Job Description Summary:
Fenwick’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Director will assume
a central and significant role in ensuring that we are building and
supporting an increasingly diverse community and fostering an
inclusive culture. The D&I Director will be responsible for
working with firm and committee leadership to set and execute the
Firm’s diversity and inclusion strategic goals, and must be highly
capable of achieving and delivering measurable results. The role
will focus on implementation of diversity and inclusion trainings
and programs, alignment and support of employee networks and
affinity groups, and a targeted and intentional approach to
diversity recruiting, retention and advancement at all levels.
The D&I Director will serve as a thought leader who will
raise awareness, implement best practices from a variety of
industries and develop a vision with firm leaders. Reporting to the
Chief Talent Officer, the D&I Director will manage and develop
an effective, professional D&I team and will serve as a trusted
advisor to every practice group and administrative department
across the firm to ensure alignment with the firm’s D&I
priorities and goals. The D&I Director will provide strategic
guidance and support to the Firm’s D&I Committees and work
collaboratively with partners, associates, and business
professionals across the organization. Job Description:
Management and Leadership
Provide subject matter expertise on internal and external
D&I best practices.
Raise awareness and engage others to further the Firm’s goals
around building an inclusive workforce and an ally-ship focused
Develop analytical tools and methods to measure the
effectiveness of the Firm’s diversity strategy; analyze and report
on D&I progress to determine organizational health.
Build key relationships with diverse professional organizations;
serve as the Firm’s representative to external professional and
Build and maintain strong relationships with practice groups,
teams, offices and functional leaders to leverage D&I-related
Manage, mentor and lead the D&I team, creating an engaged
environment with an open communication culture and providing
Strategic and Business Planning
Work with Firm leaders to prioritize and align the Firm’s
D&I objectives with the vision and goals of the Firm and
Collaborate with the firmwide D&I Committees and Committee
Leaders to create and implement strategic plans and
Work closely with the Chief Talent Officer, senior management
team and administrative departments to accomplish the goals of the
Work collaboratively with the Firm’s marketing team on the
client RFP and survey processes, ensuring that our D&I team is
well prepared to tell our diversity story with current data and
strategic analysis. Participate in client meetings as
Lead efforts to simplify and automate client and industry
diversity reporting and to utilize diversity data to establish
priorities and drive change.
Elevate the Firm’s 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.
Develop and lead communications plan that includes the Firm’s
intranet and website content to promote D&I activities,
initiatives and messages for both the internal audience and for
potential candidates in the recruitment process.
Track diversity expenditures to eventually prepare detailed
Talent Retention and Development
Partner with attorney and professional staff recruiting
departments to develop and deploy a cutting-edge workforce
strategy; identify and implement strategic opportunities to develop
our diversity pipeline including best practices to recruit in local
communities in which we operate.
Collaborate with the attorney and professional staff training
departments to organize and implement all diversity and inclusion
training programs and CLE requirements.
Collaborate with the legal personnel and practice management
departments to oversee the mentorship, development, retention and
promotion of women, minority and LGBTQ attorneys.
Develop strategy for integration of D&I into firm management
and leadership initiatives.
Focus on programs that will further the hiring, retention and
development of a diverse talent pipeline.
Develop meaningful metrics, tools, and analytics that enable
leadership to evaluate D&I performance and integration and
effectiveness of the Firm’s D&I strategy.
Conduct research and analysis to provide insight on developing
diversity workforce management trends. Benchmark industry best
practices to support strategies to monitor and evaluate progress in
creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Affinity Group/Employee Network Optimization
Evolve affinity groups and employee networks to positively
impact the business through effective leadership, engagement,
programming and management.
Guide and support the introduction and development of affinity
groups, employee networks and other networking groups.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Broad business acumen combined with deep functional knowledge of
D&I best practices.
Demonstrated success in developing cutting edge strategy and
driving process improvements with regard to diversity and inclusion
issues in the workplace.
Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills across levels,
with an ability to persuade and influence, and the ability to build
enthusiasm and commitment.
Strong analytical skills, with a track record of using data and
metrics to evaluate needs, drive change and measure impact.
Strong organizational skills, including setting priorities,
planning and implementation, structuring project deliverables and
Excellent communication skills, including effective writing,
listening, presentation and facilitation skills.
Proven willingness and ability to be hands-on and work in a
Must be well-versed in change management and creating alignment
with a diverse set of employees.
Self-sufficient and capable of liaising with the leadership
team, including comfortability building and delivering
At least 10+ years of prior in-depth relevant professional
experience with at least 5 years of experience as a D&I
Prior experience working in a fast-paced, highly-collaborative,
data-driven, global and technical environment is a plus.
Bachelor’s degree required; additional advanced degree a
For more than four decades, Fenwick & West has helped some of
the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market
leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations,
our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and
cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through
Having worked alongside such progressive and cutting edge
companies for so long, our culture has come to reflect the
entrepreneurial spirit of our client base. Unlike traditional law
firms, we move at our clients’ speed and have earned the reputation
as a go-to law firm for growing companies that need insightful,
strategic counsel to help tackle the challenging issues that arise
when the law cannot keep up with their pace of innovation.
With the same passion for excellence and innovation reflected in
our client base, our firm is making revolutionary changes to the
practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary
technology tools and processes. Our clients demand—and deserve—new
ways to receive best-in-class legal services more effectively. At
Fenwick, we are proud to be shaping our legal services to do just
that.?????? We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places
to Work in the Bay Area for the twelfth year.
Fenwick & West LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and, as
such, conducts all employment-related activities without regard to
unlawful consideration of race, religion, color, marital status,
national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation or gender
identity, gender, genetic characteristics or any other
classification protected by applicable local, state or federal
employment discrimination laws. We are committed to providing
equal employment opportunities for all.
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