Diversity & Inclusion, Development and Communications Manager

POSITION TITLE:            Diversity & Inclusion, Development and Communications Manager

DEPARTMENT:                                    Office of Diversity and Inclusion

POSITION REPORTS TO:                        Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion

FLSA STATUS:                                    Exempt




As the nonprofit 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association, the City Bar Fund mobilizes New York City lawyers to do good work for people in need and for the legal profession. The City Bar Fund's four programs -- the City Bar Justice Center, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Lawyer Assistance Program -- channel the power of volunteering into positive impact.



The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (“ODI”) spearheads diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession by developing and implementing programs and practices to enhance diversity in the New York legal community, and beyond. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion provides infrastructure, coordination, and continuity to the diversity efforts of the various New York City Bar Association committees, departments, and external efforts.


The role of the Diversity and Inclusion Development and Communications Manager is to work closely with the Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the development and implementation of the strategic objectives for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

  • Manage key external partnerships (i.e. major law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies) to ensure all opportunities are leveraged and communications are shared broadly;
  • Support law firm benchmarking quantitative and qualitative research - summarizing data analysis, conducting qualitative interviews, participating in data analysis and drafting of Benchmarking Report;
  • Assist with presentations for law firms, conferences, and other events;
  • Liaise with eight (8) Diversity Cluster Committees and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to support program outreach and execution;
  • Lead annual programs including Associate Leadership Institute, including outreach, seminar execution, collecting and reporting feedback, etc.;
  • Prepare and edit drafts of diversity-related communications and write copy for 44th Street eNews, 44th Street Notes, and other publications; update and maintain the Office’s website and online presence;
  • Support Diversity Champion Award nomination and selection process;
  • Work closely with City Bar Leadership Team, Committee, analytics team, and external consultant(s), and serve as a point of contact/resource on behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Participate in quarterly presentations to City Bar Fund Board of Directors and New York City Bar Association Executive Committee;
  • Build impactful relationships with peer organizations and D&I leaders within the legal profession and beyond to support our internal initiatives and recruitment strategies for underrepresented groups;
  • Manage and coordinate execution of fundraising campaigns and development of grant proposals;
  • Identify/develop new strategic partnerships;
  • Measure, track and analyze the effectiveness of inclusion initiatives and predict future trends in our inclusion efforts;
  • Take on additional responsibilities/special projects as needed.
  • Manage ODI’s social media channels and update content on the website.
  • Manage development activities for fundraising- record and transmit incoming funds and issue thank you letters to donors.



  • Deeply passionate about promoting a more inclusive legal profession and a holistic approach to advancing diversity initiatives.
  • A creative "do-er" who excels at bringing out the best in others to create a shared vision for the future.
  • Able to establish trust quickly and have excellent facilitation skills with all levels of leaders, both internally and externally.
  • A tech-savvy organizer. Capacity to use technology (and other resources as appropriate) to find creative solutions that drive efficiency by streamlining and recommending better processes and programs.
  • A community builder and organizer. Capable of designing and implementing initiatives that people are excited to be a part of.
  • A proactive, strategic problem-solver. Able to demonstrate sound judgment combined with the ability to make impactful decisions independently, and an intellectual curiosity about people and organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus
  • Minimum 3 years administrative experience and some management experience, preferably in a law firm or legal organization
  • Having non-profit experience, in addition to for-profit experience, is a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity including a clear understanding of issues impacting diverse legal professionals
  • Comfort with law firm culture or previous experience implementing and supporting the diversity and inclusion strategy at a complex organization
  • Excellent written/oral communication capabilities and interpersonal skills, including storytelling and interpersonal skills
  • Strong research/analytical capabilities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in various media platforms
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity programming and cross-cultural communication
  • Ability to interact effectively and work both independently and collaboratively with people from diverse cultural and identity groups and from diverse job positions
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment and discretion in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Experience in analyzing and interpreting numerical data, and translating analyses into meaningful, comprehensive recommendations and strategic plans
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally, when needed
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Power Point and Excel

Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our office, which recently reopened, with a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2 days of in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home during the next couple of months, and then reevaluated for an eventual return to the office full-time sometime in the future. The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.


Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

The City Bar provides a competitive benefits package including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits program, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter explaining your interest and resume along with salary expectations to humanresources@nycbar.org and include “D & I Manager” in the subject line

The City Bar Fund is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.