Job ID: 6011
Updated: Sep 23, 2021
Location: Chicago, IL, 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
We are seeking a public relations specialist within the communications group of the Firm’s marketing and Business Development Department. The position will report to the public relations director based in Chicago and must work effectively as part of a close-knit and growing Firmwide communications team.
The specialist will contribute to a broad range of Firmwide PR and communications activities and execute PR programs that communicate Kirkland’s unique culture and differentiated services, enhance the Firm’s reputation and support its core practice areas. The specialist will primarily focus on media relations -- building and fostering relationships with key media -- drafting and editing materials including press releases, deal announcements, media pitches and internal communications content. As part of a team with a hands on, get-it-done ethos, the specialist will also handle some tasks related to research and information gathering, media monitoring and reporting, and maintaining / developing organizational tools and databases.
The specialist will bring outstanding writing, editing and grammar skills to their work. Intellectual curiosity and the ability to distill complex topics into concise, easy-to-read language will be important, as will be interest in exploring creative ways of communicating and new technologies. You will communicate and collaborate daily with over 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international business development team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. You will also work directly with senior partners and Firm leadership.
The ideal candidate must be a strong verbal communicator and critical thinker. You will possess excellent organizational and project management skills, outstanding editing and proofing skills, the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment, a strong attention to detail and a professional and polished demeanor. Excellent judgment and discretion in handling confidential or sensitive information is necessary.
Prior PR agency experience and familiarity with professional services is preferred. Strong skills in MS Office software is required. Familiarity with social media tools, media monitoring tools, media databases and website content management systems is a plus.
A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience is required.
Qualifications & Requirements
Education and/or experience required:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.
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