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Public Relations Assistant

Job ID: 6051

Updated: Oct 5, 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 Assistant to support the communications group of the marketing and business development department. The position will report to the Director, Public Relations based in Chicago and must work effectively as part of a close-knit and growing Firmwide communications team.

The assistant will contribute to a broad range of Firmwide PR/Communications activities and assist with PR programs that communicate Kirkland’s unique culture and differentiated services, enhance the Firm’s reputation and support its core practice areas.

An ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field, and one to three years of experience working in communications. Exceptional writing, verbal and critical skills are required. As part of a team with a hands on, get it done ethos, the candidate must have outstanding teamwork and communication skills, the ability to multi-task and work independently, a professional demeanor, a solid command of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of AP style, exceptional organizational and project management skills, an attention to detail and a client service mindset. Prior experience working with various forms of media, including print, electronic and social media is preferred. Experience with media and research database tools is also preferred.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assist in planning and execution of initiatives that raise the visibility of the Firm and its lawyers.
  • Field incoming media inquiries and get those inquiries to the right member of the communications/PR team.
  • Conduct research on media outlets, journalists, practice groups, industries, trends and competitors; and build and maintain detailed analysis reports and media lists related to that research.
  • Draft and edit content for press releases, the Kirkland website and internal communications.
  • Assist with posting deal announcements, press releases and other updates to the website.
  • Track, analyze and report on media coverage involving the Firm and its lawyers.
  • Distribute media clippings to involved attorneys and staff via email and electronic newsletters.
  • Assist with nominations to awards and legal directory publishers.
  • Schedule calls and meetings, and perform other administrative tasks as required.
  • Assist with or support other communications initiatives, including but not limited to production of client alerts, newsletters, responses to requests for proposals, and website content as needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and/or experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English or public relations.
  • One to three years of experience in a communications field.

Skills needed:

  • Strong writing, verbal and critical skills.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills.
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • A professional demeanor.
  • A solid command of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and AP style. Experience with web-based content management systems, graphic design software, research tools such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw, media contact databases and media monitoring software a plus.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • An attention to detail and a client service mindset.
  • Prior experience working with various forms of media, including print, electronic and social media is preferred.

 

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

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.

Closing Statement

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