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Firmwide Attorney Performance Management Assistant

Job ID: 6933

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & 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

This job description will be reviewed periodically and is subject to change by management and/or Human Resources.


As a member of the Firmwide (FW) Legal Recruiting & Development Department (LRD), the Firmwide Attorney Performance Management Assistant will support the annual Associate Review, Mid-Year Associate Review, Year-End Compensation and Bonuses process and partner with LRD to foster the development, promotion, and retention of Firmwide Associates.

The Assistant will be responsible for facilitating the Associate Review processes in partnership with the Associate Review Committees and the Firm’s local Attorney Engagement teams (LRD).  


  • Responsible for new hire, terminations and job change data entry for Firmwide Associates into Attorney Review Database (ARD) within PeopleSoft
  • Assist Attorney Performance Management (APM) team with support documents to Firmwide Associates, Partners and appropriate staff personnel throughout review processes
  • Support Firmwide Associates, Partners and Associate Review Committee members via the performance review website
  • Complete data validation processes regularly to ensure and maintain data integrity
  • Partner with Finance department on year-end compensation and bonus cycle
  • Primary owner of APM team mailbox and Firmwide Associate year-end compensation and bonus folder creation
  • Responsible for the scheduling and meeting coordination for APM/LRD team meetings
  • Run recurring reports out of ARD to support other departments within the Firm
  • Assist with other administrative duties (such as creating survey reports, tracking meeting attendance and taking minutes, and organizing materials)

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

  • Additional functional duties that relate to Legal Recruiting, Education & Development, as needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

A Bachelor’s degree is required. Projects may require occasional overtime. Technical experience should include proficiency in Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate will possess strong data entry, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results.

This position requires a high level of collaboration with team members. The ideal candidate will be a team player, highly organized, self-motivated, possess excellent proofing skills, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, detail-oriented, anticipate needs, and exude a professional demeanor. 


  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Citrix, PeopleSoft, viDesktop.

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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