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Learning Solution Lead

Job ID: 4610

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources

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

The Chicago office is seeking a Learning Solution Lead to join our Learning & Development function for our global firm.  As a member of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department (“LRD”) and reporting to the Firmwide Director of Legal Education, this Learning Solution Lead will be the principal architect responsible for the curriculum organization, design/development, and evaluation of programs that facilitate learning in support of continuing legal education and professional development.  This critical leader will partner with our talent functions, knowledge management and with our legal practicing teams to help Learning and Development reimagine our global learning and development function. 

  • Global learning transformation and strategy focused on operational and delivery excellence
  • Instructional design and development approaches aimed at delivering engaging learning experiences including but not limited to: digital learning (web-based training, video based learning, MOOCS, learning apps, digital simulations, podcasts, etc.), virtual classroom learning, instructor led classroom learning (simulations, facilitated learning) workplace learning, coaching, and blended solution development
  • Analyzing and evaluating existing programs for impact and alignment with firm needs, providing recommendations for learning experiences that increase reach, impact, and future capability requirements
  • Consideration and partnership with training administrative functions to design for CLE delivery requirements where needed
  • Developing strategies leveraging cutting edge learning technologies, tools, sound and thoughtful learning delivery archetypes, with mindful curriculum maintenance approaches
  • Defining metrics for successful evaluation of learning programs respective of audience needs and relevant business drivers with practices/functions
  • Identifying, developing, leading and managing key external vendor relationships as necessary
  • Working knowledge of Learning Management Systems, processes, and procedures
  • Building and fostering working relationships with business partners across a global firm/organization

Qualifications & Requirements

This position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.  A Bachelor’s degree is required.  Law firm and/or experience within learning and development is a plus.

A successful candidate will have experience with the areas below.

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; preferred Master’s Degree in Human Resources or related discipline
  • Minimum ten years of progressive experience in learning & development functions including in-person training, virtual training and facilitation roles
  • Senior level expertise across a variety of instructional methods and training techniques including curriculum design principles, adult learning theory, and blended learning strategies
  • Excellent ability to engage with people at all levels of an organization
  • Clear communicator through a variety of both written and oral delivery methods
  • Ability to coach, mentor and manage teams (directly and indirectly)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Solid influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills with the ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Strong project management skills and business acumen

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