Director Of Diversity And Inclusion

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 4 weeks ago

Founded in 1965, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips ( is a national law and consulting firm dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for our employees and the communities we serve. Named to American Lawyer's prestigious "A-List" ranking of the top 20 law firms in the nation, Manatt prides itself on its pro bono and diversity efforts, creating the bench mark for other firms. Manatt was one of only six firms in the nation to receive an A+ rating from Above the Law for the firm's gender diversity efforts and was ranked for the tenth time in Working Mother magazine's top 50 list of the nation's best law firms for women. The firm has also been awarded a Gold Standard Certificate by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for seven consecutive years. Additionally, Manatt earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Corporate Equality Index, an annual scorecard reporting on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace equality.

With ten offices across the United States, 450+ professionals and 350+ staff professionals, the firm is a multidisciplinary, integrated national professional services firm known for quality and an extraordinary commitment to clients. The firm's groundbreaking approach-bringing together legal services, advocacy and business strategy-differentiates Manatt from its competitors and positions the firm to provide a unique and compelling value proposition.

Manatt attributes its extraordinary growth to its unique business model. The firm promotes a true team mentality, an innovative approach, vast and diversified industry knowledge, and relationship sensitivity.

In keeping with our focus on fostering a sense of belonging for all of our employees we are looking for the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to play a critical and strategic role in strengthening, building and further defining our comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion strategy across all facets of the employee and talent pipeline lifecycle. This role, in conjunction with the Chair, will help define and support policies, programs, processes and initiatives to drive and evolve the Firm's culture. The ideal candidate will have the ability to influence and inspire others, develop and execute a results-oriented plan, lead organizational change with empathy, and communicate effectively at all levels. Based in our Los Angeles office, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion will report to the Firm's Chief Operating Officer and will collaborate with and support the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in all key responsibilities, in addition to working with the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and support policies, programs, processes and initiatives to achieve the firm's goal of increasing the hiring, development, retention and promotion of attorneys, consultants and business professionals from traditionally under-represented groups.

  • Design and implement educational awareness and training programs.Coordinate with firm leadership to ensure alignment and consistency of programs across all offices.

  • Develop training to foster a spirit of belonging and appreciation for all.

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Business Development to develop content for communication materials for internal and external use to ensure our people, clients and the communities we serve understand the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Collaborate with firm leadership, Talent Management, Human Resources and Marketing Departments to promote and implement programs and initiatives, including but not limited to mentorship, internal growth, outreach, affinity and celebration of all cultures.

  • Partner with the recruiting teamto ensure that recruiters are adequately educated on diversity and inclusion hiring standard methodologies and processes.

  • Work with appropriate committees and departments to develop programs to attract, retain and promote a diverse work force.

  • Manage and track key metrics and develop analytics for measuring effectiveness of Diversity and Inclusion programs.

  • Assist with responding to internal and external surveys, including client and industry surveys and RFP's.

  • Monitor trends in firm diversity data, provides comparatives inside and outside the legal industry and report on a regular basis developments impacting policy and the recruitment and retention of employees to the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and firm management.

  • Assist in evaluating the diversity budget including sponsorships and other programs with regular assessment of external sponsorships and related costs to determine return on investment.


  • Bachelor's degree required.J.D. or other relevant advanced degree a plus.

  • 10+ years of managing complex large-scale Diversity & Inclusion or HR change initiatives.Law firm experience a plus.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to translate data and analytics in order to develop insights, drive decisions, and measure impact.

  • Strong problem-solving, program management, organizational, interpersonal, and listening skills.

  • Possess sound judgment, able to respect, protect and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information.

  • Creativity in modeling innovative ideas and problem solving.

  • Ability to successfully interact, influence, and collaborate with all employees across all levels while inspiring trust and leadership.

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Director Of Diversity And Inclusion

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP