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Firmwide Paralegal Program Communications Manager

Job ID: 5778

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

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


This position is charged with developing and executing the paralegal program’s internal firmwide communications initiatives and strategy through various channels, working closely with the Firmwide Directors of Paralegal Program and the Senior Directors of Administration.  You will help align and connect our firmwide paralegal program with drafting newsletters, announcements, and strategic senior leadership communications.  You will be responsible for project management of firmwide paralegal program initiatives and communication regarding the same.  You will create and deliver compelling and cohesive narratives to support key initiatives within the paralegal program providing a regular cadence of C-level content.


The Communications Manager will work with the firm’s project management, paralegal management and other firm departments to identify process improvements and develop appropriate work flow programs for best utilization of Firmwide paralegals. 


  • Utilize the latest technology including possessing advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Write, proofread and/or edit firm-wide communications and announcements, talking points, presentations, plans and special projects
  • Build narratives and key messages around key issues and announcements to help guide communications execution
  • Introduce innovative thinking into existing and future plans, consider new uses for old channels, reuse existing content, and be open to creating new forms of communications
  • Provide expert internal communications to senior leaders and attorneys within the firm
  • In conjunction with Firmwide Paralegal Directors and Global Support Leads, will develop project plans for firmwide and local paralegal initiatives including training, retention and recruitment efforts


Qualifications & Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS  Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, or related field; Master’s Degree in related field preferred
  • Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 5+ years' experience working in communications field
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a desire to work in a fast-paced professional services environment 
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills, ability to set own priorities, and work under deadline pressure 
  • Able to interpret strategic direction and both develop and execute on corresponding tactics, working with autonomy
  • A team player and collaborator, who can lead through influence  
  • Exceptional writing, editing and communication skills, plus the ability to generate creative ideas

How to Apply

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