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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator - Returnship

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  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • New York, NY


9:00 AM - 5:30 PM



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The Path Forward Return to Work program at Akin Gump is a 16- week paid returnship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. The program is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caring for a loved one. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply.

At Akin Gump we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experience, and make connections with others transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving transition back to the paid workforce.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are currently seeking a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator working under the direction of the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and direct supervision of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Managers. 

The role has hybrid work capabilities and can work from our Dallas, Houston, New York or Washington, DC office and will be responsible for providing administrative and logistical support to the firm’s DEI programs, initiatives, committees and groups. The DEI Coordinator is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s attorneys, advisors and staff, producing quality work product, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. 

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Provide administrative and program support related to internal and external DEI initiatives
  • Attend firmwide and office committee, council and group meetings as necessary and prepare agendas and summaries for circulation at the direction of the CDEIO, Director and/or Manager
  • Provide support for the completion and submission of diversity-related statistical information for firmwide reports, RFPs, surveys, committee meetings, and other requests, as needed, liaising with other departments on necessary data, information and historical materials
  • Assist the DEI team with updating and maintaining the firm’s internal DEI portal page, and the internal portal pages for the firmwide resource groups (FRG) and diversity-related content on the external Akin Gump website
  • Provide logistical support to the various local office DEI and FRGs (e.g., invitations, meeting agendas, preparation of handout materials, event follow-up, etc.)
  • Coordinate and implement various logistics of internal and external workshops, programs and meetings, including but not limited to the site/catering/audio-visual reservations, marketing and promotion of offerings such as trainings, workshops, and special events
  • Provide support to the DEI team with budget tracking and planning.
  • Maintain and update DEI databases and resources
  • Other related tasks as required and assigned

Who You Are:

  • Communicator: Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Team Player: Strong service orientation and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, attorneys, office, firm and practice management and outside business partners
  • Achiever: Ability to manage multiple projects with specific deadlines and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner; Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
  • Learner: Ability to use critique of work to improve performance; Commitment to professional growth and development 

Qualifications (Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities): 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of two years related experience in a law firm, government agency, or professional services organization desired
  • Very strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel, familiarity with Power BI a plus.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to use initiative and independent judgment to accomplish results
  • Demonstrated judgment, discretion and tact
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to manage resources effectively
  • Unfailing attention to detail 

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