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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
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a full-time New York Diversity & Inclusion Associate Director to advance Kirkland’s local diversity and inclusion initiatives while collaborating with various attorneys and functional teams at the Firm.
The New York Diversity & Inclusion Associate Director will be an integral member of the New York and Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion teams. In partnership with key stakeholders, the Associate Director will provide leadership in the diversity and inclusion arena and facilitate local diversity and inclusion initiatives. This includes working with local committees and staff to foster a collegial culture that embraces diversity and inclusion and driving community-building initiatives, affinity group programming, Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) activities, law school relationships and other external partnerships and sponsorships.
Primary responsibilities include spearheading strategic planning, internal and external diversity programming, mentoring initiatives, events, budgets, sponsorships, awards, communications, data collection and reporting, and analyzing industry trends and peer firm initiatives. The Associate Director will also contribute to Firmwide initiatives and special projects as needed to advance our attorney recruiting, retention and promotion efforts.
Qualifications & Requirements
The position requires at least five years of related business experience, preferably in a law school, law firm, corporation or other professional services firm. We seek a driven, hands-on leader who has the ability to influence and collaborate across functional areas, levels of seniority, and offices. The ideal candidate must have strong leadership and management skills and excellent judgment, problem-solving, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. The individual must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while building positive working relationships. In addition, candidates must be self-motivated, organized, and able to multitask and prioritize competing demands. A Master’s degree or JD is preferred.
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