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Senior Director of Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development

Job ID: 5175

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Administrative Management


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 Senior Director of Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development (LRD) will be responsible for supporting the vision set by Firm leadership for the legal talent function across the areas of recruitment, integration, development, training, retention, and exit of attorneys across all offices and practice areas. The Senior Director will assist with the oversight and coordination of process, programming, leadership, and overall function of the Legal Recruiting & Development department, under the guidance of the various Partner Committee Chairs, the Firm Committee, Chairman, and Chief Administrative Officer.

Supporting the talent strategy for the attorney life-cycle, the Senior Director of LRD must have demonstrated experience across several talent functions, bringing expertise in employer brand, talent acquisition, and employee experience. This person must also have previous experience in a matrixed organization and experience working internationally.


  • Provides strategic support and oversight for firm-wide attorney talent services including, recruiting, performance management, attorney engagement, alumni relations, career coaching, and talent operations
  • Manages the 4 strategic pillars of the LRD department: maintains a strong departmental infrastructure; creates a consistent “one Firm” attorney talent experience; fosters collaboration across offices, departments, and LRD channels; ensures our strategies, processes, and tools stay modern and best in class
  • Drives and supports a cohesive talent strategy across the Firm and works to further develop a world-class, recognizable talent “brand” both internally and externally
  • Develops and implements lateral integration program to effectively integrate and appropriately support new lateral attorneys in partnership with local Directors
  • Manages local LRD leads to ensure established guidelines and best practices are followed and identifies efficiencies
  • Guides and manages LRD leads on budgets and workflow
  • Demonstrates proficiency in leveraging talent analytics for both LRD operations and our attorney talent pool for workforce planning purposes
  • Provides insight and guidance regarding best in class talent operations, technologies, and tools to support efficiency in deliverables and innovative approaches to work
  • Maintains a high caliber network of industry peers as well as a pipeline of candidates for the LRD workforce of the future
  • 30-50% travel required

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field and 15+ years of related experience at a large law firm or other large multi-office professional services firm
  • Knowledge of NALP and industry practices and standards
  • Proven strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent judgment
  • Creative and innovative
  • Responsible and responsive
  • Team oriented
  • Committed to attorney attraction, retention and development as well as keeping abreast of market trends and new programs
  • Demonstrated high level of project management skills
  • High level of confidentiality
  • Proven ability to work with senior level professionals and Partners
  • High degree of integrity and professionalism

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