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Senior Information Governance Specialist

Job ID: 6817

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management


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 Senior Information Governance (IG) Specialist plans, executes, and/or supports one or more IG projects and services relating to client questionnaires, client assessments, and client engagement documents. Leads or serves as a subject matter expert on project teams, performs data analysis and fact finding assignments, drafts responses to clients, partners, and firm management. Delivers oral presentations and written recommendations relating to client questionnaires and assessments.

This role has primary responsibility for implementing information technologies and working practices relating to client requirements for data security, information governance and compliance. Work performed by this individual results in the measurable reduction of costs and/or minimizes risks relating to risk management and data controls and safeguards. The individual in this senior position advises attorneys, paralegals and other legal staff and administrative personnel on information governance related content while delivering white glove service to Kirkland personnel, clients, and/or vendors.

In addition to serving in an advisory capacity, the Senior IG Specialist assists senior management and attorneys by identifying and containing risks relating to data controls and safeguards, and fosters a compliance culture throughout the firm. The individual maintains awareness of major changes affecting legal information governance and develops material to educate senior management and partners so they may better provide legal services and meet their ethical and contractual obligations to their clients.

Essential Job Functions:

Client Questionnaires and Assessments

  • Facilities the intake, analysis, and assignment of new client requests for information.
  • Ensures client questionnaire deadlines are met, with ample time provided for senior management and partner review and input.
  • Coordinates and consolidates input needed from each administrative department and from the legal team.
  • Reviews deliverables prepared by team members prior to management and attorney review.
  • Works individually and in teams with partners, clients, a client’s designee, or other third parties to provide information relating to Kirkland’s information governance policies, procedures and/or technology controls for managing client data.
  • Coordinates client-requested user entitlement reviews.
  • Assists with ensuring proper data safeguards and controls are in place for client and firm data.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Four-year degree relating to information technology, IT security, law, compliance, business administration, and/or information management.
  • Prior information security experience in the legal industry is preferred.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or other relevant training and certifications are preferred.
  • Strong knowledge on security frameworks and technologies such as ISO 27001, NIST, SOC, SIG is preferred.
  • Ability to independently complete and assist in completing client compliance questionnaires, including security assessments concerning the Firm’s security program and controls.
  • Self-motivated, creative, and detail-oriented individual with a strong knowledge of legal information governance processes and technologies and/or IT Security.
  • Capable of independently authoring and presenting technical and business information in a variety of formats, and explaining complex and/or technical topics relating to information governance and IT Security to those who have no prior knowledge of the firm’s systems and policies.
  • Strong strategic, interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills required.
  • Advanced aptitude and interest in information technologies, IT security, change management and project management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft’s software suite is required. Prior experience using and/or administering Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) tools and iManage WorkSite/Work 10 preferred.

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