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Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion

Seattle, WA 98104

Orrick currently has an excellent opportunity for a Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion. This position can be located in any of Orricks US offices, with a preference for New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C.

The Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, will develop and execute innovative D&I strategies and global initiatives that support the Firms goal to be the most diverse firm among our Tech, Finance, and E&I sector peer firms, for our leadership team, partnership, and client teams to reflect that diversity, and for our first-year entering class to be more diverse than the rest of the firm. This individual will act as a trusted advisor to firm leadership on how to address the unique challenges faced by our women, of color, LGBTQ+, and disabled attorneys and staff; ensuring that we are a best place to work for all on our team.
This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with our Chairman, the partners who lead our D&I and Womens Initiatives, and senior leaders in our talent, marketing, communications, sales, and innovation functions.

Essential Position Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction for the firms diversity and inclusion efforts globally.

  • Manage and oversee the firms participation in the Move the Needle Fund, maximizing the benefits of this unique 5-year collaboration with clients, other firms, and thought leaders. Lead the MTN Core Team and BU Ambassador team in the design and implementation of strategies to support the achievement of our MTN goal. Act as the principal point of coordination with Diversity Lab.

  • Lead the development of the D&I and Womens Initiative annual business plans and provide leadership on the design and execution of innovative D&I and Womens Initiative programs and activities. Identify and implement diversity and inclusion best practices across practice areas and geographies.

  • Develop trusted relationships with our diverse lawyers and act as a coach and confidant, helping our diverse attorneys succeed. Act as a liaison between our diverse attorneys and firm leaders to develop programs for our firm to support the retention, professional development, and advancement of our attorneys.

  • Collaborate with the Chief Talent Officer to develop and implement integrated diversity and inclusion related talent solutions to proactively build diversity-driven talent pipelines, and to recruit, retain, and advance women, of color, LGBTQ+ and disabled attorneys.

  • Design and implement, together with the firm's marketing and communications professionals, an internal and external communications and marketing strategy to ensure our lawyers, our clients, and the marketplace understand the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion and the best practices employed by the firm.

  • Design and implement approaches to collaborating with clients to advance our diversity objectives, including maximizing the opportunities presented by our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and our Womens Advisory Board, and our memberships in organizations such as LCLD, MCCA, and other bar organizations.

  • Engage with the client RFP process, ensuring that our legal teams are well prepared to tell our diversity story. Participate in client RFP meetings as requested.

  • Manage professional staff on the D&I team and leverage professional resources in other functional areas in the firm to achieve our diversity and inclusion objectives.

  • Lead efforts to simplify and automate client and industry diversity reporting and to utilize diversity data to establish priorities and drive change.

  • Elevate the firms brand as a leader in D&I through personal engagement with clients and the D&I legal community, and by writing thought leadership pieces and speaking at industry conferences, bar associations, etc.

  • Lead our global staff diversity and inclusion programming.

  • Design and manage the firm's D&I and Womens Initiative annual budgets.


Job Requirements:
  • The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience planning, designing, and delivering programs and practices related to diversity and inclusion issues in a complex, highly matrixed, consensus-driven environment; experience in a law firm environment strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement diversity programs, preferably in a global environment, with sensitivity to the cultural differences of different geographies.

  • Advanced understanding of diversity and inclusion theory and application, including a deep knowledge of industry standards, best practices, and trends, combined with a proven ability to develop and direct global diversity and inclusion strategies.

  • Proven experience directing the development of workforce analytics metrics, reporting, and tools to enable an integrated and holistic approach to D&I and leveraging insights to design, implement, and evaluate solutions.

  • A strong professional presence that engenders confidence from senior leadership.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment and build consensus with colleagues.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Strong work ethic combined with qualities of being smart, a quick study, and one who desires to work in an intellectually challenging, highly-creative, and team-oriented culture.
Who is Orrick? As an employer of choice we will provide our employees with challenging work, training opportunities, team oriented culture, and the opportunity to work with the best talent in the legal profession. For the fourth year in a row, Fortune selected Orrick among the 100 best workplace cultures for the very best talent. Orrick ranks in the top 15 and is the highest-ranked law firm of only four firms on the 2019 list. We provide excellent service to our clients and we hire the brightest and most hardworking individuals at every level. We champion a culture that is committed to excellence, but is also fun, inclusive and real. Learn more about our awesome employee experience here: Fortune 100 Great Place To Work certified company.

Orrick offers a collaborative work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits, including lots of extra perks like free biometric screenings, paid time to participate in community service activities.

Please visit www.orrick.com for more information about the firm.

How to Apply: If you are searching for a chance to create an impact, you have a little grit and you love working with a team, we want to talk with you. To submit your resume and cover letter for this position, please visit our Staff and Paralegal Opportunities Listings at www.orrick.com/en/Careers.

No phone calls please.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer



Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Posted: 2019-10-08 Expires: 2019-11-07

We focus on serving the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors globally. Clients worldwide call on our teams for forward-looking commercial advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters. We bring distinctive quality, teamwork and value to the table – and innovate in everything we do.

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