Director, Idea Programs

March 14 2023
Industries Legal
Categories Professionals, Support staff
London, ON • Full time

Siskinds LLP is a leading law firm located in Southwestern Ontario. We are a team of over 240 lawyers and staff covering personal legal services, business law, personal injury law, and class actions law as well as over 25 specialized practice areas. We help clients make the right legal choices, manage their legal affairs, and resolve complicated matters. Our culture and working style strive to make our clients’ experiences comfortable, reassuring, and productive while delivering excellence in the services we provide.

Director, IDEA Programs – Full-time

What are you looking for?

Be part of a cohesive team that promotes collaboration and teamwork

Option for hybrid remote work schedule in a technologically advanced environment with exposure to many specialized computer applications

Competitive compensation and benefits

Professional development opportunities

Strength of a big firm with the culture of a small firm

Subsidized downtown parking

Working within a state-of-the-art building

Who are we looking for?

We are growing and currently seeking a Director, IDEA1 Programs.


A demonstrated track record of bringing diversity and inclusion to a professional or corporate setting or organization

Track record of program implementation, strategic planning, and managing across multiple important priorities

Success in relationship building and a track record of leveraging resources to accomplish strategic objectives

Excellent leadership, communication and inter-personal skills, and cultural competencies to interact with a wide range of individuals

Proven ability to support and empower leaders who are less experienced in diversity and inclusion

Exceptional professional communication and advanced presentation skills

Willing to work flexible hours as needed and to travel occasionally

Legal education (JD, LLB or LLM) is a strong asset but not a prerequisite for consideration

Siskinds aspires to lead by example with an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible workplace that values humility, compassion and cultural intelligence, and reflects and supports the communities we serve. Working with a leading consultant, Siskinds has developed a detailed and ambitious plan for meeting that objective.

1Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

Excellence * Integrity * Leadership * Collegiality * Inclusion

The Director, IDEA Programs will lead the implementation and execution of Siskinds’ existing IDEA Strategy and Action Plan, and is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing new strategies to meet Siskinds’ long-term IDEA objectives.

Reporting to the Chief IDEA Officer, the Director, IDEA Programs will work closely with firm leadership and management, including the Chief Community Officer, and will be responsible for longer term planning and day-to-day execution of initiatives designed to:

enhance the IDEA capacity of Siskinds’ leadership, including their understanding of the benefits of a human-centred approach to people management (i.e.: humane, compassionate, service-oriented, flexible, transparent, development-focused);

ensure that Siskinds’ hiring, retention and promotion policies and practices are, to the greatest extent possible, free from bias so that we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest and that all of our people are set up for success and can reach their full potential;

champion the value of a diverse and inclusive firm culture, and ensure that our workplace is welcoming and inclusive, and that all of our people feel seen and valued;

engage our people in the IDEA program and build and design education and training initiatives to promote cultural understanding and competency and a climate of equity and inclusion;

demonstrate our commitment to IDEA in the community through the development of pro bono, volunteer and community giving programs.



Outline steps and identify resources necessary to reach IDEA objectives

Identify training needs and opportunities for leaders, managers, and legal and business professionals

Identify and source training resources

Coordinate planning and implementation of IDEA Programs with other firm professionals and senior management including the Director, Student and Associate Professional Resources, the Director, Human Resources, the Director, Marketing, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Financial Officer

Develop metrics and methods for assessing progress toward IDEA objectives


Support the Chief IDEA Officer who is primarily responsible for the IDEA plan

Support the Chief Community Officer who is responsible for the firm’s commitment to IDEA in the community

Support and empower firm leadership and management to champion IDEA; advise on best practices in IDEA

Excellence * Integrity * Leadership * Collegiality * Inclusion

Apply now!

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