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Senior Attorney Engagement Coordinator

Job ID: 6989

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & 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

The Houston office is seeking a Senior Attorney Engagement Coordinator as a member of the Legal Recruiting and Development department. This individual provides support for the processes, programming and overall functioning of the engagement channel with the goal of creating an irresistible, best-in-class workplace for the Firm's attorneys.

The position will closely collaborate with the Senior Manager of Attorney Engagement and local leadership to implement and advance various initiatives related to (i) attorney integration, (ii) attorney onboarding, (iii) morale, retention and employee engagement, (iv) attorney mentoring, (v) affinity group events and programming and all diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) activities, (vi) attorney wellness check-ins, (vii) Associates Committee and (viii) associate departures.

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

  • Develop and implement a standard of excellence around attorney morale and retention initiatives.
  • Administer and maintain engagement policies, operational procedures and practices consistent with the goals and objectives of the Firm and the office.
  • Guide new hire and lateral integration programs to effectively integrate and appropriately support new attorneys in Houston. Coordinate attorney onboarding and orientation, including developing integration plans for new attorneys focused on professional development, networking, mentoring and engagement and overseeing 30-, 60- and 90-day check-ins.
  • Coordinate with local practice groups to plan and execute practice group integration events and initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the Firmwide Director of Wellbeing and the Firmwide Attorney Engagement teams, execute strategic wellness check-in plans with associates to address matters of concern and minimize attrition across the Texas offices.
  • Liaise with and support local Diversity Committee and DEI Professional Networks, including WLI. Coordinate local DEI initiatives, annual programming, and events in collaboration with FW Diversity & Inclusion, local Diversity Committee and DEI Profressional Networks 
  • Collaborate with LRD campus team to plan and execute DEI Professional Networks events during the summer associate program
  • Liaise with and support local Associates Committee.
  • Assist with planning and executing a robust internal mentoring program.
  • Provide logistical support for engagement events and programs. Track engagement events and initiatives.
  • Assist with exit interviews and data collection, including year-end reporting.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Four-plus years of relevant work experience in similar setting, law firm or professional services strongly preferred.
  • High level of collaboration and the ability to work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills including excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) abilities.
  • The ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a very strong attention to detail and a professional demeanor. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships across departments and offices to achieve results. 
  • Ability to work overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines.

Technologies/Software

Technical experience should include the Microsoft Office Suite; Proficiency in Excel required.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • N/A

Tools and Equipment

  • N/A

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.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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