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Human Resources Coordinator

Job ID: 6904

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, 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

This individual will report to the local Associate Director, Human Resources and will be a key member of the Human Resources team.

Primary responsibilities include, supporting Associate Director, Human Resources with sensitive employee relations issues as well as other HR-related responsibilities, meeting with new hires during their first 30 days of employment, assisting with requests for employment verification, responding to questions about HR policies and procedures, checking and responding to questions in the KE Staff Performance Review mailbox and Human Resources mailbox, maintaining a positive work relationship with other HR departments including Benefits and Recruiting, and project work, as requested.  It is expected that the individual will take on additional responsibilities and more complex project work overtime.   

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

  • General administrative duties, creating department templates (aligned with Firm branding standards).
  • Prepare and send out Weekly Memo (or serve as back-up).
  • Assist with tracking and maintaining performance documents in PS
  • Conduct 30-day new hire check-ins and distribute surveys
  • Analyze and collect data from exit interviews, 30,60, & 90 day surveys, and Glassdoor
  • Assist and answer questions regarding performance reviews
  • Respond to questions regarding HR policies and procedures.
  • Assist as needed with employment verifications/wage assignments/unemployment claims/child support.
  • Meet with exiting associates and staff
  • Prepare sensitive departure paperwork, and payroll orders.
  • Maintain and updates articles and content to HR internal SharePoint sites
  • Support HR Hotline and direct calls/questions to appropriate departments or personnel
  • Assist with summer internship programs
  • Provide excellent customer service to all internal and external clients
  • Assist with special projects as assigned (COVID, contact tracing, etc).
  • Create department templates (aligned with Firm branding).


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

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in HR or equivalent experience, and a minimum of two years of HR experience, considerable initiative, outstanding customer service skills and the ability to learn quickly.  Superior written and verbal communication skills; must be skilled with drafting communication targeted to a wide variety of audiences. Must have high energy level, can-do attitude, ability to work independently, and high standards for personal performance.  Work requires excellent proofreading skills, analytical ability, organizational skills, and acute attention to detail, excellent follow-through skills, as well as keen judgment and problem-solving skills.  Individual must have the ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times.  Ideal candidate will be able to multi-task, meet concrete deadlines and knowledge of I-9 forms and work authorization immigration documentation.


  • MS Office including advanced Excel skills are required. Working knowledge of PeopleSoft, PowerPoint and Access is preferred


  • 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

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