Job Listing: Office of Diversity and Inclusion Executive Director

The Organization:

The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. Since 1896, the organization, officially known as the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, has been headquartered in a landmark building on 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan. Today the City Bar has over 25,000 members.

The City Bar’s mission is to equip and mobilize a diverse legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion spearheads the Association’s strong commitment to diversity in the legal profession by developing and implementing programs and practices to encourage diversity in the New York legal community. 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:

Location: New York, NY

Reports to: NYC Bar Association Executive Director

Department: Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Position Summary:

The role of the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Director is to work closely with the Executive Director, the Executive Committee of the Association and Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund in the development and execution of the New York City Bar Association’s strategic objectives for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of diversity and inclusion principles and practices across a wide range of stakeholders including law firms, corporate law departments, committees, and membership;
  • Liaise with City Bar Leadership and relevant committees on inclusion strategies;
  • Lead law firm benchmarking quantitative and qualitative research -- collect data, analyze, ensure data accuracy, and summarizing data analysis in annual Benchmarking Report; conduct qualitative interviews and use data to provide signatories with recommended practices;
  • Deliver aggregate data at conferences and other events;
  • Provide direct support to signatory law firms to build and maintain successful diversity efforts delivered through individualized meetings and presentations, working sessions and roundtables with diversity professionals, committees, firm management, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Broaden the scope of inclusion efforts through fostering collaborative partnerships with Diversity Committees, affinity bars, and other groups;
  • Support program design and execution;
  • Execute fundraising strategy and oversee budget operations for the Office and relevant committees and projects;
  • Advise Communications/Media team to develop and execute press and media strategies for benchmarking research and programming; oversee diversity-related communications;
  • Lead Diversity Champion Award nomination and selection process, which solicits nominations, evaluates nominees, and honors the award recipients at Annual Celebration Dinner;
  • Disseminate information about the Statement of Diversity Principles and obtain additional corporate and law firm signatories and partners for the Office;
  • Oversee pipeline initiative and staff;
  • Recruit and support onboarding process of new members.


The Person:

Qualifications & Attributes:

  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion with substantive knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity programming and cross-cultural communication;
  • Experience developing and/or managing diversity programs, preferably in a professional services environment;
  • Excellent written/oral communication capabilities and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong research/analytical capabilities;
  • Proficiency in media platforms;
  • Considerable personal experience interacting and building effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including communicating effectively across a range of differences and understanding organizational dynamics and guiding individuals and teams through complex and changing environments;
  • Ability to effectively manage short- and long-term projects;
  • Pro-active, energetic, self-assured professional with a high degree of integrity;
  • Thoughtful, diplomatic and collaborative;
  • Ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with people from diverse cultural and identity groups and from diverse job positions;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.



  • JD, MBA, public policy or other relevant graduate degree desirable. JD is highly preferred.


The New York City Bar Association is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the NYC Bar to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:


Larry Griffin Ryan Whitacre
Partner, Bridge Partners Partner, Bridge Partners