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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist

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General Purpose:

This individual will work closely with the CDIO in driving firmwide strategic initiatives that help the firm to attract, retain, and promote diverse talent and foster an inclusive environment, including the development, enhancement, and support of all attorney and, secondarily, business service professional, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. They will manage and coordinate training programs, professional development/networking events, community and client collaborations, budgets, and activities. They will report to the CDIO and provide advice, recommendations, and administrative support to ensure a positive and inclusive firmwide environment as it relates to the hiring, integration, training, evaluations and promotions of personnel while also working closely with other administrative personnel and attorneys.

To be considered, please submit a resume and a cover letter. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

1. Work closely with the CDIO in the development of DEI programming, attorney professional development processes, and internal and external DEI initiatives, as necessary; coordinates DEI mentoring and sponsorship initiatives; monitors and updates diversity-related data and requests; researches DEI trends and assists in the development of best practices and DE&I resources; and provides assistance with other DEI initiatives, as set forth in greater detail below.  Focus of lead responsibilities will change from time to time.

2. Work closely with the CDIO, Women’s Forum and Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIVCOM), as well as liaises with the Professional Development Committee (PROCOM), Recruitment Committee, Practice Group Leaders, Diversity Lieutenants and other firm leaders, to oversee the implementation of best practices and initiatives to achieve the goals set forth in the firm’s 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Plan and 2019 Strategic Plan, as well as updated plans going forward.

3. Serves as a coordinating member of DIVCOM and a member of PROCOM to make recommendations and provide feedback on DEI topics and initiatives; assists DIVCOM and PROCOM in the execution of their duties; and create meeting minutes for DIVCOM and the Women’s Forum meetings.

4. Manages, assists and acts as a liaison and resource to the firm’s employee resource groups (African-American, Asian/Pacific American, Latinx, Native American, Women’s Forum, H&H Pride Network, New Parents, Staff DIVCOM and others) in their programming, activities and other initiatives; assists such groups in the execution of such initiatives and related endeavors.

5. Manages and writes client and third-party DEI RFPs, surveys, questionnaires, billing request responses and responses to similar other external inquiries; work with the CDIO in preparing analyses on effectiveness of the firm’s external DEI programs and initiatives.

6. Organizes and supports diverse and female attorneys’ monthly lunch and other meetings/get-togethers, including sending out correspondence, tracking responses and preparing materials.

7. Compiles H&H DEI statistical data and employer information for the Management Committee, practice groups, industry sectors, offices and other populations; works closely with the CDIO in preparing reports and presentations thereof.

8. Assists the CDIO in creating, tracking and maintaining DEI, Women’s Forum and related budgets and financial requests, including sponsorship invoices, membership dues, expense reports and items related to the same. Make recommendations to the
CDIO regarding the continued support of various organizations.

9. Cultivates relationships with diverse, female and other attorneys and professionals across the firm and supports the hiring, retention and advancement of such personnel.

10. Creates DEI reports using viDesktop and works collaboratively with the Recruitment, Professional Development and Client Services/Marketing teams; works with programmers to troubleshoot and implement new features as directed by the CDIO; and makes recommendations to improve user friendliness and efficiency.

11. Collaborates with the Recruiting team to develop, enhance, and implement summer, fall, and lateral attorney orientations; assists the CDIO in conducting new attorney DEI orientation and pipeline initiatives.

12. Works closely with the Client Services and Financial Services teams to compiles reports and presentations, as directed by the CDIO, on DEI trainings, policies and/or expectations.

13. Handles travel arrangements and all other administrative details for local and out-of-state meetings for the CDIO and supports travel and logistical arrangement for DEI programs and events, both internal and external.

14. Maintains the utmost confidentiality of all personnel information and communications.

15. Provides administrative support for all special projects, as requested.

16. Maintain the firm’s intranet and external website to reflect up-to-date information on DEI programs, events, calendars, and other initiatives/endeavors.

Job Qualifications (Education, Experience and Certification):

Specialist:  Substantive knowledge of the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as
Racial/Social Justice.  Meaningfully contributes expertise to the department and/or firm in such areas. Recommends best practices to the CDIO and others and connects functional areas with the impact on the firm as a whole. Works under minimal supervision. Moderate discretionary decision making within established guidelines. Moderate strategic impact to the department. Potential moderate strategic impact to the firm.

  1. Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including exceptionally strong
    attention to detail
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to positively interact with others, even in
    difficult situations
  4. Independent thinker
  5. Superior ability to organize and prioritize tasks to effectively meet deadlines; works
    well under pressure and competing deadlines.
  6. Expert user of all Microsoft Office products, including but not limited to MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel
  7. Minimum of two (2) years of post-undergraduate experience, or 4 years of experience in place of an undergraduate degree, supporting and implementing DEI initiatives in a law firm or professional services setting required, or at least one year of such experience with a DEI certificate conferred
  8. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the diversity, equity and inclusion field and theories of intersectionality
  9. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred
  10. Prior event planning experience preferred.

Competencies:

  • Functional/Technical Expertise – Understands necessary information, processes and procedures to carry out job responsibilities.
  • Customer Orientation – Views the firm through the eyes of the client or firm professional, as applicable, and goes out of their way to anticipate and meet customer needs.
  • Communication – Recognizes the essential value of continuous information exchange.
  • Team Player – Team oriented; maintains composure and is adaptable to the changing needs of the team.
  • Results Orientation – Maintains appropriate focus on outcomes and accomplishments.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Able to confidently, accurately, respectfully, patiently and thoughtfully communicate with others at all levels and positions.
  • Change Agility – Adaptable, embraces the needed change and modifies behavior to achieve firm objectives.
  • Judgment – Consistently exhibits sounds judgment and discretion.

Work Environment:

Professional office atmosphere.  Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting or standing for prolonged periods.  Position may require occasional off-hour meetings and events.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those this position may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Note: This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job.  However, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Holland & Hart offers of employment take into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position’s work location, external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. Salary Range – $26.15-$43.58. A discretionary bonus may be available based upon performance.

Holland & Hart works hard to promote work/life balance with a 37.5-hour scheduled work week for most staff employees, a robust wellness program, and generous PTO and holiday pay for eligible employees.  Full-time employees become eligible for benefits on the date hire, with a benefits offering that includes medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, EAP, STD, and LTD.  Also available are voluntary income protection benefits such as supplemental life, accident, critical illness, and long-term care insurances, as well as a 401(k)-retirement plan with a company match.  In addition, the firm has programs that may provide for educational assistance, free or discounted legal services, and opportunities through the Holland & Hart Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating volunteer opportunities for lawyers, staff, families, and friends of Holland & Hart LLP. Part-time employees may have access to some of these benefits, which may be on a pro-rated basis.

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