Job ID: 6349
Updated: Mar 4, 2022
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Category: Legal Secretary/Practice Asst
About Kirkland & Ellis
At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.
Essential Job Functions
The Practice Assistant Supervisor will work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Support Services and the Practice Assistant Senior Manager to oversee the daily functions of the Practice Assistant Services Department.
The Practice Assistant Services Supervisor, working with the Chicago Office Associate Director of Support Services and Practice Assistant Senior Manager, is responsible for overseeing all resources within the Practice Assistant Services Department. The Practice Assistant Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the distribution of overflow work and special projects, staffing of overtime requests and out-of-town trial teams. Walk floors to develop and maintain relationships with the assistants and identify morale and performance concerns, and serve as a resource for staff regarding K&E policies and procedures. The Practice Assistant Supervisor will oversee orientation of newly hired practice assistant personnel, and suggest training initiatives to enhance and meet core competency objectives. In addition the Practice Assistant Supervisor will maintain and update organizational documents and reports and assist with monitoring and approving work schedules and attendance.
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Qualifications & Requirements
The qualified candidate must have 3 years of supervisory experience, preferably in a professional services environment. Experience in a legal environment preferred. Must possess a proven record of supervising or managing administrative staff or other legal support personnel within a medium to large law firm and must demonstrate expertise in providing prompt, professional and courteous services for all administrative requests. Qualified candidate must also possess excellent communication and organizational skills, be detail-oriented, flexible, ability to adapt to change, and demonstrate a customer service orientation. The qualified candidate must be adept at problem resolution, must show strong competence in staff management and demonstrate the ability to remain calm and unflappable in high-pressure situations. The qualified candidate is expected to maintain confidentiality, act in a fair and equitable manner and be able to interact effectively with individuals on all levels of the firm’s business. Previous legal administrative experience in a law firm environment is highly desired. This position exercises a moderate to high degree of discretion and independent judgment.
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