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Legal Recruiting & Development Coordinator

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Job ID: 5072

Updated: Jun 13, 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

As a member of the Firmwide (FW) Legal Recruiting & Development Department (LRD), the Legal Recruiting & Development Coordinator will work on various projects across all offices and various aspects of the Legal Recruiting & Development Team efforts. 

This role will act as an “LRD Generalist” in addition to being a liaison to the Technology Team, assisting in onboarding, delivery of business process efficiencies and technology solutions to address LRD pain points, and the development of requirements and testing of new Legal Recruiting & Development platforms and tools.  Flexibility is required and knowledge of key Legal Recruiting & Development functions/channels (Recruiting, Training, Professional Development, Concierge, Alumni Engagement, and CareerLink) is critical to success in this role.


  • Coordinates with IT, HRIS, and Legal Recruiting & Development stakeholders in the evaluation, design, and implementation of systems that enhance the attorney experience and support efficient operation of the Legal Recruiting & Development Team. This includes identifying detailed business requirements and executing test plans.  
  • Develops and implements new Legal Recruiting & Development business processes. Presents and implements recommendations for process improvements.
  • Develops and implements Legal Recruiting & Development standard operating procedures that will ensure data integrity.
  • Assists in the development and execution of communication plans related to the implementation of new systems, enhancements, and/or process changes.
  • Acts as a bridge between the business problems and the technology solutions.
  • Influences leadership and advocates among stakeholders to drive needed change.
  • Supports onboarding of new LRD Team Members in partnership with the LRD Resources Specialist by coordinating access for tools and systems needed to perform job functions.
  • Acts as the point person for technical needs and questions within the LRD Department.


  • Performs business analysis tasks to determine business needs, and translate them to conceptual and technical system requirements.
  • Acts as subject matter expert in various system processes and workflows.
  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree combined with 3-5 years of recruiting experience, preferably in a large law firm or other professional services environment.  The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multitask in a fastpaced, pressured environment.  A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding Legal Recruiting & Development activities;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to excel in a multiple authorities environment;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on" as required;
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise;
  • High proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, as well as preferred experience with LRD platforms like ViDesktop, CE Manager, & Alumni Platforms.
  • Ability to translate business needs into technical requirements and test against those requirements.
  • Functional knowledge across all Legal & Recruiting channels (Recruiting, Training, Professional Development, Alumni Engagement, and CareerLink).

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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