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Human Resources Manager

Job ID: 6697

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

Location: Miami, FL, United States

Category: Human Resources


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions


The Human Resources (HR) Manager will provide both overall strategic HR leadership and hands on day-to-day support to the Firm’s Miami office. The HR Manager must have extensive experience in full employee lifecycle support - recruitment, onboarding, development and retention, employee relations, benefits administration and offboarding. They must have a track record of successful Human Resources leadership in a large to mid-size firm or professional services company. The HR Manager will also be responsible for the coordinating of all secretarial coverage situations, monitoring and approving work schedules, and recommending and managing secretarial groupings. The HR Manager works in concert with the Miami office as well as the Firmwide Human Resources function.

This position requires excellent business partnering, change management, and organizational development skills. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of practical and applicable organization processes and structures, combined with human resource expertise.The Human Resources Manager works within established policies and firmwide parameters to promote, deploy, and communicate standards of professional development, compensation parity and ensure compliance within the law.

This position will report directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer with a dotted line to the Senior Director of Administration in the Miami office.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Cultivate strategic internal customer relationships, working across offices, departments, and staff levels to partner and influence.
  • Drive performance management, proactively manage problem areas and key issues.
  • Work closely with the office leadership and management to develop a regional recruiting/staffing strategy for key positions, delivering qualified candidates on time and in the most cost effective way.
  • Manage day-to-day employee relations: maintain knowledge of legal requirements and proactively ensure business practices are in compliance. Provide information, advice and direction to managers on HR related matters.
  • Partner with the Firmwide Benefits function to ensure a consistent firmwide approach to benefits, wellness and leave of absence administration, including delivery of benefits orientations, responding to benefits related inquiries, and deployment of local programming.
  • Onboard attorneys and staff, to include meeting with new joiners on their first day to provide a warm welcome and communication of firm information, policies and collection of paperwork.
  • Manage employee offboarding process, to include exit surveys and departure checkout.

Practice Assistant (Secretarial) Support

  • Provide day-to-day guidance to Practice Assistants (PA), including monitoring workflow and managing attorney to PA ratios and assignments.
  • Responsible for coordinating PA onboarding and training, approving work schedules, and coordinating overtime assignments and overflow work schedules.
  • Serve as point person for PAs to discuss individual concerns and receive counseling.
  • Assist Senior Director of Administration in PA annual performance review process.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree. PHR certification is preferred.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten (10) years human resources experience including a minimum of five (5) years of employee management experience within a professional services environment.
  • Must possess deep knowledge of Federal and local employment laws.
  • Strong familiarity with employee relations, as well as knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting requirements and regulations affecting human resources.
  • Demonstrated strategic ability and analytical skill, with a proven ability to use analytics to drive decision making.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to inspire trust and confidence at all levels. Proven success working cross-functionally in an organization. Must have strong communication skills, both verbally and written word.
  • Demonstrated leadership talent, with the ability to motivate all levels of employees through excellent judgment, professional competence, credibility, flexibility, and personal integrity.


  • Proficiency with PeopleSoft v9.2 is a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite


  •  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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