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Associate Director, Benefits & HR Operations

Job ID: 5025

Updated: May 3, 2019

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 Associate Director, Benefits and HR Operations is responsible for executing and integrating strategic initiatives set forth by the FW Director of Benefits and HR Operations and other members of the HR leadership team. These initiatives will cross multiple HR functions and include those related to wellbeing, talent analytics, and staff recruitment and retention, among others. The Associate Director is responsible for working with HR leadership to promote and communicate strategic initiatives both within and outside of HR. This individual is also responsible for providing detailed analysis and presenting information in a manner appropriate to facilitate decision-making at the highest levels. The Associate Director will help guide initiatives forward to successful launch and will establish methods for measuring the outcomes of strategic initiatives relative to objectives. This individual will also work with HR leadership to identify and implement adjustments to initiatives, where appropriate, to enhance outcomes. This position reports directly to the FW Director of Benefits and HR Operations. 


Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Provide analysis and tactical support to successfully implement specific strategic initiatives identified by leadership.
  • Drive initiatives forward from ideation to successful launch and integration.
  • Provide teams with motivation and guidance in order to ensure initiatives are completed on time and integrated successfully.
  • Anticipate, identify, and remove obstacles to ensure the successful implementation of any given initiative.


  • Develop informative and persuasive presentations to support decision-making and promote strategic initiatives.
  • Create, review, and present proposals, project plans, status reports, and other information in a variety of formats and styles appropriate to the audience.
  • Develop and disseminate reports and updates to relevant stakeholders, as appropriate.

Business Analysis

  • Develop methods for measuring the success of HR strategic initiatives and monitoring the effectiveness of various programs and initiatives.
  • Analyze business processes and develop process solutions that support or enhance effectiveness of various initiatives.
  • Document new processes and communicate process changes as they relate to specific strategic initiatives.

Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding analytical ability, superior written and verbal communication skills, strong project management skills, attention to detail, and sound judgment.  This individual will also possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate productive working relationships within HR and across functions. Additional core competencies include strategic and tactical thinking, flexibility, and discretion. A high level of proficiency in MS Office applications including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word is also required. Experience with PeopleSoft or other HRIS system is a plus. The ideal candidate will have experience implementing HR strategic initiatives. Experience in a law firm or other similar professional services environment is required.

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