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Communications Production Assistant

Job ID: 4631

Updated: Jun 18, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

We are looking for a versatile junior copywriter with an eye for design to join our growing communications team within the Firm’s Business Development Department as a Communications Assistant. It’s an exciting time to join a collaborative team as we are re-evaluating, refreshing or launching new communications initiatives.

The assistant will bring outstanding writing, editing and grammar skills to their work on a portfolio of digital and print marketing communications campaigns. Intellectual curiosity and the ability to distill complex topics into concise, easy-to-read language will be important, as will be interest in exploring creative ways of communicating and new technologies, and marrying words with imagery.

The assistant will support projects directed by members of the Communications/PR, Branding & Creative and Digital Marketing teams, and will report to the Firmwide Director of Communications/PR.

You will also communicate and collaborate daily with nearly 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international business development team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness.

  • Assist with production of client newsletters, working with InDesign, CRM and e-marketing communication software to produce attorney-authored newsletters. Tasks will include editing, layout, proofreading, building and maintaining mailing lists, and designing e-marketing campaigns.
  • Assist with tasks related to producing the Firm’s internal newsletters. Draft and edit content and assist with lay out, and contribute to various project management tasks.
  • Assist on certain marketing communications efforts supporting the Firm’s diversity, pro bono and recruiting departments.

OTHER FUNCTIONS 

  • Contribute to directories and awards nominations. Research, gather and verify case and deal information, draft and edit content, enter data into submission forms, assist with attorney biography submissions, and other related tasks.
  • Provide back-up support for the Firm’s responses to RFPs, RFIs and RFQs. Tasks could include gathering content, liaising with attorneys, editing and proofreading responses, assisting with maintaining the Firm’s RFP database, and other related tasks.    
  • Assist with other marketing communications and business development initiatives, including social media initiatives.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or public relations with one to three years of experience in communications and/or marketing roles
  • Strong writing skills, a solid command of the Associated Press style guide, grammar and journalistic writing principles is required.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills and a professional demeanor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and impeccable attention to detail, particularly as it relates to proofing.
  • Must be able to multitask and juggle competing deadlines and to follow clearly defined processes and procedures.
  • A client service mindset and a sense of urgency in answering requests from attorneys and administrative staff.
  • Must be flexible and able to tolerate ambiguity in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Law firm or professional services experience is a plus.

Technologies/Software

  • The candidate must have a solid command of a number of different technology applications to produce a high-end and professional work product, including a solid command of the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with e-mail marketing platforms, design software, and CRM systems, is preferred.

 

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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