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Business Development Assistant

Job ID: 6749

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Location: Houston, TX, 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 an organized assistant to join the Business Development (BD) Department in Houston. You will liaise closely with the lawyers in the Texas offices and the firmwide energy & infrastructure team to handle a variety of functions, including business pitches and client presentations, business/relationship intelligence, contact relationship management, internal communications, awards and directories and event support.

You will report to the Texas BD Manager and will work closely with the BD team members in Austin and Dallas. You will also communicate and collaborate daily with the approximately 140 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international marketing team provides seamless service to our attorneys, with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. We are looking for a self-starter with good judgement and an interest in a professional services career.

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

  • Assist in the overall implementation of business development plans and initiatives for the Energy & Infrastructure practice, including maintaining systems to track practice initiatives.
  • Assist in the production of marketing collateral and pitch materials, responses to RFPs and client presentations, including proofreading, formatting (must have exceptional PowerPoint skills), editing, printing, binding and delivery.
  • Provide support for business development research and intelligence reports on clients, potential clients, competitors and target industries.
  • Assist with event planning and execution of seminars and receptions, industry conference sponsorships, speaking engagements and other events related to the Energy & Infrastructure practice.
  • Contribute to and assist in the development and ongoing maintenance of the firmwide experience database.
  • Assist with survey responses and award submissions.
  • Update data in the firm’s marketing contact relationship management (CRM) database, including the review and creation of mailing lists.
  • Assist with various other initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the business development context.

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

  • Provide administrative assistance, as needed, to the energy & infrastructure and Texas teams.
  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Strong organizational and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and guests of the firm.
  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize a diverse range of assignments and projects.  
  • Ability to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios), so you need to be able to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
  • Strong project management skills and exceptional business acumen.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity, influence others and find ways to move initiatives forward to meet critical deadlines and produce results.
  • Meticulous writing and proofing skills and an aptitude for learning new software.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, and an ideal candidate will have one to two years’ experience in the law firm environment.


  • MS Office software proficiency, with expertise in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel are required.
  • CRM/Database Software (e.g., InterAction, Salesforce, ContentPilot, etc.) experience are preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Chrome River, Adobe Photoshop and other programs is a plus.


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

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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