The firm is dedicated to providing a great environment—the utmost collegiality, a common commitment to excellence in client service, mutual trust and respect, and a diverse and world-class partnership and workforce. Diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures.
As a reflection of this commitment, Ropes has garnered many external awards and accolades. In the 2019 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray ranked number eight for overall diversity, marking the 10th consecutive year the firm has been ranked in the top ten. For the past ten years, the firm has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, earning designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality." Yale Law Women's Top Ten Family Friendly Firms survey recognized Ropes for Gender Equity (2016-2018). Ropes was named one of the top 10 “Best Law Firms for Women” by Law360 (2017 and 2018).
Ropes & Gray is seeking an experienced executive to provide diversity and inclusion vision and leadership, and play a significant role in setting and executing the firm’s diversity goals. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion (“Diversity Director”) will lead the development, implementation and championing of proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives in support of the firm’s diversity mission and strategic plan. The position is a broad, highly matrixed, visible and strategic role. Reporting to the Director of Attorney Talent Development, the Diversity Director will be the primary point of contact and support for the firm's Diversity Committee. The Diversity Director will work collaboratively and closely with firm leaders, including the Policy Committee, practice group leaders, leaders of the affinity groups and the Women’s Forum, the CHRO, and the directors in human resources to plan, communicate and implement new strategies for hiring, retaining and promoting the firm’s diverse talent.
The position is open to our Boston and New York City offices.
1. Provide Strategic Leadership
Advise firm leadership with respect to the firm’s global diversity & inclusion strategy.
Provide vision, intellectual leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of a firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan inclusive of both lawyers and business support globally. The development, implementation and operationalization of the plan will depend on collaboration with various departments and groups within the firm.
Hand in hand with the Diversity Committee co-chairs, lead the Diversity Committee to promote transformation and excellence across the firm; ensure the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan are prioritized, operationalized and successfully implemented.
Partner with global firm leadership to ensure the strategic plan reflects and informs the firm’s diversity and inclusion mission and goals across all of the firm’s national and international offices.
2. Oversee Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Partner with practice group leaders, attorney development partners, attorney development managers and recruiting to recruit, develop, retain and promote the firm’s diverse talent.
Collaborate with Attorney Development, Human Resources directors and CHRO to ensure diversity and inclusion is embedded as part of the firm’s talent development model, including attorney performance reviews, hours analyses, staffing, pipeline management and promotion process.
Partner with Attorney Development to oversee firm’s diversity dashboard initiative and diversity advocate program.
Provide consulting and coaching expertise in support of the firm’s diversity and inclusion mission, including with partners and associates, as well as with firm leadership.
Collaborate with the Women’s Forum partner leadership to develop and implement strategic goals related to the hiring, retaining and advancing of women; ensure the goals of the Women’s Forum are integrated into the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and are prioritized, operationalized and successfully implemented.
Oversee the firm’s affinity networks to ensure programming and initiatives are aligned with needs of diverse attorneys.
Serve as a champion and steward of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and a subject matter expert:
Embrace diversity and inclusion as a firm opportunity and strength and make recommendations on how to maximize this firm strength;
Respond to identified needs to maintain an intentional and sustained focus on achieving inclusion;
Serve as an articulate and results-oriented catalyst for change throughout the firm;
Inspire the firm to achieve new levels of expertise and confidence through the use of diversity and inclusion best practices;
Maintain and promote best practices, benchmarking, and current trends in diversity and inclusion.
Develop metrics in partnership with HR Data Analytics to inform strategic planning and decision making and to ensure accountability in tracking and monitoring diversity and inclusion initiatives; develop and analyze actionable metrics that support the firm’s needs and strategic insights regarding diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Lead efforts across the firm and various departments to ensure diversity and inclusion principles are embedded in the policies and practices of business support, including:
Lead efforts to develop diversity and inclusion programming and training for the business support team and attorneys across the global offices; promote cultural competency, engagement and a climate of inclusion.
Help drive the business support efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion are addressed in the recruitment, engagement and retention of business support.
Create, oversee and manage to annual diversity budgets.
3. Be the Public Face of D&I for the Firm
Serve as the key diversity and inclusion relationship partner and as a brand ambassador to clients and outside organizations.
Develop and implement strategies to collaborate with clients on diversity related initiatives; ensure positive external relationships by developing partnerships with our clients and broader communities that advance diversity and inclusion efforts which enhance the mission of the firm.
Strategize with Marketing to identify opportunities to increase the external visibility of the firm’s diverse lawyers through speaking engagements, articles, client events and roundtables, etc.
Partner with Marketing and Business Development regarding the client RFP process, pitches and proposals as well as client diversity surveys to ensure the accuracy and completeness of diversity information included.
Collaborate with Marketing to create and oversee the implementation of the firm’s internal and external diversity and inclusion communication strategy (including the website, newsletters, brochures, awards, etc.) to ensure our people, clients and the broader community understand the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Foster and sustain relationships with local, national and international leaders by representing the firm at civic gatherings, professional meetings, and conferences as well as facilitating connections for others in firm leadership.
4. Develop, Manage and Retain Diversity Team
The Diversity Director must be a proven leader with experience developing a cohesive, high performing team. The Diversity Director will manage his or her teams’ work loads, give frequent feedback on their performance and address any performance issues, as well as advise and provide guidance on their day-to-day responsibilities.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s degree required; J.D. or other relevant advanced degree a plus.
10-15 years of prior in-depth, relevant experience in the diversity area at a peer law firm or professional services firm.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills:
Able to inspire trust and lead diversity team, think creatively, take initiative and plan and execute complex projects and initiatives.
Must be able to set goals and take responsibility for achieving them, to establish credibility with partners and firm leadership and bring to bear the right mix of confidence, tact and persistence when working with the firm's lawyers and business support professionals.
Energetic orientation; driven to and energized by accomplishment; able to be agent of change.
Possess sound judgment; able to respect, protect and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information.
Highly skilled project manager:
Ability to manage projects of varying complexity, responding quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities while also continuing to service the firm’s clients, lawyers and business support professionals and lead the diversity team.
Ability to assimilate information quickly in order to grasp larger concepts as well as details.
Application Instructions: A letter of interest is required with all applications.
Normal office environment. Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Expected to travel among the firm's offices.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.
About Ropes & Gray LLP
About Ropes & Gray
Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with a 150-year heritage of providing the highest-quality advice on critical legal and business needs. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals.
The firm maintains a culture of collaboration, with colleagues frequently working together across our global office network. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.
Many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions are longtime firm clients. We work with global industry leaders, start-ups, financial institutions, hospitals and health care organizations, colleges and universities, investment firms, and individuals, among other clients.
We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, real estate, intellectual property, business and securities litigation, privacy and data security, antitrust and government enforc...ement. Around the world, we particularly focus on the asset management, technology, health care and life sciences industries.
Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.