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Recruiting Specialist

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Job ID: 6827

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Category: Human Resources


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

As a member of the Staff Recruiting team, the Recruiting Specialist will be responsible for full-life cycle recruitment efforts for business support staff. By building trust-based relationships with both hiring managers and candidates, the Recruiting Specialist will guide all stakeholders through a seamless hiring process. This position will be based in Los Angeles with a focus on recruiting for the West Coast, but will support hiring for all US offices. 

Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to:

Independently manage all aspects of the recruiting process:

  • Lead discovery meetings with hiring managers to understand their hiring needs and help structure the interview process
  • Develop tailored strategies and source passive and active talent for open positions
  • Prequalify candidates based on position requirements and present qualified candidates to hiring managers
  • Conduct phone screens, video interviews, and in-person interviews
  • Schedule interviews and administer skills testing and other assessments
  • Other HR and recruiting duties, as needed

Support the hiring and onboarding process

  • Work with HR and hiring departments to prepare offer packages
  • Extend offers to candidates, provide explanation of benefits, and negotiate when needed
  • Share necessary information with HR Recruiting Coordinator to facilitate the onboarding process
  • Present HR orientation and help welcome new hires to the Firm

Manage vendor relationships

  • Partner with third-party staffing firms as necessary for hard-to-fill positions
  • Maintain professional relationships with recruiting search firms and professional organizations
  • Secure temporary contract workers as needed for various departments


  • Prepare recruitment status reports and metrics for hiring managers on a weekly basis
  • Manage applicant flow and track activity within ATS
  • Collaborate with Recruiting team to record activity and track staffing metrics

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required, or high school diploma/GED and equivalent professional experience
  • 5+ years of full-cycle recruiting experience required, ideally in a law firm or other professional services organization
  • Excellent communication skills and a proven track record of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Customer service mentality and ability to work collaboratively across offices


  • Applicant tracking systems, PeopleSoft preferred
  • Experience with LinkedIn Recruiter and knowledge of Boolean search logic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with Zoom or other video meeting platforms

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • PHR or SHRM 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.

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.

Closing Statement

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.