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Communications Coordinator

Job ID: 4931

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, 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

We are seeking a coordinator to support the communications group of the marketing and business development department. The position will report to the Public Relations - Recognition & Awards Manager, based in Houston, and must work effectively as part of a close-knit and growing Firmwide communications team.

The coordinator will contribute primarily to survey and directory responses and media and awards nominations. Responsibilities will include research and information gathering, drafting and editing, and maintaining and developing organizational tools. The candidate may also be called upon to assist with various other marketing communications initiatives.

The position will interact with attorneys and administrative staff across practice areas and all of the Firm’s offices. Our international marketing and business development team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness.


  • Prepare submissions to legal directory publishers including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, Benchmark Litigation and IFLR1000, among others.
  • Prepare awards and media feature nominations for The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Law360, the Financial Times and other publications.
  • Prepare quantitative survey responses.
  • Draft and publish online accolade posts detailing the firm’s various successes with regard to directories and awards. 
  • Work closely with lead attorneys for directory and awards submissions, gathering relevant experience, references and key statistics; scheduling interviews and drafting preparatory materials for attorneys; and liaising closely with external contacts.
  • Evaluate new directory, awards and survey opportunities as they arise to make recommendations in regards to the Firm’s appropriate level of participation.
  • Help update and refine the firm’s Awards Policy, which conveys to attorneys the various awards contests in the market and their respective standings from a Firm view.
  • Ensure a consistent identity for the Firm’s responses to directories, awards programs and surveys.
  • Create and improve on organizational tools to assist in the overall administration and reporting of directories, awards and surveys responses.
  • Assist with other communications and business development initiatives -- including writing, editing and proofreading, among other things -- on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate must be an exceptional writer, verbal communicator and critical thinker. S/he will possess excellent organizational and project management skills, outstanding editing and proofing skills, the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment, a strong attention to detail and a professional and polished demeanor. Excellent judgment and discretion in handling confidential or sensitive information is required.

A solid command of the Associated Press style guide, grammar and journalistic writing principles, as well as an understanding of persuasive writing for marketing communications, is required.

A bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of experience is required. Law firm and/or professional services experience is strongly preferred.


Education and/or experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or public relations
  • 4+ years of experience in communications and/or marketing roles, preferably in a law firm or professional services environment
  • Proficient with technology applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word and Excel.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills and a professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Must be able to multitask and juggle competing deadlines
  • A client service mindset and a sense of urgency in answering requests from attorneys, other administrative staff and external contacts
  • Must be flexible and able to tolerate ambiguity to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with internal and external contacts
  • The ability to work with and report to staff in various offices across multiple time zones

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