The Wanton Injustice Legal Detail (WILD) - an affiliate 501(c)(3) of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) - was borne out of the tragic murder of George Floyd, to provide a platform through which attorneys and other legal professionals can actively combat anti-Black racism and all forms of racism through direct partnerships with existing community organizations. WILD is designed to leverage the collective power of TCDIP’s membership to take direct, concrete steps to eliminate pervasive systemic racism in Minnesota. WILD’s work is organized around several focus areas, including eliminating racism in policing, expanding voting rights, addressing racial inequities in education, increasing access to wealth, and more.
TCDIP is a professional association of over 60 law firms and corporate legal departments focused on helping our Members attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities region.
The Program Manager will proactively seek opportunities to further WILD’s mission through project work, as well as policy advocacy. The Program Manager will be responsible for working directly with partner organizations to develop policy and volunteer engagements and define the scope and initial time frame for support.
The ideal candidate will have proven leadership and project management skills to grow WILD by synthesizing the ideas and vision of the Executive Committee, Board, and Executive Director. Day to day, the Program Manager will be responsible for building and sustaining relationships between volunteers and partner organizations (i.e., to ensure that volunteers are satisfied with their contribution to the organization, and organizations are happy with the service(s) volunteers to provide). Per an evaluation plan, the Program Manager will work to define and track short- and long-term outcomes of WILD’s work and collect data from community partners to support evaluative inquiry.
Designing and implementing a strategy and operational plan for building and managing relationships with local, regional, and national partners.
Developing and implementing systems for volunteer attorney recruitment, onboarding, support, and retention.
Developing and carrying out policy recommendations in line with WILD’s mission and goals.
Managing short-term and long-term projects in WILD’s focus areas, including developing project timelines, coordinating volunteers, and overseeing all project logistics and details.
The candidate must have an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, with at least 3-5 years of experience in managing various racial justice-focused projects and systems; excellent writing, organizational, and presentation skills; ability to coach and build leadership among volunteers. Master’s or Juris Doctor preferred. A successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:
Authentic passion for WILD’s mission, including a deep understanding of racial equity and social justice issues,and a demonstrated commitment to addressing those issues.
Demonstrated knowledge of the systematic barriers that impact Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in Minnesota.
Experience in taking ideas to execution with strong project management skills, while building a coalition of supporters.
Experience working with legal professionals and attorneys.
Experience with developing and or existing connections to community-based organizations throughout the Twin Cities.
Experience with volunteer recruitment and retention, including proficiency in database management.
Experience in evaluating service-oriented programming to guide decision-making.
About Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment for our employees and contractors. Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $70,000 to $85,000 per year. Benefits include healthcare, dental and vision coverage, paid time off, retirement benefits, and a cell phone stipend. This position has the flexibility of a hybrid work environment (e.g., working from home and the office) as projects allow.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
What excites you about this position and the Wanton Injustice Legal Detail?
What skills do you bring to one or more of the areas of focus listed above?
When are you available to start?
Telecommuting is allowed.
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) is a nonprofit association of more than 60 law firms and corporate legal departments who share a vision to create a vibrant and inclusive legal community and a mission to strengthen the efforts of Member Organizations to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color. We turn good intentions into action through the active participation of all our Member Organizations, with support from our dedicated professional staff, including a full-time Executive Director.
We know that our Nation’s and our State’s true diversity is not reflected in the legal field. According to the National Association for Law Placement’s 2019 Report on Diversity, only 17% of US attorneys at law firms (including summer associates, associates, counsel, partners, and staff attorneys) are people of color. In Minnesota, close to 20% of the general population are people of color, but in the Twin Cities only 7.2% of attorneys are people of color. While the number of law students and associates of color has continued to improve, the number of attorneys of color at higher levels within organizations continues to lag. What’s more, women and people of color leave the... legal profession at higher rates than their white male counterparts, beginning with their first year as an associate.
TCDIP Members know that the only way to tackle these challenges is to work with others who are just as committed to changing the landscape of the legal profession. That is why, in 2005, a handful of attorneys in the Twin Cities began building a coalition that has over the years coalesced into TCDIP. Today, TCDIP is composed of more than 60 law firms and corporate legal departments. Attorneys of color and their allies work together at all levels to learn tactics, challenge biases, and launch innovative programs designed to foster a professional climate that enables the success of all attorneys. General Counsel, Managing Partners, other key decision makers, and rising attorneys serve on our Board and committees, participate in out programming, and work collaboratively to make greater gains in attracting, recruiting, advancing, and retaining diverse attorneys.