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Public Relations Specialist

Job ID: 6011

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development

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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

POSITION OVERVIEW

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.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Support the execution of public relations programs that are consistent with PR strategy and policies, organizational needs, business goals and the Kirkland brand
  • Draft and edit press releases, media advisories and other external and internal public relations content
  • Execute research projects related to evaluating media opportunities, media interview preparation and byline article placement
  • Contribute to the Firm’s social media efforts
  • Build and foster relationships with attorneys, journalists, and business development colleagues
  • Contribute to the marketing department’s overall Firmwide efforts, including supporting other projects when necessary

Qualifications & Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and/or experience required:
 

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or public relations
  • At least five years of experience in communications and/or marketing roles, preferably in a PR agency or professional services environment
  • Proficient with technology applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word and Excel; Exposure to media monitoring tools, media databases, social media tools and website content management systems a plus
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills and a professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Must be able to multitask and juggle competing deadlines
  • A client service mindset and a sense of urgency in answering requests from attorneys, other administrative staff and external contacts
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with internal and external contacts
  • The ability to work with and report to staff in various offices across multiple time zones

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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