountability. • Cultivate a creative, collaborative and productive work environment and hold staff accountable to specific work plan metrics. • Oversee all aspects of daily activities, including human resources, program planning, finances, fund development and marketing to ensure progress toward strategic goals. • Work closely with the Board of Directors. Demonstrated ability to engage, inspire, and motivate Board members to meet their responsibilities and serve the organization effectively. • Keep Board members informed on the status of the organization and aware of any issues requiring their attention.
The CEO, working with the Board of Directors, has ultimate financial responsibility for CLI and ensures good financial practices.
• Develop annual budgets and maintain costs in accordance with revenue to insure sound fiscal practices. • Review monthly financials in preparation for Board presentation. • Participate in and review financial forecasting. • Oversee the management of financial resources, ensuring CLI’s fiscal stability and long-term viability.
The CEO creates a culture of philanthropy within the organization, including staff, Board and volunteers.
• Lead the staff and the Board in furthering a diversified fundraising program including corporate sponsorship, individual donors, grants, special events, earned income, and planned giving. • Cultivate new major donors and develop ongoing relationships with the current donor base. • Develop and implement a sustainable and effective “Membership Model” which ensures financial stability of the organization while cultivating new members and maintaining ongoing relationships with the current members.
• Oversee all aspects of the management and production of the annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, the largest conference on legal profession diversity and inclusion in the Rocky Mountain region. The Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit is a one-day conference featuring national experts discussing cutting-edge diversity and inclusiveness topics, and produces significant income for CLI. • Develop and implement a diversified earned income methodology to generate fiscal stability.
The CEO understands and responds to changes in trends and best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion. They guide appropriate programming for young lawyers, solo and small firms, law students, in-house and corporate law departments, government law offices, and large law firms. They are very comfortable presenting programs to our members and community stakeholders.
• Lead the development and enhancement of programs that address research, trends, and best practices in diversity, equity, & inclusion in the legal profession. • Guide program development from the conceptual state to full implementation. • Guide staff in leveraging resources and delivering programs that are stimulating, educational and contribute to development of the “whole lawyer.” Manage, train and build capacity for volunteers to grow CLI’s
reach and impact.
The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will be someone who has substantial experience with diversity, equity and inclusion programs, with a strong preference for such experience in the legal profession and Colorado. They are confident in their abilities and eager to further develop themselves and those who work with them. They will demonstrate their eagerness to assume a community leadership position and have experience and are comfortable (even thrive when) working with people from diverse backgrounds. They will be creative, have a can-do attitude and be resourceful on how they tackle their work. They will have the ability to assess the current condition of the organization, analyze the information and bring it all together to create a vision that is vibrant. Strong administrative, interpersonal and management skills are essential.
• Projects personal presence and professionalism • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills • Exhibits enthusiasm, passion and ownership for the work and the organization • High ethical standards and integrity • Treats all individuals with respect and appreciation/respect for diversity • Superior emotional intelligence and maturity • Demonstrates courage; takes appropriate risks • Strong work ethic and commitment to high performance • Adaptable and flexible; works constructively under pressure; responds resourcefully and positively to change and ambiguity • Manages stress effectively and maintains personal work/life balance • Has a strong personal vision; focuses on possibilities and opportunities, demonstrating persistence and resilience Qualifications • JD, MSLA, MBA, or a Master’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration or related area. (Equivalent experience will be considered). • A minimum of 7 years of experience working in the legal profession – OR– 5+ years of successful senior management experience in the diversity and inclusion field, including supervision of professionals; high level management experience, such as CEO, ED, or COO. • Meaningful experience working with nonprofit organizations, boards and committees. • Experience in program management and development, preferably in the diversity and inclusion area. • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. • Diversified fund development experience, including foundations, corporate sponsorships, donor relations, membership, special events, earned income, and grants. • Proven experience managing a substantial budget with full accountability for results. • Demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in all aspects of management and operations. • Superior interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills. • Technologically savvy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email/Internet, Donor CRM/Database). • Experience with HR/personnel issues, including responsibility for hiring, terminating and coaching/mentoring staff. • Candidates must be willing to live in the metro Denver area, and relocation costs are not included.
The compensation is competitive in relation to the operating budget of the organization and dependent upon a candidate’s experience in the DEI field. The Board is open to explore and enter into a mutually beneficial compensation package for the ideal candidate. Benefits include medical, dental, vacation, long/short- term care disability insurance, life insurance and other benefits.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter explaining their desire for the position, skills and talents they would bring to the position. Also attach a resume that illustrates your past experiences and skills. NO phone calls. Send cover letter and resume electronically by March 31, 2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
Additional information about CLI is available at www.centerforlegalinclusiveness.org.
About Center for Legal Inclusiveness
Holland & Hart helps clients with integrated legal solutions. We work with regional, national, and international clients of all sizes to tackle virtually any kind of legal issue. We help our clients ascend, whatever the "mountain" they face. Established in 1947, Holland & Hart today has approximately 500 lawyers providing a full range of services from 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, D.C. Our value proposition is to provide our clients in the region and beyond with the breadth and depth of experience to enable them to meet their business objectives. We offer a client-driven culture with service that is personalized, responsive, and innovative.
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