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Marketing & Communications Manager

Job ID: 6738

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & 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


The Chicago office is seeking a talent, focused Marketing and Communications Manager. As part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development Department (“LRD”), this role will support the overall departmental strategy through marketing and communications initiatives. This role is responsible for supporting the development of visual and written content for various print pieces, presentations, recruitment materials, Kirkland Concierge marketing, our alumni website and communications, internal website, newsletters and internal emails, and ensures that a consistent message is delivered throughout.

As a strategic brand and reputational enhancer for the Firm, our LRD efforts are targeted to various audiences.  The role of the LRD Marketing & Communications Manager is to enhance, streamline, and ensure consistency for all departments under the LRD team umbrella in a targeted manner that accurately reflects Kirkland & Ellis as an industry leader.

This role must be a brand ambassador and help to streamline and assist with creating collateral, as well as help market across all of the Legal Recruiting & Development functions (Recruiting, Training, Development, Concierge, Global Alumni Engagement & CareerLink programs) through various channels including web content, social media, video, printed materials and events.

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

  • Develop the global marketing and communications strategy for the Legal Recruiting & Development Team.
  • Craft ideas and content for weekly team communications, Firmwide communications and team-specific materials for legal recruiting, training, attorney engagement, alumni, concierge and CareerLink teams.
  • Review, edit and write content for presentations, internal and external communications, partnership ads, newsletters, event invitations, communications plans and other marketing materials.
  • Partner with FW communication individuals across other teams to find opportunities to story tell, share both Firm and LRD wins, achievements, initiatives and updates, both internally and externally, with law students and potential recruits.
  • Work with local LRD leads to project manage associate satisfaction survey initiatives, as well as partner with the third-party organizations who host the annual surveys.
  • Act as an LRD ambassador on FW communications projects, including with the implementation of new tools.
  • Work with our Branding & Creative team, as well as Business Development teams, to ensure consistency of Firm branding.
  • Support the Firm’s social media efforts to enhance our recruiting marketing.
  • Work with the Firm’s data team to create and update distribution lists and to monitor communications metrics.
  • Stay current on marketing and communications trends and tools.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a specialization in communications, journalism, HR or an equivalent field. Law firm or professional services experience is a plus.
  • We are seeking a candidate with eight-plus years in a leading marketing role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience with content writing and creation is required.
  • Ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with other Firm departments and co-workers.
  • The ideal candidate must be able to effectively analyze situations, use problem-solving skills, and exercise good judgement.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Must be nimble and allow for flexibility when working across teams.
  • Ability to connect the dots, proactively leverage resources around you and be creative.
  • Ability to decipher proper tone and approach used in materials for different audiences.
  • Professional, punctual, and dependable - understands the importance of this role; takes ownership and pride in administrative responsibilities.


  • Technical experience should include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML at minimum, with a proven track record of easily adapting to new software and technologies. 
  • Experience with e-marketing platforms is necessary.
  • Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop is a plus.

How to Apply

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