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Business Development Specialist

Job ID: 5584

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Category: Business Development


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

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking a seasoned, energetic development professional to support the marketing and business development efforts of the Austin office as part of the Texas Business Development (BD) team.

The BD Specialist, in collaboration with the Texas BD team, will handle a variety of functions, including pitches and proposals, events, contact relationship management, branding, business/relationship intelligence and internal communications.

Reporting to the BD Associate Director in Houston, this role will also communicate and collaborate daily with the more than 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international marketing team provides seamless service to our attorneys, with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Consulting with key stakeholders on the development and execution of meaningful strategic business development and marketing initiatives for the region
  • Working alongside the Texas BD team and practice development BD colleagues to develop clear, concise and compelling messaging and content for use in proposals, digital marketing, attorney resumes and survey and directory submissions
  • Collaborating with the Global BD team to help align business strategy and cross-collaboration efforts
  • Researching, developing and managing on-point visibility opportunities, such as regional sponsorship opportunities, industry seminars and speaking opportunities to increase an individual or the group’s profile
  • Producing client-facing proposal materials, responses to RFPs and client presentations, including proofreading, formatting (must have exceptional PowerPoint skills), editing, printing, binding and delivery
  • Updating data in the Firm’s marketing contact relationship management (CRM) database, including the review and creation of mailing lists used for direct mail campaigns
  • Working alongside the Texas Events group to put together client events and to assist with other event requests
  • Working with all functions of the greater BD team, including Operations, Development, Systems, Communications and Business Intelligence.
  • Coordinating with the PR team to ensure coverage of successful matters, regional initiatives and ensure that significant matters are publicized internally and externally
  • Conducting online and database research and prepare intelligence reports on clients, qualified prospects, competitors and industries of interest

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and guests of the Firm are a must. You should be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. We are looking for a true achiever with a drive to succeed. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios) and a history of taking initiative is essential to success. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, an outgoing and client-friendly personality and the demeanor to interact in a positive and professional manner with clients and potential clients in a variety of settings. 

The model candidate will possess outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, very strong attention to detail and a professional demeanor. The position demands meticulous attention to detail, writing and proofing skills, and you need to possess a general facility for learning new software. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Familiarity with the pitch process, a basic understanding of Kirkland’s legal disciplines and/or private equity, technology and/or energy sector experience would be helpful. Private equity, hedge fund or investment banking experience is preferred. Law firm experience will be considered.


  • MS Office software proficiency, with expertise in PowerPoint, Word and Excel are required.
  • CRM/Database Software (e.g., InterAction, Salesforce, ContentPilot, etc.) experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Chrome River, InterAction, Microsoft Sharepoint, Adobe Photoshop and other programs is a plus.


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers.

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.

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