Lead and direct diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, education, and promotion on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Are you passionate about improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession? Would you enjoy using your background, legal experience, and skills to create policy and programs that inspire the legal profession to new heights? Would you like to present educational programs, collaborate with judges, and host and attend ground-breaking conferences while working with a collaborative and innovative team? If so, apply to be the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Manager.
The Commission on Professionalism is a non-profit organization established by the Illinois Supreme Court to promote civility, inclusiveness, accessibility, and equity in Illinois’s legal and judicial systems. We accomplish this by creating, approving, and delivering CLE and judicial education programs; writing for legal journals, periodicals, and our robust social media and blog platforms; and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations across Illinois and beyond.
The position will be remote until public health guidelines deem it safe to return to the Commission’s Chicago office. Candidates located outside Chicago and willing to travel are encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The DEI Manager will be responsible for providing leadership and advocacy aligned with the Commission’s mission, with a specific focus on all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This position will promote and educate lawyers and judges on the values of diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, while demonstrating a commitment to advancing a culture of inclusion and respect in the legal profession.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Manage the Commission’s involvement in Jumpstart, a program designed for historically excluded and underrepresented law students.
- Expand DEI initiatives for the Commission’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program.
- Lead DEI efforts throughout the Commission’s programming.
- Develop and implement programs focused on DEI issues with Commission partners, including the Illinois Supreme Court’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Communications Director, law firms, bar associations, government agencies, law schools, and other legal organizations.
- Recommend DEI initiatives and partnerships that demonstrate innovative, collaborative, and strategic leadership.
- Create and execute meaningful and appropriate metrics to track progress and gauge the effectiveness of strategic goals, aims, and priorities.
- Collaborate with the Commission team to develop content for impactful online and in-person courses.
- Deliver quality educational programs on DEI and other professionalism topics for attorneys and judges.
- Write educational blogs, articles, social media posts, and other content that promotes DEI in the legal profession and beyond.
- Research and share best practices on emergent issues related to DEI.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree required; J.D. or master’s degree in a relevant field strongly preferred.
- SHRM Certified Diversity Professional (CDP); Certified Diversity Executive (CDE); Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP); or other related diversity certification preferred.
- At least five years of relevant experience directly managing DEI in a visible leadership role.
- Demonstrated passion and personal and professional commitment to DEI principles and awareness of DEI best practices.
- Proven research, writing, interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills with experience in facilitation and presenting to groups.
- Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and conduct effective training.
- Team player who can think broadly and strategically about the Commission’s work.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering work products with little supervision.
- Familiarity with the legal profession and connections in the Illinois legal community strongly preferred.
- Hold a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel to present educational programs and represent the Commission at events, including occasional evenings and weekends.
The salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. As an EOE/AA employer, the Commission will not discriminate in its employment practices due to a qualified candidate’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Please email a cover letter and resume to David Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. A review of applications will begin immediately. For best consideration, submit your application by May 3, 2021. This job will remain open until filled.
About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism, and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission on Professionalism works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit 2Civility.org and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.