Business Development Coordinator, Communications

September 29, 2016 - Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with approximately 1,700 attorneys worldwide.

This opening is a coordinator position supporting the communications group of the Business Development department. The position will report to the Business Development Manager (Communications) and must work effectively as part of a growing Firmwide communications team.
The candidate will be primarily responsible for coordinating various external communications initiatives, including survey and directory responses, and media and awards nominations. The candidate will help ensure that Kirkland communications are consistent with house style and voice.
The position will interact with attorneys and administrative staff across practice areas and all of the Firm’s offices.

Essential job functions, among others, include

  • Prepare submissions to legal directory publishers including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, Benchmark Litigation and IFLR1000, among others.
  • Prepare awards and media feature nominations for The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Law360, the Financial Times and other publications.
  • Prepare quantitative survey responses.
  • Work closely with lead attorneys for directory and awards submissions, gathering relevant experience, references and key statistics; scheduling interviews and drafting preparatory materials for attorneys; and liaising closely with external contacts.
  • Evaluate new directory, awards and survey opportunities as they arise to make recommendations in regards to the Firm’s appropriate level of participation.

Qualifications & Requirements
The ideal candidate must be an exceptional writer, verbal communicator and critical thinker. S/he will possess excellent organizational and project management skills, outstanding editing and proofing skills, the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment, a strong attention to detail and a professional demeanor. A solid command of the Associated Press style guide, grammar and journalistic writing principles, as well as an understanding of persuasive writing for marketing communications, is required.
Education and/or experience required

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, English, journalism or public relations
  • 4+ years of experience in communications and/or marketing roles, preferably in a law firm or professional services environment

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