Wiley, a leading Washington, DC law firm, is seeking a Community Impact Specialist to join our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are long-standing core values at Wiley and also one of the firm’s pillars of success. The Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for leading Wiley’s mission of creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. The DEI department is charged with developing and implementing policies, programs and initiatives that translate diversity, equity and inclusion into actionable and pragmatic plans. You will be joining a team committed to advancing and advancing DEI in the legal profession.
About the Position
The Community Impact Specialist is responsible for advancing the firm’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and community service initiatives in the community through the development of strategic partnerships with external legal service providers and various community organizations. Leveraging prior litigation and legal experience, this role will also work closely with the firm’s Pro Bono Partner and Pro Bono Committee to identify projects that advance a diverse array of racial and social justice objectives as well as other community service initiatives. The Community Impact Specialist will serve as an ambassador both internally and externally to promote engagement and enhance the firm’s reputation as a good corporate citizen.
The Community Impact Specialist will also manage a customized level of individual caseload of pro bono matters from case inception through final resolution. This role will also supervise, train and mentor non-legal staff assigned to provide support on pro bono matters as well as developing resources, toolkits and programmatic support for the firm’s pro bono matters.
Core responsibilities include:
Community Impact and Engagement
Serve as the firm’s ambassador on DEI initiatives to external groups and organizations, such as non-profits and legal service providers
Meet with firm affinity groups and key stakeholders to gather information and input regarding prospective partnerships with community organizations and legal service providers
Cultivate and maintain relationships with legal service providers with whom the firm has existing relationship, and research and identify new potential relationships
Foster relationships with leaders of external DEI focused organizations and affinity bar associations and make recommendations to the DEI team, Pro Bono Partner and/or Pro Bono Committee regarding opportunities for the firm
Develop internal communications plans to promote awareness and engagement in the firm’s community service initiatives and goals
Participate in external organizations, conferences, and forums to maintain current awareness of DEI trends and issues, and to strengthen recognition of the firm as a leader in DEI initiatives
Represent the firm at events, conferences, and speaking engagements in the areas of DEI, public interest law, and community engagement.
Responsible for tracking progress of Wiley’s corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives
Collaborate with the firm’s Pro Bono Partner and Pro Bono Committee to develop projects for the firm
Develop resources, toolkits, and other knowledge management modalities to support the firm’s pro bono work
Develop responses and strategies in response to emerging issues; meet regularly with the Pro Bono Partner and Pro Bono Committee to provide progress reports
Manage an appropriate individual caseload of pro bono matters for the firm that includes screening, advising, and representing clients in judicial or administrative proceedings
Develop projects for non-legal staff to participate in social justice and community service initiatives
Supervise, train and mentor non-legal staff on assigned pro bono matters
About the Person
The successful candidate will be self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships both within and outside of the firm. Prior experience with and commitment to DEI topics and initiatives, along with demonstrated commitment to community outreach work is preferred.
The successful candidate should possess a Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school and be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar (or demonstrate the ability to waive in), along with five (5) years of related experience working in a law firm, legal organization, legal service provider, or non-profit organization. At least two (2) years of demonstrated litigation experience as an attorney is required.
The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics and capabilities:
Ability to communicate professionally and effectively, both in oral and written form
Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy in work product
Strong communication, presentation and networking skills
Excellent judgement, discretion and analytical skills, including with respect to complex responsibilities and matters
Ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Strong customer service orientation with the ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
Must demonstrate a high degree of trustworthiness commensurate to handing confidential and sensitive information and materials
Self-motivated with the ability to work independently
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe
Ability to travel as needed to support active pro bono legal matters and/or attend local events
Flexibility and willingness to respond to issues during and outside of core business hours
Work Environment/Physical Demands
Position operates in a professional office environment which is usually quiet to moderate
Position requires that the employee have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment
This position is primarily a sedentary position. However, some duties and responsibilities are required which would require the applicant to lift files, open filing cabinets, bend or stand, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, occasionally move about to access office equipment, file cabinets, etc.
Ability to carry or lift items weighing up to 10 pounds
**Wiley is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence, diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Founded in 1983, Wiley is a dominant presence in the nation’s capital. With more than 240 attorneys and advisors, the firm has earned international prominence by representing clients in complex, high-stakes regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Many of Wiley’s lawyers and public policy advisors have held high-level positions in the White House and federal agencies and on Capitol Hill. The firm represents a wide range of clients – from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations to individuals – in virtually all industries. Wiley provides significant pro bono legal services and charitable contributions to the local community every year.
Over nearly four decades, Wiley has become a Washington institution and a well-respected name among many of the world’s largest companies, business groups, and associations – and is at the forefront of shaping the legal and regulatory frameworks for emerging industries. The firm’s new brand, announced in January 2020, brings these fundamental elements together to celebrate the firm’s collaborative culture, contagious energy, and leadership across countless industries.