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Office Manager

Job ID: 6017

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, 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


Under the general supervision of the Bay Area Senior Director of Administration (SDA), the Office Manager will have overall responsibility for all business functions and staff personnel in the Salt Lake City Office. The Office Manager will facilitate and manage the operations of the office to function smoothly and economically and is expected to creatively identify the needs of office in alignment with the firm’s objectives.

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

Establishing and monitoring all aspects of the Salt Lake City office’s operations such as Paralegals, secretarial services, budget, time keeping, billing, catering, space planning, accounting, records management, reception, office services, mail and messenger services, office maintenance, repairs and maintenance, and supplies, except as limited by the SDA.

This is a working supervisor role. The Office Manager will supervise, as well as assist with, different operations functional areas:

Support Services

  • Secretarial - Oversee the support services for the office including workflow, coverage and attorney assignments. Liaison with Practice Assistant manager in Bay Area.
  • Paralegal - Liaison with Paralegal Manager for Bay Area regarding staffing needs and workflow.

Human Resources

  • Under the guidance and approval of the SDA, projecting and anticipating personnel needs.  Recruiting, screening, testing and hiring such personnel with prior approval.
  • Periodic performance reviews with staff; escalating issues and including HR guidance where necessary. Creating and implementing development plans. Liaise with Bay Area HR Manager.
  • Ensuring that the workload of staff is equitably assigned, reassigning work when necessary, and determining work priorities. 
  • Approving time off, keeping a record of leave time for all staff members, and arranging appropriate coverage
  • Work with Bay Area Human Resources re accurate records of all Salt Lake City personnel employed by the firm.
  • Serve as the local coach and mentor to staff


  • Facilities - Will work closely with Bay Area SDA to oversee the department, negotiate with vendors, and work directly with building management on any maintenance, or security related issues; will oversee the management of the security system for the Salt Lake City office.
  • Space Management - Manage the process for attorney office assignments, office moves, and visitor spaces; work closely with secretarial services on logistical issues; work with local and firm-wide teams on the implementation of space management software, and be the main point of contact for the Salt Lake City office with the vendor. Ensuring appropriate space allocation. Arranging the setup of offices for attorneys and other staff. Ensuring the general upkeep of shared office facilities such as halls, vents, reception areas, employees’ break room and conference rooms, including the cleaning of carpet stains and wall marks.
  • Digital Services - Will be responsible for the maintenance, upgrade and configuration of copiers, printers, scanners, multi-functional devices, and other reprographics and digital services software and equipment; will negotiate and adhere to vendor agreements; ensure all service level expectations are met.
  • Mailroom - Will be responsible for the maintenance, upgrade and configuration of all mailroom related equipment, postage meters and other mailroom equipment; will negotiate and adhere to vendor agreements; ensure all service level expectations are met. Managing the messenger and delivery services of the firm to assure that deliveries are completed in a timely manner.
  • Purchasing - Oversee upkeep and accuracy of purchasing database, supply procurement and pricing, and will be responsible for all vendor coordination; will negotiate and adhere to vendor agreements in coordination with the Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department; ensure all service level expectations are met; adhere to and enforce the Firm’s purchase policies.

Guest Services

  • Conference Services - Will supervise the Receptionist/Operations function, assist in the resolution of any conference center related issues, and ensure smooth coordination between Conference Services and Foodservice, Conference Technology, and Facilities departments. 
  • Food Service – Manage and oversee office catering requirements to ensure service delivery is up to high standards; analyze monthly invoices and review all client and office related charges; review and negotiate service agreements and annual budgets; budget for and purchase catering equipment as necessary. Overseeing all catering and pantry requests and orders; ensuring that the pantry needs are balanced with budget constraints; reviewing menus for quality control and diversity of choices.

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

  • Leading periodic meetings with key personnel such as partners, directors, managers, secretarial staff, Paralegals, reception, catering and office services. 
  • Assisting in the preparation of the annual Salt Lake City Office budget under the direction of the SDA.
  • Ensuring that the workload of staff is equitably assigned, reassigning work when necessary, and determining work priorities.  
  • Providing assistance needed to complete special projects that involve the operations of the firm.
  • Other related duties and projects as required. 

Qualifications & Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, skills, knowledge and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: 5+ years of Office Manager experience, law firm experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Outstanding customer service skills, professional demeanor, discretion and flexibility.
  • Strong computer proficiency in the use of the MS Office Suite of software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel), document management, time entry and other law office software used by the firm.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; demonstrated understanding of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and to work proactively.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, to coordinate multiple tasks concurrently, and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
  • Availability to work additional hours as required.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of the requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer keyboard and mouse; reach with hands and arms; talk and listen. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit, as well as to lift and carry objects such as books and files weighing up to 25 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to stand, stoop or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, including moderate noise level, an indoor temperate environment, and light levels that are bright and conducive to minimal eye strain, typical for an office environment.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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