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Administrative Assistant

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Job ID: 4845

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

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

Reports to the Associate Director of Support Services.  On a day-to-day basis, works primarily under the direction of a senior Venture Capital partner and his team.  In addition, works in a team environment with other staff members to most effectively and efficiently meet Firm/client business needs.

The Administrative Assistant position requires a professional, highly motivated, organized individual with technical proficiency in Microsoft Office with the overall purpose of providing the highest quality client service to both internal and external clients.  As an Administrative Assistant, you will provide service-oriented support for a corporate legal team, including back-up secretarial support. The responsibilities of the Administrative Assistant will include these and other essential functions:

  • Monitor and keep partner abreast of email messages, draft responses to email communications and/or respond on behalf of partner. 
  • Manage calendar/schedule for partner, including domestic and international travel logistics and traveler preferences.
  • Demonstrate strong project management skills, and exemplary detail accuracy and prioritization skills to meet deadlines, at times under pressure.
  • Print/organize reading material and handle personal tasks.
  • Provide back-up secretarial support functions including, but not limited to, answering telephones, calendaring, and general secretarial duties as assigned.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external clients, fosters a sense of team, and approaches all encounters with clients and colleagues in a gracious, attentive, courteous and service-oriented manner.
  • Resourceful, self-starter able to work proactively and independently in a fast paced environment.

Qualifications & Requirements

As an Administrative Assistant, you will be expected to apply your organizational and communication skills while demonstrating a positive, high-energy attitude. The successful Administrative Assistant must have well developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact and communicate effectively with clients and staff at all organizational levels of the firm and manage expectations; ability to take initiative and work both independently and in a team environment with a customer service focus; ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion; ability to manage time, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines; ability to create accurate work product with impeccable attention to detail; knowledge and understanding of typical work processes performed daily in an office environment; with appropriate training, effectively navigate Chrome River, Outlook, Avaya Phone, Carpe Diem, Interwoven, and other technology as assigned. 

The ability to work the core business hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with flexibility for overtime as required.  Must have a minimum 5+ years of administrative experience.  Associate degree preferred.


How to Apply

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