Snell & Wilmer, a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing in 15 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, is seeking a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)to join our leadership team in our Phoenix office.
As the Director you will develop and execute on specific strategies to embed principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the firm’s day-to-day operations, including in our attorney hiring, learning and development, retention, and client development initiatives. To achieve these goals, you will work closely with the firm’s DEI Committee, the Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development team, firmwide affinity groups, Practice Group Leaders, and our Marketing and Human Resources professionals.
This position is preferably based from our Phoenix office, but we may consider other office locations.
Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Designing, developing, and implementing strategies to foster a diverse and inclusive firm environment
Providing administrative leadership and support to our DEI Committee, Women’s Initiative Network, SNELLGBTQ, First Gen Forward, and additional firmwide affinity groups
Building trusted relationships and serving as a DEI resource and advisor to the firm’s lawyers
Representing the firm at law schools, conferences, and other legal professional association events
Collecting, maintaining, and reporting on the firm’s DEI data to internal colleagues; overseeing participation in industry surveys regarding diversity and inclusion and contributing to client RFPs in a timely fashion
Managing the firm’s DEI budget covering sponsorships, events, and programs, with the goal of maximizing return on investment and using talent and resources efficiently
Actively monitoring progress made on the firm’s diversity goals, including gathering utilization metrics, feedback from internal affinity groups, and collecting and supporting diversity hiring and attrition statistics
Collaborating with internal firm colleagues, including:
Legal recruiting colleagues, to assist the firm’s recruitment and hiring of diverse attorneys. This includes developing and executing on pipeline (pre-law) initiatives and best practices to support effective and equitable law school and lateral hiring.
Attorney development colleagues, to support processes and plans to develop and retain our diverse attorneys. This includes working with practice group leadership to ensure the firm’s staffing reflects our commitment to DEI, and designing and implementing networking, mentorship, sponsorship, and both formal and informal training opportunities.
Marketing and business development colleagues, to effectively communicate the firm’s diversity commitment to internal and external constituents. This includes reporting the firm’s DEI activities on the firm’s intranet, website, and other publications, and in response to client requests for proposals.
Experience and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required; J.D. or other advanced degree is preferred
A minimum of five to eight (5 to 8) years of increasingly responsible, directly related to DEI experience in a professional services firm or law school environment
Client-service orientation and demonstrated ability and preference to work collaboratively
Interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, including delivering high-quality presentations and facilitating group discussions
Strong professional judgment and the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
Ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines, and take ownership of responsibilities
Supervisory experience is preferred
Occasional travel to firmwide offices is required
Snell & Wilmer offers a competitive performance-based compensation and benefits package, including health and life insurance, 401K, profit sharing, tuition reimbursement, employee assistance program. Snell & Wilmer is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Snell & Wilmer LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. We are committed to creating and cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to conduct all employment-related activities without regard to an employee’s sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 450 lawyers practicing in 15 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer and its lawyers have been recognized by clients and peers for exceptional legal skills and ethical business practices with various distinguished awards. Corporate Board Member magazine recognized Snell & Wilmer as the number one law firm to work with in Phoenix for 12 consecutive years; and the firm was named a “Go-To Law Firm®” as reported in Corporate Counsel®, a national magazine for general counsel. Snell & Wilmer is renowned for having extensive experience in a full range of transactional and litigation legal services. The firm’s range of practices include, among others: bankruptcy, bioscience, business litigation, construction, corporate, employee benefits, energy/environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, international, labor/employment, product liability, real estate/zoning, tax, and trusts/estates.