POSITION:  Mansfield Rule Specialist

COMPANY: Diversity Lab

LOCATION: Work Remotely

Diversity Lab is recruiting for a Mansfield Rule Specialist.  If you enjoy project management, process mapping and execution, data, and knowledge sharing, we hope you will apply.  Send your resume to info@DiversityLab.com.

About Diversity Lab & The Mansfield Rule

Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas are created through our Hackathons and piloted in collaboration with more than 60 top law firms and legal departments across the country. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned.

Our inaugural project – the OnRamp Fellowship – is the largest global re-entry program for lawyers who want to return to the profession after a career hiatus.

To inspire others to develop and experiment with innovative initiatives such as the Fellowship, we launched the Women in Law Hackathon in 2016, and the Diversity in Law Hackathon series in 2018. These first-of-their-kind "Shark Tank" style pitch competitions brought together high-level law firm partners, legal department leaders, talent experts, and law students in small teams working together to generate ideas to boost diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

The Mansfield Rule is an idea that was generated by one of the Women in Law Hackathon teams and further developed by Diversity Lab. After the first iteration of the pilot with more than 40 law firms, Diversity Lab measured and reported significant progress in the Certified firms’ pipelines to leadership. Mansfield “2.0,” the second iteration of the Rule, is currently being piloted by 65 law firms. The Diversity Lab team is also developing a Mansfield Rule for legal departments.

More About the Specialist Role

In the Mansfield Rule Specialist role, you will advance our company’s and the participating organizations’ efforts by teaming up with our Managing Director of Research & Knowledge Sharing to manage the Mansfield Rule Certification process and the Mansfield Rule Client Forums. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to other research, pilots, and knowledge sharing projects.

This role is a full-time, remote work opportunity. You will be asked to travel, likely 6-8 times per year.

Main Responsibilities

  • Partner with our Managing Director of Research & Knowledge Sharing to manage the yearlong Mansfield Rule Certification process, including: Helping to strategize and innovate as we grow the initiative; communicating with current and potential law firm and legal department participants; conducting check-ins with the participants; assisting with the certification process; collecting and analyzing data; designing and executing knowledge sharing programming; and managing and updating key materials, both organizational and substantive.
  • Work with our Events Strategist to help plan and execute the Mansfield Rule Client Forum logistics. You will also have responsibility for communicating with law firm and legal department participants, liaising with hosts, developing program agendas and timelines, and creating and using a complex matrix to match lawyers for pitch meetings.
  • Collaborate with the entire Diversity Lab team on other projects as needed. As a 5-year young start-up with a collaborative and inclusive work culture, we expect and urge all team members to pitch in to help with key projects as time permits, without regard to job description, tenure, or title. We also encourage our team members to take initiative in identifying areas where they can contribute based on their strengths, skills, and interests.

The Skills Needed to Be Effective in This Role

No one is perfect, so we don’t expect one human to embody of all these skills.  But if you have some of these key skills and are willing to learn, we encourage you to apply.

  • Strong professional development, business development, and/or diversity & inclusion background in a professional services environment (law firm preferred), including planning and executing programming and interacting with internal or external clients.
  • High EQ; ability to interact effectively with team members and external partners; self- awareness and sensitivity to communications and team relationships required.
  • Strong project management skills, including excellent attention to detail and timeline management.
  • Ability to make smart decisions with ambiguous information.
  • Excellent client relationship skills, including responsiveness and a willingness to help solve problems in a friendly, diplomatic, and efficient manner.
  • Ability to write effectively and strong verbal communications skills; ability to think and speak quickly on demand.
  • Ability to stay composed and focused under pressure and hard deadlines.
  • Self-motivated; able to take initiative with minimal assistance or supervision, manage time, and work efficiently.
  • Curiosity and interest in continuing to learn about relevant issues and share knowledge with teammates.
  • Willingness to listen to and learn from feedback, as well as to offer and communicate feedback effectively when appropriate.
  • Comfort with using and learning many forms of technology. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and excellent Excel skills required. Strong PowerPoint skills preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5 years law firm, professional services firm, or legal department experience.

Location Details

  • Job format is full-time remote work; reliable internet and telephone access are required.
  • Job can be performed from anywhere within the contiguous United States, but the following locations are preferred: Greater Boston; New York City or nearby areas; San Francisco Bay Area; Denver/Boulder. While these locations are preferred, applicants from other locations will be considered fully.


Telecommuting is allowed.

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Posted: 11/14/18

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