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. We have an immediate opening for a Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. This position may be filled in any of our locations.
The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDO) is a key member of the firm management team and will report directly to the Chief Executive. The CDO provides leadership, vision, strategic direction and operational oversight to advance the diversity, equity and inclusion values of the firm.
The CDO will lead the execution of the firm’s strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), including providing training for both staff and attorneys, implementing best practices used within the legal and business communities, and providing coaching, guidance, and education. The CDO will implement the firm’s DE&I strategic plan, monitor goals, objectives and metrics for monitoring the success of the firm’s DE&I strategy. The CDO will also have responsibility for assisting in the development and execution of external programs and initiatives to support the firm’s commitment to equality and social justice in the communities it serves. Essential job functions include:
Lead the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts for lawyers and staff, including implementation of strategy, best practices, programs, initiatives and training.
Coordinate integration of the DE&I strategic plan throughout the firm’s ongoing business strategy.
Influence through educating and serving as a change agent for the organization.
Promote a cohesive and inclusive overarching culture while maintaining a sense of local identity in various office locations.
Serve as an advisor to firm management in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion and routinely report to the Executive Board of the firm.
Work with the Chief Client Officer and Director of Pro Bono to coordinate client-facing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that support the firm’s client outreach, business development and alumni outreach efforts; attend meetings with current and prospective clients in support of such efforts; seek out speaking engagements and opportunities to participate in panel discussions on issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Serve as an ad hoc member of the firm’s Compensation Committee.
Work in partnership with other C-level leaders, Strategic Business Unit Leaders, Managing Directors, the DE&I Committee and other key staff and attorney leaders to:
Develop a DE&I Dashboard and establish defined measures of success, metrics, and incremental goals for the short and long term.
Collaborate on programs that oversee the recruitment, integration and retention of diverse attorneys and staff.
Collaborate on implementing training and development of firm leadership on allyship and implicit bias as well as other diversity related trainings for all attorneys and staff.
Implement the firm’s Strategic Plan, including all areas detailed in the DE&I Strategic Plan.
Serve as an advisor and thought leader for all firmwide DE&I related communications and all external DE&I related communications and campaigns.
Partnering with appropriate committee and initiative leaders, manage and lead meetings of the DE&I Committee, DE&I Subcommittees, DE&I Affinity Groups, Mentoring and Sponsorship Programs.
Oversee the efforts of the firm’s Affinity Groups, including both attorneys and staff.
Monitor and evaluate the results of the attorney evaluation process, the associate compensation processes and the evaluation and promotions of staff in order to understand and respond to development and diversity opportunities and needs.
Oversee maintenance of a database of firm diversity information used for completing various related surveys in which the firm is requested to participate and for responding to client requests for information on the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Oversee the firm’s budget for diversity related committees and Affinity Groups, industry memberships, and minority bar conference sponsorship.
Supervise, mentor, lead and coach DE&I administrative team on processes, regulations, improvements, and development. Escalate the capabilities within the team to achieve added value and gain efficiency. Set goals and develop measures for success.
Attend related conferences, meetings and other internal and external programs to acquire and report on practices, new approaches and other information to improve the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives; speak at and otherwise represent the firm at conferences, meetings and in other forums about diversity and inclusion issues generally and about the firm’s programs in those areas specifically.
The CDO will be responsible for oversight of the Firm’s Communities-for-Change initiative which includes membership in LFAA (Lawyers for Anti-Racism Alliance), pro bono counsel with responsibility for minority business development and the firm’s food security efforts. An annual report showcasing the firm’s social responsibilities will be part of the communication activities of the CDO.
The physical activity of this position:
Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
Repetitive Motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The physical requirements of this position:
Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision:
The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).
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; professional appearance required.
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.
Bachelor’s degree in business, management, organizational development or related field required; JD strongly preferred.
10+ years of experience planning, designing and delivering programs and practices related to diversity and inclusion issues in a complex, consensus-driven environment, including at least five years of relevant director-level or above experience in a large, multi-office organization. Previous legal experience strongly preferred.
Ability to counsel attorneys, staff, and management, demonstrating confidentiality, tact, and resourcefulness.
Demonstrated knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices in law firm and other professional services environments.
A strong presence that instills confidence and understanding of key issues in the diversity and inclusion legal community.
Strong interpersonal skills to build lasting relationships and drive consensus; evidenced ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, attorneys, office, firm and practice management, clients and prospective clients.
Proven record implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives through to execution.
Demonstrated skills in interacting with clients and coordinating on diversity initiatives with clients.
Outstanding creative thinking skills and the ability to offer new ideas and approaches to diversity and inclusion applicable to new environments.
Exceptional ability to communicate with varied audiences in writing, verbally and through presentations.
Superb organizational and project management skills, coupled with a strong attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and with a team, and to delegate and manage resources effectively.
Ability and availability to travel in order to effectively implement the agreed upon strategy and the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives (when it is safe to do so).
We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401K, and much more.
Please include a cover letter and resume when applying.
EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Vet. Principal Applicants Only.
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