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Senior Communications Manager

Job ID: 7574

Updated: Feb 2, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Administrative Management


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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

We are seeking a Senior Communications Manager to support internal Firmwide communications, programs and engagement. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Manager will be responsible for supporting communications initiatives that contribute to Kirkland’s values and enhance the employee experience. We are looking for a savvy, creative and thoughtful communicator accustomed to supporting communications in a matrixed environment. This individual must be passionate about writing, editing and creating communications plans that track against business goals and opportunities.

The role will contribute to internal initiatives as part of a team with a hands-on, get-it-done ethos. The Senior Manager will contribute to communications that inform, equip and engage attorneys and staff, collaborating with colleagues across the Firm to drive results. Strong project management skills, attention to detail and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment are essential.

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

  • Serve as a strategic communications partner for our IT department; edit emails, support new projects, develop comprehensive communications plans and campaigns, and optimize messaging for enhanced efficiency.
  • Draft, edit and format internal emails, newsletters, one-pagers, invitations, presentations, and other communication materials.
  • Effectively analyze stakeholder requests using problem-solving skills, exercising good judgment, and distilling complex topics into concise, easily understandable language tailored to the audience.
  • Play a role in developing and guiding junior colleagues.
  • Partner with various internal departments to find opportunities to collaborate and tell stories.
  • Work with our Branding & Creative team to ensure consistency of Firm tone and branding.
  • Contribute to and support other initiatives as needed to assist the team.

    Qualifications & Requirements

    • A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a specialization in communications, journalism or an equivalent field. Professional services experience is a plus.
    • We are seeking a candidate with at least 10 years in a leading communications role, with management experience.
    • Strong writing skills and a solid command of the Associated Press style guide, grammar and journalistic writing principles is required.
    • Demonstrate a nimble, proactive and energetic approach to tasks and challenges.
    • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Ability to connect the dots, leverage resources around you and be creative.
    • Ability to decipher proper tone and approach used in materials for different audiences.
    • Professional, punctual, and dependable — understands the importance of this role; takes ownership and pride in responsibilities.


    • Technical experience should include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML at minimum, with a proven track record of easily adapting to new software and technologies. 
    • Experience with e-marketing platforms is necessary.

    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.

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