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Business Development Assistant

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Job ID: 6750

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Category: Business Development

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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

POSITION OVERVIEW

We are seeking an organized assistant to join the Business Development (BD) Department in Dallas. In this role, you will handle a variety of functions, including events, pitches and proposals, attorney bio updates, contact relationship management, branding, business/relationship intelligence and internal communications.

You will report to the Texas BD Director and will work closely with the BD team members in Houston and Austin. You will also communicate and collaborate daily with 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

  • Assist with event planning and execution of seminars and receptions, industry conference and charitable sponsorships, speaking engagements, client entertainment and other events related to the Texas offices.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate with attorneys on biography updates and update attorney pitch and website bios accordingly.
  • Work with external vendors on the ordering of promotional items and gifts. Submit purchasing requests through P+ software and coordinate with Purchasing team on orders.
  • Manage information in the firm’s contact relationship management (CRM) system, including the review and creation of mailing lists used for direct mail campaigns.
  • Conduct research and prepare intelligence reports on clients, potential clients, competitors and target industries.
  • Help with survey responses and award submissions as needed.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

  • Provide general assistance to the BD Associate Director relating to the initiatives of the Texas offices and BD department.
  • Provide administrative support to the Texas BD team as needed, including expense reports, phone support, filing, etc.
  • 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.

Technologies/Software

  • 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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

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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