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Professional Development Specialist

Job ID: 4808

Updated: Oct 26, 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 Professional Development Specialist, reporting to the Legal Recruiting & Development Director. As a key member of the global Legal Recruiting & Development Department, the Professional Development Specialist will support the needs, projects and objectives of the Professional Development Department.

The Professional Development Specialist will work independently to be responsive to numerous initiatives including the Women’s Leadership (WLI), Affinity Group activities, the Mentoring Program and lateral integration. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating internal and external events and trainings, tracking budgets and metrics, and coordinating with numerous internal and external organizations. This is a high visibility role which requires interfacing daily with attorneys and staff at all levels and across all departments and offices.

Professional Development Duties:

  • Coordinate internal and external events and trainings
  • Coordinate the Mentor Program
  • Coordinate WLI & Affinity Groups
  • Coordinate lateral integration
  • Coordinate Associate Open Forums for Corporate and Litigation
  • Support the Associates’ Committee
  • Coordinate Parenting Link programming
  • Coordinate Mom’s Group
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned
  • Assist the Attorney Recruiting department during the summer program and fall recruiting as needed

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The Specialist will be highly organized, possess excellent proofreading, oral and written communication skills, able to multitask in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, have a can-do attitude, and be a team player.  The ability to perform analytical work with a high level of attention to detail and high standards for accuracy and quality are required.  Maintaining positive relationships, both internally and externally with attorneys and staff at all levels while maintaining a client service orientation, using sound independent judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential information are also required.  Advanced familiarity with standard office technology applications such as Microsoft Office Suite is required, with particular emphasis on Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.  A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three (3) years of HR or related experience in a professional services environment are preferred.  Availability for overtime is required.


  • Core Technologies include Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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