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Administrative Assistant

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Job ID: 4592


Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Administrative Support

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Senior Director of Administration providing administrative support. On a day-to-day basis, works collaboratively with the Support Services Department to effectively and efficiently support department/Firm business needs.

  • Assist with preparation and distribution of committee meeting agendas, materials, and minutes
  • Organize and execute significant scheduling tasks
  • Assist with planning and scheduling administrative meetings
  • Organize and maintain critical and confidential files
  • Maintain calendars and meeting schedules
  • Utilize PeopleSoft and MS Excel to prepare various reports
  • Prepare expense reports and check requests
  • Prepare correspondence, memos and e-mails as requested

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The qualified candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with attorneys, staff and vendors.Must be a self-starter, demonstrate the ability to make independent, well thought out decisions, and be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment. Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, a team-oriented proactive approach, and strong attention to detail are necessary.Flexibility to work overtime is a must.

Customer Service and Teamwork

  • Unflappable telephone handling and active listening skills.  Must be effective at listening to, understanding, and clarifying requests and have the ability to offer diplomatic, results driven, creative solutions.
  • Demonstrate a highly professional attitude and personal presentation in all verbal and written communications (in person and on the telephone). Approach encounters with colleagues and vendors in a gracious, attentive, courteous and service-oriented manner. 
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of urgency while maintaining exemplary precision to detail and prioritization skills to meet deadlines, at times under pressure.
  • Adaptable, motivated to learn, and able to meet and maintain required performance standards.
  • Embrace new technology and ways of working that promote flexibility to adjust quickly to shifting business needs.
  • Share information and offer ideas and solutions in a team environment.
  • Proactively keep abreast of firm resources, contacts and subject matter experts to provide alternative solutions to fulfilling requests. 


  • Typing skills of 50-55 wpm, proficient working within MS Office with advanced Excel skills are required.

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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