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Public Relations Assistant

Job ID: 6731

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development


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

We are seeking a public relations assistant within the communications group of the Firm’s Marketing and Business Development Department.

As an assistant at one of the world’s leading law firms, you will contribute to a broad range of global PR and communications activities and assist with programs that communicate Kirkland’s unique culture and differentiated services, enhance the Firm’s reputation and support its core practice areas.

You’ll be part of a tight-knit PR team with a hands on, get-it-done ethos, and you’ll collaborate regularly with over 140 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. The assistant will bring outstanding writing, editing and grammar skills to their work. 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.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to multi-task and work independently, a professional demeanor, a solid command of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of AP style, exceptional organizational and project management skills, an attention to detail and a client service mindset. Prior experience working with various forms of media, including print, electronic and social media is preferred. Experience with media and research database tools is also preferred. Knowledge about the legal industry is a plus.  

Essential Functions

  • Assist in planning and execution of initiatives that raise the visibility of the Firm and its lawyers.
  • Draft and edit content for press releases, the Kirkland website and internal communications.
  • Assist with posting deal announcements, press releases and other updates to the website.
  • Track, analyze and report on media coverage involving the Firm and its lawyers.
  • Distribute media clippings to attorneys and staff via email and electronic newsletters.
  • Conduct research on media outlets, journalists, practice groups, industries, trends and competitors; and build and maintain detailed analysis reports and media lists related to that research.
  • Assist with nominations to awards and legal directory publishers.
  • Assist with or support other communications initiatives, including but not limited to production of client alerts, newsletters, responses to requests for proposals, and website content as needed.
  • Contribute to the Firm’s social media efforts.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or public relations
  • One to three years of experience in a communications field.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills and a professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficient with technology applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word and Excel; Exposure to media monitoring tools, media databases, social media tools and website content management systems a plus
  • The ability to work with and report to staff in various offices across multiple time zones
  • Possessing an attention to detail and a desire to work with complex information and learn new terms and concepts

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • Kirkland offers a hybrid workplace model, with employees expected to be present in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.

How to Apply

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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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