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Support the implementation of an industry-leading diversity, equity and inclusion strategy at a leading law firm

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The Role

Make an impact at Goodwin , where we partner with our clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility and ambition. Our 1,400 lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world-class advisory services in the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity and financial industries. Our unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets us apart. Also a global destination for business professionals, Goodwin’s team of professional staff was named in 2019 the “Best Business Team” by The American Lawyer .

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Manager will partner with firm leaders, the Director of HR – Europe & Asia, the Director of DEI and the wider DEI Team to support the implementation of an industry-leading diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. You will play a key role in driving critical firm-wide initiatives to success, with an orientation towards action and results. You will be a consultant and advisor to business unit and office leaders, affinity group leaders, local council leaders, and other stakeholders, and will run programming that supports the firm’s DEI strategy, with a focus on running effective 1:1 mentorship, sponsorship and coaching programmes, eliminating hidden barriers to success, addressing systemic inequities, and creating a mature DEI culture in which each leader is responsible for DEI success. You will support Goodwin’s goal to become the most inclusive law firm in the global 50 and our five year goal to achieve 50% gender diversity, 35% racial-ethnic diversity and 10% LGBTQ+ diversity in our senior associate and partner elevation classes, and 40% diversity in our firm leadership.

What you will do:

  • Develop and implement programmes and interventions designed to attract, retain, develop and advance diverse talent, eliminate hidden barriers to success, address systemic inequities, and foster inclusive leadership;
  • Collaborate with select business unit and department leaders, HR managers and the DEI team to design and execute business unit / department strategies that are aligned with firmwide talent strategies;
  • Collaborate with affinity group leaders from CRED@Goodwin, Pride@Goodwin and Women@Goodwin to develop and implement annual strategic plans, draft management updates, perform data analysis, run programming and manage annual budgets;
  • Manage and align affinity group strategy and programming to broader DEI strategy;
  • Operate as a skilled facilitator who is capable of creating content for DEI training and awareness programs that will increase strategic impact throughout the firm;
  • Manage and monitor the implementation of DEI programming, and drive accountability to project timelines, deliverables and outcomes;
  • Analyse DEI data trends to measure progress and programme effectiveness, and to inform the firm’s DEI strategy;
  • Work, coach, consult and partner across all levels, inclusive of individual contributors, people managers, associates, counsel, partners, and firm leadership;
  • Provide or arrange for one-on-one executive coaching for individuals on issues pertaining to DEI;
  • Collaborate with the firm’s Learning & Professional Development team to develop and implement DEI programs for professional staff
  • Collaborate with the firm’s talent acquisition teams to identify strategic approaches that will enable us to increase opportunities to diversify our talent pool and increase diversity in hiring, including graduates;
  • Collaborate with HRIS, marketing and finance teams to respond to RFPs and DEI surveys;
  • Collaborate with key clients on DEI-related initiatives in support of our firm goals, including premier speaker events, pro bono partnerships, pipeline initiatives, roundtables, and the like;
  • Collaborate with the firm’s marketing and communications teams to ensure that our marketing and communications strategies incorporate key aspects of DEI messaging;
  • Foster relationships with attorneys and professionals at the firm, internal DEI champions, DEI professionals at peer firms, leaders of DEI organizations and DEI professionals at clients;
  • Participate in external councils, conferences, and forums to stay abreast of cutting edge issues and trends, benchmark leading organisations, enhance marketplace presence and strengthen brand recognition;
  • Monitor external DEI best practices and make recommendations for new initiatives to ensure that Goodwin remains a leader in the DEI space;
  • Support effective management of the overall DEI calendar and budget.

Who you are:

  • Degree required; business administration, leadership and organisational development and/or behavioral design preferred;
  • Minimum of 5 years of diversity and inclusion work preferred. Experience working in a large law firm, professional services firm, or matrixed environment desired. Facilitation and/or coaching experience considered a plus;
  • Evidence of delivering in a matrixed environment with many key stakeholders;
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure; delivery focused with significant drive and energy;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, inclusive leadership style, strategic and innovative thinking, persuasion and influencing skills, executive presence and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment;
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating and maintaining project charters, project plans, status reports, budgets, and communications and change management plans;
  • Proven ability to track, prioritise, and drive multiple concurrent projects to success;
  • Experience with effectively managing conflict, resolving issues, mitigating risks and influencing leaders;
  • Strong organisation skills, including setting priorities, planning, structuring project deliverable and problem solving;
  • Proven ability to lead peers and individual contributors, build effective teams and coach for success;
  • Excellent communication skills, including effective listening, presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Proven ability to deal with confidential matters and with discretion;
  • Demonstrated sound judgment and ability to make effective, timely decisions;
  • Ability to travel to other Goodwin offices as required.

Goodwin Procter LLP is an equal opportunity employer. This means that Goodwin Procter LLP considers applicants for employment, and makes employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other legally protected status.

Key Skills

Facilitation Skills Stakeholder Management Talent Management
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager – Europe & Asia
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Experience

Location

London

Place of Work

Office

Contract Type

Full Time

Salary

£ Competitive
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager – Europe & Asia
Goodwin Procter LLP

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