Bar Association Job Opening: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director

Congratulations to Athena Hollins on her election to the state legislature. Her transition to this position and upcoming departure from the MSBA/HCBA/RCBA staff provides an opening at the associations to direct our diversity, equity, and inclusion work.


Open Position for:
Minnesota State / Hennepin County / Ramsey County Bar Associations Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director


TITLE: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer

The Minnesota State, Hennepin County and Ramsey County Bar Associations are professional, non-profit, voluntary membership organizations located in Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota, with membership of over 15,000 attorneys. The Associations serve members’ needs by advancing professionalism, ethical conduct, diversity, competence, practice development, and collegiality within the legal profession. They also serve the public at large by striving to ensure fairness and accessibility to the courts, promoting public understanding and confidence in the legal system, and working to improve the administration of justice. The Associations have a staff of 41 employees

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, management and procedural guidance in the area of diversity and inclusion to staff, officers, council and board members and association members. The Director is responsible for increasing diversity within the associations and working with affinity bar associations to achieve outcomes that will improve the practice of law for diverse attorneys. The Director serves as a member of the Management Team.

GENERAL DUTIES:

  • Advance inclusion as a core institutional value and infuse tenets of diversity into association operations and the legal profession at large
  • Create, lead and direct all association diversity and inclusion initiatives; set goals and measurements of success
  • Implement and monitor all diversity-related policies
  • Develop, monitor and update the MSBA diversity budget
  • Serve as liaison to the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council, Human Rights Committee, HCBA Diversity Committee and RCBA Diversity Committee; schedule meetings, assist in planning agenda, maintain committee member lists and committee files, update relevant website pages
  • Attend meetings of the governing bodies of the three associations to report and make recommendations regarding focus of work in the area of diversity and inclusion
  • Develop and collaborate on diversity-centered CLE programming
  • Work with staff in all departments to ensure that diversity goals are being supported throughout the organization
  • Work with Sections to develop and advance diversity goals
  • Conduct ongoing staff training in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Perform other tasks and staff other committees as needed

 QUALIFICATIONS – KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Good judgment and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and team building skills
  • Proven leadership and organizational skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships inside and outside the organization
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Ability to provide quality member service
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to attend after hours events
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel and online communication methods

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience working with and knowledge of diversity initiatives, best practices and emerging research
  • Familiarity with Minnesota legal community
  • Familiarity with Minnesota affinity bar associations

 WORKING CONDITIONS:

The person in this position must have the ability to use a computer, photocopier, and telephone. The person is required to sit for long periods, reach with hands and arms, use hands and fingers to grasp and relocate objects, lift up to 15 pounds, and type on a keyboard. In addition, the person must be able to speak clearly, hear conversations spoken at a normal conversational level, and have good vision to see a computer monitor and distinguish the nature of objects. This position may involve travel, some in greater Minnesota.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Apply with resume and cover letter by NOVEMBER 25: hr@mnbars.org