Job Listing: Contractor Consultant Opportunity - Pipeline Initiative

New York City Bar Fund Office for Diversity & Inclusion
Contractor Consultant Opportunity - Pipeline Initiative

Identify pipeline programs for partnership with the New York City Bar Association in response to the Legal Education and Pipeline Task Force of the Diversity & Inclusion (formerly the Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession) report, “Sealing the Leaks: Recommendations to Diversity and Strengthen the Pipeline to the Legal Profession.”

 

About the Office for Diversity & Inclusion

The New York City Bar Fund’s Office for Diversity & Inclusion works with more than 160 signatory law firms and law departments, regularly tracking progress on key diversity representation metrics, which are reported to the public annually in the Diversity Benchmarking Report. The Office and eight New York City Bar Diversity Cluster Committees host numerous programs to support diversity and inclusion, including a comprehensive pipeline initiative which supports high school, college and law students in developing professional skills and gaining exposure to the legal profession. The Office for Diversity & Inclusion is a part of the City Bar Fund, the 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association.

 

Background

For the last decade, the New York City Bar Association (“City Bar”) has used benchmarking surveys to collect and analyze the recruitment, promotion, and attrition data from 88 law firms that have signed onto the City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles[1] (the “Signatory Firms”). While the findings continue to reflect slow ascension to leadership and elevated attrition rates for attorneys of color and women, more troubling is the failure of the pipeline into the profession to promote diversity [2], which directly impacts the pool of talent considered for law firm leadership.

The City Bar views the ‘Diversity Pipeline’ as integral to the goal of increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented groups who enter into and progress within the legal profession. Underrepresented groups include racial minorities and women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and attorneys with disabilities. There are distinct challenges that affect Black/African American and Latinx students compared to the experiences of other groups. The focus of the report, “Sealing the Leaks: Recommendations to Diversity and Strengthen the Pipeline to the Legal Profession” was to address those distinct challenges.

 

 

Contract Consultant Opportunity

As a result of the “Sealing the Leaks: Recommendations to Diversity and Strengthen the Pipeline to the Legal Profession” report findings, the Legal Education and Pipeline Task Force of the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee (formerly the Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession) recommended that the New York City Bar Association identify pipeline programs throughout the New York City area that could serve as partners in future pipeline program initiatives. More specifically, the City Bar would like to partner with pipeline programs, after-school initiatives, and clubs that provide academic support to African American and Latinx students from the City’s historically under-served communities.

To fulfill this goal, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the New York City Bar Association seeks a consultant to assess the New York City area pipeline program landscape and identify those stakeholders who could partner with the City Bar to enhance and expand pipeline initiatives. In addition, the consultant will develop partnerships with those existing pipeline programs and serve as a centralized “connectivity” catalyst that would be a vehicle for coordination and strategy around pipeline efforts.

 

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience identifying and serving as a centralized “connectivity” catalyst is a plus, specifically experience coordinating and developing strategy around pipeline efforts.
  • Demonstrated capacity to interact with members of the legal pipeline community in a professional and effective manner.
  • Demonstrated interest in and foundational knowledge of diversity and inclusion and barriers of advancement for underrepresented groups.
  • Experience conducting thorough internet research and informational interviews with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred.

 

The expected time commitment will be 20-25 hours per week through year end, but a firm deadline will be agreed upon with the retained consultant.

For more information, please contact the Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Deborah Martin Owens, at diversity@nycbar.org.

 

1 New York City Bar Association. Sealing the Leaks: Recommendations to Diversify and Strengthen the Pipeline to the Legal Profession. May 17, 2019. https://www.nycbar.org/member-and-career-services/committees/reports-listing/reports/detail/sealing-the-leaks-recommendations-to-diversify-and-strengthen-the-pipeline-to-the-legal-profession.