Job ID: 6158
Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Location: New York, NY, 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
Kirkland & Ellis is seeking an enthusiastic, organized assistant to support the marketing and business development efforts of the Firm’s Investment Funds Group as part of the Business Development (BD) team in our New York office.
In this role, you will handle a variety of functions for the Investment Funds Group (IFG), including editing and organizing client presentations and proposals, organizing events, contact relationship management (CRM), branding, business/relationship intelligence, and internal communications.
Kirkland’s IFG is one of the largest dedicated fund formation practices in the world, and has a broad and diverse client base, including many multibillion dollar fund managers as well as middle and lower-middle-market private equity sponsors. As the IFG BD Assistant, you will interface regularly with attorneys who are located across the U.S., Europe and Asia, and who cover several different areas of fund formation and industry/product groups.
You will report to the Investment Funds BD Associate Director in New York and will work closely with 20+ other local team members, and will also communicate and collaborate regularly with a global team of more than 135 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm.
Qualifications & Requirements
Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and clients of the Firm are a must. You should be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. We are looking for a true achiever with a drive to succeed. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios) and a history of taking initiative is essential to success. We take great pride in our work product and constantly strive to deliver quality to the partnership and provide white glove service to Firm clients. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, an outgoing and client-friendly personality and the demeanor to interact in a positive and professional manner with clients and potential clients in a variety of settings. The ability to establish rapport and quickly engender trust and respect with a wide range of individuals (including with attorneys as well as with multi-disciplinary internal colleagues) is especially important.
The model candidate will be self-motivated and a team player, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. They must possess strong project management skills, a very strong attention to detail and a professional demeanor, and have outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment; meticulous attention to detail; sound judgement; a general facility for learning new software; and a professional demeanor. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Familiarity with client presentations/pitch process, a basic understanding of Kirkland’s legal disciplines and/or private equity sector experience would be helpful. The ability to synthesize data, complex financial and legal concepts and accurately capture ideas and themes in a narrative will be particularly helpful. Alternative investment management (i.e., private equity, placement agent) or investment banking experience is preferred. Law firm experience will be considered.
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