East Coast Diversity Director

Sidley Austin LLP New York , NY 10007

Posted 1 week ago


This position is located in New York.

The Regional Diversity Director reports to the Chief Diversity Officer and is responsible for helping to develop and implement programs and policies that promote the Firm's overall diversity and inclusion goals and the specific goals of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee (D&I) and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women (CRPW). Working with the Chief Diversity Officer and in coordination with the office Chairs of the D&I and CRPW Committees in their region, the Regional Diversity Director will also interact with firm leadership and with the Firm's Marketing, Human Resources, Event Planning, Learning & Development and Legal Recruiting departments to accomplish the Firm's diversity and inclusion goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • With the Chief Diversity Officer, understand and analyze national, regional and office diversity demographic trends, market forces and recruiting opportunities, and develop programs to advance diversity and inclusion in offices within the applicable region.

  • Schedule, coordinate and attend office D&I and CRPW Committee meetings and their related events within the region. This will entail functioning as a liaison between the office D&I and CRPW Committee Chairs, various lawyers, the Firm's Event Planning Department, various venues, as well as event participants.

  • In collaboration with the Firm's Legal Recruiting Department, schedule, coordinate and attend diversity-focused legal recruiting efforts.

  • In conjunction with the Chief Diversity Officer, Learning & Development Department and Marketing Department, coordinate the development of presentations, seminars, conferences, and symposia concerning the Firm's diversity and inclusion goals.

  • Coordinate with the Diversity Communication Specialist and Marketing Department to develop newsletters, brochures and other materials to promote the Firm's diversity and inclusion-related objectives, initiatives, programming, and events.

  • Generate reports on the diversity and inclusion activities and programs hosted and sponsored by the offices in the respective region. Identify and develop recommended activities and programs for such offices.

  • Assist the Chief Diversity Officer and Learning & Development Department with training and development matters as they relate to individual minority, female, LGBTQ and other lawyers of diverse backgrounds.

  • Maintain accurate records of D&I and CRPW Committee membership, mentoring programs, events, outreach and program budgets for the offices in the respective region.

  • In coordination with the Chief Diversity Officer, develop and present diversity and inclusion training programs.

  • Coordinate outreach to bar associations, law school community, diversity-related affinity groups and organizations, and business organizations in the respective region on behalf of the Firm. Act as a firm representative in external venues.

  • Lead and provide administrative support for at least one Firm diversity and inclusion program on a national level. These programs may include, for example, nation-wide recruiting efforts, Sidley's pipeline programs, the firm's Enhanced Mentoring Program, or other programs.

  • Travel as required approximately 35% of time and will include overnight or multiple nights.

  • Perform other duties as assigned. This position will require regular regional and national travel and non-standard hours in conjunction with events and subject to the availability of the Chief Diversity Officer and the Chairs of the D&I and CRPW Committees.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email staffrecruiting@sidley.com (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree

  • A minimum of 5 years of prior related experience with diversity and inclusion initiatives

  • Experience in a law firm or large corporate environment

  • Experience in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web-based services and related applications

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural communication


  • Advanced degree, particularly a J.D.

  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills

Other Skills and Abilities:

In addition to the above, the following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Good judgment

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others

  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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East Coast Diversity Director

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