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Associate Director of Enterprise Architecture

Job ID: 7134

Updated: May 24, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology


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 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 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

Overseeing the development and implementation of Enterprise Architecture function. In addition, this role, working alongside of Director of Enterprise Architecture, will work with senior leaders to develop and architect strategic initiatives that align with the organization's overall business objectives.  To be successful in this role, an Associate Director of Enterprise Architecture should have strong leadership and communication skills, as well as a deep understanding of technology trends, architecture framework and best practices.  Additionally, this role should be able to think strategically and work collaboratively with other departments to achieve the organization's goals.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Leading the development of an organization's enterprise architecture, including business architecture, data, application, and technology domains.
  • Ensuring that solution architectures are aligned with the organization's overall business goals and strategies.
  • Developing and maintaining technology standards and guidelines to ensure that the organization's technology is secure and compliant with industry standards.
  • Overseeing the selection and implementation of technology solutions that meet the organization's needs.
  • Identifying areas for solution, capability improvement and implementing strategies, roadmap to address them.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders across the organization to identify and participate in prioritize initiatives.
  • Staying up to date with emerging technology trends and developments and evaluating their potential impact on the organization.
  • Communicating technology target state, roadmap and development progress to senior leadership and other stakeholders.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, data science, or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in Enterprise Architecture function, preferred in a global capacity.
  • Strong knowledge of architecture governance concepts, frameworks, and best practices.
  • Experience developing and implementing architecture governance, guidelines, procedures, and standards.
  • Proven change management skills.
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with business and IT cross-functional teams.
  • Experience leading a team of architects, technology owners, and technology subject matter experts.


  • MBA degree
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Vendor management
  • Work experience at a large professional services organization

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations:

  • Preferred: TOGAF certification
  • Preferred: Any Azure Cloud Service Provider certification

Tools and Equipment:

  • Microsoft office automation tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint), Visio


  • “This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.”

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