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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager of Operations

Chicago, IL
United States

About Katten
Katten is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the United States and abroad. Our nationally recognized practices include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Our more than 700 attorneys serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. We provide full-service legal advice from locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai.

Summary for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager of Operations
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager of Operations will work with the Firm’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to manage and implement strategic DEI programming and projects to advance the DEI mission and goals of the Firm, including working closely with the Marketing / Business Development Team, affinity group leaders, Partners and other Firm stakeholders. The DEI Manager of Operations will maintain high levels of professionalism, strict confidentiality, and discretion in all client and Firm matters.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager of Operations position may be located in either the Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles - Century City, New York or the Washington, D.C. office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following. Other duties may be requested and/or assigned. Essential functions are primary job duties that an individual must be able to perform successfully with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

- Serve as the primary resource to the Director of DEI with respect to the design and implementation of DEI initiatives and provide support to Firm stakeholders in support of the Firm’s DEI goals, including projects related to the recruitment, development, retention, advancement, and education of the Firm’s Attorney and Business Professional populations, sponsorship and mentoring initiatives, and DEI events.
- Collaborate with the Marketing / Business Development Team regarding the Firm’s DEI commitment and activities, including for purposes of internal communications and presentations, news releases, annual Firm reporting, internal and external DEI websites, external publications, and in response to client and industry requests.
- With the support of the DEI/Talent Analyst, manage the Firm’s participation in and response to industry surveys regarding DEI, ensuring accuracy and completeness of information for all submissions.
- With the support of the DEI/Talent Analyst, monitor progress made on the Firm’s diversity goals, including analyzing Firm data/metrics regarding diversity hiring and attrition statistics.
- Monitor and evaluate the DEI budget, including sponsorships, vendor relationships, and other programs with regular assessments of relationships and expenditures, identification of additional opportunities, and evaluation of return on investment.
- Collaborate with all members of the DEI Team and other departments at the Firm.
- Other duties may be requested and/or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- This position requires a Bachelor’s degree; a J.D. or advanced degree is highly preferred. This position also requires a minimum of five (5) years of DEI experience with increasing responsibility, preferably in a large law firm or similar professional services environment, during which the knowledge, skills, and abilities applicable to the position were demonstrated.
- Provide high quality client service and deliverables to internal and external clients, develop and maintain confidentiality and effective professional relationships within a highly matrixed organization, deploy tact, diplomacy, patience, and discretion, and influence broad groups of stakeholders and senior leaders – without direct authority.
- Pay impeccable attention to detail and perform as a trusted writer, grammarian, and editor, including drafting and editing for structure, format, and content, and communicating and presenting clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Proactively plan and implement projects, including defining project scope, goals, deliverables, and stakeholders; autonomously creating, monitoring, and analyzing project progress, and assessing project results.
- Organize and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines in a compressed timeframe, meeting deadlines and successfully managing workloads.
- Proficiency in utilizing the full suite of Microsoft office software, including advanced functions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Ability to occasionally retrieve and distribute files, written documentation, or office supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.
- Ability and availability to travel to other Firm locations when required.
- Work occasionally requires more than 37.5 hours per week (35 hours per week in New York) to perform the essential duties of the position.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; transportation fringe benefit program; back-up care option; generous paid time off policy; and long-term and short-term disability policies.

Katten will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 9 to Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA-M/F/SO/Disability/Veteran.

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