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Business Development Assistant

Job ID: 4757

Updated: Sep 8, 2018

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development

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 New York office is seeking an organized, detail-oriented Business Development Assistant to provide administrative support to the Director of Business Development in New York and work effectively as part of the firmwide business development team. The candidate will communicate and collaborate daily with the more than 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international marketing team provides seamless service to our attorneys, with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. In short, we are looking for a self-starter, with good judgement, excellent communication skills and an interest in a professional services career.

Business Development Support:

  • Assist with the coordination of department meetings and local training and development programs
  • Assist with the execution of attorney and client-facing materials, including drafting, proofreading, formatting (must have exceptional PowerPoint skills), editing, printing, binding and delivery
  • Conduct online and database research in connection with collecting market intelligence
  • Research and track practice specific conferences, including costs, deliverables and benefits
  • Draft requests for business development expenditures
  • Handle all attorney ticket requests through Firm’s approved brokers and StubHub, including payment, arranging ticket delivery and transportation
  • Manage and liaise with Branding & Creative on all ad requests associated with firm sponsorships and charitable donations, including drafting requests and crafting ad copy
  • Manage all deliverables and deadlines associated with sponsorship packages including ads, give-aways, complimentary ticket allocation, speaker bios, calendar invites and exhibit space
  • Assist with coordination of client events, including mail merges, nametags, on-site registration, etc. when needed
  • Provide overall administrative support to department members as needed

Contact Relationship Management (CRM) Support:

  • Manage and execute research and maintenance projects within the CRM environment
  • Conduct research as it pertains to contact maintenance and accuracy
  • Perform CRM searches and create reports
  • Use Excel to display output in the most digestible format


Administrative Support:

  • Act as gatekeeper for channeling and responding to department requests quickly and appropriately
  • Organize and execute significant scheduling tasks
  • Answer and routes phone calls, mail and e-mail messages and may handle wide-range information dissemination
  • Prepare orientation materials and schedule all new attorney orientations for Director
  • Meet and greet guests, set up meetings
  • Prepare expense reports and check requests
  • Draft and maintain policies and procedures
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Schedule and manage New York attorney photo shoots
  • Printing, filing, document management, etc.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, writing and time management skills with the ability to interact professionally with high level attorneys, staff and guests of the Firm.  The qualified candidate must be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions.  The successful candidate must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment. 

The candidate will have meticulous data entry, writing and proof reading skills. He/she will be proficient in PowerPoint and Excel and have experience working in contact relationship management (CRM) systems (e.g. InterAction, Salesforce, etc). The candidate must be able to learn and use a number of different market intelligence platforms, perform online research, have experience PowerPoint presentation alternatives (e.g. PowToon, Prezi, etc) and possess a general facility for learning new software.

The model candidate is a quick study, who likes to flex his/her creative muscle and think outside of the box. He/she will serve as the Director’s right hand. A self-starter who will work with the Director on bespoke practice development projects that move the needle.

A four-year degree is required. Law firm, corporate finance or investment banking experience is preferred. Experience with Photoshop and other design software is a bonus. Flexible for overtime is a must.

How to Apply

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