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Benefits & HR Operations Coordinator

Job ID: 5298

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

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 Coordinator, Benefits and HR Operations supports the Associate Director, Benefits and HR Operations in 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 talent analytics, wellbeing, and staff recruitment and retention, among others. The Coordinator role requires a results-driven professional who is highly organized, demonstrates keen attention to detail, is resourceful, and builds and maintains effective working relationships within and outside of the HR team.

The Coordinator will complete assignments, including event coordination, in a timely manner and with limited direction and will exercise exceptional judgment in executing tasks. This individual will have the ability to anticipate risks and remove obstacles in accordance with Firm and department policies, procedures, and guidelines. Relevant experience in a large law firm or professional services environment is preferred.

The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the proven ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.


  • Coordinate implementation of strategic initiatives including projects and events set forth by the HR Leadership team.
  • Assist with leading meetings, providing timely recap and manages the action items outside of meetings.
  • Escalate known issues/risks to project or event success to manager as appropriate when at an impasse.
  • Prepare, analyze, and presents high quality deliverables on relevant HR data.
  • Interact successfully with a variety of business departments across the Firm and build positive and effective relationships across the Firm.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Required experience: 5+ years or experience in human resources and/or business analysis.  Bachelor’s Degree in related field required.
  • Communication
    • Listen, draw out key concepts and articulate these concepts (both written and oral formats) to peers and management.
    • Track and document event checklist, surveys, invites and improvements.
    • Draft communication for Firm announcements, invitations, project communications and project updates.
    • Document deliverables; develop/deliver presentations.
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Does "whatever it takes" to support the tactical and strategic goals of the team and in the Firm.
    • Recognized as a positive and motivational resource on the team. 
    • Utilize sound judgment in highly active times on projects and event coordination.
  • Strategy and Change Management Skills
    • Assist with the management of change for projects and events.
    • Recommends efficiencies and improvements. 
    • Assumes responsibility for deliverables.
  • Project Management
    • Assists with leading the implementation of complex, medium to large scale projects and events.
    • Ability to influence and balance priorities amongst portfolio of projects and events.
  • Business process
    • Analyze current state processes and data.
    • Utilize established measures to evaluate programs to ensure our HR initiatives continue to meet their objectives and add significant value to the Firm.
    • Develop Visio diagrams and decks to explain current state and proposals for change.


  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Document Management System (DMS)
  • Proficiency with Visio diagrams a plus

How to Apply

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