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Head of Talent, Inclusion, and Equity, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC · Human Resources

Head of Talent, Inclusion, and Equity
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. 


About Legal Aid
As DC’s oldest and largest civil legal services program, Legal Aid’s mission is to make justice real—in individual and systemic ways—for persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia. Our clients are individuals and families, predominantly of color, in need of legal assistance in areas ranging from housing and domestic violence law to public benefits and consumer law. Legal Aid attorneys provide our clients with high-quality, zealous legal representation, while also seeking systemic solutions to the problems they face, through litigation, court reform, and legislative and agency advocacy.
 
Position Summary
Legal Aid is looking for a Head of Talent, Inclusion, and Equity to develop and enhance the organization’s vision, strategy, and systems for talent management, and play a key role in advancing its commitment to inclusion, equity, and racial justice. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, serving on Legal Aid’s senior leadership team, and working closely with staff across the organization, the Head of Talent, Inclusion, and Equity will coordinate all of Legal Aid’s efforts to support our staff and their professional development. This individual will lead and help promote an organizational culture that embraces Legal Aid’s mission and reflects its values. The individual will also be a critical member of Legal Aid’s internal Racial Justice Working Group and LGBTQ+ Working Group and will provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing race equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies that enhance retention, recruitment, and overall inclusive office culture. Key qualities include experience implementing racial, social, or related justice issues into strategic actions, excellent writing skills, strong project management, organizational skills, and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.  (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely, and, depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for the position may start their employment working remotely.)
 
Key Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement Legal Aid’s talent, inclusion, and equity strategy through close collaboration with senior leadership and staff.
  • Review, assess, and improve Legal Aid’s personnel systems and processes (e.g., recruiting, hiring, professional development, performance evaluation, and compensation) through an equity lens; develop action plans that foster a mission-driven, high quality, inclusive, and racially diverse team. 
  • Provide strategic leadership on the organization’s continued development and implementation of racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and strategies that promote an environment of inclusiveness and belonging.
  • Develop metrics and a tracking system to assess the effectiveness of racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; report on progress and make recommendations for adjustments
  • Participate in and facilitate Legal Aid’s internal Racial Justice and LGBTQ+ Working Groups.
  • Work closely with all programs to implement organization-wide racial justice and equity work; partner with communications on internal and external messaging using a racial justice and equity lens.
  • Provide guidance, counsel, training, and resolution on personnel matters such as performance challenges and intra-staff or supervisor-supervisee conflicts.
  • Develop, enhance, and administer human resources policies and procedures via systems to improve its overall operations and effectiveness. 
Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Significant experience and expertise working on racial justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity issues. An eagerness to challenge and influence peers to approach all work with an equity lens.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing complex programs and projects and working with individuals across an organization.
  • Proven ability to build consensus, influence change, and develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels across an organization.
  • Exceptional listening, reasoning, and strategic thinking skills. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a track record working with colleagues across departments to influence, execute, and direct a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with attention to detail and the ability to manage and execute multiple projects on different timelines.
Salary and Benefits:
 
The target salary is $130,000. Generous benefits package includes fully paid health insurance (for the employee), annual discretionary retirement match, 12 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave, ten paid federal/local holidays, and three personal days.
 
Legal Aid values an inclusive and diverse workplace. We encourage applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or lived experiences in the communities we serve. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should submit a letter of interest and resume. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The position remains open until filled.
 
For more information about Legal Aid, please visit www.LegalAidDC.org, and blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.org.
 
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