Assistant Director, Student Programs & Diversity Pipeline Initiatives

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is seeking an experienced professional to join the Toronto office as Assistant Director, Student Programs & Diversity Pipeline Initiatives.

At its heart, our business is about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also an exceptional experience for legal professionals and staff that includes an open and inclusive workplace culture. For us, diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of fostering an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent. Recruiting top talent is essential for the future of Blakes.

Reporting to the Director, Legal Personnel & Professional Development, the Assistant Director,  Student Programs & Diversity Pipeline Initiatives, will be responsible for all aspects of the Toronto office’s student program, including recruitment, performance management and professional development of law students. Responsibilities will also include a focus on inclusion and pipeline initiatives with a goal of assisting in the attraction of individuals from diverse backgrounds to the practice of law in a business law firm. Blakes will support the learning and development of the successful candidate.

Position Requirements

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • L.L.B./J.D.
  • Preferably several years of practice experience
  • Demonstrated interest in recruitment, development of people and diversity and inclusion
  • Strong organizational skills, an innovative mindset, developed leadership skills, confidence in their written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team across the Firm

Interested applicants, please submit your application, with a cover letter, résumé and all post-secondary school transcripts directly to our online application portal by clicking on submit application or by visiting  https://joinblakes.com/careers/associates/.  Applications should be addressed to: Kari Abrams, Director, Legal Personnel & Professional Development.

Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment composed of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures.

The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.